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Guest Post by Josiah Okheape
Main Summary: Living in the Balance of Grace and Faith by Andrew Wommack is a book that strives to give the average believer a simple understanding of what Grace and Faith are; and their application in receiving from God. It also explains the errors about blaming God for our responsibilities as his children.
Lessons I Learned From This Book
1. What Faith really is.
2. What Grace is.
3. Erroneous beliefs that must be debunked
4. Hinderace to receiving by faithMost times as believers we are in the mix, between what God has done and our limitation to receiving. However, an in-depth understanding of what God has made available and what I have to know and do to receive gives me an edge in living the victorious Christian life.
What Faith Really Is
According to our author, Bible faith, is simply man’s positive response to what God has already provided by grace. It is not about God giving you anything, rather you learn to receive.
Grace has made all things that we desire available. Faith seeks to receive out of the abundance of the grace God has provided. It is not trying to get God to move or do a new thing.
As an example; resisting the devil requires that you understand that God has no hand in your suffering. And has done all things to aid your dominating the devil. It is with this understanding that you get angry and demand what’s yours.
What Grace Is
Grace is not something that is going to happen. Rather it is something that has already been done. It is all that we receive from God in Christ Jesus. Whether it’s salvation, healing, prosperity, protection, in fact, every good thing.
According to the author, “If it hasn’t already happened, then there is a possibility that it won’t.”
It is therefore your responsibility to discover what God has already done or provided by grace—which is what his will is. When this discovery is made, it prompts a response, which is required and appropriate to deliver what has been discovered. This is what the Bible calls Faith.
Trying to get God to do what he has already done is most times very frustrating. This may often time lead to discouragement. However, that you are discouraged is proof you haven’t been spending time meditating on God’s word.
Some Erroneous Beliefs
Our faith moves God.
Sometimes you may be carried away to think that our faith moves God to react. No! It doesn’t. It is only a tool provided by God for every believer to appropriate or receive what he has already given to us, or made available for us.
God depends on us to make our desires available to us
Beginning from salvation, we never did anything to be called. It is not about what we did that brought us in, but rather what he did.
Prayer, Fasting, and Word Study move God
These activities are aides to help us reach and receive what God has already made available.
According to the author, we should grow up to understand that, God loves us. And that prayer, fasting, and word study aren’t to get him to love us more, but rather that we may partake and experience his love better.
Hindrances To Our Faith Receiving
Understanding truth is what majorly births faith in the life of a believer. And the major hindrance to understanding is SIN.
Sin will hinder your ability to understand truth. Its first effect is to make you spiritually retarded—very slow in developing. Next is to make your heart dull, hardened, cold, unfeeling, and insensitive towards God.
This book review comes to us courtesy of Josiah Okheape who is a Book Reviewer for Kingdom Book Reviews a very informative and inspirational website. Stop by and see what they have to offer. You just might be surprised. Josiah thank you so much. Blessings and Peace.