"For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ." ~Romans 5:17 (KJV)

Hello! Is it March already?! This year has been a blink so far. I know that this Spring will be an exciting one for all. The Lord is moving in a mighty way this season. Some of us seem to be in a holding pattern. Don't mistake that as God not being with you or hearing you. God is maneuvering His perfect way for you and it just takes time. Today I leave you with one thought - God has a gift for you today and I pray that you take it and open it right now!

The scripture above says it so well, we have an abundance of grace and righteousness through Christ. The amazing thing about this is that it is a gift! When someone gives you a gift, do you deserve it? Do you work for the gift? Or do you eagerly take the gift and open it? Today God is reminding us that in His only Son we have been given a gift of righteousness.

Righteousness simply means we are in right standing with God. After we take Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we then are in the righteousness of God. It is not the works we do or right conduct that gives us this righteousness. It is a gift given to us by God! I felt you needed this gift today so when the enemy attacks your mind with lies such as you are not worthy, you have sinned too much against God, or that God is not with you-- you open this gift and yell back to the enemy and tell him that you are in right standing with God!

My challenge this week is: have you taken Jesus Christ as the Lord of your life? If not, then do it today. Confess your sins, repent and be baptized, and go tell someone today that you have made Jesus the center of your life. If you have declared Jesus as your Savior but have not truly received His gift of righteousness then today open this gift and claim it as your own. Tell yourself as often as you need to, "I am God's own child, I am His daughter, and through Jesus I can believe that I am in right standing with God!" Now you have the best gift of all, YOU will see Jesus one day face to face and live a life eternally with Him!

Have a great week! I love each of you! Please send me any prayer requests that you may have. I will pray with you today and together we will stand in the gap for one another. If you would like to confess your sins, take Jesus as your Lord and Savior, and take the free gift of righteousness, please email me and we will pray together. I would love to hear your thoughts on what today's message meant to you. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Have a Lively week and let your light shine bright in this dark world so that other's can know the love of God through you! ~Livin' lively, Laine