The Righteousness of Believers - Charles Stanley Daily Devotion (September-13-2020)

Sunday, 13 September 2020 03:00

Charles Stanley (September-13-2020) Daily Devotion: The Righteousness of Believers. 

To get the most out of this devotion, set aside time to read the Scripture referenced throughout.

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus made a statement His listeners probably found shocking—He said they wouldn’t enter the kingdom of heaven unless their righteousness “surpasse[d] that of the scribes and Pharisees” (Matt. 5:20). The Pharisees were considered the definition of righteous: They were the religious elite, who often elevated their own self-worth and standing in the community. Frankly, the righteousness they projected would have seemed tough to surpass.

Thankfully, Jesus wasn’t saying to beat them at their own game; He was pointing to a different standard altogether. Godliness isn’t attained by pursuing perfection, dressing a certain way, or by holding positions of influence in society. Rather, we become righteous by making oneness with God the focus and substance of our daily life, and boasting only in Him. (See 1 Corinthians 1:18-31.)

Think about it

As we pursue godliness, people may respond to us with persecution and hate or interest and conversion. How can you prepare to respond in either situation?
Jesus challenged the Pharisees because their motives were wrong. What motivates you to be righteous?

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The Righteousness of Believers - Charles Stanley Daily Devotion (September-13-2020)
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  • Comment Link Rae ann boerger Sunday, 20 September 2020 08:08 posted by Rae ann boerger

    pray for ..my husband. Has control issues.
    Needs to be interment with Jesus!

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  • Comment Link Carolyn Walker Monday, 14 September 2020 05:20 posted by Carolyn Walker

    Greetings from Michigan, I am trying to remember find the scripture challenge you suggested in your sermon 9-13-20 to read twice daily. Thanks

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Charles Stanley

Charles Frazier Stanley (born September 25, 1932) is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the founder and president of In Touch Ministries and also served two one-year terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1984 to 1986. He has an evangelical and dispensationalist theology. Charles Frazier Stanley was born on September 25, 1932, in Dry Fork, Pittsylvania County, Virginia, just nine months bef ...