Daily Devotion, 4-22-2020

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Romans 8:1-11

In the 1980s the word "righteous" became a slang term used in many different contexts.  One context was in the world of surfing where the expression meant that something was really, really good or awesome and warranted great approval.  Romans 8:3 reminds us that God sent his Son, Jesus, so that the righteous requirement of the law might be met in us and goes on to say in verse 11 that the Spirit gives life because of the righteousness that God made possible through Jesus.  There is nothing that we can do on our own that warrants righteousness and the approval of God.  That is why acknowledgement of God's grace is so important.  It is God's grace that has created us, rescued us, redeemed us and continues to sustain us as we go through the trials and temptations of life.

God is able to move us forward in grace through God's Spirit which desires "life and peace".  The opposite of life in the Spirit is life in the flesh which leads to giving in to that which quenches the desires of our physical bodies rather than  the desires of God.  Living in the flesh may bring us temporary pleasure but ultimately will lead to empty lives, hostility towards God and the inability to please God because we are relying on ourselves, rather than the Spirit of God, to convict, motivate and inspire us.  When we do not live in the Spirit, we do not submit to God's law because we are trying to accomplish righteousness relying on our own terms.  Without the Spirit of God which is made available by God's matchless grace which came through Jesus Christ, we cannot be righteous. If we keep all the laws, in the absence of God we can be self-righteous but will not experience true righteousness.

Does the Spirit of God live in you?  If so, then God has set you free from sin and law and given you new life and peace.  The law was weakened by the flesh so God sent Jesus to be a sin offering so that the requirement of the law might be met.  This is called grace and when we receive this grace, the Spirit of God moves in and guides us to true life and peace.  Now that is "righteous"!!  It is my prayer for you today that you experience that life, peace and righteousness!

Dear God, thank you for sending your Son, Jesus, to show us how to live a life of grace which is full of hope, love, joy and peace!  Thank you that through Christ we can have an abundant life full of peace and experience righteousness.  Help us to not be self-righteous because of what we do to keep your laws, but righteous because of what Jesus did to esnure we have true life and peace through the power of your Spirit. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen. 

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