Deuteronomy 1: 8 NKJV “See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to your fathers…”
When God gives us something by grace, we have a responsibility to possess it by faith. We must understand that nothing God gives to us can be taken by works. As simple as this sounds, it represents the difference between those who receive favorably from God and those who toil to possess. Our attitude to the things of God is our demonstration of faith. Our faith precedes works, that we may receive by grace what has been freely given.
Understandably, James 2:17 reveals that faith without works is dead. But in context it requires faith to act, and to continue to act even though nothing around seems to be moving forward. In essence the faith through our believing becomes the cause for our actions, and in turn our receiving, and not the effect. In the Scripture above, God said, “ See, I have set the land before you; go in and possess…” The land was given, even though there were impossibilities before them.
On the people’s first evaluation, they saw the impossibilities of the land by measuring the opportunity against their own strength (Num.13:32). Whereas if they acted in faith, they will believe in the possibility based on the promise of God. Same goes for you; God’s promises are meant to believed first, and then acted upon. Learn to always measure the opportunities in your life by the promises of God.