You Are Righteous By Faith (Romans 4:3)

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Romans 4:3 (KJV)

We are righteous in the sight of God not because of our works, but as a result of us believing Him. It is faith in the finished works of Jesus Christ that makes us one hundred percent righteous. And it is out of us believing our identity in Christ Jesus that we bear fruit in our lives. Right believing will always produce right living.

Live By Faith (Romans 1:17)

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Romans 1:17 (KJV)

The just are called to live by faith. Living by faith means we agree with what God has said about us, we believe the promises of God for our lives. We purpose in our hearts that we will not be moved by what we can see in the natural or feel in our emotions, but that we will be moved only by the Word of God! Faith enables what is true about us in Christ to manifest in our day to day lives.

Know Who You Are (2 Corinthians 5:21)

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)

On the cross Jesus was made sin for us so that we could be made the righteousness of God in Him. We did nothing to earn or deserve this, it is purely the gift of God’s unmerited favor. Understanding who we are in Christ enables us to live out of who He has called us to be.

Know Who You Are (2 Corinthians 5:21)

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)

Right identification is crucial for victorious living. The moment we got born again we were made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. We did nothing to earn or deserve this, it is simply the gift of God’s unmerited favor. Understanding who we are in Him enables us to live out of who He has called and purposed us to be.

Happy New Year 2019 — A Year Of Exceeding Glory!

A Year of Exceeding Glory (4)Happy New Year, and welcome to what I believe will be a year of exceeding glory!

There are different types of glory that are described in Scripture. When we speak of glory we are usually speaking of the attributes, the nature and the character of God as it is revealed to man. Glory is God revealing His majesty and His splendor to us. Yet glory can also refer to the goodness of God showing up in the life of a born again Believer. In other words, when the blessings of God manifest in our lives, it is accurate to say that the glory of God is showing up in our lives.

Friend, I believe that 2019 will be a year of exceeding glory because God is looking to increase the manifestations of His blessings and His favor in your life! Of course, the blessings and favor of God have already been freely made available to us as a result of the finished works of Jesus. Yet I believe God wants us to walk in the manifestations of these finished works to a greater degree.

While I will be creating several online teachings on this subject in the coming weeks—in addition to teaching it at our local Bible Study—let me just briefly tell you why I believe that exceeding glory is what this new year will be all about. 2 Corinthians 1:20 in the New King James Version says this:

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.”

This verse is telling us that all of the promises of God have been made available to us in Christ, and that the purpose of this is so that the glory of God may be made manifest through us. This is a remarkable statement! This is saying that God is glorified every time His goodness shows up in the lives of His children. This means that God is glorified in your healing; God is glorified in your deliverance; God is glorified as you prosper; God is glorified as you walk in His divine peace and soundness.

This is important to understand because many of us have been taught to think of the glory of God as always being something that is separate and apart from us. And while under the old covenant God would often show forth His glory separate and apart from His people, the glory of the new covenant is actually this exceeding glory that the Bible talks about in 2 Corinthians chapter 3.

2 Peter 1:4 tells us that through the promises of God coming to pass in our lives, we actually become partakers of the divine nature. In other words, the more the goodness of God shows up in our lives, the more are we becoming like God. What does this mean, you may ask. Well, let me ask you this: is God sick? The answer is, of course not! There is no sickness in heaven. To even suggest that would be absurd. And so simply put, friend, we are more like our heavenly Father when we walk in divine health than we are struggling with an illness. In the same way we are more like our heavenly Father when we are prospering and all our needs are met. After all, there is no lack in heaven. There are no economic or financial downturns in God’s Kingdom.

Friend, what I want you to see and come to discover more than ever this year is that God wants you to prosper in all things and be in health. (see 3 John 2) And the reason for that is simply because that is the nature of our heavenly Father. God is good, and through us putting our faith in Jesus He wants us to become more like Him. And as we do so, one of the effects of this is that we become a blessing to others!

Exceeding glory shows up in the life of a Believer when we start to realize that God wants to manifest His goodness in our lives so that we can become His instruments and vessels through which His goodness can flow to others! Things begin to move very quickly once we start seeing ourselves as channels through which God’s love, grace and mercy can reach the people we come into contact with in our world.

And so receive this word of encouragement today! 2019 will be a year of exceeding glory. I pray you join me in believing this. This year I will be creating much more online content such as online Bible Studies in addition to the regular daily devotionals. I believe that the Lord is calling us to expand our ministry both online as well as locally. My prayer is that anything that comes forth from this ministry will be a blessing to you, and that it will continue to remind you to look to Jesus and to trust in His finished works. It is my desire that more people all around the world come to recognize that Jesus, through shedding His precious blood for us, has already provided everything we will ever need. Our righteousness has nothing to do with our own works or efforts, but it has everything to do with us placing our trust and our confidence in Him.

He is our righteousness. He truly is our sufficiency!

And so as we head into 2019, may we all see a greater manifestation of His grace, goodness and glory in our lives. May it be a year of exceeding glory.

Live By Faith (Romans 1:17)

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Romans 1:17 (KJV)

The just are called to live by faith. This means we agree with what God has said about us, we believe the promises of God for our lives. We are not moved by what we can see in the natural or feel in our emotions, we are moved only by the Word of God! We live by faith because faith enables what is already true about us in Christ to manifest in our day to day lives.

You Are Righteous By Faith (Romans 4:3)

For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Romans 4:3 (KJV)

We are righteous in the sight of God not because of our works, but as a result of us believing Him. It is faith in the finished works of Jesus Christ that makes us one hundred percent righteous. And it is out of us believing our identity in Christ Jesus that we bear fruit in our lives. Right believing will always produce right living.

Know Who You Are (2 Corinthians 5:21)

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

2 Corinthians 5:21 (KJV)

On the cross Jesus was made sin for us so that we could be made the righteousness of God in Him. Right identification is crucial for victorious living. We must get it rooted into our hearts that the moment we got born again we were made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. We did nothing to earn or deserve this, it is simply the gift of God’s unmerited favor. Understanding who we are in Him enables us to live out of who He has called us to be.

Set Free To Live Right (Hebrews 9:14)

How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Hebrews 9:14 (KJV)

Anything we do in an effort to try and get right with God through our own performance is called dead works. Putting our faith in Jesus and the sufficiency of His finished work delivers us from this bondage, and it sets us free to serve God out of a pure heart. Now we are not working to try and become righteous; we receive by faith that we are already the righteousness of God in Christ, and our right living flows out of our right believing.

Light Unto The Upright (Psalm 112:4)

Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.

Psalm 112:4 (KJV)

We are upright in the eyes of God through our faith in Jesus. As a result darkness has lost its power over us, and even in the midst of challenges and opposition there will be light. We may rely fully upon the gracious and compassionate nature of our heavenly Father, and stand firmly and securely upon His righteousness.