fall short

Hebrews 4:1, 2 “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”

Hebrews 4:1 gives us a warning about falling short of the grace of God. The problem that causes us to fall short of the grace of God is always unbelief. We can come short of or fall short of the grace of God. Grace is the finished work of God and grace is the provision of God. God’s Word has many truths that are stated as past tense facts of what He already provided in sending Jesus to the cross. All of the provision of that grace is of no benefit to us apart from our faith. The grace in the Gospel needs responded to in faith. The provision is there but it will be no personal benefit to us apart from our response of faith. Our faith does not create the provision; it receives the provision already made. It takes faith to access the grace provisions of God.

New Testament faith is always a response to God’s grace. Once you see the grace and respond to it by faith you come to a relaxed attitude of trust and rest in the finished provision of God. It is at this place where a promise of His grace is left to us to respond to in faith that we must guard our hearts from unbelief. Unbelief demands something more than God’s promise. Unbelief always shuns the grace of God and cannot be persuaded to respond to the knowledge of grace.

Unbelief hears, but does not respond to God’s promises.
Unbelief admires, but will not act on God’s Word.
Unbelief listens but will not obey God’s voice.
Unbelief may even try hard, but will not trust God alone.

We need to mix our faith with every promise of God and receive them manifested in our lives.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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