Jesus IS our righteousness. He gives us His. When will we begin to appropriate that righteousness in our lives?
6 The righteousness [Jesus Christ] of the righteous delivers them, but the unfaithful [those who do not appropriate His righteousness] are trapped by evil desires [laid by Satan].
Truths Upon Which To Build Our Lives:
- Our relationship with Jesus is ALL-IMPORTANT. It stands above all circumstances, above all desires, and above all needs in this world and in our lives.
- The Word of God is our SOURCE. It tells us WHO God is, WHAT He wants and expects of us, HOW He interacts with us, and even WHY He does. For us not to read, study, and know His Word is Satan’s greatest victory over us. In contrast, to read, study, and know His Word gives the Spirit the greatest access to us for conversation, fellowship, teaching, rebuking, correcting and training, and for travel (we are on a journey to His throne).
- Meeting together on a routine basis is God’s way of preparing us for heaven. We encourage each other, join together in prayer and worship, teach each other, and give each other opportunities to put into practice our spiritual disciplines (being loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, self-controlled, selfless, abandoned (to Him), humble, self-denying, compassionate, diligent, thinking in a godly fashion, forgiving, and tempered). We hold each other accountable.
NOW we know why church is so important. It’s the place that gives us opportunities for prayer, Bible study, and fellowship/interaction with other believers. “Church” happens not only in our building, but every place that two or more are gathered in His name (Matthew 18:20). So, every meal together, every Bible study, every prayer meeting, and every worship service is church for us. It’s why we don’t get overwrought when they threaten to shut church down for the pandemic. “Two or more,” remember?
Let’s appropriate the righteousness of Christ today; let’s meet with other Christians and realize that Jesus is with us just like He is in church–it IS church!
Abba, I look forward to meeting with other Christians today. In fact, by the time this post goes out, I will have already met with a group of guys for prayer. We had CHURCH! I know that talking with Bryan, Tony and Brother Robert is CHURCH, as well as Choir rehearsal tonight. May we practice our spiritual disciplines on each other realizing that You are in our midst even as You are in our hearts. I’m looking forward to it, LORD. Amen.