March 22: Faith In Christ’s Indwelling Life Becomes Our New Instinct.

Faith is the habit of the soul. Over time, learning to trust in your union with Christ can be your new natural instinct; an almost effortless spiritual impulse that is not even aware of its own existence. Faith becomes our natural response to all situations. Faith opens up our spiritual eyes and perceptions.

This is not faith that manipulates God into doing something (ie: If I believe God will make it happen, then God will make it happen).

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Rather, look at how Paul describes the life of faith in Galatians 2:20.

I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live, I live by faith in the one who loved me and gave himself for me. 

Faith allows us to depend completely on God while obeying God completely. Faith is the link between the Holy spirit and our souls. It is what keeps God from violating your humanity– He won’t control you to get what He wants. Instead he created us to respond to all of life instinctually by this faith.

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In salvation, we choose to let his life indwell ours, and therefore we begin to live from his life and love. But this life of faith in the life and love of Christ continues for us, as each day we still live from the same dependency and connection that Jesus himself lived from.

Hebrews 11:6. Without faith it is impossible to please God.

What satisfies God is seeing you walk by faith in your union with Christ in every situation of life, recognizing your dependence upon Him, and resting in Him, while obeying Him.

 

 

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