Scripture:

Galatians 3:21-22 Is the law then contrary to the promises of God? Certainly not! For if a law had been given that could give life, then righteousness would indeed be by the law. But the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

Observation:

The law was never meant to give life or to make one righteous. Instead it was given to “imprison” all so that righteousness through faith in Christ would be revealed as the only way to experience the attaining of righteousness.

Application:

#1. The law isn’t bad, it just doesn’t give life. I must stop aligning my righteousness up to my ability/inability to follow rules. instead I must remember that my righteousness is in Christ.

#2. Apart from the Spirit within me I am powerless to keep the law. My only hope of obedience to the law is through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is obedient at all times and submitting to His authority everyday and every moment is my key to obedience.

#3. Believing is more import at than laboring. I have too options in the battle to live righteously. Place my faith in Christ or try to do it myself. I have tried myself too many days and fell flat on my face. I choose today to trust in the Spirit alive in me to live righteously today.

Prayer:

Jesus, you’re my one defense, my righteousness, oh God how I need you! My I remember today that I stand positionally righteous before you today because of the work of Christ. My I also remember that I can live practically righteous because of your spirit within me. Not because I am strong or experienced, but because you are strong in me.