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Let’s lean in and come close as David speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 

"Blessed are they whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will never count against him" (Romans 4:6-8)

Can you imagine King David shaking your hand? He’d see you from across the room only to make a beeline straight to you in order to congratulate you. Sounds weird, right? And yet, in the Psalms, King David saw a glimpse of what was coming through the Messiah, the time we now live in and called us blessed. The Amplified Bible puts it this way: (Ok I confess I enjoy reading other translations, it just seems to make the verses jump up and say, wow I never saw that before.) 

“Thus David congratulates the man and pronounces a blessing on him to whom God credits righteousness apart from the works he does:

Blessed and happy and to be envied are those whose iniquities are forgiven and whose sins are covered up and completely buried.

Blessed and happy and to be envied is the person of whose sin the Lord will take no account nor reckon it against him.” (Rom. 4:6-8 AMP)

King David saw this through the eyes of faith and said these people should be congratulated because they are extremely blessed.

What did he see?

He saw that God would not only forgive sin, which King David experienced himself so he understood its importance. But he also saw that through the Messiah (Jesus) believers in Him would live with sin NEVER being a charge against them.

He goes on to say that their sin will be forgiven, covered, and forgotten. In the way Paul wrote this, the Greek word he used for ‘will not’ is called an emphatic double negative, meaning that sin will never, not ever, be counted against us. This is the strongest language that could ever be used to describe the state of the New Testament believer.

He is also using this double negative with the word credited, an accounting term, that means imputed, charged, or reckoned with. Think about a credit card. When a purchase is made, the amount charged is then imputed to the cardholder and has to be paid later. However, David says that the Lord will never (not ever, ever, ever) charge sin against us making us pay for it. He won’t charge us because ... Jesus was charged, and He paid the ultimate price for sin once for all (Heb. 10:1014).

Understanding this, you can see why King David called us blessed!

Paul shows us that we are completely justified and declared righteous by faith in what Jesus did for us apart from anything we can do. I hope I never get over this truth. 

Today, I invite you to evaluate your heart to see where you fall on this continuum. Do you live a life weighed down by feelings of the guilt and shame associated with your sin or have you found the freedom to enjoy the righteous standing you have before God?  Can I share one of my favorite songs with you today. Click the link below...

Big Daddy Weave - "Redeemed" (Official Music Video) - YouTube

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Have you ever found yourself at a strange point in life and wondered how you got there? Have you looked back at the coincidences and happenstance that brought you together with others in a particular place and time? That feeling of gratitude for God’s careful direction is one of the reasons that one my favorite texts in all of Scripture is a strange little story about a lonely road, a deacon named Philip, and an Ethiopian eunuch. Read on...  

26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 

27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 

28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 

29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 

30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. 

31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. 

32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading: “He was led like a sheep to the slaughter, and as a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he did not open his mouth. 

33 In his humiliation he was deprived of justice. Who can speak of his descendants? For his life was taken from the earth.” 

34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 

35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. 

36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized? ” 

38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 

39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 

40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.

At some point, God will call us to places we never expected. Or God may call us to turn to a stranger and ask for their help, to say, “How can I unless someone guides me?” And if we do so, if we follow God’s call to strange places in the middle of nowhere, we may find that God has already visited these strange places, that God has already set the stage, that God has made nowhere God’s home. We may find that the bold steps we take were paved by none other than the God who moves where we least expect God to move. 

And so I carry this strange little story with me wherever I go, expecting that when I least expect it, God will show up.

Let us "Make Prayer a Habit" and ask God to use us and direct us to those who desperately need a Savior. 


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