Faith Equals Righteousness–Romans 4 Part 1

One of the most difficult concepts to grasp about God’s love for us is our inability to earn it.  As a race people, we simply want to control their destinies.  If there is a way to do more, know more or be more–humans want that edge.  Sadly, it was that edge that led Adam and Eve to eat the fruit.  It was that edge that caused men to build the tower of Babel and it was that edge that has driven men to do any and everything to make themselves into gods, rather than simply follow the God that made them.
God never intended for men to have to earn redemption.  He simply wanted them to trust him and follow him.  He showed them time and again–if you will simply follow, I will do the rest. Abraham simply followed and God counted his faith as righteousness. Abraham was not perfect, but he was faithful.  God made it clear through that his faithfulness was all that was necessary.
In our lives, The rules have not changed.  We cannot earn our redemption or improve our lot in eternity by working our way up.  We can only enjoy his grace and blessing by trusting him and following him.  God knows us inside and out.  He knows our thoughts, weakness and hearts.  He neither expects us to earn his love, nor does he make a way for us to act good enough to be redeemed.  No, we simply have to trust and follow him.  When we do, like Abraham, our faith will b credited to us as righteousness.
God Bless You
What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”[a]Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

“Blessed are those
    whose transgressions are forgiven,
    whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
    whose sin the Lord will never count against them

Author: Michael Smith

This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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