Message Summary: Christians are called to live lives that are deeply righteous and not shallow, superficial, or hypocritical, as Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:6: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.". The righteousness of Jesus’ followers should flow from their hearts and from being in communion with the Holy Spirit. We should allow the Holy Spirit to create a clean heart and a pure heart within us. The righteousness of a clean heart is the righteousness that Jesus wants of His followers, as the Psalmist tells us in Psalms 51:10-12: “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.".
Today’s Affirmation: Today, I affirm that because of what God has done for me in His Son, Jesus, I AM A CHILD OF GOD. Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His Name, He gave the right to become children of God-- children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will, but born of God. (John 1:12f).
Scripture Reference (ESV)): Matthew 5:6; Matthew 5:10; Psalms 112:1-6; Psalms 51:10-12.