Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.
Nothing that I do to be good enough makes God accept me. Nothing I do ever earns God’s love. God already loved me enough to send His own Son to die for me. Only Christ makes me right and justifies my imperfections to God. Only Christ, living in me, makes me unblemished and righteous. When I believe in Christ, He lives in me.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
I don’t crucify my sin. I don’t perfect myself. I no longer live. It is Christ living in me who has made me worthy. And the life I live—the things I do—the decisions I make—the thoughts I allow, I don’t control on my own. I live by the faith of Christ which He has given me.
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
God wants me to take the measure of faith He has given to me seriously. I decide to exercise the faith of Christ I have received. I decide to believe God’s truth over what my flesh dictates. I choose to live by the truth of who Christ is within me.
So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
To build my faith, I am continually renewed by the hearing of the Word.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
When I am renewed by the Word, my mind conforms to the spirit of Christ living in me. I choose to put on the new nature that He has given me. I can’t earn what He has already earned. I choose His righteousness and holiness.
I walk by faith and not by sight.
—2 Corinthians 5:7
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
Christ lives in me. The flesh is defeated by grace. I have gained Christ, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27).
© 2022 Lynn Lacher