Weekly Grace

Meditation scripture and inspirational nuggets

The weekly meditation scripture and inspirational nugget are designed to encourage you in your walk with God, strengthen your faith and give you a specific scripture to meditate on all week long. To get the most out of these weekly scriptures, we encourage you to keep them before you every day and apply them to your life and circumstances. Declare them daily and stay focused on them until you experience true results.

FOR THE WEEK OF May 06, 2019

Made Righteous by Grace

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Righteousness is something the world doesn’t understand. Most people think of it in terms of working hard to achieve self-righteousness, but that completely misses the mark. Grace is also often misunderstood, because it doesn’t fit in with what religion teaches us about self-effort. However, we’re made righteous if we simply believe in the finished works of Jesus Christ.

Most people are trapped in the mistaken notion that they need to add something to what Jesus did on the cross. This results in guilt and self-condemnation when they constantly fall short of what they think they must do to earn right-standing with God. The requirements for salvation have gone from “doing” to “believing.” When the people asked Jesus how to do the works of God, Jesus simply said to believe in Him.

Under the Law of Moses, no faith was required, just constant effort to follow all the rules. Under grace, our performance isn’t needed anymore, only our belief. We have the opportunity to be led by the Holy Spirit, who affirms our righteousness by faith; if we’re led by the Spirit, we’re not under the law.

Grace isn’t a license to sin; when we submit to the influence of the Holy Spirit, who administers the covenant of grace, we won’t want to sin anymore. Sin is a non-issue with God, and it should be a non-issue with us as well. Christ was offered once for all as a sacrifice for everyone’s sins. He’ll be back, not to deal with our sins again, but to bring salvation to everyone waiting eagerly for Him.

We can’t sin away our righteousness, because it’s based on what Jesus did, not on what we do. No matter how many mistakes we make, we can’t ever undo what He did. Where sin abounds, grace abounds much more. This is great news for everyone who believes it.

Prayer:

God, the world doesn’t understand how we’re made righteous by our faith in Christ; most people think they have to do something extra to deserve Your favor. What Your Son did for us is enough, and nothing else is needed. Thank You. In Jesus’ name, amen

Scriptures:

  • John 6:28, 29
  • Galatians 5:18
  • Hebrews 9:28, NLT
  • Romans 5:20

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