THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
RIGHTEOUSNESS COMES TO US AS A GIFT WE RECEIVE
The Scripture speaks of how God has made you RIGHTEOUS. Righteous means “to be HOLY, BLAMELESS, HONORABLE.” It does NOT say you’re going to be righteous ONE day when you’re GOOD enough. You are righteous right NOW—not because of anything you’ve DONE, but because of what CHRIST has done. Righteousness comes to us as a GIFT we receive.
When those voices remind you of everything you’re NOT, of how many times you’ve FAILED, you have to be bold and say, “I AM righteous. I am HOLY. I am BLAMELESS.” Everything in your mind will say, “No, you’re NOT. You keep giving in to temptation. You made those mistakes.” But when you declare, “I am RIGHTEOUS,” you are announcing to the accuser, to the guilt, and to the heaviness, “You do NOT control my life. The Creator of the UNIVERSE made me righteous. He made me HOLY and BLAMELESS. I may not FEEL righteous, but by FAITH I RECEIVE God’s gift of RIGHTEOUSNESS.”
Proverbs 28:1, NIV
The righteous are as bold as a lion.