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Righteousness By Faith

Day 142
Verse of the day

For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith

Romans 4:13

There is a righteousness that God requires of us. It is not the kind which looks back at how much we have failed God and says, “well, I am only a sinner, I can only do so much,” neither is it the form of righteousness that says, “well, I have been sinless for an hour now, if I can continue this way, I will be just fine.”

No. The righteousness which God requires of us is not selfish. It is not the righteousness which ticks boxes and lists that we have designed for ourselves. The righteousness which He requires of us is that which always and ever looks outside of ourselves and unto Jesus believing and declaring, “Christ has been made a substitute for me, He is wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption to me, and I have been made the righteousness of God in Him.” (1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:21)

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This righteousness believes the words of Christ over our actions. It considers Christ’s sacrifice before our actions, recognizing that we are not righteous because we do good, but because we have received His gift of love and righteousness. So, when before encountering Christ you have lived a most reckless life, in Him, you can look at yourself and declare, “I am God’s righteousness.”

Being this conscious of how God sees you empowers you to express that righteousness with your actions. You nurse no fear of failing, looking outside of yourself, your abilities, your light, your standard, your pattern of life, your measure of right or wrong, your strength, and only to Him, knowing that His light will always outshine the darkness of sin and the temptations you are fazed with.

This is your confidence that you are perfect before God. This is your assurance that you can now obey Him. So quit the “I am not perfect,” disposition and say “I have been made perfect, I am being made perfect, I will be made perfect. I am the righteousness of God in Christ.”

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Today’s Confession

I am righteous. I am the righteousness of God in Christ. I have been made perfect. I am being made perfect. I will be made perfect.

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