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My teenage daughter and I are hooked on the TLC series “90-Day Fiance”. I’ll give you the gist of it in case you’ve never seen it.

An American meets a foreigner either online or during an international vacation. Despite having spent little or no time in each other’s physical company, the two fall in love and begin the journey to marry in the US during the mandated 90-day Visa.

The new couples face many challenges, including the question of motives. The Americans declare their uncompromising faith in their mate, but their troubled families suspect the foreigner is using the relationship to get a green card.

I remembered 90-Day Fiance as I followed the Holy Spirit’s prompting to investigate Romans 5:1.  Please join me to see what He revealed about what it means to have peace with God through faith.

Having Peace with God Through Faith

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We have Peace with God Through our Lord Jesus Christ

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1 NIV)

In the Old Testament, people were at odds with God because we are sinners. Believers had to earn their way to salvation by following all the rules in Scripture.

Priests made endless lists of rules so people could be justified- or made right- with God. Every failure came with a price.

The typical believer’s life was a rigid routine, a constant striving to get it right. But, as imperfect human beings, their efforts to be right with God were doomed.

We’re still steeped in sin, but on this side of the cross, we know Jesus paid our penance to make us right with God. The days of rigid routine and constant striving to earn our salvation are over.

So why don’t we have peace?

Related: Giving it to God: 5 Ways to Let Go and Let God

 

Faith and Peace

Old Testament believers lived a lifestyle where you have to be perfect- or else. They were destined to be a failure. A disappointment. An embarrassment. Never enough.

Maybe you know exactly how they felt. I felt this way for decades. Maybe you feel this way right now.

Jesus paid our penance so we can be right with God, but we have to accept His payment in faith. If we don’t believe His payment was enough, then we won’t believe we are enough.

 

What is the True Meaning of Faith?

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1 NIV)

While we say we believe in Jesus’ sacrifice, most of us hold this has head knowledge. But “90-day fiance” taught me that faith is so much more. Faith is heart knowledge.

Every American in 90-day Fiance responds the same when their friends and family express doubts about the foreigner’s true motives for marriage in the United States.

  • “I know it looks bad, but if my family knew how much he loves me, they wouldn’t worry.”
  • “Yes, she comes from a poor village, but I know she loves me and she’s not just using me.”
  • “We have our ups and downs, but I believe this love is real. It will all work out.”

Most of the Americans remained confident in their mate’s love for them even when all evidence showed otherwise. They were at peace about their mate’s motives because of their faith. Their hope for the future was already a reality in their hearts, so they knew their relationship was right.

From these couples, I learned that faith is confidence that turns your hopes into reality, no matter what you see in front of you.

 

What Faith Does

Romans 5:1 promises that faith produces peace when we believe Jesus’ sacrifice was enough to make us right. 

The Bible says faith can move mountains. For many years, my mountain was anxiety. I saw my failures, and I believed I would never be enough. I still have bad days, but as long as I lean on Jesus, I can overcome anxiety through faith.

What is your mountain? Is it depression? Maybe you struggle with anger. Are you a perfectionist? Like the Old Testament believers, do you believe you are bound to fail?

My dear friend, Jesus promises peace if you believe His sacrifice made you right, regardless of what you see.

 

What Does the Bible Say About Having Faith?

Dear sister, please embrace faith in your heart. If you struggle as I did, then ask Jesus to strengthen your faith in Him. He promises to answer anyone who asks according to His will, so when I can’t do it on my own, I lean on His grace to fill me.

I’m sharing a very special prayer I’ve said in many circumstances. God is always faithful You may also visit my website for printable Scripture cards with the verses about faith below. Keep them close as reminders of the peace God promises you through faith.

Jesus, I know you died on the cross so I could be right with God. I want to believe this in my heart, Lord, but I’m struggling. I’m weak and I can’t do this on my own. Jesus, I need your help. Please strengthen my faith. Please give me the confidence that turns hope into reality, no matter what is happening. Thank you for loving me, Lord. In Your name, I ask and pray. Amen

More From Romans:

 

5 More Scriptures about Faith

Here are a few more of my favorite Scriptures about having faith. Also, you can visit my Printable Scripture Art library and download printable versions of some of your favorite verses!

“…Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Mat 17:20 NIV)

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Rom 15:13 NIV)

If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. (Rom 10:9 NIV)

For we live by faith, not by sight. (2Cor 5:7 NIV)

But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. (Jas 1:6 NIV)


romansAuthor Bio

Valerie suffered through years of debilitating anxiety brought on by infertility, vision loss, and breast cancer until she learned that victory over anxiety comes only through surrender to Jesus. Now she helps women overcome anxiety through faith on her blog Victory Through Surrender She is also a regular contributor, Grace & Truth Link-Up Co-Host, and Prayer Team Liaison on CandidlyChristian.com. Valerie lives in Wisconsin with her husband and teenage daughter.


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