Condemned No More for His Blood Speaks a Better Word
Who then would dare to accuse those whom God has chosen in love to be his? God himself is the judge who has issued his final verdict over them—“Not guilty!” Who then is left to condemn us? Certainly not Jesus, the Anointed One! For he gave his life for us…
Romans 8:33-34 (TPT)
The scripture from Romans 14:17 NKJV states, "The kingdom of God is...righteousness...peace and joy in the Holy Spirit," which is of great importance. It is essential to note the order in which these attributes are listed. As believers, we understand that because we are considered righteous in God's eyes, we experience peace, and as a result, we also experience joy. However, we often find ourselves lacking joy in our lives because we are searching for it in the wrong places in this fallen world. The only place to find true joy is in the Kingdom of God. Therefore, we must prioritize seeking our Father's kingdom first and His righteousness, and only then will we have access to peace and joy.
If you struggle to believe that in God's eyes you are righteous, your journey on earth is going ro be tough! It's like a man who brings peanut butter and crackers on a cruise because he doesn't realize that the price of the ticket includes all the meals. It's a sad situation!
To share in God's righteousness does not mean that you are sinless. It means that you believe with all your heart that Jesus's blood is your defense. When Satan accuses you of your sins and rails against God, saying that He must punish you, how do you respond? Do you give in to his lies and lie down in condemnation? Or do you believe that Jesus's blood speaks a better word, that word being "not guilty"? As a saint, you must not line up with the accusations of the enemy. Instead, you must look to the cross of Christ where your sin was nailed. The righteousness we have does not come by our good works, rather it is a gift we receive through our faith in Christ.