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Monday, January 18, 2016

The End of the Law of Righeousness...?

 
Moses wrote about righteousness which is of the law. But the righteousness of faith speaks this way,
 
"The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is the word of faith which we preach), that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be save. So then,
 
FAItH

Comes through hearing and hearing by the word of God.
(Rom 10: 4-9,17)


 
(Romans 11:13-)


 
We read in Romans that if the first fruit is holy, the lump is also holy, and if the root is holy so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them and became partakers of the (holy) root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches (that were removed). But if you boast, remember that you do not support the root, but that the root supports you. 
 
It was because of unbelief that they were broken off and you stand by faith. --Beware lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily while it is still called "Today" lest any of you be hardened through deceitfulness of sin. (Hebrews 3:12). Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either....continue in His goodness. Otherwise you will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.
 
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I serve an awesome God!  
 
Not only did he make us and create this world and make a way for us to be with him forever; but, he also made a way for us to be holy and righteous through Jesus Christ (sanctified). Not of our own works of the flesh, but from us abiding  in Christ and him living in and through us (John15). 
 
He is  awesome!
 
So, how then do we abide in Christ?  Is it solely through prayer or going to church once or twice a week to be fed?
 
No, we must pray, but we also must stay in the Word of God everyday, perhaps even meditate on what we read all day until it becomes firmly planted in our hearts and minds.
 
All Scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching (doctrine),
correcting, rebuking and training in righteousness,
that the man of God may be complete,
thoroughly equipped for every good work.  
(2 Tim.3:16-)

 
When we take time to memorize God's word, we can meditate on it, whenever and wherever we want. When we can't sleep or we are waiting in line somewhere. Instead of worrying and fretting, we can turn to Him. God also will use it to keep us in perfect peace, because our mind is stayed upon Him (Isaiah 26:3-4). Not only that, the more we study His love letter to us the more He can use it to mold and shape us.  There have been times when I am upset and a verse I memorized comes to mind to either console,  correct, or encourage me.
 
 

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