Smelling sweet…

When you find a sweet deal, how soon will you tell your friends about it? David spoke about the sweet deal He received from God after being declared forgiven over his transgression of the law. In Dennis Prager’s book “The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code”, the author reminds us that committing adultery or coveting your neighbor’s spouse were infractions in ancient times that harmed the family unit. When David broke these commandments by pursuing a relationship with Bathsheeba, the consequence for his sin ensued. God, however, redeemed the situation when he chose Solomon (Batheeba’s son) as the next king to succeed David and build God’s temple. David repented and had a heart of faith because he was confident not only in God’s righteousness but in His mercy as well.  Jesus Christ our Lord became sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him (see 2 Cor 5:21). The greatest error of today’s church is forgetting the monumental importance of this pivotal great truth. Father, we are amazed at your word. You not only draw us to yourself but you acknowledge when we believe you and exercise faith in your provision for us. -Teresa

Romans 4:1-12 (NASB)
“Abraham was, humanly speaking, the founder of our Jewish nation. What did he discover about being made right with God? 2 If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God’s way. 3 For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”[a]

4 When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. 5 But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. 6 David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it:

7 “Oh, what joy for those

    whose disobedience is forgiven,

    whose sins are put out of sight.

8 Yes, what joy for those

    whose record the Lord has cleared of sin.”[b]

9 Now, is this blessing only for the Jews, or is it also for uncircumcised Gentiles?[c] Well, we have been saying that Abraham was counted as righteous by God because of his faith. 10 But how did this happen? Was he counted as righteous only after he was circumcised, or was it before he was circumcised? Clearly, God accepted Abraham before he was circumcised!

11 Circumcision was a sign that Abraham already had faith and that God had already accepted him and declared him to be righteous—even before he was circumcised. So Abraham is the spiritual father of those who have faith but have not been circumcised. They are counted as righteous because of their faith. 12 And Abraham is also the spiritual father of those who have been circumcised, but only if they have the same kind of faith Abraham had before he was circumcised.”

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