Romans 4:5 Not Work, But Faith

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However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. Romans 4:5

The majority of the people around the world like to earn what they get. They are willing to work in order to get something. Many do not want to just get something for free.

One challenge is that many people want a lot more for what they work for than what they actually deserve. People want a very large paycheck for a small amount of work, yet, they still want to be able to say that they worked for the paycheck.

There are also many who make the statement that a person will treasure what he works for more than what is just given to him. This implies that people must work more for the things that they want.

This type of thinking has also come into the thinking of many people in the church. People work very hard to be a “good” Christian. They will go to church, carry a Bible, quote a few good verses, don’t drink/smoke, and dress very nicely on Sunday. While none of these things are bad in and of themselves, none of them help a person with being righteous.

Righteousness, which is being right and holy before God, is only achieved by faith in God’s grace and mercy. It is faith in what Jesus has done for the person that makes a person righteous before God.

All of the actions that a believer does, should be done out of love for God and thankfulness for what Jesus has done for him. None of these actions need to be done to make a person righteous.

As a believer, you must have faith in the work Jesus has done for you. Having faith in God is putting your trust in Jesus. Trusting that Jesus has forgiven you and will save you.

While having that faith, you must work for God as though your salvation depended upon your own work. The works you do, do not earn your salvation, but prove that you are saved. It shows that you are grateful to God for what He has done for you.

As you are going through your life, stop working to earn your salvation from God. The price has already been paid. The work has already been done for you. Just trust God and live for Him.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will have faith in the work of Jesus; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives you; and that you no longer work for your salvation.   

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Romans 3:20 The Purpose Of The Law

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Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin. Romans 3:20

People have a love/hate relationship with the law. They like the law because it gives boundaries and tells them what they can and cannot do. Yet, they hate the law for the very same reason that it tells them what they can and cannot do. People want to have complete freedom to do whatever they want to do.

Some people are the strict rule followers. They will strive to never break the law in any way. They pride themselves in being a rule follower. They are also very quick to point out to someone else when that person has broken a law. The list of laws seems to go on forever.

Others will pride themselves in being a rule breaker. They feel as though the law is not for them or that they are above the law.

These types of actions will also be found in the church. Some churches will have a long list of laws to follow in order to be a ‘good’ Christian believer. They like to show where people are at fault in breaking God’s law. Some will strive to live under the Old Testament law, claiming to be a good Christian by doing what God has said to do.

Yet, the law was not there for the purpose of action. Without a law there cannot be any breaking of the law. Without the law, there cannot be any sin. It was put in place to help a person become conscious of sin in his life.

Following the law will not make a person righteous before God. Once a person sins, there is only one thing left, and that is death. The law cannot take away sin. This puts a need in the person’s life for God to step in and provide salvation through Jesus Christ.

You may be one who prides yourself in following God’s laws. You may do it a little or a lot, however, it is not about the law. Everything is about the grace of God found in Jesus Christ.

As you look at the law, realize how sinful you really are. Notice how much you deserve punishment. Then turn to Jesus and find His grace and mercy to forgive you of your sins.

I pray today that God will reveal the sin in your life; that you will turn to Jesus for forgiveness; that you will know the purpose of God’s law in your life; and that you will know the salvation Jesus provides.

Acts 15:10 Don’t Add Anything

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“Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear?” Acts 15:10

The churches in Jerusalem were requiring Gentile people to get circumcised if they wanted to be saved. Peter saw this and questioned them. He wanted to know why they were putting on such a requirement that they, themselves were unable to fulfill. He goes on to say that everyone is saved by grace of Jesus, not the works.

Every religion, except Christianity, requires people to do certain works in order to be saved. In the eyes of the world, this makes sense. In ordered to be saved by a god, a person must do something to earn it. Mankind wants to earn what he gets.

Under the Old Testament Law, people were required to live a certain way and do certain things, in order to gain God’s favor and be saved. It was very quickly shown in the Garden of Eden that mankind was unable to fulfill those requirements.

Yet, throughout the history of Christianity, people have been known to put on requirements for salvation that God did not put there. Many times people are told that in order to be saved, they must clean up their life and give up certain things. Or they must go to a certain church, or dress a certain way. They are told that if they do not do these actions, or others, they cannot be saved.

No where in scripture does God put any extra work requirements upon a person to be saved. All a person must do is confess his sins, believe in Jesus, and publicly announce that Jesus is Lord. It is trusting in the grace and mercy of Jesus that brings salvation, not any work or action.

Take a look at your own life and determine how you are saved. If it was not by works, then do not add anything to others to be saved. Keep salvation by grace as Jesus made it, not the way the world wants it.

Salvation is a gift from God for any who believe. It is not something earned or bought. Keep it that way, so that all may be saved. Teach the gospel message just as Jesus gave it, one of grace and mercy, with nothing added that cannot be done.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others about Jesus; that you will not add requirements to be saved that Jesus did not put there; and that you will know the grace and mercy of God in your life. 

Acts 13:41 Something Amazing Happened

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Take care that what the prophets have said does not happen to you: “‘Look, you scoffers, wonder and perish, for I am going to do something in your days that you would never believe, even if someone told you.'” Acts 13:41

Paul and Barnabas were in the city of Pisidian Antioch preaching the gospel message. The people had asked Paul what he had to tell them. Paul then gives them a quick rundown of the entire history of the bible. He brings up the scripture from Habakkuk that God had said He would do something that they would not believe.

Throughout history God has done many different amazing things. People seeing God do miracles has always amazed people. Most people will believe something is a miracle, while others will reject it and try to find a logical explanation for what had happened.

However, for God to say that He would do something that they would not believe, has to be something greater than just a miracle.

In the Old Testament, everyone had to obey the Law and be a Jew in order to be on God’s side. There appeared to be little or no hope for anyone who was not a Jew.

Following the Law also proved to be nearly impossible for anyone to do. If anyone broke any part of the Law, it meant separation from God. Man could not do it on his own.

This is where God stepped in and did something amazing that very few would be able to accept and believe. God sent His Son to die on the cross for the sins of every person.

The world cannot understand this, because why would God, who is all-powerful send His one and only son onto a cross to die for someone who does not love or care for Him?

It is because of His love that He did this.

As a believer you must realize how great His love is and how amazing it is that Jesus died for you. You did not deserve life, but death. Yet, God has given you life.

If you have not accepted Jesus as your Savior, you must do so. See what an amazing thing He has done for you. Know the life that Jesus provides for you.

Stand amazed and give God praise for His wonderful work in bringing salvation to you and anyone who follows Jesus.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be amazed at what God has done for you; and that you will tell others of what Jesus has done for them.

Acts 10:2 More Than Just Believing In God

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He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. Acts 10:2

Cornelius was a Roman centurion, a soldier in the Roman army. He had a strong belief in God, yet he knew there was something more than just believing in God. God gave him a vision to meet with Peter.

Peter had to be shown by God, that even the pagan Romans can follow Jesus. So he tells Cornelius about Jesus and he begins to follow Jesus.

People often look at certain other people and judge them as to whether they can follow Jesus or not. Groups of people in certain neighborhoods are looked down upon by many in the church as though they are hopeless and cannot have a belief in Jesus. They are looked at as gangsters, thugs, worthless people with no hope at all.

Others will look at whole nations as pagans and hopeless. They do not believe that the people of that nation could ever believe in Jesus. This is especially true of devout Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu nations.

Yet, in every group of people or nation, there is hope for every person to believe in Jesus. Often the people are not given the chance to believe in Jesus. They have not been told about Him and the need for Him.

Believers go to church every Sunday and worship God with those they know and who already believe in Jesus, but they do not step outside the four walls of the church to tell others about Him. They are afraid, or they believe, that the ‘other’ people would not accept Jesus, so they don’t tell anyone.

Peter had to be convinced by God that Cornelius could be saved. Christians today often need to be convinced by God that everyone needs a chance to be saved. No matter how bad or good a person is, he needs to know Jesus.

In your life, take a look around you. Who have you avoided telling about Jesus out of fear, or pre-judgment?

Give everyone a chance to know about Jesus, whether they are good or bad. Salvation is for every person, not just certain people. Do not ignore anyone or leave anyone without telling them about Jesus.

Jesus came to save everyone. Will you allow Him to save everyone?

Who can you tell about Jesus today?

I pray today that you will know the salvation that Jesus brings you; that you will tell everyone you meet about Jesus; that you will not prejudge anyone against telling them about Jesus; and that you will not fear telling people about Jesus.

Acts 2:38 What Should You Do?

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Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38

After the disciples had waited in Jerusalem, God had sent His Holy Spirit just as Jesus had promised. When they had received the Holy Spirit, the people started talking in tongues and the people around them were amazed. Peter told them that this is what was promised by Jesus who they had crucified. Then the people asked Peter what they should do and Peter answered for them to repent and be baptized.

All around the world there are many different views on how to get to heaven. Every religion, except Christianity, requires work to be done and then a person might get into heaven.

Jesus is the only one who does not require any works to get into heaven. Works, while very good, are not enough to get into heaven and Jesus knew that. God had it in mind to provide a way for every person to get into heaven. No person is good enough to get in by his own personal merits or works. 

When He died upon the cross, He paid the price for all the sins of every person. Jesus is able to remove all sins through forgiveness of them. He made a way for every person to be able to get into heaven.

Being saved and getting into heaven is not a difficult process. All a person needs to do is repent of his sins. That is he must be sorrowful of and turn from all his sins. He must than accept what Jesus has done for him, paid the price for the sins and removed them for all eternity.

Jesus made the way into heaven so simple that even a child can do it. He wants everyone to be saved and get into heaven. God does not want anyone to have to be sent to hell.

Take a look at your own life. Ask yourself why God should allow you into heaven. There is only one correct answer, and that is Jesus paid the price and has forgiven you of your sins.

If you cannot answer the question with that answer, seek Jesus and repent of your sins. Turn away from your sins and believe in Jesus and you shall be saved.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of your sins and turn to Jesus; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives you; and that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit.