Grace First, then Faith
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. This is the genealogy of Noah. Noah was a just man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God. Genesis 6:5-10 NKJV
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8, 9 NKJV
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:1, 2 NKJV
Grace is more than undeserved, unmerited favor and kindness. It is also God’s operational power made available to His children; it is His provision now available to each of us according to His plan and purpose for our lives (Eph. 1:11). Like in the life of Noah, grace can be found. Grace is the result of God’s finished work and it can be found all around (Gen.2:2, 3; Heb. 4:3).
Although grace is here and there and everywhere, finding grace is a choice made to respond affirmatively through faith. For example, salvation is by grace—not faith! The gift of salvation has already been purchase and offered to each man. But a person can only be saved by grace through faith, i.e., one’s response to the grace provided. Salvation is not of oneself. It’s a gift (grace) of God and can never to earned or warranted by works (Eph. 2:8, 9). So, like salvation, the same can be said about healing, deliverance, wholeness, and other desired blessings. All these blessings are gifts of grace, but in order to appropriate them to your life, there must be an acknowledgement that grace is first, then faith which is your personal response to God’s goodness and grace.
Because every believer has been justified (declared righteous) by faith, believers can live in a state of rest—free of guilt, fear, torment, and remorse as regards their old life lived under the impulses of the old nature. Failure to understand and accept this revelation can make one feel unworthy of God’s favor and kindness. Faith exercised in the light of “justification” ushers in a feeling of rest (peace). This rest evidences one’s true faith and faith provides the “access” to grace in which they stand. “Standing” is the believer’s legal right to make a claim on the grace of God. By grace through faith, claim your rights and press your claim—grace first, then faith!