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Righteousness vs. The Law
Author: Creflo Dollar
The only flaw with the first covenant (the law) is man’s inability to keep it. Therefore, God made us a better covenant with better promises. Within that covenant He said He will write His laws upon our hearts, teach us how to have a relationship with Him, and be merciful toward our sins. With this new covenant, we have been made righteous by faith. By faith, we received all the good things He has promised us.
- Sin (Satan) can no longer have dominion over us. We are free from the prison of sin and have become servants of righteousness (right standing with God) (Romans 6:14-20).
- The law, which is holy, perfect, and right, came from God. However, it made us aware of sin, causing sin to be revived.
- The purpose of the law is to show us that we are in desperate need of a Savior.
- We are now under the New Covenant (under grace) because Jesus died for us.
- However, grace does not give us an excuse to willingly sin.
- We shouldn’t increase sin in our lives in order to cause grace to increase.
- Grace gives us the ability to turn away from sin and bad habits.
- When we do sin (or miss the mark), we should remind ourselves that as Christians our past, present, and future sins have been forgiven (Colossians 2:13-15, AMP).
- If we lived by the law, we would have to keep all the law (James 2:10).
- Grace can only be received through our faith in God, not in ourselves.
- We can never boast about earning grace because grace cannot be earned (Mark 10:17-22).
- Grace is God’s divine power, which brings us out of bondage.
- God wants to deliver us from our sins and have a personal relationship with us (Romans 7:4-9, AMP).
- Those who have been declared righteous live by faith.
- Living by faith is how miracles and the ministry of the Holy Spirit are manifested in our lives (Galatians 3:5-11).
- Romans 6:14-20
Colossians 2:13-15, AMP
Romans 7:4-9, AMP
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