“20 He (Abraham) staggered not at the Promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.” Romans 4:20-22
A religious ceremony has nothing to do with our Salvation and neither does it have anything to do with our Sanctification. The feasts, festivals and traditions of man from the vanities of their own minds will not impute righteousness. Forgive me, it will impute righteousness…self righteousness.
However, being fully persuaded that what God has promised, God is able to perform imputes the righteousness of God to us. Reckoning ourselves to be dead indeed unto sin and alive unto God through the finished work of Jesus Christ attributes the righteousness of Jesus (Romans 6:11). It is only when we have faith in Jesus, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross to give us dominion over sin (Romans 6:14), that His righteousness is accredited (imputed) to our account. I’m speaking here of Sanctification, not Salvation – I’m speaking to Believers.
When we stagger at the promises of God and resort to methods of man, we are not glorifying God. We are not persuaded that He is able to perform. Our 40 days of purpose, unmerited favor, shemitahs, prayer shawls, etc. are from the vanities of man’s mind to achieve righteousness. Again, righteousness is only accredited (imputed) to us when our faith is in the only one righteous among us – Jesus Christ.
If we have not reckoned ourselves dead indeed unto sin through faith in Jesus’ finished work but through our religious works, whatever they may be…we have made the Cross of Christ of none effect.
“For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect:” Romans 4:14.
Those works; the feasts, fasting, traditions, etc. become the laws by which we seek the promises of God. Fasting, as Scriptural as it is, was not given to man to impute the righteousness of Jesus to our account. Even praying, by all means should we pray and pray without ceasing…but our prayers will not impute the righteousness of Jesus to our account.
Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him as righteousness. Are you fully persuaded? Stagger not my friend.
“Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, Unto Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21….and amen.
-Donna Clark Warren