July 25, 2018
Romans 1:17b (NASB) …as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.”
Galatians 2:20 (NASB) I have been crucified with Christ; and 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 up for me.
Hebrews 11:1 (NASB) Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
It can be said that living life in faith is mandatory for all believers. So, what is the concrete application of living the life of faith?
1. Since receiving Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior, we don’t actually have the right to live life by our own terms (chasing personal dreams, success, a better life, etc)
Because although we have been delivered from the chains of sin, we are still living as slaves. The difference now is, we are slaves of righteousness. We have been redeemed from our old master (sin), and now we must serve our new master: the truth (Rom 6:18, 8:12-13, 1 Pet 1:18-19).
2. We must realize that the life we now live is a grace. God gives us a new starting point
At the same time, our path of life is different. We are required to learn to listen to Him before walking and making decisions. We must come to a point where we always take the decision to submit our lives to every command of the Spirit and His word alone.
3. When we receive an instruction from the Lord, we must simply obey it (e.g. when Holy Spirit stirs our passion to learn or do something)
It doesn’t matter how impossible or bizzare the instruction is, what we must do is to walk in obedience. This is the importance of guarding our heart to always burn with love towards Him; we must always be willing to die, to believe God even when it doesn’t make sense, and to let go of everything for God and the realization of His plans.
To walk according to God’s instruction, we often need a certain level of death from the flesh in our lives. We need a certain degree of insanity before we could willfully obey what God has instructed us to do.
4. We can understand walking in faith as follow: living a path of life that is laid out by Holy Spirit’s direction and God’s promises
It often requires a certain degree of our death from flesh and our willingness. This is due to the nature of the instructions/commands; they are very different compared to our ways of life in the past.
For example: Some of us come from a family of entrepreneurs who have prepared us to continue the family business. Meanwhile, we receive God’s instruction to live this life as a professional athlete.
5. Carry out our steps of obedience. God will act in His sovereign power to equip, prepare and position us
We will receive all the potential, skill and capacity we need to function according to God’s will; we transform into individuals whom the Father has set us to be.
6. We must go through the various process of crushing and reformation
Henceforth, God will bring us to become increasingly full of love, sincerity and selflessness. At one point, He will condition various situations and conditions to corporately ‘bring out’ His ‘groomed’ believers as central figures in the society. We will become a solution for this world’s problems in all domains.
7. God has a divine purpose when He ‘lifted’ someone: to use them to bring in His kingdom!
It doesn’t matter how great the challenges we must face to bring in God’s kingdom. We will keep experiencing God’s defense and justification. If God’s hand lifted us, there is no single power on earth that could lower us!
Long is the journey of faith, but His grace will always enable us to walk in full power until the finish line! #iLoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus