Marie’s daily verse: 2 Corinthians 5:7:
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
DAILY DEVOTION, September 30, 2022
But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness (Romans 4:5).
I seem to be stuck on faith in my devotionals. It’s a good place to be stuck! Paul makes it clear that we do not work for our salvation. We renounce every notion that we have done any good works that contribute to our salvation. Paul contrasts working and believing. We do not work. We simply believe. We come before God as ungodly persons whose works merit nothing but damnation. Yes, this cuts across modern psychology which encourages us to believe in ourselves. Believing in yourself when it comes to your relationship with God is the road to hell.
Those who come before God and admit they are ungodly are on the road to heaven. A wonderful transference took place at the cross. Our sins were transferred to Jesus who suffered on our behalf. The righteousness of Christ was transferred to us who possess no righteousness. Our faith is counted as righteousness. When God looks at a person who has faith in Jesus, He sees a righteous person. It is not a righteousness we have earned. It is the righteousness of Christ credited to us. Faith is a glorious thing! Don’t leave this earth without it.
Father, I thank you that I have heard the gospel and I have come to believe in your son. It is a wondrous thing to realize that my sins were transferred to Him, and His righteousness was transferred to me. I have no words to adequately express my thanks to you for your great love and mercy. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.