Can your righteousness take you into heaven?

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Galatians 5:1-4

Christ has liberated us to be free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery. 2 Take note! I, Paul, tell you that if you get yourselves circumcised, Christ will not benefit you at all. 3 Again I testify to every man who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to keep the entire law. 4 You who are trying to be justified by the law are alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace.

Apart from Christ’s righteousness, no one can do enough good works to take him/her into heaven. We are like a rag that’s stained (sin) with nasty, dirty oil that gives off a bad smell. Imagine taking that rag to clean your car (your life).

Isaiah 64:6 All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.

You dip that rag in a bucket that contains water and soap then you start wiping it on the filthy car to clean it. All you will do is spread the oil and dirt all over your vehicle, making it worse than when you started and making it stink even more. In the same way, by trying to keep all of God’s commands without Jesus righteousness being applied to your life by faith in Him, it will only make you self-righteous, which produces pride as found in Luke 16:15, And He said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.”

The only thing you are accomplishing is looking worse in God’s sight and giving off a smell that’s detestable to God. Jesus didn’t die on the cross to help us get into heaven with our good works adding to it but, He died because it is impossible with our good deeds (filthy rags) to make it into heaven. Apart from Jesus crediting us with His righteousness, we cannot obtain something we don’t have to begin with since we are born in sin. A sinner must be punished since God is a righteous judge, and if we are born that way and are guilty, how can we erase the sin in our lives, let alone make up for it by living a better life? Even if you live a good life, you are still guilty and must pay for your sins. Jesus alone paid for it in full at the cross by taking your punishment that you deserve upon Himself, and on the third day, He rose from the grave in victory.

Romans 5:8 But God proves His own love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us!

Romans 4:25 He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

2 Corinthians 5:15 And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.

2 Corinthians 5:21 He made the One who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Don’t try to be good first, thinking that you have to clean yourself up before you go to Jesus. First, go to Jesus through faith for the cleansing of your sins then you will be ready and equipped with the Holy Spirit to do God’s will.

Take the time to listen to the Lord today, your faith depends on it

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Romans 10:17

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

To build up your faith is through the reading of God’s Word regularly because you know that God keeps His promises which feeds your faith. Faith is what blocks the flaming arrows of the evil one from hitting you, however if your faith is weak you will succumb to his temptations, and fall from his piercing arrows. Faith helps you because it gives you hope, and hope is what helps you to endure any bad circumstance in your life, knowing that He is working out everything for your good. The more you read the Bible the more harder it is for the enemy to knock you down. Faith is like water that your body needs, without it you can’t survive. Your body needs to be hydrated everyday to perform 100% in daily tasks. In the same way you need to hydrate yourself with faith to stay in optimal performance spiritually, to endure the storms headed your way. The maturity level of a believer hinges on the time spent in the Word of God. If a Christian spends once a week in the Word, he will fall much easier into sin than one who reads everyday. The question is: How much hard work are you willing to give the devil to try to knock you down?

Matthew 7:24-25

24 “Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock.

Our blessed Hope in the afterlife

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Revelation 21:4

He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will no longer exist; grief, crying, and pain will exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away.

What keeps the believers in Jesus Christ trekking forward? Knowing that we will be with Jesus for an eternity without death, pain and all of the headaches that accompany this present state in which we live. Hope is what keeps us fighting the good fight because hope is found only in scriptures as stated in Psalms 130:5, I wait for Yahweh; I wait and put my hope in His word.” His Word promises us that by putting our faith in Jesus as our Lord and savior he will give us eternal life and that spurs us to fight for the faith as found in 1 Timothy 6:12, “Fight the good fight for the faith; take hold of eternal life that you were called to and have made a good confession about in the presence of many witnesses.” Hell is the antithesis of heaven which is as real and many will go there. It should motivate us by the direction of the Holy Spirit to tell people about Jesus’ salvation that He offers to everyone. Every evil thing that brings pain, grief and so forth that is absent in heaven will be present in hell to those who reject Jesus. If you have any friends and family members who don’t know Christ, pray for their salvation and if Jesus gives you the opportunity to preach to them, take it because it could be their last chance to hear the gospel.