Scripture: Genesis 15:6
Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
How do you know if you believe something or not? If you believe something, you act on it. It shapes how you live. If I believe that 3 + 2 = 5, when I add those numbers together, I'm going to give the same answer every time. It's been ingrained in me, and it shapes how I live.
If I say I believe 3 + 2 = 5 but then sometimes give the answer as 4 or 6, I don't believe it to the point of it shaping my life.
In Abram's case, he believed God, and God credited Abram's belief as righteousness. What does this mean? How did Abram's belief translate to righteousness?
Abram believed God to the point that he acted on what God said. It affected his life. He didn't name his servant as his heir but trusted that God would give him a son.
If we believe God, if we take what He said and apply it to our lives in such a way that what we say we believe affects the way we live, then God will credit our belief as righteousness as well, because we will be living righteously based on our beliefs.
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