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Now, obviously, there are more than four principles to faith, but I want to introduce these four to you because I consider them to be vital. I believe they are essential to understanding how God designed faith to operate in our lives. With that understanding in hand, we can then use our faith more effectively.
In this first half of our study, I want us to examine two of the four principles, the first of which is: Faith gives God an opening.
We read in Romans 5:1-2, “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
Verse 2 tells us that we have “access”—by faith—to the grace of God through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One. It is our faith that allows us access to God’s grace. That sounds reassuring, but what exactly does it mean?
Let’s look at verse 2 in The Amplified Bible: “Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace—state of God’s favor—in which we [firmly and safely] stand.”
That’s a mouthful, but basically the Apostle Paul is telling us that faith gives us access to God’s favor. Our faith gives God an opening through which He can pour all His favor into our lives.
The moment you and I received Jesus as our Lord, we gave God an opening into our lives. Our faith gave Him entrance to come in and save us. By faith, we gained access to the favor of God to be born again. But that was just the beginning.
There is still much more of God’s favor for us to receive and experience every day of our lives. Faith requires that we continually receive the Word of God to lay hold of all of God’s goodness. Faith is kept alive and working by taking God’s Word into your heart.
Believing God’s Word concerning any area of life and acting in line with that Word is faith. The force of faith is activated by hearing and believing God’s Word. It is a spiritual force produced by the abiding Word of God in the heart.
You and I were created by God with the ability to choose. He gave us a will. So, when it comes to our relating to and interacting with God, we make choices to believe what He says or to disregard what He says. Many times the right choice requires faith to believe what He says rather than how it looks to the natural eye.
In Deuteronomy 28, as God prepared to cut covenant with His people, Israel, He told Moses to tell them, “And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee…” (verses 1-2). That was the bright side of the picture.
On the other side, God warned Moses that if the people of Israel chose not to hearken to His voice and obey His commandments, then they would suffer consequences. The rest of Deuteronomy 28 contains more than 50 verses detailing the curses that would overtake them.
God laid everything out for the Israelites, all the terms and details of His covenant. Then, He told them in Deuteronomy 30:19-20:
I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.
God operates by promise. He gives His Word. If you believe and obey it no matter what, He brings that promise to pass in your life.
The bottom line was whether or not the children of Israel trusted God enough to agree to His terms of the covenant. If they did, they would have to walk in His ways. They had to choose by faith.

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