Righteousness Without Works

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Weekly Grace: Redeemed From The Curse Of The Law

Many people think of the Blessing as being circumstantial. In other words, that we are blessed when things are going well; and when things are not going well, we are not blessed. However, the biblical definition of the Blessing is to be empowered to prosper. To be blessed means to be set up for victory and success in every area of life!

The truth is that as born again Believers we are blessedWe are blessed on the mountaintop and we are blessed in the valley. We are blessed when things are going well and we are blessed when things are not going well. The reason is that—no matter the situation—victory has already been made available! Jesus has won us the victory two thousand years ago. And as a result of the finished works of Jesus, you and I are blessed!

The opposite of being blessed is to be cursed. And the definition of being cursed is to be empowered to fail. A person operating under the curse is a person who can never quite get ahead. No matter how hard they struggle and strive, it seems that things are always set up to their disadvantage. Friend, regardless of what your past experiences may have been, do you know the Bible says that Jesus has redeemed us from the curse of the law? As a result of the finished works of Jesus, you and I have been redeemed from the empowerment to fail.

Notice what we have been redeemed from is “the curse of the law.” This means that we have been redeemed from sweating and struggling and performing to try to get into right standing with God or to try to get God to bless us. Because of what Jesus has done for us, you and I now have free access to the boundless blessings of God by faith. As a result of the finished works of Jesus, God no longer deals with us based on our performance. And so we need not to work hard to try to get God to move in our lives; all we need to do is put our faith in Jesus. We are called to trust in the sufficiency of the finished works of Jesus rather than in our own performance.

God deals with us purely through the lens of the finished works of His Son. When God looks at you and me, He sees us in Christ. What He sees when He looks at you and me is Jesus in us. And this means that He sees us perfect. Yes, even at those times when we miss it and come up short, the boundless grace and mercy of our Heavenly Father are always there rushing toward us.

Understanding the goodness of God does not give us license to live in sin. The contrary—understanding the goodness of God actually brings about the very change of heart that causes us to no longer want to live in sin. Truly, it is the goodness of God that leadeth people to repentance. It is the goodness of God that turns us from failure and disappointment to living a live of victory and peace.

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I thank You that You are not holding my sins and my failures against me. Thank You for sending Jesus to deliver me from the bondage of past mistakes and from the guilt and shame of performance-based living, and for bringing me into a place of victory and peace. Teach me how to live as who You have created me to be. In Jesus’ name, amen.

SCRIPTURES:

Galatians 3:13-14

Romans 2:4

2 Corinthians 5:21

Romans 4:8

Ephesians 1:4-6

Psalm 23:6

Psalm 103:1-3

The Blessing: Redeemed From The Curse Of The Law

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The Goodness Of God (Romans 2:4)

Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

Romans 2:4 (KJV)

Understanding the goodness of God is what produces repentance, which is simply a change of mind and heart. When we receive His gift of no condemnation, God can effectively work in us leading us to live a life of freedom from bondage to sin.

The Art Of Waiting For God, Part 2

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Speak God’s Word (Proverbs 16:24)

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Proverbs 16:24 (KJV)

The words we speak can either be pleasant to our soul and bring health to our physical bodies, or similarly our words can bring about sorrow and even sickness. Let us be in the habit of speaking God’s Word over our lives, over the people we encounter, and over situations and circumstances. God’s Word will always bring joy to our souls, and He always confirms His Word with signs and manifestations following.

Keeping Our Minds Filled With Truth (1 Peter 1:13)

Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 1:13 (ESV)

To be sober-minded is to be filled with what the Word declares over us. It is to keep our minds actively focused on the truth of God’s Word, and to be actively on guard against the lies and deceptions of the enemy that would seek to invade our thinking. Our confident expectation is set fully upon what the grace of God has made available to us in Christ Jesus.

Live By The Wisdom Of The Word (Proverbs 23:12)

Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 23:12 (KJV)

We apply our heart to the instruction of God’s Word by speaking it over our lives, and by making it a part of our everyday conversation. Whatever we hear repeatedly—even as we hear ourselves saying it—will become rooted in our hearts. When we consistently live by the knowledge found in the Word of God, good success and prosperity in every area become inevitable.

Speak God’s Word (Proverbs 16:24)

Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones.

Proverbs 16:24 (KJV)

The words we speak can either be pleasant to our soul and bring health to our physical bodies, or similarly our words can bring about sorrow and even sickness. Let us be in the habit of speaking God’s Word over our lives, over the people we encounter, and over situations and circumstances. God’s Word will always bring joy to our souls, and He always confirms His Word with signs and manifestations following.

Live By The Wisdom Of The Word (Proverbs 23:12)

Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.

Proverbs 23:12 (KJV)

We apply our heart to the instruction of God’s Word by speaking it over our lives, and by making it a part of our everyday conversation. Whatever we hear repeatedly—even as we hear ourselves saying it—will become rooted in our hearts. When we consistently live by the knowledge found in the Word of God, good success and prosperity in every area become inevitable.