Righteousness by Faith

Knowing that a man is
not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we
have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ
and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be
(Galatians 2:16).
We are right with God, not because of what we do, but
because of what He did for us! We are not
saved by grace to live by works.
 Early in my Christian experience I learned
a valuable lesson about trusting the grace of God in my life. Being a hard
worker, I had a subtle belief buried deep within my soul that I must work to be
accepted. As a young boy, I received affirmation mainly when I accomplished
something. I carried this habit into my adult life.
As I began to walk with God, the familiar call of guilt and
inferiority pulled me back into a works
instead of a faith
I begin to read my Bible to be right with God instead of for
spiritual nourishment. I would pray, not for fellowship, but to calm a
overbearing conscience. I would fast a few meals, not to wait on God as much as
to please Him.
The Lord graciously revealed to me during that season that
He loved me, and that Jesus had already done everything necessary to make me
right with Him. He showed me that I must take all of my inferiority to Him, and
that there was nothing more I could do to become righteous. Jesus paid my sin
debt. Jesus cancelled my past, and gave me His standing before the Father.
The Lord showed me that my righteousness was like filthy
rags and that I could never do enough to be right with Him. I must accept by
faith that He loves me, that He has forgiven and forgotten my past, and that I
am now secure in Christ. My human efforts could never match what Jesus has
already done to make me right with Him.
Stop struggling in self-effort to be right with God! Accept
the fact that the blood of Jesus gives you a righteousness that makes close
fellowship possible. When you sin, confess what you did before the Father and
ask for His grace to enable you to overcome the weakness of the flesh. We’re not saved by grace to live by works!

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