Verse of the day.
…for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Paul the Apostle admonishes us in the above text: not to be carried away by the things that happen or happen not on the outside, the things that are done or not done, for God’s kingdom consists much more than these. Believers live above the seen.
…and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
This is something we grow into every day and must invest as much as possible into taking our consciousness away from this world.
Right standing. That’s what righteousness means. Living such that you have a clear conscience before God and men. Truthfully speaking, people always seem to find something you’ve done wrong no matter how hard you try.
Something Far Deeper Than Happiness
Happiness is circumstantial. It is a response to pleasant and exciting events. Jesus, however, promised us something different. “In this world, you will have trouble…”. This isn’t a given. It isn’t tied to the kind of family you were born into or where you happen to live. Everyone will face all kinds of troubles at one time or another. This is the fallen state of the world we live in.
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The great thing about our heavenly Father is that He doesn’t just help us see the truth about this world and leave us discouraged and fretful. No, Jesus didn’t just drop that bombshell and walk away. He goes on to say, “…but be of GOOD CHEER for I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). This is where our courage and hope and confidence comes from – a place far above and beyond this world. Jesus offers us an anchor that will keep us from being overwhelmed by the winds and waves his world hurls at us. He offers us Himself- and His victory on our behalf. We must focus on this.
‘…in the Holy Spirit’
This, I believe, is the most important part of today’s reference text, especially as it applies to living balanced lives as believers and followers of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 14 is divided into two parts in the New King James version of the Bible. The first is titled ‘The Law of Liberty’ and the second, ‘The Law of Love’. Paul begins by explaining that each man is free. No one can or should condemn another for what he chooses or chooses not to eat, or for traditions, he decides to observe or not.
However, being human, it is very necessary that he balances us out. “Don’t go about hurting people”, he seems to say, “Don’t go saying, ‘I really couldn’t care less what anyone else thinks because God is my Judge’, leaving a trail of grieved brethren behind you”. No, in all things we must care for the hearts of our brothers and sisters in the faith. How do we balance Love and Liberty? Being led by God’s Spirit!
Father, I thank You for the rich and precious promises I have in you because I have Your Holy Spirit in me Who is the guaranty of these things, and the seal of the things to come. I stand with a clear conscience before You and men; I have peace and joy that knows no bounds.
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