Pastor Collin Bell www.AustinEFC.com
A young boy went fishing picked up a red worm and got bitten. He cought lots of big cat fish. Each time he put new worm on his hook he got bitten. Eventually he didn't feel so good. He died before he got to the hospital. Like Satan these baby rattle snakes gave a small bit poison each time.
Paul looked at the Roman soldier putting on his breastplate for protection. Righteousness is the important part of a Christian's armour. If you lose that you lose your life. You shall be holy God says.
Righteousness comes at amazing costs. God is holy. He can't stand sin. That's the mark to strive for. I can't do this. I need help to put us in right standing. David said purge me. I can't do it myself. God needs to wash us.
Rom 3.21, 23 the righteousness of God through faith. No matter who you are we share "for all have sinned" We all need Jesus's righteousness imputed. When God looks at us he sees Jesus righteousness. Rom 8:1 there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.
Amazing love how can it be that you my God would die for me?
Rom 5:20-6:2 how can we who died to sin still live in it complacently. We are called to holiness. We need to walk in newness of life. Not enslaved to sin. Not playing with rattlers.
2 Cor 6:2, 7 Paul reminds us that now is the day of salvation.
God works in us to righteousness and holiness. Righteousness protects us from ourselves.
Hosaiah 10:12-13 time to seek the Lord. Time to allow holiness in us.
Our righteousness will not get us to heaven.
Are we honoring God? Nothing is more important than a right relationship to with God.