And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord declared him righteous because of his faith. Gen 15:6
If I were to set my list of victories and a list of my failures on a scale of balances, I’m quite sure that they’d go flying off at the force of the impact when the scale hit bottom!
As I read the story of Abraham this morning, I realize that they didn’t do everything right. Yet, the scriptures say that Abraham was declared righteous because of his faith. This statement obviously wasn’t made on account of Abraham’s actions after he received the promise. Our right relationship with Jesus is not placed on our acts of righteousness (of doing what’s right, “thank You Lord“), but on the fact that we ultimately believe that God is who He says He is.
God's promise that Abraham would have a son eventually came true, by their actions God obviously didn’t do it according to their expectations. The number of times I have tripped over my owns expectations is too high to count. So obviously I’m no more righteous than He. There is nothing about me that I can boast in. The gift of grace is not earned, it is offered to us free.
I believe God wanted me to see this morning, that when He makes a promise to me He will complete what He has planned for me, “a hope and a future.” And although I may have stumbled on numerous occasions, it’s the fact that I have gotten up and pressed on towards the mark of my high calling in Christ Jesus, that He accounts this to me as righteousness. My Heavenly Father's heart joys in my believing Him and trusting Him. This fills me with joy that is hard to explain in earthly terms. His joy is not earthly but spiritual. “I wouldn’t trade it for anything”!!!!
Oh, what joy
for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight!
Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin,
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!
But if we are living in the light
of God’s presence, just as Christ is, then we have fellowship with each
other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from every sin. If
we say we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and refusing to accept
the truth. But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and
just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong. If we
claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his
word has no place in our hearts.
Lord I pray that those who read this can know and understand what Your grace is really all about. I pray that I will not take this for granted, but that as I and others come to know you, that we would be like You.
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