They replied, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” Jesus told them, “This is the only work God wants from you: Believe in the one he has sent.” John 6:28-29 (NLT)
Sometimes we get into works to try to bring about the promises of God in our lives. When God makes a promise to us, it is incumbent upon Him to perform it, not us. No amount of confessing, decreeing, or even fasting will bring about those promises. Those promises were established before the foundation of the world, and God will bring them to pass! While confessing, decreeing, and fasting are all good things, we confess the promise because God has already said it is so and not to make it so! The Bible records how God promised Abraham, “I will return about this time next year” and your wife “Sarah will have a son” (Romans 9:9 NLT). God’s promises are not predicated upon our behavior, good or bad, but on His goodness and what Christ has done by dying on our behalf! Sometimes we can mistakenly believe that our works or even faith will cause the promises of God to manifest in our lives. In essence, “our faith” can become a law. First, we have to remember that the faith we have is not our own but God’s (Galatians 2:20 and Romans 4:3). Most importantly though, we must also remember that “God chooses people according to his own purposes; he calls people, but not according to their good or bad works” (Romans 9:11 NLT). Just like salvation is a gift of God (Ephesians 2:8), so are His promises. Simply rest and believe God on today! He will manifest what He has promised in your life!