Privileges of Righteousness
• Fellowship Is Restored:
There won’t be any perfect fellowship between God and man if man was not made righteous. If there still exist sin consciousness and sense of unworthiness in man he won’t enjoy fellowship with God. 1 Cor. 1:9 ‘God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship with his son Jesus Christ our lord’.
1 John 1:3……….. that you also may have fellowship with us and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his son Jesus Christ’’.
God calling us into fellowship with his son shows that our righteousness is a reality and can’t be disputed. A believer should no longer be far from God. He should go beyond seeing Him as God and start seeing Him as Father. Understanding your right standing with God destroys sin consciousness. Sin consciousness brings with it the sense of unworthiness and complex before God. It destroys fellowship, it destroys faith.
The redemption that God brought through our Lord Jesus was complete and total. It was able to restore our lost glory and gave us the kind of freedom that Jesus had when he was on earth. 2 Cor. 3:9 ‘for if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory’’.
There is an absolute freedom that proper understanding of righteousness gives to the believer in Christ Jesus. There is absolute calmness when you understand this gift of God, Rom. 5:17 “……….. those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness….’’. Thank God we have received the gift of righteousness. Sin Consciousness came with the fall of man, that is the work of the devil. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil. This was already destroyed when righteousness was restored. Rom.4:25, “who was delivered up because of our offences and was raised because of our justification’’.
Sin consciousness, which manifest itself in condemnation and guilt, has already been destroyed, and many believers do not know it and they are still held captive by its power thereby robbing them their freedom in Christ.
Gal. 5:13 “stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage” for you, brethren, have been called to liberty: only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another”.
Righteousness and condemnation cannot share the same platform. Its either you are righteous or unrighteous. There is no unrighteousness in Christ we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. Eph. 2:10 “for we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good work…….”
The new creation is God’s handwork; don’t tell me that God’s handwork is not righteousness. There is no unrighteousness in new creation. If there is no unrighteousness there is no more condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus”
Say it to yourself no condemnation for me because I am in Christ Jesus. Enjoy sweet fellowship with your father.
• It Produces Boldness And Power:
There won’t be boldness when one is intimidated by the sense of unrighteousness and unworthiness. Righteousness consciousness co-exist with the sense of boldness.
Proverbs 28:1 “but the righteousness are as bold as a lion”
Heb.4:16 says “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” boldness breeds confidence knowing with every certainty and every assurance that you are righteous and in right relationship with God kills inferiority, guilt, condemnation and inspires boldness and confidence. You can face any situation knowing that God is on your side.
It provides strength within your name man, you can look at the enemy, face to face and tell him to get lost Mark 16:17 “And these signs will follow those who believe, in my name they shall cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues” Every believer in Christ Jesus has authority over demons to cast them out. Jesus says it is any one that believer, so the power to cast out demons is not for the selected few in the body of Christ, it is for everyone that believes.
But we found out that it is not everyone that is using this God-given authority. Some as a result of ignorance, they don’t know that such exist so the devil eat their lunch, but they stand watching him helplessly. But others know they have authority over the devil, but lack boldness to face him because of the feeling of unworthiness, seeing themselves as not qualified. In ourselves, we are not qualified, but Jesus is our qualification.
Col. 1:12 “giving thanks to the father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 2 Cor 3:4-5 “And we having such trust through Christ towards God. Not that you are sufficient of yourself to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God”.
Not understanding that it is God who declares you righteous, the moment you take Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, will make you try to earn God’s righteousness by works which is impossible for you. The more you try the more you fail. Righteousness is not by doing what God requires in the law, but only faith in Jesus. Gal. 2:21 “I do not set aside the grace of God: for if righteous comes through the law then Christ died in vain”. The law was not given to justify anyone, but rather to bring condemnation and guilt.
Rom 3:19, “Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God”. Once one realizes that it is not about you but about Jesus boldness and power will become part of you.
• It Strengthens Your Faith:
Faith cannot work effectively in the atmosphere of condemnation. Guilt and condemnation hinder faith. As a believer, faith is the currency for transaction in the kingdom, you can’t get anything from God without it you can’t even please God without faith.
Faith is very important in the life of every believer that is the reason you should be diligent to understand what makes faith work and what hinders it. With the proper understanding of righteousness your faith in God will work effectively.
Heb. 11:38 “Now the just shall live by faith but if anyone draws back my soul has no pleasure in him. ”It says the justified one or the righteous one shall live by faith. To enjoy the fullness of God’s blessing, life of faith is very important. How did you receive the gift of righteousness? You received it by faith, likewise every other thing we need from God, they are made available on the altar of faith.
Faith is believing and acting on what God says.
Knowing you are righteous gives you confidence to act on His words
Heb. 11:2 says “for by it the elders obtained a good testimony”, that means by faith they obtained results so anyone who wants to receive God’s blessing has to be established in faith.
Faith in God turns hopeless situations around. It calls things that donot exist into existence. Heb. 11:11, 12. “by faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age because she judged Him faithful who had promised”. Therefore from one man who was good as dead, were born as many son as the stars of the sky and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
No matter how helpless you feel at this moment or hopeless your situation might be, your faith in God and his promises in the scripture is your sure way to victory. Therefore your understanding of your righteousness in Christ Jesus is very important.
• It Gives You confidence in your Own prayer:
Having confidence in your own prayer is essential for maintaining a victorious Christian life. A lot of believers have lost confidence in their own prayer. That is the reason they are moving from one place to another seeking for who will pray for them so as to get answers to their problems. They have fallen into the hand’s of many who have taken advantage of them in the name of praying for them.
It is unfortunate that believers aren’t ready to learn and to take responsibility for their spiritual development there by abandoning their precious life’s in the hands of people that portray themselves as the only one who sees God face to face.
Having confidence in your prayer gives you freedom to develop a good prayer life and brings intimacy between you and God
James. 5:16, 18……..” the effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much”. Amplified version of the Holy Bible says…… “prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working]”.
The only qualification to pray an effective prayer is to be righteous. Thank God as a believer in Christ Jesus you are righteous. Don’t allow anyone to feed you otherwise. Therefore, your prayer makes tremendous power available and your prayer is powerful. Approach God with boldness and confidence. Stop going from place to place, from one prayer house to another looking for who to pray powerful prayer for you. Your prayer can move mountain. What you need is only to believe.
Mark 11:24. “ therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them” Jesus said when you pray: that emphasis is ‘you’ that is when you pray not when someone prays for you which means you are expected to do your prayer not someone else. When you pray believe then you will have it. Believing comes before having, you have to believe that your prayer is answered before you receive the result. Faith in God goes against seeing is believing. Unbelief is seeing before believing. Faith is believing before seeing. The above passage we read says believe you have received then you will have it. You may be telling yourself I don’t have faith, only if I have faith. The truth is that you have faith. Maybe no one has ever told you that you have enough faith to move any mountain in your life.
2Pt 1:1 — “To those who have obtained like precious faith with us by the righteousness of our God and savior Jesus Christ”. Apostle Peter said the day we receive the righteousness of God, in other words, the day we got born again, we obtained the same faith as the Apostles.
You don’t have faith problem. This is because the devil will constantly tell you that you are not righteous, so you feel as an unrighteous person, you need someone who is righteous to pray for you. Thus destroys your prayer life it makes you to lose confidence in your payer. At this point you won’t believe that anything good will come out of your prayer. Even though you pray the prayer won’t produce any result, because you are in unbelief.
James 1:6-7 “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that men suppose that he will receive anything from Lord. He is a double–minded man, unstable in all his way”. The reason a lot of believers are not getting answers is simple lack of understanding that they are righteous if the truth about righteousness becomes a reality to you, you will become successful in your prayer.
• It protects your heart from satanic attack
The mind is basically where the attack is launched. If satan can weaken your spirit, then the battle is over, you are defeated. If you know how to protect your spirit any time his attack comes your victory is assured; Prov. 4:23. “Keep your heart with all diligence for out of it springs the issues of life”.
Satan speaks to your heart in form of thought. He will say that you are not righteous. He will remind you of all your sins and use it to condemn you with the aim to render you spiritually weak.
Understanding righteousness is an armor you need against this satanic onslaught Eph6:14 “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness”.
Breastplate is an armor that protects the heart. It is like a bulletproof vest. Understanding righteousness has absolutely nothing to do with action or inaction. It will help you to defeat the devil anytime he launches attack on your righteousness.
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