May 23, 2020: SOAP #3824:   2Chronicles 6, 7; Psalm 135; Romans 4 Scripture:  Romans (NIV) 4:3 What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 4 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. 5 However, to […]

May 23, 2020: SOAP #3824:   2Chronicles 6, 7; Psalm 135; Romans 4

Scripture:  Romans (NIV) 4:3 What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 4 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation. 5 However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.

Observation:  Abraham did not work to earn his standing before God; he simply received it and held on to it with the “hands” of faith.  This was not something earned but given.  It is not a reward for services rendered, but a gift to one loved.  God was not obligated to Abraham.  God was gracious to Abraham!

Application:   Receiving the gift of salvation is not like receiving wages for working.  It is received by faith.  Salvation is too valuable; it can never be earned.  It can only be received by faith. 

Faith must have a sure foundation.  When my faith is in God and His work for my salvation, I receive the blessings of God's righteousness credited to my account.  In God's eyes, I become righteous.  My sins are forgiven, my life is cleansed. I am justified!  I am made “just as if I'd” never sinned!  Amazing! Through faith I possess what I could never earn.

It is like receiving a compliment from a good friend.  The value of the compliment is set by the faith and esteem we have in the one giving us the compliment.  I receive the compliment simply by saying, 'Thank you!'     

Prayer:  Heavenly Father with great love you sent your Son, Jesus, to make the sacrifice at Calvary to pay for sin.  With amazing grace you offer me forgiveness.  In faith that you are sincere in your offer, I accept of your forgiveness.  Thank you for cleansing me from all sin.  Jesus, in humble appreciation for what you have done for me, I make You my Lord!  Amen

Pastor Leon
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