Despite our sin and our weakness and our inability, in and of ourselves, to faithfully follow Christ, we must believe what God has done for us, what he says about us and what he has promised to us.
In Romans 8, the apostle Pauls tells us that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus – nothing! We must believe that, we must revel in it. In repentance, we’re turning away from a barren desert so that, in faith, we can run to a life-giving oasis.
This is where the ‘tekkie hits the tar’ as we fight the good fight of faith to believe, contrary to our feelings, our own thoughts, our own disposition and our own experience, that we are in fact sons and daughters of the Most High God, that he utterly delights in us, and that we are who he says we are and can therefore live the way he desires us to live.
Faith is not believing that we can become who God desires us to be, but rather it is believing that, because we are in Christ, we already are who God desires us to be, and therefore we begin to live from a new identity – one rooted and established and forever secured in the work of Christ on the cross and never our own works.