Romans 4:2-8 (KJV); For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
If Abraham was made righteous by what he used todo then he had something to boast over but not before God because him and God know that it only took God for him to be who he was.
If your righteousness is worked for, then God is indebted to you. If you are conscious that what you have is not because of your works then God is not indebted to you but you ascribe to the truth that it’s His grace that got you to where you are.
MERIT AND BLESSING
David speaks of a man unto whom God imputes righteousness without him earning it and says that man is blessed.
He doesn’t need to fast and pray; he is already blessed: it doesn’t mean that prayer and fasting don’t have their place in that man’s life; it only means that whether he fasts or doesn’t, he is the blessed of the Lord.
That man will not function on the basis of merit, he will function on the premise of blessing. When you function on the basis of blessing, even when you’re not the best at it, you will be chosen, even if you’re not the wisest man, you will still be picked for an office; as long as you are blessed of God, you will always be people’s person of choice.
The Bible says the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all (Ecclesiastes 9:11).
The greatest opportunity granted to you to respond to time and chance was by the impartation of the blessedness of the free gift of righteousness! The moment you received this imputed righteousness in your spirit by faith, you qualified for the blessing. You are blessed because God does not look to your ability or your righteousness but looks at His ability and righteousness in you.
The moment you start to think like that, blessings start to follow you; the moment you start to carry the consciousness in your spirit that it’s not about your performance but God’s, He will shock you by what He can do.
Even as a minister, if you want God to move in your life, understand His grace. This grace is not just a doctrine; it is the person of Jesus Christ.
Jeremiah 23:6 says; In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, The Lord Our Righteousness.
He is the Lord OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. This is because every time you look to Him you ought to see yourself as righteous. The book of Isaiah 41:10 says Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Shift your eyes and sprit from what you can do and realize that it’s not you but Him!