Real faith is a rest where you are not struggling, frustrated, or anxious, but trusting in the finished work of God for man which is His grace. Sometimes an impression is left that because the work is finished there is nothing for us to do, everything is automatically going to happen for us, and life will become effortless. You may have heard sayings like, “Under the Law it was DO but now that we are under grace it is DONE.” That is true as far as purchasing our redemption for it was all of God and nothing from us. Dr. Kenneth E. Hagin used to always say that, “There is a Godward side and a Manward side to every blessing from God.” We do have a part to play in receiving and a responsibility of faith to respond to what He did. Grace was God’s part but faith is our part. Grace demands a response of faith. Divine grace does not exclude human responsibility.
1. We have to ACCESS the grace by faith Romans 5:2.
“By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
2. God’s grace must be ENTERED INTO Hebrews 4:9, 10.
“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.”
3. God’s grace can be FRUSTRATED Galatians 2:21.
“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.”
4. We can COME SHORT OF God’s grace Hebrews 4:1.
“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.”
5. We can FALL FROM OR FAIL God’s grace Hebrews 12:15; Galatians 5:4.
“Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled.”
“Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”
6. We must LABOR to enter into this rest Hebrews 4:11.
“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.”