January 8

Genesis 18:16-19:38; Matthew 6:25-7:14; Psalm 8:1-9; Proverbs 2:6-15

There is a power in righteousness. It means to be in good standing with God. In the Old Testament, they had to earn this status through their works (actions). Abraham had a proven track record with God and when his nephew, Lot, was in Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham had enough good standing with God that he could plead for Lot’s life.

In our society, righteousness is downplayed as unnecessary. In fact, people seem to be praised for their ruthlessness and utter ungodliness. Those types of people may wield great earthly power but they do not wield any supernatural power.

Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we no longer have to earn righteousness. It is conferred upon us the moment that we accept Jesus as our Savior (Romans 10:9-10). There are great privileges to being in God’s family (being in good standing with God).

You have the assurance of answered prayers. You have God’s protection and favor on your family. You can intercede on another’s behalf and God will honor those prayers. You also get provision of your needs and so many more. These are great benefits but they do come with responsibility.

Jesus said that those who are righteous should have only one priority: “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need” (Matthew 6:33). God expects us to put Him first in all we do. Not as an afterthought but a priority–as the actual center of our lives!

Don’t neglect your righteous benefits. It is your advantage in a world that is full of unrighteousness!

Tomorrow’s Reading:  Genesis 20:1-22:24; Matthew 7:15-29; Psalm 9:1-12; Proverbs 2:16-22

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