Week 3: Justified by Faith
- Genesis 12:1-17:27
- Isaiah 40:27-41:16
- Romans 3:19-5:6
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” - Genesis 12:1-3
Faith is something that cannot be measured by eyes of man, but by the Spirit of God. When faith begins to rise inside of you nothing can stop you from the plan He has for you. Faith is that personal intimacy between you and God. The point where you believe the creator of the universe over your own understanding.
When faith is activated between you and God all things are possible. In order to activate your faith calculated risk is involved. Only God knows the outcome and you are required to trust His outcome. This activation requires you to listen to His voice through the Holy Spirits indwelling in your life. You must also obey what the Holy Spirit says to you.
“But you, Israel, My servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, My friend; you whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, ‘You are My servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’” – Isaiah 41:8-10
For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works: “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” – Romans 4:3-8
Justification can only come through faith and not works. If our faith is through works our hope is no different than any other religion today in the world. Our justification in Jesus Christ stands solely on grace through faith.It is impossible to earn our way into the Kingdom. Many of us would say, “Yes, those are correct statements”.
However, how many people today choose to live in situations and circumstances that demand works instead grace through faith? On the outside faith is spoken, but behind closed doors works are required. True freedom requires total surrender and abandonment to grace through faith led by the Spirit of the Living God.
“But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the law and the prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith.” – Romans 3:21-25
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” – Romans 5:1-5
Questions for Reflection:
▪ Do I believe God? ”Yes” or “No”
▪ Do I believe I am justified by faith or something else?
▪ How do I view what God said about, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?
▪ Am I willing to resist the mindset that wants to try and earn my right standing before God?
▪ How do I deal with fear in my life?
▪ How am I supposed to deal with fear in my life?
▪ Am I willing to trust that God is with me and for me in life?
▪ Do you see your family as being blessed through Abraham?