Andrew Wommack, from Colorado Springs, made the following comments on his worldwide Daystar TV program which is on at 7:30 AM CST in Oklahoma City. On Sep 9, 2011, “You have all the faith in you – you don’t need any more.” And on Oct 4, 2011, “Faith is your positive response to what God has already done by grace, which is unmerited, undeserved and unearned.” God has not already done anything by grace because grace is the work of the Spirit of God in our hearts and that only happens when we by faith receive God’s Words into our hearts.
First, In 2 Thessalonians 1:3 the Apostle Paul thanks God for their growing faith, “We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith growth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth.” Also, faith comes through us hearing God’s Word, if, or when we receive His Word into our hearts. Therefore, we must be studying and praying to receive more of God’s Word into our hearts to grow in faith. Romans 10:17 states, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
Hearing has the root of “heeding” as stated in Psalms 119:9, “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking “heed” thereto according to thy Word.” When we hear God’s Word, we must take heed to God’s Word by choosing to receive His Word into our hearts, not just knowing it intellectually in our heads. Jesus says in John 6:63, “…the Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are life.” Therefore, when we choose to receive God’s Words into our hearts, we are receiving Jesus’ Spirit, the Spirit of Christ who is the Living Word creator of the Universe, into our hearts to faith. We grow in faith by receiving more of the Spirit of God’s Words into our hearts, and to receive more we must make the choice to perform whatever action required on our part to study, seek, hear and receive more of His Words into our hearts to receive more faith which comes from His Words.
Once we have chosen to receive God’s Words into our hearts, when the Words enter our hearts and begin to work in us, we call that action a work of Grace. Grace is the work of the Spirit of Christ, the Living Word of God, in our hearts to first create in us the new heart at salvation when we first receive Him in our hearts, and then grace, the work of the Spirit in our hearts, helps us grow as we receive more of God’s Word by faith into our hearts as we walk with the Lord.
Grace may be undeserved and unmerited, but there is something we must do to receive grace: We must choose to receive God’s Words into our hearts by faith. Faith describes the positive receiving of God’s Word into our heart. When the Spirit of God’s Word, Christ, enters our hearts, the work of the Spirit in our hearts is called grace. Ephesians 2:8 states, “For by grace are we saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.” When we hear God’s Words of the gospel and then choose to receive the Words of salvation into our hearts, we have received the Spirit of the Words by faith into our hearts to perform the work of grace in us for salvation: our forgiveness, new heart and adoption into the family as a child of God. Hebrews 4:2 states, “For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.” When a person hears any of God’s Word, there is an automatic required response to either accept it or reject it. There is no in between or partial acceptance. If it is not accepted exactly as God has stated, then instead of faith from God’s Word, the person will be in unbelief, which is an evil heart of rejecting God’s Word like the Children of Israel in Hebrews 3:12-19. Faith only comes when we respond positively to His pure Word with no changes. Then when the Word comes into our hearts “it”, Christ the Living Word, performs the work of grace in our hearts to help us fulfill the requirements of the Word that God spoke to us.
We must seek to grow in faith by receiving more of God’s Word into our hearts by study and fellowship with God in our daily lives.
Grace is always the automatic work of the Spirit of the Words of God that we receive into our hearts by our choice to faith. We choose to accept His Words to faith in our hearts and then the Words in our hearts produce the work of grace in us.
When we choose to accept in our hearts to faith that we are a sinner, that Christ is the answer for our sin, and we humble ourselves and call our to Jesus for forgiveness, then Jesus will send His Living Word, Christ, into our hearts to produce the work of grace in our hearts for salvation. We are saved by the work of grace in our hearts as a result of us accepting and receiving the Words of the gospel by faith.
For more information watch a couple of my videos about faith and grace.
Have a blessed day, Richard Hardin