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May Devotions
  1. Faith, not Sight
  2. Definition of Faith
  3. Faith is Unseen
  4. Faith of Abel
  5. Faith Pleases God
  6. Faith of Noah
  7. Faith of Abraham
  8. Faith Credited as Righteousness
  9. Power of Faith
  10. Blessings through Faith
  11. Faith Leads to Salvation
  12. Family of Faith
  13. Faith Excludes Boasting
  14. Justification by Faith
  15. The Shield of Faith
  16. Stand Firm in Faith
  17. Righteous Live by Faith
  18. Faith of the Centurion
  19. Little Faith
  20. Faith of a Mustard Seed
  21. Righteousness through Faith
  22. Weak Faith
  23. Faith isn't Blind
  24. Abandoning the Faith
  25. Worthless without Faith
  26. Worth More than Gold
  27. Faith is Resistance
  28. Faith Develops Perseverance
  29. Rich in Faith
  30. Faith and Deeds
  31. Our Deeds, Love, & Faith
Romans 4:9

Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness.

May 8

Faith Credited as Righteousness

Abraham sets the pattern for not only the Old Testament but the New Testament as well.  Righteousness is not something that is earned but rather it is something that is given by God because of faith.

In the Old Testament there was the law that was supposed to be upheld.  But because no one was able to follow the law, there were sacrifices that were required for the forgiveness of sin.  There was nothing magical about these sacrifices that did anything to sin.  Instead, it was an act of faith, trust that God would accept them for the forgiveness of sin.  Ultimately they looked forward and pointed to Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. 

In the church era, things operate the same way.  Instead of looking forward, we look back and respond with faith.  Although none of us met Jesus nor witnessed His death and resurrection, we act in faith and believe in Him.  Because of this faith our sins are forgiven.

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