But God- We are Already Righteous

But God Image_Color_CrossHAPPY NEW YEAR!

Did you make any resolutions for 2016? Exercise more? Eat less? Pray more? Sin less? Especially specific habitual sins? Lose a certain amount of weight? Read yourBible more? Go to church regularly?

I'm sure these are all fine goals to set. They all seem to be about changing and making myself a better person and/or a better Christian. And yet as we all know from experience, we tend to not keep our resolutions. And then it's almost like we are worse off than before. Not only did we fail to change, we tried and failed. Maybe there's no hope for me to be a better Christian? Many of us don't wait for a new year to resolve to change, it's an ongoing cycle. Sometimes it seems Jesus isn't responding to my prayers of desiring to change to be more like Him. Is there any hope?

Your Heavenly Father has no plans to change you! None. Am I serious? Absolutely. He has already taken care of that. You, as Abba's child are already righteous. Done. There are many passages that talk about this, but let's listen to one, it's found in Hebrews 10:14; 'For by one offering (Jesus) He has perfected forever those who are sanctified.' What a gift. He has already completed the change we seek. He has no desire to change us.

This changes everything. The Christian life is NOT about trying to become someone I'm not, but rather it is about learning to think and behave like who I already am! The Christian life isn't about changing, but rather about growing. I was born a male. Over the years I haven't tried to change. I've just grown. My body has gone through much growth over the decades- sometimes they looked like change- but really I was just growing in my maleness.

As we start out this new year, let's thank Him that we, by Jesus' finished work, are already righteous and begin to grow into more of who we already are. Let's resolve to believe that and dwell there.

Blessings,

Thomas

Thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past years and months from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker and Tree Spider, making products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?” Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. In every new ScentBlocker jacket there is a laminated waterproof pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. God has blessed our lives and our business!

I hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “…but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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