Jesus Thoughts …

“Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.” (Hebrews 5:13)

Paul writes, “Everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness … he is a babe.” Righteousness isn’t a condition you achieve through human effort, it’s a position God places you in when you trust in Christ. From then on, God wants you to see yourself as “righteous”, which is how He sees you. “By the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed … to all and on all who believe” (Romans 3:20-22). If you’re struggling to be righteous to get into heaven, read this: “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:21). In the same sense that God made Jesus “to be sin”, the moment you believe in Jesus, He makes you “to be righteous”.

Will you still sin because you live in an unregenerate body? Yes. And until you get your new body, that will always be so. Ever hear of phantom pain — a sensation stemming from a body part that’s no longer there? As believers, we have phantom pains we need to get rid of. How? By understanding the difference between our position and our condition. Our position “in Christ” is what gives us confidence towards God.

Here’s an important Scripture: “The kingdom of God is … righteousness … peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). Note the order. Because we know we’re deemed righteous in God’s eyes, we have peace, and because we have peace — we have joy.

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for the peace I have because of Your salvation, that You have given me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

Devotion Archive

Devotion for March 28, 2020

"He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed ...
Read More

Devotion for March 27, 2020

"As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus ... was sitting by the roadside begging." ...
Read More

Devotion for March 26, 2020

"You must be careful to do everything [the Pharisees] tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they ...
Read More

Devotion for March 25, 2020

"But godliness with contentment is great gain." 1 Timothy 6:6 When you talk about contentment, some people think you're against progress. No, Paul is saying ...
Read More

Devotion for March 24, 2020

Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven." Matthew ...
Read More

Devotion for March 23, 2020

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." Mark 10:14 Little ...
Read More

Devotion for March 22, 2020

"They will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." John 14:12 Most of us recognize that we live in ...
Read More

Devotion for March 21, 2020

First: Read and pray through Psalm 51 as Confession and Absolution "One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in ...
Read More

Devotion for March 20, 2020

"Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith." Hebrews 12:1-2 As ...
Read More

Devotion for March 19, 2020

2 Timothy 1:7 "For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline." While we live in ...
Read More

Devotion for March 18, 2020

"Mary ... sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made." ...
Read More

Devotion for March 17, 2020

Jesus said ... "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk. At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked." John ...
Read More