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Are you Standing on God’s Promises or on Your Behavior?

One of Satan’s oldest tricks is to get Christians to work for what the Lord has already given us.  Satan basically told Eve that God was holding out on them, and she had to do something to be like God.  Well, it was a lie.  She was already like God.  The Lord had breathed his life in them.  They were created in the Lord’s image and likeness (see Genesis 1:26-27).  Therefore, they didn’t need to “do something.” They needed to “believe something!” 

Scriptures tell us in Paul’s letters to the Romans that it’s really about right believing:

          Romans 1:16-17 (NKJV)

          16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

          17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The  just shall live by faith."

 Notice the text didn’t say, “to everyone who behaves.”  It says to everyone who believes.  The main issue really is, am I standing on God’s promises or my performance (behavior).  This is important because God honors our faith. 

Paul continues on the importance of right believing in letter to the gentile Galatians.  The Judiazers came in and said they need to do certain behaviors to be right and stay right with God.  Paul corrects this error.  Listen closely:

           Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? 

          Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could  complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? ... 

           Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust him  to do them in you? Don’t these things happen among you just as they happened with Abraham? He believed God, and that act of belief was turned into a life that was right with God. Is it not obvious to you that persons who put their trust in Christ (not persons who put their trust in the law!) are like Abraham: children of faith? It was all laid out beforehand in Scripture that God would set things right with non-Jews by faith. Scripture anticipated this in the promise to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed in you.” (Galatians 3:2-8 MSG)

 

Paul's argument is: the only way to get right and stay right and live for the Lord is simple trust in Christ and His finished work on the cross, apart from any human effort.

 Jesus plus nothing: (not bible reading, not giving, not serving, not witnessing, not coming to the altar, not keeping the 10 Commandment,)

 We don't have to do any of these things to get right or stay right with The Lord.  However, we "get to do" these things because of  what the Lord has done to us and in us.  These things are the fruit of right believing.

 So, are you trusting in God’s promises or your behavior? 

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Currently serving as the Senior Pastor and Developer of New Beginnings Fellowship in Lawrenceville, GA.
Pastor Screen has served as a member of the South Atlantic District Executive Committee (DEXCOM) which oversees 100 Churches in GA., S.C., and N.C. for nine years.  He also served on the South Atlantic District Multiplication Team for 12 years which is responsible for Church Planting in GA., S.C., and N.C.

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    Eairrick Kinsey Wednesday, 11 September 2013

    What a blessing!:D

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