Psalm 23 – Part 7
November 28, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 8
November 30, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 7
November 28, 2013
Psalm 23 – Part 8
November 30, 2013

When Does Faith Become A Work?

On the Road to Virginia 2013

On the Road to Virginia 2013

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Have you ever gotten the feeling that you were trying hard to work your faith? You read Mark 11:23 and 24 and think I really have to exercise my faith to believe without doubting. Somehow we get the idea that God has a faith meter. Until we reach 8 or 9 on the meter we just won’t receive anything from God.

This is when faith becomes a work. Does Matthew 11:28 sound like work? It sounds like rest to me.

The problem is we try to have faith in our faith. We make our faith the thing that gets what we need. When we fail to receive, we blame our faith. However, faith is in a place of rest. Jesus is our resting place. He gives rest. We must firmly root our faith in Jesus. Grace means unmerited favor. But it is unconditional favor. We don’t have to perform to receive grace.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.” Ephesians 2:8, 9

We can’t be saved apart from grace. We can’t live apart from grace after we are saved. There can be no boasting, not even of our great faith. We can never say it was our faith that made God move on our behalf. Faith then would become a dead work. Everything we receive is a gift from God.

We rest in the person of Jesus who is grace. Our faith has only to be the size of a grain of mustard seed in order to move mountains. That’s because it isn’t our faith that moves the mountains. It is God who moves the mountains. We just simple rest in the knowledge of the Word and the promises.

God wants to give. He’s a loving Father. We must just rest in the promises for they are all yes and amen.

Don’t let faith become another dead work.