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Day 11: The Obedience of Faith
Everything that goes into saving us from sin has been given to us from God through Jesus Christ. This includes every dimension of our salvation: the payment for our sins, our inheritance, our new lives, our new hearts, our clean consciences, all the saving promises of Scripture, and even the faith necessary to believe those promises. Faith is an indispensable grace for walking in newness of life, for without faith we cannot even begin to walk in newness of life. Hence the Bible says, “…by grace you have been saved through faith…” (Ephesians 2:8). Walking in newness of life is a step by step walk of believing and obeying God’s Word.
Faith is a supernatural enabling that God gives to the believer. It is the ability to believe, to have confidence in, and to trust God so that we confidently obey His word. For our faith in God and our obedience to God are two sides of the same coin. For this reason, the Scripture calls the obedience which results from our faith in God the obedience of faith (that makes sense, doesn’t it? Romans 1:5; 16:25-27). You see, true faith in God’s Word motivates our obedience to God- we obey Him because we trust Him and love Him (1 John 5:2-3). Obedience to God procures all of the promised blessings of God. This is because obedience is the proof that we truly do believe God. We know that trust in God pleases Him; for Hebrews 11:6 tells us,”…without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Believing God pleases Him because it magnifies His glory and the greatness of His holiness. Faith in God shows the world around us that God is real and that He is very trustworthy.