Discipleship Series – Week 2 – God’s Part & Our Part

There is balance in everything, and everything can be pushed too far.

 

Christianity is basically divided into two groups one that emphasizes God’s part and the other that emphasizes our part.

 

Both parts are essential, and one doesn’t work without the other, so finding balance is important not just to be effectual but also to find peace.

 

The Bible clearly teaches a beautiful balance between God’s responsibility and ours. 

 

Scripture teaches a harmony between grace – God’s part and faith – our part. You don’t want to find yourself in the “faith camp” or the “grace camp” because it is paramount to have both for either to work.

 

A single passage of scripture has enough power and revelation in it to change your life for years to come if we keep an open ear to what the Lord wants to teach us through the scripture. Sadly most of us easily become passive with scriptures we have heard frequently and shut down to seeing the revelation within.

 

Ephesians 2: 8-9 is a scripture people read without understanding.

 

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9

 

We aren’t saved by one or the other. You aren’t saved by grace alone.

 

Grace is what God does for you. It is completely separate from your works. By definition, it is “unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor.”

 

The Grace of God is the same towards everyone. God is no respecter of persons. He has been exactly the same toward every person who has ever lived.

 

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, – Titus 2:11

 

Most people think that what they do either earns the grace and favor of God or repels it, and that cannot be further from the truth. The moment you bind the grace of God to your actions, it voids His power in your life. You’ve made God’s blessings and power in your life proportional to your actions. 

 

If you think this way, you don’t understand the grace of God.

 

By grace, God has provided everything you will ever need, and you access it through faith.

 

True Biblical faith is our positive response to what God has already provided by grace. Faith can only access what God has already provided. So the scriptures like – 

 

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” – Mark 9:23

 

It is talking about within the bounds of what God has given us through His grace (which is a lot).

 

Faith only appropriates what God has already provided. 

 

Faith doesn’t move God or make Him do anything.

 

Knowing that faith is just a way you access and receive what God has already given is essential because, without this understanding, the law and legalism can kill you.

 

The faith ditch believes you can force God to move by doing all the right things, and the grace ditch believes God is controlling everything and everyone. Whatever He wills will be. 

 

You can’t just sit around waiting on God to heal you thinking you don’t have a part to play.

 

 Both extremes will kill you.

 

 You have to understand the balance of grace and faith together to stay out of the ditches. 

 

In the assignments this week, we are going to go deeper into this important subject, so please don’t skip this assignment.

 

Blessings!

 

In His Service, 

Abbie

Assignment:

Lesson – Living in the Balance of Grace and Faith

Book – Living in the Balance of Grace and Faith