Romans 9:30-31 Pursue Righteousness By Faith, Not Law

What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith; but the people of Israel, who pursued the law as the way of righteousness, have not attained their goal. Romans 9:30-31

People want to feel as if they can do the right thing all the time. They want to be known as a good person.

No one wants to be seen as a bad person, who is in the wrong. In order to combat the view of being bad, many will do good things to make themselves look good.

Paul points out that the gentiles had received righteousness by faith, not the law. The Israelites were unable to attain righteousness by following the law.

There are many believers who know the laws of God very well and push them on everyone. They stress that one must follow the laws of God to be a believer and be righteous and holy.

Following the law is man’s effort to look good before God. Once a person sins, he can never look good enough or be truly righteous before God.

The only way a person can become righteous and holy before God is by accepting what Jesus did on the cross. This acceptance is what faith does. It is faith in the works of Jesus, not self works.

However, this does not nullify the law. One must now pursue the law out of faith in Jesus. He must strive to be holy, not to gain righteousness, but because of what Jesus has already done. Jesus gives every believer in Him His righteousness and holiness.

Through faith one is made righteous, not through self work, following God’s law. Faith in Jesus must precede following the law. Following the law must always follow faith.

As you trust in and believe in the work of Jesus, you are saved. There is nothing more you can do to be saved more. This is faith in action. Once you are saved, you are given the righteousness of Jesus.

As a result of what He has done, pursue following God’s law and commands to you. Pursue the law out of love for what Jesus did for you, not in order to be righteous or better in God’s sight. Jesus has already done that work for you.

What is your reason for following God’s law? For righteousness or out of love?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in the works of Jesus; that you will love God with your actions; and that you will trust in the righteousness of Jesus given to you.

Romans 5:1 How To Have Peace With God

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, Romans 5:1

Peace is something that most people desire. Very few people desire to be at war with someone else. In order to have peace, however, it often will require some work on the part of the person.

Choices have to be made to prevent the other person from being angry and wanting to be a war. Most often, these choices are things that physically need to be done and usually on the part of both parties involved.

After showing that Jesus died to save people from their sins, Paul points out that people can have peace with God because of that justification. That justification is provided by faith in Christ.

People often try to seek peace with God by doing good things. They feel as if they do enough good things, then God will like them and save them. Doing these types of actions, puts the work of salvation into the hands of people and takes them out of the hands of Jesus.

As people try to save themselves, they will find that they do not have peace with God. They find they have not had their sins removed, because they could not earn their removal.

Those who let go of themselves and trust, have faith, in the work Jesus did, find that they have their sins removed. Jesus is willing to forgive and remove those sins as though they had never been committed–they are justified by faith.

As the believer has faith in Jesus, he finds he now has peace with God. God is no longer angry with him because of sin. There is no longer any attempts being made to be saved, one is saved by faith in Jesus, not his own personal, failing works.

You may be striving to find peace with God and, yet, are not able to find it. Realize that you cannot be good enough for God to forgive you. Forgiveness only comes by faith in what Jesus did.

Stop trying to be good enough and have faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus. Let your works be done only out of love for what Jesus has already done, not to earn salvation. In this way, you will know the supernatural peace with God that is yours through your faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know true peace with God; that you will have faith in what Jesus did for you; and that you will know the forgiveness Jesus provides.

Romans 4:18 Believe Against All Hope

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Romans 4:18

As people go through life, there are situations that come up that appear to be without any hope of a good report. Doctors give a diagnosis of a sickness that is incurable and death is certain. A loss of a job and home, with no sign of relief in sight.

People will do one of two things when there is no hope, they will give up or they will work harder. While sometimes working harder will help, there are many times that it does no good, death is still certain.

Abraham had no reason to believe that he would be a father of many nations, but he still believed. He had hope against all reasoning or logic.

Believing in something when everything says not to is not an easy thing to do. Man’s reasoning or logic struggles with what appears to be impossible, yet, it is God who works in the realm of the impossible.

People often begin to realize that they are failures and are not pleasing God with their lives. They realize that they have a death sentence upon their head and strive to work to get past it. Yet, all the work in the world will never rescind the death sentence of sin upon a person.

In order to remove that death sentence, one must believe in Jesus. He must have hope, faith, in what appears to be hopeless. Faith is trusting or believing God when one cannot see or understand.

Forgiveness and salvation come by faith, not by doing good things or not doing bad things. What a person does or does not do is a result of being forgiven and saved.

At some point in your life, you had chosen to believe in Jesus. Now you must continue to believe in Him when everything tells you not to. You must trust that He has forgiven you and will save you.

There will be times in your life when everything appears to be fallen apart and that there is no hope. That is where Abraham was, but he still believed God.

Believe God and His word and wait for His salvation to come at the right time. God loves you and will never do wrong to you, but will do good when the time is right.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in God’s word; that you will know the true hope you can have in Jesus; that God will strengthen your walk with Him; and that you will see God work in miraculous ways in your life.

Acts 27:25-26 Have Faith In God In Rough Waters

So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me. Nevertheless, we must run aground on some island. Acts 27:25-26

Plans are made all the time by many people. As they go into the plans, often things come up that appear to throw those plans out the window. It may feel as if there is no way to accomplish the plans.

During these times, many people give up on their plans. Some others will go into extreme desperate measures to attempt accomplish their plans.

Paul was on a ship bound for Rome. During a storm, the sailors wanted to give up, due to the danger. Paul told them that God had told him they would reach their goal, but not until after a shipwreck.

On the paths of life, many things are thrown into the ways of plans. Most often individuals have very little to no control over the obstacles in the way of reaching their goals.

Even though a person does not have any real control, God does. When God lays out a path for someone to take, He will do what it takes to make it happen all the way to the end.

There will be times when the obstacle is so great, that in the human mind and ways it points to that one should quit and give up the goal. The goal of salvation is like that. One cannot be perfect or get rid of his own sin. It is a great, impossible obstacle to personally overcome, but Jesus provided a way for it to occur.

Just as Jesus overcomes sin, He can overcome every obstacle in the life of a believer. If God has called a person on a path, He will make it occur, despite the problems along the way.

God has probably called you along some path in this life. At times it may appear as though you are getting no where and are failing to accomplish that goal.

Do not give up or give in to the ways of this world’s thinking. Do not jump overboard and quit, thinking it is over and you failed. It is not over yet. Trust God will bring you through to His desired goal that He called you to.

Hold onto the promises God has given you and believe that you will accomplish what He told you to do.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God has called you to do and be; that you will trust God when in difficult times; that God will give you strength to keep moving forward; and that God will accomplish His purpose in and through you.

Acts 20:21 A Needed Declaration

I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus. Acts 20:21

When a person goes to court, he is required to make a declaration of his standing on whatever the case is about. It is a statement that whatever he says is factual and true about a situation that has been witnessed.

People make declarations all the time about various issues in their life or about the public life around them. Most declarations have little to do with other people, but some will effect what others think or do.

Paul pointed out that he had made a declaration to everyone. His message was the gospel message of repentance and faith in Jesus.

While many things can be declared or talked about, there is only one major priority that every one needs to hear. Many people are quick to declare their belief in politics, entertainment, or sports, but few are willing to make a declaration in what is truly important for all eternity.

The people of this world are dying without knowing the truth or having access to eternal life. Very few are willing to let people know the truth of Jesus. Believers have ignored their true mission that Jesus had given them to do.

Every believer has been given the same commission. They are to proclaim the gospel message to everyone that they can speak to. This message is that God loves them, they need to repent of their sins and have faith in Jesus. As one speaks these things he is making a declaration of the truth.

All the people of this world need to hear this declaration of truth. No believer should be afraid to stand up and declare the truth of Jesus to those who need to hear it.

At some point in your life, someone had declared the truth to you. It was made known to you that you must repent and believe in Jesus for the salvation of your soul.

Now just as someone declared the truth to you, be willing to declare that same truth to others around you. Know that you know what you know and be willing to boldly proclaim it to this lost and dying world.

Do not hold back any truth that the people need to hear. Do your best to keep anyone from being prevented from hearing the truth of Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will boldly declare the truth of God; that you will be a witness of Jesus to those around you; and that you will declare repentance and faith to all who need it.