[All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus. ROMANS 3 : 24
THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE !! .. AND THE TRUTH IS .. YOU ARE RIGHTEOUS !!
When God Declares Something Over You .. You Are Definitely Not In A Position To Argue With Him !!
So .. If You Have Accepted Jesus Christ As Your Personal Lord And Savior AND You Have Faith
In Jesus Christ .. It Has Been Declared That YOU ARE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD !!
Now this declaration of your righteousness was not made by any Teacher, Pastor or Preacher .. OH NO !! .. This declaration was made by none other than God Himself !! .. So who do you think you are to doubt or argue ?
Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident
reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe. For there is no distinction .. Romans 3 : 22
TRUTH .. If You Love And Have Faith In Jesus Christ .. YOU ARE RIGHTEOUS !!
FACT .. Once Again It Is Decision Time .. Righteousness Has To Be Believed And Then Received !! .. And .. That Is A Choice Only You Can Make For Yourself !!
WILL YOU STOP AND THINK ABOUT THIS FOR A MOMENT !!
Knowing that you are not a perfect individual, you are bound to make mistakes and step into
sin occasionally. Now .. When you realize that you have sinned .. What do you do to make it right with God ?
If we [freely] admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought and action] .. 1 John 1 : 9
That’s Right !! .. If God’s Word has the final authority in your life .. Then .. Your response
to your sin will naturally be based on the above.
You go to God and you confess and repent of your sin .. And .. When you do this God is
faithful and just to forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.
Alright .. So you go to God and you ask Him to forgive you .. How Do You Know That You Have Received God’s Forgiveness ? .. You can not see anything .. You can not feel anything .. How Do You Know ?
Well .. You Believe, Don’t You ? .. God says if you repent, He will forgive .. And .. You simply believe Him and you receive His gift of forgiveness.
Now, although the above is how it should be .. On the odd occasion, do you still perhaps find yourself toiling with the idea that you are expected to “Do” something more than just simply believe and act upon what God’s Word says in order for you to be truly forgiven.
You seem to have a very hard time accepting that if you repent of your mistakes, God
has a genuine desire and willingness to forgive you .. Your human nature tells you that forgiveness couldn't possibly be that easy.
You have allowed your natural mind to be deceived by thoughts that make it difficult for
you to believe that your sins can be erased, allowing you to stand boldly and
guiltless before God.
Sadly, you have lied to yourself for so long that you actually now believe that in order for you to receive full forgiveness, you first have to experience your fair share of pain and suffering.
Well Here Is A Little Reality Check !! .. Forgiveness Is Based On God’s Promises .. It Has Absolutely Nothing To Do With Your Human Feelings !!
As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us
.. Psalms 103 : 12
For I will be merciful and gracious towards their sins and I will remember their deeds of
unrighteousness no more .. Hebrews 8 : 12
Do You See That !! .. When your prayer for forgiveness reach God .. He takes that mistake, rips it out of your journal, then He scatters it as far as the east is from the west .. And .. He remembers them no more !! Because of what Jesus did for you on the cross. Hallelujah!
If you were to sit with God one day, and you tried to talk to Him about all the sins you have ever committed .. God would choose to not even acknowledge them .. Because .. He truly is a God of “forgive and forget” !!
Choices !! .. Choices !! .. Choices !!
Now, of course you can choose to carry on believing that you must first endure your
pain and suffering .. However The Reality Is This .. After you have suffered, you will be no more forgiven than if you actually choose to believe in God’s forgiveness and start acting as though you have received your forgiveness !!
O.K. .. So we have now spent some time looking at Forgiveness .. And You May Well Be Wondering .. Why so much about forgiveness in a message that is actually about your Righteousness ?
Well, God’s forgiveness was an important example to illustrate to you .. BECAUSE .. The way you receive God’s forgiveness is exactly the same way that you receive your righteousness !!
You Must Believe That You Have Received It .. And Then .. Start Behaving As If It Is So !!
Your Righteousness Gives You The Ability To Stand Before God With No Sense Of Guilt And No Sense Of Inferiority !!
Your righteousness allows you the ability to boldly and confidently stand before God and speak to Him, as a child to your Father .. Expecting His response .. And .. Knowing that you have the right to receive what you ask because of what God has declared over you !!
If you do not believe that you receive your forgiveness by faith, the unfortunate thing for you is that the next time you stand before God in prayer, you might well be saying to yourself
“I believe that I am forgiven” .. However .. If you are carrying a guilty conscience about something or you find yourself returning to ponder over this mistake or that .. Then .. Unfortunately you have not faithfully received God’s promise of forgiveness.
And .. If you are unable to believe that you are forgiven .. Then .. Sadly you will also be unable to believe the Truth that you are the righteousness of God !!
There Is No Magic Formula To This !! .. There Is No Secret To This !! .. The truth is that you already hold the very key that you require, however the choice remains .. Will You Use It Or Not ?
God Has Given You His Word .. He Has Also Given You Faith .. The Choice Is Yours !!
Faith And Nothing Else !! .. It Takes Faith To Believe God’s Word !!
Every Truth you will ever require lies protected in the treasure of God’s Word.
However .. If your faith is not ignited to believe that Every Word, Every Promise, Every Blessing, Every Prayer and Every Declaration made by God, was made to you .. Then .. You are putting yourself at risk of being unable to believe the Word enough to receive God’s gifts .. And .. Yes, that includes your righteousness !!
GOD’S RIGHTEOUSNESS IS YOURS .. DO YOU HAVE THE FAITH TO RECEIVE IT ?
Your Gift Of Righteousness Has Been Paid For By Jesus Christ !! .. Take It Off Lay-Bye !! ..
And .. Receive It Into Your Life !!
You Are Righteous !! .. You Cannot Work For It !! .. You Cannot Be Good To Get It !! .. You Can Not Earn It !! .. IT IS A GIFT !! .. And .. It Has Been Paid For By The Precious Blood Shed
By Jesus !!
You cannot, cannot, cannot make yourself righteous by your good deeds .. However .. You can choose to believe God enough to receive His declaration .. And Then .. You can thank and honor God by giving all the praise and glory to Jesus Christ !!
God says .. I will declare as righteous everyone who receives my Son, Jesus Christ, by faith .. This means that from the very moment you became a born-again child of God’s, His declaration became active in your life !!
So The Bottom Line Is This .. You Are Righteous Because You Accepted The Free Gift
Of Salvation Through Jesus Christ !!
God Has Declared You Righteous !! .. So Who Are You To Argue !!
Stop Trying To Fight It .. Stop Trying To Debate It .. Stop Trying To Earn It .. Stop Trying To Work
For It .. Stop Trying To See It .. Stop Trying To Feel It.
YOU LOVE AND HAVE FAITH IN JESUS .. RIGHT ? .. Then you Believe Him .. And .. You Receive your righteousness into your life !!
You step out with your head held high and you confidently show this lost world what a blessing it is to have Jesus Christ as the lover of your soul !!
WHEN GOD GAVE YOU HIS SON .. HE GAVE YOU HIS BEST
WHEN GOD GAVE YOU HIS HOLY SPIRIT .. HE GAVE YOU HIS ALL
The Bible Definition of righteousness is:
- the acceptable state before God
- being approved of God
- God's integrity
- God's virtue
- God's purity of life
- rightness before God
- correctness of thinking, feeling and acting like God