The Believer’s Gift of God’s Righteousness Through Jesus Christ

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Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Righteous Heavenly Father, I come in Your Son’s Name to thank and praise You that it is through Jesus alone that I am made righteous in Your sight. He met me right where I was and redeemed me from the pit of Hell. He gifted me with His righteousness with no limitations. Philippians 3:9And be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith.

The world tells me that I need to help myself and pull myself up by my bootstraps. Forgive me and correct me when I begin to adopt that attitude in my walk with You.

It is a great blessing that You tell me in Your Word, the Bible, that by Your grace, wisdom, and sanctification I can continually grow in the righteousness that started at the time of my salvation. 2 Timothy 3:16All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

It is a great blessing to know that I can trust in Your righteousness and that it will never change or wear out. Psalm 111:3His work is honorable and glorious, and His righteousness endures forever.

Direct me to recognize and accept my inability to help myself and my desperate need for You to lift me up and sustain me. Psalm 55:22Cast your burdens on the LORD, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

Thank you, in the glorious, redeeming Name of Jesus. Amen.

God’s Defense for Believers

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Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

Lord, I come to You in the name of my great savior and defender, Jesus Christ. I am aware that I am constantly assaulted by the evil one. He takes every opportunity he can find to trip me up and cause as much chaos as possible. I am not strong enough to resist him myself. Therefore, I thank You for the shield of protection You have put around me as expressed by David in 2 Samuel 22:2-3. David said: “The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; the God of my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, You save me from violence.

It is such a blessing to rest in Your arms knowing that I do not have to fear because You are always on my side. Your presence is always surrounding me and Your love never leaves me. I appreciate so much the message expressed in this beautiful old hymn by Francis Crosby:

Safe in the Arms Of Jesus

Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe from corroding care.
Safe from the world’s temptations; sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow, free from my doubts and fears; only a few more trials, only a few more tears!

Safe in the arms of Jesus, safe on His gentle breast; there by His love overshadowed, sweetly my soul shall rest.

Direct me to be constantly mindful of Your promise in Psalm 46:1. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Thank you that I have the privilege of bringing these thoughts in Jesus’ Name, Amen.