Tag: righteousness

Faith counted as righteousness!

Scripture reading for May 27th:  2nd Samuel 24, 1st Chronicles 21, Romans 4

Key Scriptures:  Romans 4:3-7 “For what does the Scripture say?  “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”  Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due.  And to the one who does not work but believes in Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness, just as David also speaks of the blessing of the one to whom God counts righteousness apart from works:  “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”  

Paul used both Abraham and David as models for followers of Jesus Christ.  As Abraham believed God’s promise of a coming son, God counted him as righteous through his obedient trust.  As David appealed to God for forgiveness after his sin against God, so God forgave him and covered his sins.  In the New Testament times, believers trust in the Son of David, Who offered His own body and blood to save us from the penalty and power of sin.  We are declared ‘righteous’ by faith.

2nd Samuel 24:10 “But David’s heart struck him after he had numbered the people.  And David said to the Lord, “I have sinned greatly in what I have done.  But now, O Lord, please take away the iniquity of Your servant, for I have done very foolishly.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your great mercy towards all of us sinners!  I believe on the Lord Jesus, Son of God, Son of David for justification from sin.  I will declare the ‘Good News’!

1st Chronicles 21:25-26 “So David paid Ornan 600 shekels of gold by weight for the site.  And David built there an altar to the Lord and presented burnt offerings and peace offerings and called on the Lord, and the Lord answered him with fire from heaven upon the altar of burnt offering.”  

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Righteous by faith!

Scripture reading for May 26th:  2nd Samuel 21-23, Psalm 18, Romans 3

Key Scriptures:  Romans 3:21-26  “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it–the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe.  For there is no distinction:  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by His grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Whom God put forward as a propitiation by His blood, to be received by faith.  This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over former sins.  It was to show His righteousness at the present time, so that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.”  

Paul was explaining to the Romans God’s plan to make His righteousness available to all people, Jews and Gentiles.  This righteousness came by faith in Jesus Christ, not in keeping the Law.  All men and women have sinned and no human effort or works can justify them.  But God’s plan was to provide redemption and covering (propitiation) for sins through His Son’s blood shed on the cross.  The shed blood satisfied God’s demand for justice–payment for sins.  God can now be the justifier of all who come by faith in His Son.  Praise the Lord!

Psalm 18:30; 2nd Samuel 22:31  “This God–His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for providing a covering and cleansing for my sins and all sins through faith in the blood of Jesus.  Help me to pass the Good News of this Gift to others today.

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Declare His salvation day to day!

Scripture reading for May 15th:  1st Chronicles 14-16, Acts 24

Key Scriptures: Acts 24:24-27  “After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus.  And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present.  When I get an opportunity I will summon you.”  At the same time he hoped that money would be given him by Paul.  So he sent for him often and conversed with him.  When two years had elapsed, Felix was succeeded by Porcius Festus.  And desiring to do the Jews a favor, Felix left Paul in prison.”  

Paul was always sharing the Gospel.  God put Paul in prison but the Gospel went forth, even to the Roman official in charge of him.  As Paul shared, reasoning with Felix and his wife, about the coming judgment, they fell under conviction and became uncomfortable.  Their real motive for talking with Paul was to obtain a bribe, not to listen to him preach!  But God left Paul there for two years, for more opportunities to share with those He wanted to hear.  Paul must be faithful and trust God for His plans to be worked out.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, sometimes it is hard to understand Your timing and my need for faith and patience and faithfulness in a hard field You put us in.  Fill me daily with Your Holy Spirit and joy and give me grace and patience to share with those whose motives may be contrary.

1st Chronicles 16:23-24 “Sing to the Lord, all the earth!  Tell of His salvation from day to day.  Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!”

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The oil of gladness!

Scripture reading for October 14th:  Hebrews 1, Psalm 55, Proverbs 20

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 1:7-9 “Of the angels He says, “He makes His angels winds, and His ministers a flame of fire.”  But of the Son He says, “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever, the scepter of uprightness is the scepter of Your kingdom.  You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness, therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness beyond Your companions.”  

The writer of Hebrews extolled the Son of God as God’s final Word from heaven.  The Son was better than angels who were ministering spirits to us the heirs of salvation.  The Son’s throne was forever and His ruling ‘scepter’ was one of righteousness.  His righteousness was a perfect love of truth and a constant hatred of evil.  This earned Him an anointing with the oil of gladness!  Joy comes from perfect obedience!

Faith Confession:  The Son of God, Jesus Christ rules on an eternal throne at the right hand of God the Father.  His throne is established in righteousness according to His perfect obedience to God’s Word.  He loved righteousness and hates evil!  I have joy because I am submitted to His rule!

Psalm 55:22-23 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.  But you, O God, will cast them down into the pit of destruction; men of blood and treachery shall not live out half their days.  But I will trust in You.”

 

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Declaring Jesus as the Christ!

Scripture reading for June 6th: Acts 24, Psalm 113, Proverbs 20

Key Scriptures: Acts 24:24-26  “After some days Felix came with his wife Drusilla, who was Jewish, and he sent for Paul and heard him speak about faith in Christ Jesus.  And as he reasoned about righteousness and self-control and the coming judgment, Felix was alarmed and said, “Go away for the present.  When I get an opportunity I will summon you.”  At the same time he hoped that money would be given him by Paul.  So he sent for him often and conversed with him.”

Paul was imprisoned by the Romans with charges by the Jews.  He faced Felix, the Roman governor in Caesarea, where he had been sent to protect him from a plot of murder by certain Jews.  Felix had a Jewish wife, Drusilla, who along with her husband enjoyed listening to Paul preach–up to the point when he talked about the coming judgment!  Their real motivation was money, for they expected a bribe but never got it.  Paul just declared Jesus as the Christ, his lips spoke knowledge more valuable than silver or gold.

Faith Confession:  Lord, I want to boldly declare Jesus as Lord and Christ to all you put in my path.  Thank You for the Holy Spirit to give me boldness like the Apostle Paul.

Proverbs 20:15 “There is gold and abundance of costly stones, but the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.”

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A day of judgment is fixed!

Scripture reading for May 28th:  Acts 17, Psalm 106, Proverbs 13

Key Scriptures:  Acts 17:29-31 “Being then God’s offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man.  The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now He commands all people everywhere to repent, because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom He has appointed; and of this He has given assurance to all by raising Him from the dead.”  

Paul reasoned with the wise men and philosophers of Athens, proclaiming to them the One true God, Creator of all mankind and Jesus Christ, God in human flesh, crucified and risen from the dead.  He warned them that God would judge all men on a day He alone had set.  God was not an image of gold or silver or a creation of man’s imagination, but a Righteous Judge and Father who will hold all men accountable for their attitudes and actions concerning His Son.  No one will have an excuse!

Faith Confession:  I believe in the One True God, Jesus Christ, Creator of all mankind and my Creator and Father.  I know there is a day of appointed judgment set by God for all mankind.  Without repentance and faith in Jesus no one can stand at the judgment.

Psalm 106:48  “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!  And let all the people say, “Amen!”  Praise the Lord!

 

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Grace is our teacher!

Scripture reading for October 9th:  Isaiah 35-38, Titus 2

Key Scriptures: Titus 2:11-14  “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, and upright, and godly lives in the present age, waiting for our Blessed Hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession who are zealous for good works.” 

The hope of Christ’s Church is His return in glory to bring justice to the earth and full redemption for His people.  Because of His great sacrifice for us, we are taught and empowered by His grace to live righteous and holy lives and to do the good works with joy that He has called us to do.  The final recorded prayer of the Church is “Come, Lord Jesus!”  (Revelation 22:20)

Isaiah 35:8, 10  “And a highway shall be there, and it shall be called the Way of Holiness;” . . .And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads;  they shall obtain gladness and joy, and sorrow and signing shall flee away.”  

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for the grace that is our teacher today.  May I live in Your grace and grow in holiness, awaiting Your glorious return and the everlasting joy of life in Your presence.  Amen.

 

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Godly overseers!

Scripture reading for October 8th:  Isaiah 32-34, Titus 1

Key Scriptures: Titus 1:7-9  “For an overseer, as God’s steward, must be above reproach.  He must not be arrogant or quick-tempered or a drunkard or violent or greedy for gain, but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.  He must hold firm to the trustworthy Word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.”  

As Paul wrote to Titus, another of his young understudy’s, he instructed him in the importance of character in those who lead in our Lord’s Church.  Godliness, righteousness and faithfulness to God’s Word was a priority.  The incarnation of Christ’s holy character in each minister through the filling of the Holy Spirit would give power and grace to be an effective and just leader.

Isaiah 32:1-2 “Behold, a King will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice.  Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land.” 

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, I rejoice in Your righteous and just rule as King of kings.  Fill me with Your Holy Spirit and empower me for effective leadership.  Let the water of life flow in my dry places and shelter me from life’s storms.  Amen.

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From death to Life!

Scripture reading for September 7th:  Proverbs 8-11, Colossians 2

Key Scriptures:  Colossians 2:13-16 “When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ.  He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; He took it away, nailing it to the cross.  And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”  

Paul explained the amazing work of Jesus Christ through His sacrifice on the cross.  The written code of the Law was nailed to the cross, so that it could no longer provoke us to sin.  He defeated and disarmed our arch foe, Satan, and his demons.  He triumphed over them through the cross!  In Him we now have victory and empowerment to live righteously by faith.

Proverbs 11:3-4 “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.  Wealth is worthless in the day of wrath, but righteousness delivers from death.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Christ’s amazing sacrifice for me.  Through Him, I am saved from death and given life!  Amen.

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Humbly boasting in Christ!

Scripture reading for July 5th:  Job 37-40, 1st Corinthians 1

Key Scriptures:  1st Corinthians 1:28-31 “God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God.  And because of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.””

Paul stated plainly that God chose the weak and lowly things of this world in order to shame the proud and those claiming to be wise.  Through Jesus Christ, God’s amazing wisdom, abundant righteousness, sanctification and redemption are available to all who humbly accept.  That’s something to humbly boast about!

Job 37:23-24 “The Almighty–we cannot find Him; He is great in power; justice and abundant righteousness He will not violate.  Therefore men fear Him; He does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Jesus Christ, our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption!  Help me to humbly boast in Him alone!

 

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