So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Galatians 3:9
Everyone has at least some faith in something. Most people have faith in a chair, that when they sit down on it, it will hold them correctly. Very few will test the chair each and every time to determine if it will be safe to sit upon it.
The more someone uses something, the more faith he will have in it. The things someone has never tried before weakens his faith in it. He questions its reliability, until he has tried and proven it.
Paul begins talking to the Galatians about the difference of faith and works. Relying upon faith will cause one to be blessed as Abraham was.
Faith is trusting in something that cannot be directly seen. One can see a chair, but until he sits in it, he cannot know for fact that it will hold him. He has to have trust (faith) that it will hold him. If he puts extra supports on the chair prior to trying it out, he does not have faith in the chair.
Many people claim to have faith in Jesus, but then work hard to gain God’s support. They do many good works to look good to God. They focus on the do and don’t of the law, rather than the relationship and faith in what Jesus did. They immediately condemn themselves when they slip up and sin, rather than trusting Jesus and repenting.
Jesus promised forgiveness of all sins when one would repent. He promised to give the believer life, eternal life, just by believing in Him and obeying Him.
Those who rely upon their faith in Jesus and what He did will be forgiven and saved for eternity. It does not take anything else.
Ask yourself what are you relying upon for your salvation. Are you working hard to gain God’s approval? Or are you trusting in what Jesus did?
Trust in Jesus, have faith in Him and then step out in obedience to what God has said to do. Your faith will save you. Your obedience and works show that you have faith and trust Him.
One way is believing in self and works, while the other is relying on faith in what Jesus did and proving your faith. Are you being blessed as Abraham was?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in what Jesus did and promised; that you will rely upon faith in Jesus; and that you will know the blessings of having faith in Jesus.