For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
Today your LORD (יהוה) God says:
Faith is the ability to receive what I have already freely given you in Christ Jesus your Lord. By grace you have been saved through faith. Ephesians 2:8. My grace is not dependent upon your works; My grace is not based on your performance or your works to earn it. It is a free gift. My grace, My divine life, has provided for you everything you will ever need for time and eternity to live a beautiful, prosperous, healthy, strong, wise, holy, blameless, and triumphant life. I did this in Christ more than two thousand years ago, and actually I ordained it in the Spirit since before the foundation of the world, that in Him I would provide everything you would need for salvation in every situation, temporal and eternal. This was done because of who I am and who you are in and to Me, but it is not earned by you. A gift is not a gift if you must purchase it with your own labor. However, you do have a part in whether you have this grace manifest in your life, that is, whether you live, abide and rest in what I have freely given you in Christ. And your part is faith.
For My gift of grace to be complete you must appropriate it to yourself by faith. Faith is a positive response to what I have done for you in Christ and promised you in My Word. For in Christ, all My promises to you become “yes.” True faith is a rest. You are not upset or fearful when sickness or pain attacks, you know that you have healing from Me and that power is residing in the Kingdom within you, accessed by My Spirit in you, and you simply relax into that healing as you receive it and appropriate it to yourself by faith. And it is the same with all My many magnificent promises that you find throughout My Old and New Covenants. And the New Covenant in which you have been joined in Christ is a better one, based on better promises, it has all the benefits of the Old (Psalm 103, Deuteronomy 28:1-14, Genesis 12:2-3) but it has MUCH MORE in the promise of the Spirit BY FAITH.
Grace is My doing. I make you a partaker of My Divine Life, of My power, of My glory, so that you are filled with My life and all My fullness—that POWER in you that can work in you more than you can ask or even imagine, for it has not so much as entered the mind of man the glories of what I have ALREADY PREPARED for those who love Me, but I reveal it to you even now by My Spirit in mysteries that are beyond human words, but in your heart you will draw them out by praying in the Spirit BY FAITH.
Grace is independent of you, it is from Me, but you have to access it by faith. There is no other way. And some people make faith a work. It is not a work, it is often a fight with your flesh and with the evil one’s persuasions and attacks, but it is not a work, it is a rest. I do not respond and do something for you because of your faith. You do not believe to GET a response from Me. This mentality makes you have to do something to get Me to move, to respond to you. But that is not the case. I have already responded and moved in your behalf and done for you what you need and put it in your and account and in you. Faith is your response to My grace so that you can receive it and take it as your own. Faith is your positive response to what I have already done for you. It is trust in the midst of anything that comes against you in this earth-cursed system which you are at present experiencing each day until My Son returns or you depart for the Kingdom. Faith is a supernatural rest. It is blessed assurance that things are going to turn out good for you, in victory for you, if you but keep releasing and accessing the grace I have poured into you already in Christ Jesus whom you have received as Lord. It is being fully persuaded that what I have promised you can have and have it NOW. NOW faith is.
Faith, then, is your appropriation of what I have already provided to you by grace. If I have not provided it by grace your faith cannot make Me do it. There are certain things that sometimes people “having faith for” that I have not provided by grace, in fact, sometimes things contrary to My commandments, and those you cannot take by faith because I have not promised them but told you not to do them. But I have provided everything you need for a prosperous, holy, healthy and fruitful life and these promises are all yours in Christ and are to be simply received by faith. And My promises are magnificent. And they are mighty for the tearing down of strongholds and bringing LIGHT into a world shrouded in darkness.
My grace makes it and your faith takes it. Your faith is not required to make Me heal you, I already have, I AM the LORD your healer, and now that healing power that was in Christ, and if you recall, as many as touched Him in FAITH were healed (they received “according to their faith”), is IN YOU. When you begin to grasp the height, depth, width and breadth of this truth, and of My great love for you as manifested in what I have done to make you blameless and without reproach in Christ, you begin to relax in faith. Faith in the One who loved you and gave His life for you. Faith that I who gave you My only begotten Son will also give you EVERYTHING in and with Him. Faith that I am taking care of you every moment of every day and night, that all you have to do is draw it out of that well of living water within you by faith. And faith sparkles and radiates joy. How can you help but rejoice when within you, deep within your spirit, you have everything you need just when you need it available to you and it is as easy to obtain as speaking it in Jesus’ Name? And then just do whatever I tell you for I have given you the mind of Christ—that is, the anointing. And the anointing destroys the yoke and lifts the burden.
When you believe in your heart that I raised Jesus from the dead, and raised you with Him, so that your sins are all gone as if they had never been, borne by Him as your burnt offering and dispersed on the wind of the Spirit as ashes towards the dawn of new life, beauty came from your ashes for He went to the dust of death and back for you, you are justified, made righteous, by faith, to that you have peace with Me through your Lord Jesus Christ. And through Him you have obtained your access (admission) by faith into this grace in which you stand; and you now exult in hope of My glory. The manifestation of My promises—My goodness, My presence and My POWER—in your daily life, now and forever. Grace never stops, so that in the ages to come I might show the surpassing riches of My grace in kindness toward you in Christ Jesus. For by RECEIVING by faith the abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness you reign in life in Christ Jesus, and you will reign with Me for all eternity. All by FAITH as your response. For faith without works is dead. And faith WORKS by love. I have prepared a life of good deeds for you in advance that you might live out and enjoy your destiny of great and mighty works in, with and through Me. A REST from your enemies on every side. Why? Because you have everything in you that you will ever need to triumph over all the forces of darkness that come against you.
I LOVE YOU. And that is why I gave you Jesus. I do not love you because of Him. I gave Him to you because I love you and I wanted you to live a life that is life indeed, abundant and surpassing all you can ask or imagine. Are you ready to write the vision I speak to your heart and run with it? We will partner together as Covenant partners. Have I have called you to My glory and to partnership with My Son. Forever. He is the great High Priest. Join in His work at My right hand by grace and enjoy the great things I have planned for you, you have only to live by faith as you walk it out each day until the day that never ends.
And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Therefore remember that formerly you, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called “Uncircumcision” by the so-called “Circumcision,” which is performed in the flesh by human hands— remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who made both groups into one and broke down the barrier of the dividing wall, by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the Law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace, and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near; for through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit. Ephesians 2:1-22.