Daily Devotional Bible Verse
“..and to him Abraham apportioned a tenth part of everything. He is first, by translation of his name, king of righteousness, and then he is also king of Salem, that is, king of peace.” (Hebrews 7:2 ESV)
God’s righteousness is what always precedes His peace. It is the garment of righteousness that protects against worry. The breastplate of righteousness guards the heart against enemy’s infiltration. In order for you to lose your peace, satan will aim to make you second-guess your right standing with God. Once he wins this battle of identity, it is easier for him to sell you deception and worry – a labyrinth of lies that always leads to destruction.
Beloved, your identity is righteousness. It is Jesus’ righteousness that God adorns you with. You did not work to earn it; it is a free gift. It is not until you accept this right standing that the peace of God can rule in your heart. Prayer for peace might bring momentary peace, but enduring peace will come from continually affirming and believing this reality “I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus”.
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. (Romans 5:1 NLT)
The more you accept in your heart God’s verdict about you, the more peace you will have. The more peace you have, the more you will abound in grace; and the more you abound in grace, the more fruits of righteousness you will produce.
Beloved, you can’t produce works of righteousness in order for you to know that you are righteous. No, you KNOW and ACCEPT that you are righteous first; only then will you produce works of righteousness that lead to abiding fruits of the spirit.
Guest Devotion by Davies Bamigboye. Davies Bomigboye serves on the board of Open Heavens Christian Centre, Edgware, London. Learn how you can become a guest writer.