Grace Through the Channel of Faith

Without faith it is not possible to please God, and without faith it is not possible to access His grace, either—even saving grace (see Hebrews 11:6). Faith does not proceed from your own effort; it is a gift of God. God’s grace has to be received, and you receive it with your faith. You don’t have to work for it; you just have to believe it. Your Father is so good! He’s already paid the price.
Look at Ephesians 2: Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened [made us alive] us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved)…. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God (vv. 5, 8). Notice that Ephesians 2 twice says, “By grace are you saved,” not, “By faith you are saved.” By grace you are saved through the channel of faith. Everything is a gift of God in that verse, including salvation, faith, and grace.
 
Believe With Your Heart, Speak With Your Mouth
You access saving grace by making a decision to believe and to speak, to speak and to believe that Jesus is the Messiah. You acknowledge the Lord Jesus with your mouth and with your heart. In other words, you say, “You are it.” You believe in your heart and you say it with your mouth because everything in earth is signed off by your words. God created the earth the same way—through His mouth, by speaking.
You weren't saved because you fasted. You weren’t saved because you were water baptized. You weren’t saved because you performed some other religious act. You were saved only by a gift offered to you that you received: the gift of Jesus Christ Himself. If you had been saved because of works, you would brag about it, saying, “Yes, I am saved. Why? Because I gave $10,000 to Goodwill.” Or you would say, “I am saved because I have been an usher for three years.” People expect God to heal them on that basis too.
You don’t get anything, however, because God owes you. He has already given His Son; He has already poured out healing. If you have been born again, if you have received the gift of righteousness, you already have received an abundance of grace. If you can trust your salvation to grace, you can do that with any other issue that may arise. You have already done it once!
 
Receiving God’s Goodness and Love
Faith is simply understanding that God is only good. Faith is understanding that He is the God of all grace. Since He is that good, faith should be automatic for you. You shouldn’t need music to make you shout! You shouldn’t need a preacher trying to whip you up on a Sunday morning! You are trying to get things from God through some form of religious penitence or through religious works. You get nothing from God by earning it. You can’t do enough for God to owe you something. God will never owe you anything.
Let me illustrate grace through the channel of faith. Pretend that I have given you a triple black, full loaded, 2013 600 class Mercedes on one condition. All you have to do is walk through the door.
Which one is greater? The door or the Mercedes? Now, the door costs about $250, and the Mercedes costs more than $100,000, so the car is worth much more. You can access it, however, only by going through the door. In other words, you need faith only in order to walk through the door to get to the grace.
All manifestations of grace come about by walking through the channel of faith, not by the sweat of your brow. Faith believes when it hears that Word. Faith decides to receive. Faith then speaks: “Yes, it is mine!”
 
The Word of God is the Grace of God
Romans 10:17 says, So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. But it says in Hebrews 4:2 that the word preached did not profit those who heard it. It didn't benefit them in any way. Why? Because it was not mixed with faith when they heard it. They did not receive grace through the channel of faith.
Two people can hear the same message and it can profit one and not the other. One can have his life changed forever, and another will get nothing. Why? One chose to believe it, and one chose not to. Another person may decide to believe only part of it and will thus receive only the part that he believes. For example, in churches that don’t believe in speaking in tongues or in healing but do preach salvation, people get saved but they don’t receive anything else. It all comes down to what people have been told and what they believe.
Acts 20:32 says, And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance [possession] among all them which are sanctified [been set apart by God]. The word, logos in the Greek, is the sum total of God’s word—from Genesis through Revelation. This revelation is a word of grace. In other words, the Word of God is the grace of God. This grace of God causes you to be built up, and it causes you to receive. If you receive grace, that grace will cause you to receive the possession you need.
Because of the word of grace, nobody who is blessed should be more blessed than you. Whatever God has done for someone else, He will do for you. That’s one reason why you don’t have to get jealous or envious. God is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and if He provides victory and manifestation for someone else, He can do that for you as well.
In other words, if you have seen someone have a manifestation of great healing, there is a grace for you. If you have ever seen anyone have a manifestation of miracle finances, there is a grace for you. If you have ever seen anyone receive great deliverance from demon powers, there is a grace for you. There is a grace that is available through the Word of grace that can build you up if you are torn down and cause you to have the possessions. All the worry, the care, and the effort to believe is not of Scripture. God is not holding things in store for you, saying, “I'll give it to you, but I am going to make it real hard for you to get it.”
God says just the opposite. He says, “I want you to come boldly. I want you to walk to the throne of grace and find mercy there. I want to give you grace right now” (see Hebrews 4:16). God is Abba, your daddy; you don’t have to beg Him to give you a manifestation of grace. You only have to accept that He is your daddy and wants to give you grace in abundance.
Receive the grace of God by faith. You may say, “The Lord told me to do this, but there is not enough money in the checkbook.” There is a grace for that. “The Lord told me to minister to these people, but they don't like me.” There's a grace for that. “The Lord told me to do this, but my husband or my wife thinks I am crazy.” There's a grace for that.
Start saying what the Word says. The God of all grace has called you. He has anointed you. Satan has tried to mark you because he sees that grace of God on you, but there is grace that comes from God for that. There’s power in that grace!
 

This article is written by Bishop Keith A. Butler

In his signature line-by-line style, Bishop Keith A. Butler travels the world teaching the Word of God without compromise. Bishop Butler is dedicated to teaching believers how to live their faith. He is the founder of Word of Faith International Christian Center and the Senior Pastor of faith4life churches in Round Rock and Dallas, Texas.
As Bishop, he oversees 14 ministry operations in the United States. Bishop Butler has also established several international ministry works. The Word of Faith Ministerial Alliance is a fellowship of ministers and Christian leaders who have received Bishop Butler as their spiritual father and/or mentor. Through its companion website, faithleaders.com, ministers and Christian leaders can find valuable resources to aid them in their ministry callings.
Bishop Butler has a nationally televised program on the Golden Eagle Broadcasting Network called “Live your Faith”.He is the author of over 24 books with such titles as Living Life on Top, The Art of Prayer, God’s Not Mad at You and God’s Plan for Man. With the support of his lovely wife, Pastor Deborah L. Butler, and their children: Pastor Andre Butler and wife Tiffany Butler (granddaughters Alexis, Angela, & April), Pastor MiChelle, and Minister Kristina Butler Bishop Butler continues to plant churches worldwide.