LIVING BY FAITH

 

 “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”

Galatians 2:20

 

When SELF is dead (“crucified with Christ”), you live by faith in the Son of God.  When you live by faith in Him…

 

  • You live as though God…is God,
  • You live as though with God nothing is impossible,
  • You never say, “In my life, the sky’s the limit.” You say, “In my life, heaven’s the limit.”

 

When you live by faith in the Son of God, you believe that there is a magnificent power available to you…

 

“That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms.”

                   Ephesians 1:19

 

When you live by faith in the Son of God, you never shy away from asking God to do something God-sized.

John Newton was a slave-trader-turned-pastor and hymn writer, the author of “Amazing Grace.”

He would receive almost unbelievable answers to his prayers because he believed in what he called, “large asking.”

When explaining what he meant, Newton would often cite a legendary story of a man who asked Alexander the Great to give him a huge sum of money in exchange for his daughter’s hand in marriage.

Alexander agreed and told the man to request of Alexander’s treasurer whatever he wanted.  So, the father of the bride went and asked for an enormous amount.  The treasurer was startled and said he could not give out that kind of money without a direct order.

Going to Alexander, the treasurer argued that even a small fraction of the money requested would more than serve the purpose.

“No,” replied Alexander, “let him have it all.  I like that fellow.  He does me honor.  He treats me like a king and proves by what he asks that he believes me to be both rich and generous.”

Newton concluded, “In the same way, we should go to the throne of God’s grace and present petitions that express honorable views of the love, riches, and bounty of our King.”

When you live by faith in the Son of God, you believe that there is a magnificent power available to you.

 

You never say, “That will never happen.”

You never say, “He will never change.”

You never say, “To ask God for that would be…ridiculous.”

 

When you live by faith in the Son of God, you live without limits because the God you serve has none.

 

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