Putting God's Word into Practice…

Romans 4 “Red in the Ledger”

on August 13, 2012

We took our boys to see the Avengers in the spring and the one comment that stood out to me was by Black Widow.  She said there was red in her ledger–meaning no matter what she did, she couldn’t atone for her wrongs.  That is basically what Romans 4 is saying.  We have to give an account to God some day and all our good works will never zero out our sins.  We cannot make ourselves righteous.  Only by believing through faith in the One who justifies the ungodly, can righteousness be credited into our “spiritual account.”  God rewards faith with grace!

Romans 4 speaks of the faith of Abraham.  God gave him a great promise–that he would be the father of many nations.  However, Abraham was old and his elderly wife was barren.  Abraham-by faith-did not let earthly circumstances or natural impossibilities weaken His faith or cause him to waiver.  Instead-AS HE GAVE GLORY TO GOD-his faith was strengthened.  Abraham was fully convinced of the power of God to accomplish the supernatural and impossible in order to keep His promises!  Abraham believed that God alone gives life to the dead and calls things into existence out of nothing.

That is the kind of faith it takes to receive grace–to believe that Jesus’ atoning death on the cross and God’s power to raise Him from the dead gives us our righteousness, and there is no other way.

Those of us who have “believed” for a long time sometimes slip back into the thinking that we have somehow secured our own righteousness.  If that is the case, I encourage you to spend time reflecting on Jesus and His sacrifice and thanking Him for doing in your life what you could never do on your own.

“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sins!” Romans 4:7,8/Psalm 32:1,2


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