Romans 10:3-4 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
Let’s take a moment to examine ignorance. The word of God declares that my people perish for lack of knowledge. We can see that not knowing can be a problem. Paul is making reference here to the nation of Israel. They were ignorant or did not know that God is righteous. Because of this they believed that they had to make themselves righteous enough for God to accept them.
Ignorance is one of our worst enemies. Not to know or not to understand is a result of ignorance. Ignorance is also not to perceive with our mind. Many of the mistakes we make are through ignorance which is lack of knowledge. We can fall into unbelief through ignorance. Paul said I received mercy from God because my unbelief was through ignorance.
God desires that we have knowledge through the Holy Spirit. Our prayer is that we receive a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus, the word of God. So often we stay ignorant because we do not earnestly seek after the word of God.
Please make a decision today to not have any unbelief in your life because of ignorance. You see in 3 John 1:2 that we prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers. One of the main ways that our soul is to prosper is all ignorance is removed and defeated from our mind. It is the knowledge of the word of God that causes our soul to prosper.
So let’s agree today that we have the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Father God and that the Holy Spirit is teaching us, guiding us and causing us to have full understanding of the knowledge of God.
In the name of Jesus, amen.
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Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.
Let’s take a look at the righteousness of God so that we do not fall in to the same category as the children of Israel did when they were ignorant of the righteousness of God.
The righteousness of God refers to his faithfulness, his truthfulness. It is that father God is always consistent in his own nature and promises. Righteous is who He is and because He is righteous everything that He says and does is right. He does not look outside himself to find right. There is no circumstance or anyone outside Father God that dictates to him righteousness or the right thing to do.
We see in the word that by one man’s offense sin and death entered mankind. Therefore the righteousness of God sent Jesus, the one man, to be a propitiation for our sins. In other words, by one man’s obedience, Jesus, we have been made righteous or put in right standing with God or totally accepted in the beloved by our Father God. Now Father God can deal and treat us as if we have never sinned. Praise the Lord.
Abraham said, shall not the judge of all the earth to do right? The answer is yes, all the time. The Lord is faithful to his word all the time. The Lord fulfills his word all the time. The Lord’s nature is righteousness and He never fall short of who He is. Please receive with me the truth word of God. As Jesus is, so are we in this world.
Father, I believe your word and your word says that as Jesus is so am I in this world. I believe that and I receive it. I thank you for the grace to walk in your truth today. I believe I’m just like Jesus in this world today.
In the name of Jesus amen.
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Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
The Grace of God in which We Stand
Father God through Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, burial and resurrection from the dead has reconciled the world to himself.
We have received the undeserved favor of God.
Father God accepts us in the Beloved.
The grace in which we stand empowers us to desire and do the will of God.
Taking these together, we freely receive all that the Lord Jesus obtained for us in his death, burial and resurrection. We can never earn or do enough to obtain his favor because He has already given us His grace through faith.
We are not required to do the following;
Monitor our own behavior.
We are not required to focus on our own righteousness established by our works. Focusing on our righteousness or being self-righteous diverts our attention from Jesus and His loveliness. It erodes our faith and dependence on Him. Father God does not ever effect change in us by threats, troubles, or any part of the curse that is operating in the earth today.
Please freely receive all that our Lord Jesus Christ has given to us in our inheritance.
Gal 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
Have you ever missed God, made a mistake or didn’t do something you knew the Lord was telling you to do? I missed the Lord and made a mistake. It was a wrong decision which resulted in a feeling of guilt and condemnation. I was allowing self pity to have its way. So much so, that I felt I had disappointed God. I had let Him down.
During a morning walk I sensed a peace rise up within me. It was the peace of God and I heard, “John, do you not know that you never disappoint me. I am never ashamed of you, so do not be ashamed of yourself. I never fail, therefore you never fail. I have made you righteous. Your righteousness is of Me.” When I heard this, instantly all guilt and condemnation vanished. I stopped trying to make up for my mistakes with God. I was freed.
The Word tells us to stand fast in the liberty God has provided!
Phil 3:10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death
To know Him, is the primary pursuit of our life. Paul realized that the only thing that counted was knowing the Lord Jesus and following after Him.
To know the power of His resurrection is to know the Holy Spirit. Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.
As we pursue knowing the Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and His mission in our lives, all that we have received when we were raised from the dead with Jesus begins to manifest in and through our lives. We begin to lay hold of that which Christ Jesus has bought and paid for us in His death, burial and resurrection.
Let us continually give thanks for our Lord Jesus.
Phil 3:12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
Phil 3:9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;
First to be found in Jesus Christ is to have my foundation in knowing who I am in Christ Jesus and what He has done for me.
It is clear in this scripture that I can’t partake of all the benefits of being in the Lord Jesus if I am going to establish my own self-righteousness. This is our best effort to do all the works of the law. This is to set a standard of behavior for ourselves according to laws, such as the Ten Commandments. We then base our right-standing, our acceptance before God or God love for us on attaining the standard of behavior we have set for ourselves.
If we approach God in this manner, rather than according to the gift of righteousness which Father God has provided for us because of His mercy and grace, then we will disqualify ourselves from any of the benefits received by being in Christ Jesus. (Gal 5:4)
We will have difficulty in receiving such things as forgiveness of sins, healing, or wisdom from God. We will have difficulty in walking in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
So, abandon every effort to be righteous in our own effort, to do good enough for God to accept you. Please receive by faith the gift of righteousness (right-standing with God) that Jesus has provided for us. Believe, think, know, and speak that God deals with you as if you have never sinned.
John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
Ps 103:11-12 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
At times, believers become entangled in unforgiveness and bitterness. This is poison to any person. Unforgiveness and bitterness is a main hindrance to our faith. It is like drinking poison to get back at someone for how they hurt you. It’s foolish to believe that your unforgiveness will hurt someone else and not affect you.
There is good news, God has given us grace and made us righteous. Now we can deal with people according to who we are and not according to what they said or what they did to us. We, the body of Christ, are love, mercy and forgiveness at all times. We can walk in forgiveness. We can cancel the debt, we do not have to allow unforgiveness to destroy relationships God has brought into our lives to bless us.
Father, in the Name of Jesus, thank you, you have made me a new creation in Christ Jesus. Because I am a new creation, from this day forth, I deal with every relationship in my life according to who I am and not according to anyone’s mistakes, wrong doings or sin. From this day forth I have the grace to make peace in every relationship in my life as much as it depends on me. Amen.