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Righteousness – Right Standing with God

Today I want us to prepare our hearts for what God wants to do through our time in corporate worship. We need the Spirit to lead us and show us what He is doing currently and wants to do in us. This involves praying and asking Him to allow us to be aware of His activity in our lives.  

If you are new to prayer and still trying to understand how God speaks to us, pray the prayer below, anticipating that God will meet you where you are.  

Let’s pray…

Please open my mind to the ways You are here for me today. Show me the depths that You have gone to bring peace, life, and joy to me. Satisfy the ache in my heart with Your presence and shine Your light into my life again today. Amen.

The idea of righteousness is often foreign to us. We view it in the sense of perfection. And to a degree, this is not far off. But better than thinking that righteousness is about checking off all the boxes, think about it in relational terms. We will explore this week the idea of how our relationship with God has been broken, trust shattered. And instead of friend of God, we carried the label enemy. Yet Jesus comes along and is completely faithful to God. He trusts Him in every way, even to the point that He gives up His life. It is Jesus’ faithfulness that the New Testament authors will call our salvation. It is His sacrifice for us that makes forgiveness possible. He restores our right standing, our relationship, with the Father. We celebrate a gift given to us in that when God looks at us, He sees Jesus’ faithfulness, not our unfaithfulness.

As you start to think about these ideas, take 4-5 minutes to answer this question in your mind or feel free to write down your thoughts in a journal somewhere.

How does thinking about righteousness in terms of relationship change the way you think about it?

Close your time today talking with God. Take time to pray through the following prompts. Feel free to take as much time as you need.

Pray to God today about any struggles you might find with accepting what Jesus has done for you…

Take time to thank Him for what He has done for you!

Stay in this posture of talking and listening to God. As you go to your time of worship and teaching at church today, ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you!

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