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The Currency of Faith
By Victoria Osteen - Nov 03, 2009
I love what it says in Ephesians 2:8, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God" (NIV). Salvation is a free gift from God by His grace, but notice that it's our faith that activates that grace. And even our faith is not from ourselves, it's from God, too!

It's like when my children want to go buy something at the store. They are young and don't have the means to work and earn their own money, so they come and ask me for it. I give them the money as a gift because they are my children, and I love them (depending on what it's for, of course!). I want to bless my children—how much more does our Father in heaven want to bless us!

Now, suppose I gave my daughter, Alexandra, some money to buy a shirt that she really wanted. But what if she never went to the store and bought the shirt? Instead, what if she moped around the house because she didn't have the shirt she wanted so badly? It wouldn't make any sense because I've already given her the means to buy that shirt, she just has to step out and use her currency to take hold of it!

We have to remember that God has given us the currency of heaven as a free gift. In fact, the Bible says that God has freely given us all things, but it's up to you and me to activate our faith. How do we activate our faith? By receiving it into our hearts and then declaring it by the words of our mouth.

Today, what do you have need of? Activate your faith by declaring His Word over your life. Declare that every need you have is met in Jesus' Name! Declare that He is ordering your steps. Declare that favor surrounds you like a shield. As you step out in faith, God will show His grace. He'll fulfill every promise and pour out His victory and blessing in every area of your life.

Yet we have the same spirit of faith as he had who wrote, I have believed, and therefore have I spoken. We too believe, and therefore we speak (II Corinthians 4:13, AMP).
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