“This Good News tells us how God makes us right in His sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”
Sometimes we want our experience with Jesus to be all what He can do for us, when the fact is He already came and did, we need to step up and join Him. We need to have faith and believe what the word says, not what we want it to say. The word says in Hebrews chapter 11 verse 1, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Our faith in what Jesus has done on the cross and our co-laboring with Him allows us to grow and understand the truth of The Good News. We must have faith that Jesus came to earth, God in flesh, went to the cross, died and was buried in the tomb and then rose from the dead. Because of this Good News we have eternal life through our acceptance and belief in Jesus Christ.
The more we study the word of God the more we know Jesus and that Good News keeps us growing and our faith develops and we do what Jesus did. He is clear that we will do more when we believe in Him. In John chapter 14 verse 12 it says, "I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father.” Jesus perfects the faith we have and we have the power in us to shine His light for people to see. Our life will show our faith because of our relationship with Him, this will be evident by the trials we endure and the thankfulness in our hearts. James chapter 1 verse 3 says, “For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.” Our endurance is important because this temporary home will be full of challenges and hardships, which are not given to us by God, but by our own desires and the ruler of this world, satan.
James goes on in verse 4 to say, “So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” Don't get discouraged, Jesus has overcome the world and we belong to Him. In John chapter 14 verses 30-31 He says this to His disciples, “I don’t have much more time to talk to you, because the ruler of this world approaches. He has no power over me, but I will do what the Father requires of me, so that the world will know that I love the Father. Come, let’s be going.” His surrender and obedience is shown by Him actions and our faith in Him are shown by ours. I want to end with the verse in James chapter 2 verse 26, “Just as the body is dead without breath, so also faith is dead without good works.” Let's keep feeding our faith and doing life through what we know about the Good News and let Jesus shine. Amen