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Jehovah Tsidkenu

The Lord is our Righteousness.  Does that make sense?  If that’s true, what about all the commands for us to live righteous lives?  What about the sense of failure that we feel all the time?  Why don’t I feel righteous?

Could it be that the Lord simply asks us throughout His Word to live according to the righteousness that is already ours?  Yes!  We can’t earn it by working hard or create it by any amount of good works.  We can’t be righteous on our own.  Only when He enters us, when He is our life, do we become righteous.  And then He is our righteousness.

And could it be that the evil one is afraid of people who walk and live in righteousness?  Yes!  He does all he can to promote that sense of failure.  He even uses churches and preachers when he can.

And could it be that I have lived so long under condemnation that I find this truth hard to believe, especially when applied to daily living?  Yes!  I have been taught to judge myself and accept myself on the basis of my actions and thoughts.  In Christ I must learn to judge myself and accept myself by His actions and His thoughts toward me.  In other words, I am righteous and acceptable and loved.

No wonder they call this the good news!

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How righteous are you?

I really should start taking surveys.  I wonder how people would answer that question?  I know what some would say: “Not very!”  Most people don’t really accept that their sins have been washed away and that they stand in perfect righteousness before God.

How righteous are you?  If you belong to Jesus, you are as righteous as He is.  In fact, He is your righteousness.  In Him, you are the righteousness of God.

 

For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 2 Corinthians 5:21

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Walk in Him

As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him Colossians 2:6

I am in Christ and Christ is in me.  Those may be the most powerful words of identity that you will ever read.  This is the relationship the Scriptures teach.  This is what it means to be a Christian.  The very life in me is His and the desire of my heart is to discover more and more of Him in me.

Many centuries ago a prayer was discovered that has come to be known as “St. Patrick’s Breastplate.”  Obviously, it was attributed to St. Patrick, but we don’t know for certain who wrote it.  The idea fits so well with our consideration of walking in Christ that I thought I would share my favorite part of the prayer.  You can look up the rest for yourself on Wikipedia or several other places online.  This is the prayer of someone who understands what it means to walk in Christ.

Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me,

Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ on my right, Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.

How could we ever forget that the center point of the Christian life is Jesus Himself?  To live our days as believers is to walk in Christ.  He is our strength.  He is our wisdom.  He is our love.  He is our life.

You came to Jesus with nothing except your need.  He gave you everything.  So, now walk through your days in the same way.  Trust Him to provide, to produce, to protect.  As you received Him, so walk in Him.

Thoughts?  Comments?

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Walk in His Way

 “Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!   Psalms 81:13

Thus says the Lord: “Stand in the ways and see, And ask for the old paths, where the good way is, And walk in it; Then you will find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’   Jeremiah 6:16

 

Stay on the path!  That could be the opening sentence of a good horror novel.  On the path is safety.  Off the path is danger.  Stay on the path.  Of course, in the novels they always step off the path.  The consequences of disobedience constitute the horror.

The Scriptures certainly do talk a lot about obedience and walking in the way of the Lord.  And, over and over, we are told to stay on the path.  Off the path is trouble.  We know that, don’t we?  When we step off the path we put ourselves and others at risk.

I have tried to be very strong in asserting what I believe about the reason God hates sin.  It isn’t because He is holy.  He remains holy whether we sin or not.  It isn’t because sin will somehow affect our salvation.  Jesus came as the sacrifice for sin, so that our sins would be forgiven.  After we come to Him in faith, we belong to Him and our sin is still forgiven.  No, I believe God hates sin because sin hurts us.  He loves us and He does not want us to suffer the consequence of sin.

There is danger in stepping off the path.  We can choose to go our own way, but that way is full of danger.  In His love for us, the Lord would show us the way.

Some people get to that point and begin to look for the way in the Scripture.  They devise lists of rules or commands for everyone to follow.  They make up more rules to keep us within the other rules.  You know what I mean.  But this is not what the Lord had in mind.

The Scriptures are important and they do give us guidelines for living.  But Jesus came to take us past the rules.  Notice what Jesus said to the people who loved Him?  He said, Follow Me.  He didn’t give them a list of rules.  He didn’t give them a map to follow.  He told them to walk with Him, to follow Him.

Remember when the disciples asked Jesus how they would know the way?  They wanted to know how to walk in the way of the Lord.  They wanted a map.  But Jesus didn’t give it to them.  Instead, He told them, I am the way.  The message is consistent.  We are to walk with Jesus if we want to walk in the way of the Lord.

It’s nice to have a path.  It’s nicer to walk with Someone who knows where He’s going.

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