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Jehovah-Tsidkenu: The Lord Our Righteousness (6 of 10)
Series: The "Names of God"
Jeremiah 23:5-8 Colossians 2:6-3:4
INTRO: Have you ever met someone who likes to remind you or tell you how spiritual they are? They can do this in many different ways:
1. By pointing out how unspiritual you are, or at least hinting at it.
2. By telling you how much they give to the Lord, or how many gifts of the Spirit they possess, etc.
3. By telling you of how close they are with some giants of the faith, Billy Graham, David Wilkerson, etc.
4. By telling you how many different important positions they have held in God's work or the Church.
We cannot win succeed by attaching ourselves to the wrong source!
ILLUS: In Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Herb Miller writes: Two Kentucky farmers who owned racing stables had developed a keen rivalry. One spring each of them entered a horse in a local steeplechase. Thinking that a professional rider might help him outdo his friend, one of the farmers engaged a crack jockey. The two horses were neck and neck with a large lead over the rest of the pack at the last fence, but suddenly both fell, unseating their riders.
The professional jockey remounted quickly and rode on to win the race. Returning triumphantly to the paddock, the jockey found the farmer who had hired him fuming with rage.
"What's the matter?" the jockey asked. "I won, didn't I?"
"Oh, yea," roared the farmer. "You won all right, but you crossed the finish line on the wrong horse."
In his hurry to remount after the fall, the jockey had jumped on his competitor's horse. Success is meaningless unless we are in the right. -- Judy C. Knupke, Newton Lower Falls, Massachusetts. Leadership, Vol. 12, no. 4.
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us that Jesus Christ is our Righteousness, not our works, nor the gifts we possess, nor our friendship with giants of faith, it is our relationship to Jesus, the Lord our Righteousness!
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