Introduction ~ Anyone who believes that any success they have accomplished in the spiritual life or work has pride. Pride is a root of every sin. “Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18). Any success we achieve in any area of life is by God’s grace.
Key Passage ~ “But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
“Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith. Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law” (Romans 3:21-28).
Summary ~ Your “success” in any area of life is from God. Your spirituality and any “success” you have in the spiritual arena is only possible because of the finished work of Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary.
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