For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
I grew up thinking the more laws I knew from the Bible the more righteous I’d live for God. This didn’t work as I kept struggling every day to live righteous. It was frustrating for me struggling with sin and its desires but God was about to show me a way out which I will share with you this week.
The scripture for today says sin shall not have dominion over you when you are not under the law but under grace. Sounds quite simple and trust me its this simple. How can an imperfect man live a life free of sin and be deemed righteous by God. Paul gives us the answer in 2 Cor 5:21 which says For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
The Just shall live by faith and therefore righteousness like every thing we do as a believer is also by faith. Wake up every morning and confess “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus”, you are not a sinner. Grace made righteousness available to you as a free gift through Jesus, you don’t have to work for it but just believe.
The same way Jesus did no sin to become a sinner we must learn that we also become righteous by believing in Jesus alone.
Brothers and sisters grace gives you power over sin like you haven’t experienced before and confessing your righteousness in Christ activates God’s grace in you. As Paul said in Romans 10 “The righteousness that is by faith says….” therefore you must say who you are. You are not your thoughts or mistakes but Gods righteousness. Glory.
Finally, righteousness is right believing not right doing. You are a human being not a human doing and therefore what you believe influences what you will do as a Christian. Grace empowers our being, it doesn’t excuse our sinful lifestyle, but makes us live above it.
Romans 5:17 says whoever receives abundant grace and the gift of righteousness shall reign in life. Want to reign in life stop justifying yourself by your actions but by faith only, enjoy God’s grace.
Thought of the week: It is faith that is spoken that yields fruit. Learn to always confess your righteousness in Christ.