“The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.”  
(James 5:16 NLT)

I would love to pray powerful prayers that produce wonderful results but it requires   being righteous!  How can I become righteous?  Paul points to Abraham as an example of one God calls righteous.  For what does the Scripture say?  "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness” (Romans 4:3).   How did he become righteous?  What did he do?  Can I do what he did?  Yes!  Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.  God does not require some great spiritual act or sacrifice from us before He would count us righteous.  To believe and have faith in Him and His Word is  sufficient for Him to count you righteous.  “But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness” (Romans 4:5).   So how can I become righteous?  Just remember, “...the righteous shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4)

~ Pastor Dean Pagan ~

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