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CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019 RELIGIOUSNESS OR RIGHTEOUSNESS?

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CAC LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE

TUESDAY, MAY 21, 2019

RELIGIOUSNESS OR RIGHTEOUSNESS?

READ: Luke 18:9-14
9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others:
10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.
12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’
13 And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

MEMORISE:
For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:20).

EXPOSITION
Jesus Christ, the unequivocal and Great Rabbi, teaches with all clarity and emphasis where necessary. To the above question-like topic, one would wish your answer is “Both!” because that seems to be the safe answer. It is possible to be religious and not be righteous, but it is impossible to be righteous without being religious. Piety should not be taken for purity because, religious people may be pious but not necessarily pure!

Majority in the church today feel very good because, they attend church for fellowship, worship, prayer and Bible study. All these really have some good in them because, they control lifestyle; regulate choices, moderate values and tastes. However, if they are devoid of righteousness imputed by Christ in its recipe, religion will not do regenerative and reformative works in the life of the church goers! Practical religion should lead to, or begin with, solid personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Imagine the woman in Jn. 4:1ff who knew history, tradition and culture of God’s people but became her best after her meeting with the Author of life – Jesus Christ.

Get it right now: religiousness without righteousness is unacceptable for entry into God’s kingdom. Shun Pharisees’ righteousness (Matt. 23:1ff) and humble allow Christ’s regeneration (John 3:1ff) in your life. if you humbly admit that with all your self-righteousness in dressing, conversation and general morality that you are still like filthy rag before God, He can make you righteous today, effortlessly.

PRAYER POINTS
1. Ask that God will deliver you from shackles of religiousness that has replaced His righteousness.
2. Lord, help Christian workers not to serve You in vain as many of us are more outward in our services.
3. Lord, flush out idolatry and human sacrifice from our nation.

EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: 1 King 7:26 – 8:38; John 5:15 – 5:36

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