"In the New Covenant we need to understand that it is all about faith. Faith in what? Faith in what has already happened at the Cross ... many Christians think that faith is something we do to move God. But our faith does not move God. Grace moved God to act generously on our behalf long before you had faith. God had already moved at the Cross by grace to give us what we need prior to us ever having any.
Grace moved God to do everything before you ever had faith. Our faith does not make God respond to what God has already done by grace at the Cross".
Rob Rufus - "Day 2 - Session 1" - "Glory and Grace Conference in Sydney" - 27th March 2008.