TUESDAY, APRIL 5
Scripture: Romans 4:5-8
Romans 4:5-8 says, “But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: ‘Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.” Abraham had to learn that earning righteousness was not the path that God had ordained him to walk. Believing what God promised, embracing that promise, agreeing with that promise and speaking that promise brought a righteousness that was a blessing from God and separated a believer from Phariseeism. God demands humility and those who believe they have worked for everything that God gives them usually walk in pride and self-righteousness. Abraham had to learn that walking with God could not include self-righteousness. So Abraham had to learn to receive by faith based on believing what God said. And because Abraham walked this path, he became the father of all them that believe. This is where God’s Word and His promises now become very important. We have to ask ourselves, are we going to work for God’s promises or are we going to believe for them. Which one pleases God? How we live and what we do are important. But if we walk in the Spirit, we fulfill the law so we do the right things because we choose to believe.