Our Righteous Judge

Serving God as a Pastor’s wife is a unique position. People at our community pool will apologize for their language when I’m around. One lady said, “Oh you brought your husband with you today. I’d better watch what I say and do.”

Yet, the Psalmist said, “You have looked deep into my heart, Lord, and you know all about me. You know when I am resting or when I am working, and from heaven you discover my thoughts. You notice everything I do and everywhere I go” (v. 1-3, CEV).

People will do before God, who is our only righteous judge, what they would never do before the preacher and his wife. I actually tell people, “I am not your judge, God is; and He is watching you all the time.” (James 4:12; Romans 14:4)

This makes them pause and think for a moment. Hopefully, it will make them realize that they answer to God for every thought word and deed (Revelation 20:12). I pray they will come to repentance and be saved (Isaiah 33:22).

The choices we make on this earth will determine our eternal destination, and God is the only judge who will make that final ruling (Matthew 10:28).

If our sins are covered under the blood of Christ, He paid their penalty for us. If we are not Born Again by the blood of the Lamb, we condemn our self already (John 3:18).

No one has an excuse (Romans 1:20). When we stand before God, He will not hear our pleas and explanations. It will be too late for apologies and repentance then.

Now is the time for salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). We are not guaranteed one more breath of life. We may enter eternity and meet our righteous judge before we repent; and then it is too late.

There is no purgatory in which we can pay for our sins. There are no indulgences which we can pay to convince God to allow our loved ones to enter into His Kingdom. Jesus already paid the debt we owe. Come now and repent and believe (Mark 1:15).

Prayer:
Father God, our carnality has desensitized us from realizing Your awesome holiness and fearing You more than we fear people. We do not want anyone to tell us what to do or how to behave or what to think; yet You already removed the burden of righteousness from our shoulders by giving us the righteousness of Your dear Son.

No one is capable of fully obeying the law. You gave it, not for us to keep, but for us to realize the futility of our trying to make our self holy by attempting to conform to it. You provided the law to show us our need to accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord (Galatians 3:1-19; Romans 3:20). We thank You for giving us this way to know You now and throughout eternity (John 17:3).

Thought for the Day:
Once we surrender our life and destiny to God through repentance and salvation, His Holy Spirit conforms us to the image of Christ one step at a time. – 2 Corinthians 3:18

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Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ

As humans, we have a big problem. We do not practice the activities and habits, which we know is best for us, but we do the very thing we despise doing (Romans 7:15-16). We know better, but we do it anyway. We have a loving heart and good intentions, but we end up disappointing our self, our loved ones and our Father God. This occurs, because we are all born with a penchant to sin. These fleshly desires drive our behavior and we talk our self into sinning (Romans 7:17-21).

Sin simply exploits our weak will and carnality. Sin is sly, appealing and convincing. It gets us into all sorts of trouble because we are too weak to resist it. We are sin’s hopeless slaves (Romans 6:20; 8:1). Eventually, we come to the realization that we are wretched, we recognize our helplessness, and we realize that we need a Savior to free us from sin’s grip and to pay its penalty for us (Romans 6:12-13, 7:24-25). Jesus came to the rescue and both justifies and sanctifies us (1 Corinthians 6:11).

The good news is that we are not the sin we commit. We end up hating our sin, which drives us to the cross of Christ. He removes all condemnation for past sins. He regenerates our spirit, and sets us free from the Law of Sin and Death by the Law of the Spirit of Life found only in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1-8). Satan’s battle for our mind and body is also defeated by Calvary’s sacrifice. We no longer live a lifestyle of sin, because Christ dwells in us (1 John 3:8-10).

Our forgiveness and holiness come when we rely totally on the Lord Jesus Christ. It does not depend on our works. We accept Christ by faith, and we live by faith, not by our self-righteousness (Titus 3:5-7; 2 Corinthians 5:7). We do only those works, which He created for us before the foundation of the world (Ephesians 2:8-10). God works in us and through us, and He receives all of the glory for our accomplishments (Philippians 2:12-13). Our life in Christ is full or righteousness, peace and joy (Romans 14:17).

Prayer:
Father God, we thank you for sending Jesus to pay our sin debt for us. He control’s sin’s power over us as we wait on Him (Psalm 27:14). We know that You always give us a way to avoid the temptation to sin (1 Corinthians 10:13). Thank You for giving us the blessings of eternal life both on this earth and for all of eternity (John 17:3). We vow to walk in Your righteousness by walking in the Spirit from now on and no longer gratifying the deeds of the flesh (Galatians 5:16, 25).

Thought for the Day:
When we come to Christ though salvation, we are joined with Him in one Spirit. – 1 Corinthians 6:17