Faith to save… Faith to obey… Faith to live
Posted on January 24, 2023 by Elizabeth Welte in Victory Call
As a Biblical Christian we were saved, redeemed, regenerated solely by the mercy, grace and kindness of God. We are not saved because we prayed a prayer. We are not saved because we have been a good person. We are not saved because we go to church. We are not saved because of anything we do or have done.
Rebirth is solely a work of God through His Spirit in which He regenerates our dead spirit (which we are all born with) giving us new life. Salvation is a work of God – 100% of Him.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)
We believe this by faith. It is God’s saving work and God’s gift of faith to believe. None of it is of us. Even the faith to believe is given to us by God. It’s a free gift.
So we understand we are saved by faith. How then do we walk by faith?
I was once told that we need God’s grace just as much today to walk in obedience as we did the day we were saved.
“This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” (Galatians 3:2-3)
Why can we trust God to save us by faith, but not trust Him to live His life through us?
We walk out obedience by faith believing and trusting that Jesus lives His life through us.
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
Walk by faith today.
Written by Diane Hunt: Diane Hunt serves on the board of America’s Keswick and is the Executive Director & CEO of Changed Choices, a Christian non-profit in North Carolina. She is also a biblical counselor and women’s event speaker. For more information about having Diane speak at your next event please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “He is the Rock, His work is perfect; For all His ways are justice, A God of truth and without injustice; Righteous and upright is He.” Deuteronomy 32:4