23.08.2015

Grace Is At The Heart of Righteousness

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God's grace is not for the sake of binding us in sin, but for the sake of delivering us from sins, and keeping us delivered.

Temptation is the one major avenue for falling back into sin, and when it comes to temptation, none of us are immune from temptations. But by grace, we can overcome temptations, and remain in the path of righteousness.

We overcome temptations by yielding our entire members to Christ, in appreciations of grace and as evidence of our desires to remain in Him as righteousness itself revealed, and separated from sins.

Evidence that, we are living under grace and no longer under wrath is in our desire to abstain from sin and not to continue in sin. The desire to continue in sin is in itself proof that the spirit man is still dead to righteousness, and subject still to wrath. God's grace was activated and afforded to us through His righteousness, and God's righteousness manifested by, which we have His grace is Christ (Jeremiah 23:5-6). Therefore, anyone who propagates a notion of grace that is void of righteousness or that encourages continuation of sin under a so called argument of grace is not of God, because at the heart of grace, is God's righteousness. As such, grace and righteousness are inseparable.

God's grace indeed abounds with us, in all situation, but let us be careful not to abound in sin because grace abounds with us. Let us be desirous daily to remain in God's righteousness, which is Christ. And, let us daily seek God's face to deliver us from temptations and to keep us delivered from falling back into sin through wilful fall into temptations under the excuse that we are covered by grace! Grace does not cover sin. It covers the sinner that, is willing to let go of sin and indwell in the righteousness of God, which is Christ Jesus.

Let go of sin, remain in righteousness, which is Christ so that the grace of God can continually abound with you!

Romans 6:1-15

"What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.

For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid."

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Pastor Olabisi

Pastor Olabisi was a mother, Senior Pastor, Evangelist, Prophet,Teacher, Psalmist, Author, Writer, Publisher and a Housing Practitioner.

She set up Encouraged by God as a means of encouraging and strengthening the faith of Christians everywhere.

 

Lived and died in Christ, 06 October 2016, aged 49 years old.

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