My whole life I have “tried to get it right” – to be the perfect Christian, preacher’s kid, daughter, wife, and mother. However, my whole life I have been profoundly aware that I have “missed the mark”-that regardless of how how hard I try, I get things more WRONG than right.
If God were judging me as righteous (morally right or justifiable; virtuous) based on my actions, I would fail miserably! However, Paul, writing to the Romans, tells us how God ACTUALLY determines our righteousness. Paul writes in Romans 4:24-25, “… God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.” In other words, we are determined “righteous” by faith in God, not by our works. The verse goes on to state that we are made right (righteous) by Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Paul begins the same chapter, Romans 4, with a discussion about righteousness. He goes back to the Jewish patriarch, Abraham, and states, “Abraham believed God and God counted him as righteous because of his faith” (Romans 4: 3). Right before the scripture in Romans 4:24- 25, the Bible reiterates, “And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.”
Abraham was not counted righteous by good works (he too made some pretty serious errors). Instead, he was counted righteous by his faith in God.
Thankfully, our righteousness is not based on our works- what we do (or can’t do). Instead, our righteousness is based on our faith. You are made righteous by right believing- by believing that what Jesus did on the cross was enough to save you, heal you, deliver you, and to make you righteous!
When the enemy tries to tell you that you are not good enough, remind him that you ARE the righteousness of God!
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