Do you want to reign in life? You can by receiving an abundance of GRACE and the GIFT of righteousness.
I believe that the church’s biggest problem today is “self righteousness.” When we exchange our self righteousness which counts on our own goodness (behavior) to earn us something from God, and instead believe we will receive from God because of Christ’s righteousness, we will reign in life. For it is by RECEIVING an “abundance of grace” and the “gift of righteousness” that we are enabled to reign in life (Romans 5:17). This is NOT man’s way, but it IS God’s way. Even to reign over sin requires that we live under grace (Romans 6:14). We also receive our right standing with God through Christ’s behavior – His perfect life and work on the cross, not our own. Righteousness is a GIFT, not something we can earn. Our flesh fights this truth because it is contrary to human pride. And, the enemy leads us into defeat deceiving us with teachings from those who do not understand God’s amazing grace that put us under “laws” instead of “grace.” The Christian life is all by grace through faith (Eph 2:8-9) from beginning to end. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians who were being tempted to mix behavior as a means to earn favor with grace, saying, “Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” (Galatians 3:3 ESV).
Start reigning in life today! Believe and Receive. That’s your part. The rest has been done by Christ.
~ Pastor Sarah