Hi Beloved!! Greetings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The last two updates have been on righteousness and we are still on the topic. Click HERE if you missed the other updates.
Righteousness according to dictionary.reference.com is defines as uprightness, morally right, virtuous etc.
We need to know what righteousness does for you. Why are you Righteous? What's in it for you? We understand that it is a gift of God to us, but why did God give us this gift, His very own nature?
First of all, we should know that God is a Master Planner who sees the end from the beginning and He loves us so much.
Righteousness the nature of God, the rightness of God, imparted to us when we receive Christ as our Lord, this makes us come into the class of God, not that we are His equal, no...but we are like Him now. If you have a child, he/she will definitely look like you, be in your class, but that does not make that child your equal..you are still the dad/mum. So also, the gift of righteousness makes us come to the class being of God. We are also gods. Psalm 82 verse 6.
To be in the class of God, makes us understand the language of God, think like Him, speak like God and act like God. After all, He is now our Father. We are born after His image and likeness. The Bible says in 1st Corinthians 2 verse 16, 'we have the mind of Christ.'
Righteousness gives us the ability to stand in the presence of God without guilt or sense of inferiority. This is because you have been washed and made clean by the blood of Jesus Christ. 1st Corinthians 6 verse 11 says, '...but you were washed, but you were sanctified but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.' Righteousness makes you lift up your holy hands in praise to God, make your request to Him and receive your help in time of need. Romans 3 verse 21-22 says, 'but now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed,.....even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, bestowed to all and on all who believed...'
Righteousness makes you stand in authority against the devil and his cohorts. The devil can no longer attack you with guilt of condemnation if you remember that you are righteous. The Bible says in 1st John 1 verse 9, 'if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us from all unrighteousness.'
Always know that your sins are forgiven. You are righteous and the devil cannot condemn you. He will try though, the Bible calls him the accuser of the brethren, but you must refuse to accept his condemnations. The Bible says in Romans 8 verse 31-34 NLT, '...if God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since He(God) did not spare even His own son(Jesus) but gave Him up for us all, wont He also give us everything else? Who DARES accuse us whom God has chosen for His own? No one, for God Himself has given us right standing with Himself. Who then will condemn us? No one-for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us...'
So you see, you have the authority over satan, to cast and bind. Jesus said in Mark 16 verse 17, 'and these signs will follow those who believe: In my name they will cast our demons...'
Use the name of Jesus, pray in His name, never be afraid of the devil, you are righteous..you have a right standing with God, lift up your holy hands in prayer to God, believe God hears you for He actually does. God made us righteous so we can live a victorious life here on earth. There are so much more to talk about on this topic, but we will continue as the Holy Spirit leads in the future.
God loves us dearly and it's important we know this.
The world is filled with evil and we need to know that the only safe place is in Christ Jesus. We therefore need to know more about Him. Jesus said in John 16 verse 33,, 'these things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.'
God bless you richly and please do stay tuned :)