Our Inner Belief
“That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the fullness of God.” Ephesians 3:16-17.
One of the most important facets of the grace of God is the initiative of God. God takes the initiative, not only with regard to salvation, but to everything in our lives (II Corinthians 4:15). He does not sit back and wait for us to find Him. He takes the initiative to seek us.
Everything God promised in His Word has already been done. We only need to believe to receive it by faith and trust that God’s Word is true. The provisions of God, found in His promises, are activated when the Word we hear and speak is mixed with faith (Hebrews 4:1-2). By understanding who we are in Jesus Christ and what He paid for, we receive His promise of provision for all things (II Corinthians 4:15). We are designed to experience what we desire and believe. This motivates us to continue to practice changing our human beliefs into God’s Word. When Jesus said, “…as you have believed, so it be done for you” (Matthew 8:13), He gives a supernatural key to life, health and peace. For a new and living way, we can change our beliefs by renewing our minds based on God’s Word (Romans 12:2).
Peter and John were going into the Temple for prayer. Each day a man, lame from birth, was put beside the Temple gate so he could beg for money. When he saw Peter and John coming to the Temple, he asked for money. Peter told the man he had no money, but would give him what he had. Peter took hold of his hand, commanded him to rise and walk in Jesus Christ’s name (faith action). The man’s act of faith opened the doorway to receive what Peter possessed, the Holy Spirit. Immediately the lame man was healed and strengthened. He entered the Temple with Peter and John walking, leaping and praising God Because of Jesus Christ’s name the lame man stood before them whole (Acts 3:1-10).
The example of the cripple is for us today. It represents all humans because we are born in sin which is a death sentence (Romans 5:17). All people are crippled in one way or another which reveals our need for a Savior. Without Peter speaking the name of Jesus Christ to the lame man, he would have remained in bondage. Someone spoke the name of Jesus Christ to each of us who are saved (Romans 8:2). Saying the name of Jesus Christ activates the Holy Spirit, wholeness is released. Anything we have been subjected to can change by the name of Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ’s Provision through the Cross
By calling on Jesus Christ’s name, we are saved (Acts 4:12). We live with Him forever. Salvation is a life of total provision and continuous supply, preservation and protection on earth now and for our future in heaven. It is God’s initiative for us.
Jesus Christ’s name is wholeness (Acts 4:10). Shalom in the Old Testament is wholeness, completeness, total peace, nothing missing. Say it to be so. Jesus Christ’s name is strength (Acts 3:16). The Holy Spirit is the excellence of our strength. He increases our strength according to how we believe.
Jesus Christ’s name is soundness (Acts 3:16). The faith, by Jesus, has given soundness. Soundness is ‘running great’. In our perfect position in Christ, we run great.
Walking is an idiom that means we live life with persistence, interest, motivation and privilege. It is sowing seeds of joy for every deed done and being thankful for every moment (Acts 3:8).
Leaping is an idiom for living daily with joy. It is a display of confidence and boldness (Acts 3:8).
Praising God is a life-style. It is a consistent attitude of thankfulness that develops a melody in our heart, knowing all things work together for good (Acts 3:8, Romans 8:28).
Going to the Temple (church). Many people are not aware of God’s order to assemble together (Hebrews 10:25). Attending church is valuable and important. A great part of faith is showing up at church to encourage others and to be in a position to receive (Acts 3:8).