And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
This is the first of 289 times the word righteousness appears in the Bible.
Abram had just asked the Lord, “Who will be my heir?” He had only his trusted servent, no offspring.
The Lord told him: “His seed would out number the stars.”
Abram was an old man his wife not far behind, well beyond child bearing years….he already knew the Lord, had been following Him for years…...he believed the impossible. He would have heirs. …that is why it was counted to him for righteousness..
In the New Testament, Jesus said if we only believe. ….the fig tree or mountain would be cast into the sea. …do we believe? Are we serving righteousness?
The book of Romans mentions righteousness 33 times, the most of any New Testament book. It is here we learn to be servents of righteousness.
Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
Now that we know the Lord, our lives should be turned around. …we need to watch what we allow into our lives….TV, Internet, magazines. …music…
We need to stop fulfilling the lusts of the flesh, eyes and pride of life.
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
1 Samuel 15:22
And Samuel said, Hath the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken than the fat of rams.
The Lord is not a hard task master. ..he said:
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
All he really requires of us is to “Love the Lord and love our neighbors”…if we can learn to live this new commandment, the Lord will add to His Church daily such as should be saved.
We need to believe beyond salvation, He healed all that were afflicted. …we will do all He did and more…
We need to believe the impossible.
Lord help me to share Your love, help my unbelief.
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