Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Righteousness comes ONLY by Faith!

Righteousness is the quality of being right or having a right standing with God and this comes only through faith in Jesus.    

In Jer 23:5-6 IT tells us that Jesus is…THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.  

Jesus is our righteousness! 

Our actions, lifestyle or performance cannot make us righteous.  Isaiah 64:6 tells us that all our righteousness acts are like filthy rags!  So, being a ‘good’ person or doing ‘good works’ means absolutely nothing. 

Rom 3:19-20 (NKJV) Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

Gal 2:16 (NKJV) knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

Praise God!  We are no longer under the law because as New Covenant believers we are now under grace!

Rom 3:21-26 (NKJV) But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

Propitiation means atoning sacrifice.  Jesus paid the price for sin!  He took our sin so that Hs righteousness would be imputed or credited to our account (see Rom 4:5-8, 20-25).

Rom 10:4 Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.

2 Cor 5:21 God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

All we need to do to receive the free gift of righteousness from God is to say yes to Jesus!  And when we do this we instantly receive forgiveness of sin, are delivered and cleansed from the power of sin, and are cleansed from the stain of sin!  From that moment on we have a right standing with God.

The Truth you KNOW will set you Free!

Satan has no right to enforce your past and make you feel guilty, condemned, punished or unworthy to receive from God – unless you allow him to!

Meditate and declare the truth in God’s Word, renewing your mind and transforming the way you see yourself and what you believe about your past! 

2 Cor 5:15-16 (NKJV) and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer.

2 Cor 5:17 (Amp) Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

If you are in Christ, then you are a New Creation!  Stop living by your feelings, emotions and memories of the past and start living by the truth!  Stop looking to your ‘self’ that is outwardly to what you can do, and start looking inwardly, to what Jesus Has done!  We need to stop feeding our outward man with lies and start feeding the inward man with the truth!  

Copyright IT IS FINISHED!  How to receive your breakthrough NOW!  By Nerida Walker

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