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Going to church, reading the bible, listening to Christian music will not advance your spiritual life. These activities may give you more understanding but until you are ready to lay down your life and take up your cross this leads nowhere.

What I am talking about is the sacrifice of self to advance the cause of Jesus Christ in the world. There is a destiny that God had for each of us that only we can personally discover. We can discover it only by detaching from the world and making ourselves available for the Holy Spirit. By detaching from the world--now you have time--the commodity that most Christians are not willing to give.

Jesus said, "Self-help is not help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, to finding yourself, your true self. (Matthew 16:25)

"God has planted eternity in the human heart." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

"Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62)

"The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me." (Acts 20:24)

"We have been sent to speak for Christ." (2 Corinthians 5:20)

"We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10)

Albert Finch
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Understanding Our Right Standing With God

Posted 03-11-2024 at 01:19 AM by Albert Finch

Many think righteousness equates to following the law, but this is a religious mindset. Living under the Law leads to death. If you live by the Law, the Law will require righteousness from you that you are unable to fulfill on your own, putting you in a position where you will be judged by that Law, and the Law is an unforgiving judge. But the good news is that Jesus came so that you may have life and life more abundantly.

Romans 8:3-5 tells us that God sent His only Son in the form of sinful flesh to condemn sin in the flesh, so that the righteous requirement of the Law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

Matthew 5:17 tells us that Jesus did not come to abolish the Law or the prophets, He came to fulfill them.

"But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." (Romans 3:21-24, NIV)

Righteousness does not come from our good deeds; our righteousness comes from our faith in the blood of Jesus and what it bought for us -- righteousness is our right standing with God.

Jesus + nothing else = salvation.

Not Jesus + striving, or Jesus + how good we are = a religious mindset.

Does this mean that as a child of God you can live however you want then? No, it simply means we shift from obeying the law to allowing Jesus to live His life through us -- we are ;living our life through Jesus' righteousness. We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).

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