Showing posts with label Righteousness. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Righteousness. Show all posts

THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

In my previous post: RIGHTEOUSNESS III, we saw that is through the substitutionary sacrificial death of Christ and our believing that the father declared us righteous. We also established that this act of God brought us justification and it is our constant and conscious effort through His grace to live a sanctified life that makes us holy. Kindly go back and read for better understanding. In this final RIGHTEOUSNESS SERIES post, I shall as promised, deal with the Breastplate of Righteousness.

THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD

“Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in the high places”.

Ephesians 6: 11 – 12

There is an ongoing battle of which you are involved whether you are aware of it or not as a child of God. Satan’s ultimate objective is to make you a miserable Christian. He intends to move you to a place where God’s provisions will not make meaning to you. However, your knowledge and understanding of this warfare and an insight into the whole armour of God with you will always actualize the victory of Jesus over Satan in your life.

If your understanding of the “wrestle” does not line up with the whole counsel of God’s Word, you will give the devil an advantage over you.

The whole armour, which God has provided, is to stand against the wiles of the devil”

WILES OF THE DEVIL

The personalities we are involved with in this wrestle are not as important as the wiles they are coming against us with.

“Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices”

2Corinthians 2:11

Wiles are methods of persuasion that cleverly tricks you into acting in a certain way. This is all the devil has. The accuser will use very cleverly mapped up tricks that should successfully persuade you into thinking and accepting that you are not right with God. His wiles are his devices, schemes, strategies and deceptions.

Satan’s agents have Satan’s wiles, we as God’s children have God’s whole complete armour.

The whole armour of God will give you the ability to stand against the wiles of the devil.

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand”.

Ephesians 6: 13

Taking unto you the whole armour of God is what will engrace you to withstand in the evil day.

THE ACCUSER

The Devil is the arch-enemy of every child of God among other names, he is also called THE ACCUSER of the brethren. This name helps us to understand one of his strategies of accomplishing his mission of stealing, killing and destroying.

“And, I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is not cast down, which accused them before our God day and night”

Revelation 12: 10

He is “the” accuser not “an” accuser. Any other personality that accuses is under the influence of the accuser.

An accuser is one who blames another for a wrong done or finding and pointing out the faults of others. That is who the devil is and that is what he does.

“And he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him”.

And the LORD said unto Satan. The LORD rebuke thee, O Satan; even the LORD that hath chosen Jerusalem rebuke thee: is not this a brand plucked out of the fire?

Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments and stood before the angel.

And he answered and spoke unto those that stood before him, saying, take ay the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold I have caused your iniquity to pass from thee and I will clothe thee with a change of raiment”

Zechariah 3: 1 – 4

Joshua the High Priest stood before the Lord with a filthy garment on, Satan, the accuser was there to resist him. The Lord said unto Joshua, I have forgiven you of your wrong. This means that Satan was there to accuse him of the wrong but the Lord rebuked him.

Accusations always have to do with wrongs or faults. It could be a true or false accusation. It has only one source, the devil. His purpose is to resist you by throwing you out of your right standing with God.

“Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?”

Job 1:9

You may be wondering why the devil does not mind his business. But the truth is, that is his business, picking on people one after the other.

Heaven was glad when the accuser was thrown out of there. The accuser is now here with us. He may not necessarily have to go to heaven to accuse you before the Lord as he did with Joshua and Job; he’ll come to you directly and accuse you to your face.

That is his name, as his name is, so is he. Remember, the devil is a professional accuser he does not play around with his work; he will execute it with skill and precision.

No matter how real the voice of the accuser may sound to you, know that it is a wile, and it was meant to persuade you out of God’s presence, it is a clever TRICK specially designed for you by the devil.

Every time you feel disqualified from God’s love, failure, spiritual weakness filthy, a strong sense of guilt, even after you have confessed your sins to God, know that the devil is strongly at work and is about to win this battle. These are the wiles of the accuser, what you feel is exactly what the clever tricks were meant to accomplish in you.

When I was very young in the faith, I made a pledge to God to live a pure moral life. I got out of my sleep one day realized I had a wet dream. I felt very unclean, touching my bible was a terrible thing for me to do let alone going to church. You see, these were wiles of the devil to move me out of my position in Christ to a very miserable state.

Wiles are not truth; they are lies, clever tricks prepared to persuade you out of your right standing with God and to take advantage of you.

Has there ever been a time in your life where you wanted to do something worthwhile for God but you felt disqualified and thought: “If only I had been very righteous from Monday to yesterday Saturday, I would have been more qualified to do this thing successfully today Sunday”. That was the wile of the devil; he rubbed you out of the result your faith would have commanded for you. Don’t give in to his wiles, put on the whole amour of God to be able to stand against them.

THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil …and having on the breastplate of righteousness” 

Ephesians 6: 11, 13

The whole armour is the only provision God has provided for the believer to stand against the wiles of the devil. Any other thing will not prevail. By the armour, we can detect the cleverly tricky methods of the devil and also stand our grounds.

As the accuser, he operates by clever accusing tricks against the believer. I think the devil is too subtle to accuse you falsely. His accusations against you may have footholds on you, but you know what? It is the LORD who has caused your iniquity to pass away from you like Joshua.

It is the breastplate of righteousness that enables no prevail against his fierce condemnation. There is no spiritual metallic breastplate we put on during times of prayers. Paul only uses the term “breastplate” for them to understand and comprehend the essence of their righteousness in Christ. The audience of Paul in Ephesus was familiar with the breastplate of the military and therefore understood it better. When the military man puts on the breastplate for battle, he walks chest out, he can’t be bent, and by this stature, he appears bold and confident in battle. The Bible relates the righteousness of a believer to the breastplate because righteousness is connected to the boldness of a lion.

“…But the righteous are bold as a lion”

Proverbs 28: 1

As a believer, you are a righteous man. This does not mean you are perfect. It means that you have trusted in the finished work of Jesus Christ on the cross. A sinner is any human being who does not believe in the finished work of Christ. You are not a righteous man because you are trying to stay away from sin. It’s a good thing to do but that is not what makes you a righteous person before God.

When Paul said;  “…having on the breastplate of righteousness”, he was implying that let the knowledge, awareness and consciousness of your right standing with God fill and possess you all day.

HOW TO PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

1)      Know that you are righteous, it is not blasphemy.

2)      Be aware of your right standing with God for Christ’s sake.

3)      Be conscious; don’t be absent-minded of where you stand before God.

4)      Declare audibly always: ‘I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus’

It is the only thing that can enable you to resist the wiles of the accuser. Put it on always.

‘For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart and knoweth all things.

 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God’.

1John 3:20-21

Beloved, if our heart condemns us not, then our confidence towards God is retained. The accuser's wiles are therefore targeted at causing unrest and uneasiness in our hearts. Your breastplate covers your chest that is where your heart is.

“For he put on righteousness as a breastplate…”

Isaiah. 59: 17

Your knowledge, awareness and consciousness of your right standing will keep your heart at rest despite whatever the devil accuses you of. Put it on always.

This provision and many others will be made available and accessible to children of God. Will like to give your life to God today by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and saviour? Then pray this prayer after me:

Father, I come to you today just as I am, I have found my greatest challenge today i.e. I have no right standing with you because of the condemnation that passed unto all human beings. Save me as I open my heart and accept Jesus today as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you for saving me and giving a right standing in your presence today. Amen.

As simple as it may seem to you, you are saved or born again by this prayer of faith. You have been restored to the right place before God. Get a bible if you don’t have one yet and start reading it for yourself. May the Holy Spirit also be your guide.

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RIGHTEOUSNESS III


In my previous post: RIGHTEOUSNESS II, we saw that since man couldn’t come before God without feeling guilty and inferior, he lost four other things (peace, boldness, immortality and joy). We looked at man establishing his righteousness due to his ignorance of God’s righteousness. We concluded by examining the two kinds of righteousness: righteousness by law and righteousness by faith. Kindly go back and read for better understanding.

In this post, we shall be focusing on how we become the righteousness of God through faith and how we build on that foundation to live a holy life.

HOW HE MADE US RIGHTEOUS


Any effort by a man in his strength to be pleasing to God can never meet God’s standard. All those futile efforts put in by man is so repulsive in God’s nostrils and so He detests it. The nicest of all human beings is an abomination to God. The ultimate objective of god’s plan for man was to restore him to his right standing with him. When he lost his righteousness, everything else went along with it. When a man is restored to righteousness, every other thing comes along with it. Psalms 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

God had to restore man to righteousness before any other thing. But how was he going to do that?

JESUS’ SUBSTITUTIONAL SACRIFICE

2Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

He made him. God the Father made Jesus to BECOME SIN FOR US and yet he knew no sin. Why? So the WE might BECOME THE RIGHTEOUSNESS of God in Christ.

Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

None of the things Jesus went through by way of suffering and shame was on his account. All those were processes of making us take upon ourselves his right standing with the Father God as he took our place.

1Peter 3:18 ¶ For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit

Numerous bible scriptures confirm this

Romans 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.

1Peter 2:22, 24 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

1John 3:5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

God played His role by providing for us the most perfect sacrifice, His only begotten son.

ONLY BELIEVE

Our only role in becoming God’s righteousness in Christ is to believe in the finished work of the cross.

Romans 10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

We believe with the heart unto righteousness. What are we to believe with our hearts? ‘…And shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead’ Ro 10:9 this means accepting wholeheartedly that the finished work of Jesus is enough to make you righteous before the FATHER God.

NEW CREATION

2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

When you believe in the finished work of Christ on the cross and are made the righteousness of God in Christ, the Word declares that you become a new creature. The old things including your old state of unrighteousness become a thing of the past and everything become new.

The Amplified Bible puts it better:

2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any person is (ingrafted) in Christ (the Messiah), he is a new creation (a new creature altogether): old (previous moral and spiritual condition) has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

Will you become more new in Christ as the days go by? Will you become more righteous today than you were yesterday? No! It is either you are righteous or you are not righteous. It is absolute.

PURSUING HOLINESS

Righteousness is justification and holiness is sanctification. You must first of all be justified by God before you sanctify yourself. If a court declares a person guilty, there is no amount of work the person does to justify him, except the same court comes back to acquit and discharge him. After the court discharges a man, it is now up to him to go and live a life free of crime.

After God justifies you, it’s now left to you to live a sanctified life.

Romans 12:9 …Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

2Corinthians 6:14-18, 7:1 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?

 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?

And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

DOES A RIGHTEOUS PERSON SIN?

1John 2:1 ¶ My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

God does not want the righteous person to sin but he has put together a remedy for it. It is similar to any ship on the seas. The engineer does not intend for troubles on the ocean but he has provided life jackets in the ship. Why? Your guess is good as mine.

The righteous man does not enjoy falling into sin because he loses his joy anytime he sins. What should you do when you sin?

1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

*CONFESS YOUR SINS TO GOD

When a criminal is even caught red-handed in a crime, he is still given a fair hearing in court and permitted to plead guilty or not guilty himself. Similarly, God knows it when you sin but you must still confess before him.

THE MENTAL BATTLE BEFORE THE CONFESSION IS MADE:

  • It is not a sin, after all, everybody does it. Your mind may even come up with names of more spiritual people who did worse things.
  • Okay, even if it is a sin, somebody caused it, it’s not your fault.
  • But even if I ask for forgiveness, will I be forgiven? Don’t you think God is tired of your numerous sins and confessions?

Never attempt to live the next minute of your life with unconfessed sin. It is dangerous and very risky. Stop the argument in your mind and go before God now and confess any known sin and He will take care of the unknown ones.

*RECEIVE HIS FORGIVENESS AND CLEANSING

After you confess your sins to God, Satan will laugh at you in your mind. You think by simply confessing, God has forgiven you? Look at the seriousness of your sin and you think by just a simple confession God will let you off the hook? Dear reader, Satan is very bad and crafty, don’t follow him.

God has committed Himself to forgive and you and cleansing you IF ONLY YOU WILL CONFESS IT. He adds that He is FAITHFUL and JUST.

The Amplified Bible puts it this way

1 John 1:9 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 and cleanse us continually from all unrighteousness [our wrongdoing, everything not in conformity with His will and purpose].

This provision and many others will be made available and accessible to children of God. Will like to give your life to God today by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and saviour? Then pray this prayer after me:

Father, I come to you today just as I am, I have found my greatest challenge today i.e. I have no right standing with you because of the condemnation that passed unto all human beings. Save me as I open my heart and accept Jesus today as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you for saving me and giving a right standing in your presence today. Amen.

As simple as it may seem to you, you are saved or born again by this prayer of faith. You have been restored to the right place before God. Get a bible if you don’t have one yet and start reading it for yourself. May the Holy Spirit also be your guide.

In living this life of holiness, God reveals to us that Satan deals with us as the Accuser of the brethren. We have therefore been provided us with the whole armour of God. In my last and final post in this series, I shall be dealing with the breastplate of righteousness. Until then, be strong in your new-found position.

RIGHTEOUSNESS II

 

RIGHTEOUSNESS II

In my previous post: RIGHTEOUSNESS I, we saw that righteousness means to have a right standing with God, in order words to stand before the Father with no sense of guilt or inferiority. We also saw how sin consciousness resulting in guilt feeling has replaced our righteousness consciousness. Kindly go back and read for better understanding.

Man was driven out of God’s presence after he lost his right standing with God. There have been endless attempts by humankind to deal with the feeling of inadequacy by regaining what he once lost: his right standing with God. Man, always tries to cover up his shortfalls or doing penance (the act of inflicting punishment upon one’s self to express outward repentance for wrongdoing).

This attempt has not only been futile but has also created the most dangerous situation ever known among human beings: RELIGION. Religion is man’s endless search for connecting back to God. All founders of religion claim they were in search of one thing or the other: light, the way, truth. Among all these unique human beings, only Jesus could say, “I am whatever you are looking for … the light, the way, the truth, the life and many more”. In addition, Jesus came to search for and save all human beings and restore what we lost in the Garden of Eden. This is why I think Christianity is not a religion.

WHAT WE LOST TOGETHER WITH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS

PEACE

The harmonious relationship within the spirit and soul of man left him. And this created all forms of anxiety, fear and other complexes. With this internal condition of lack of peace with himself, he also lost harmony with his environment. This accounts for why those who are not at peace with themselves cannot be peaceful with those around them.

BOLDNESS

Man could boldly approach God before he died spiritually.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Boldness is required in approaching God.

Genesis 3:10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid

Proverbs 28:1 ¶ The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. When you habour a feeling of guilty, it erodes your level of confidence.

IMMORTALITY

When man was created, he possessed immortality until sin can and lost his place with God.

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Genesis 2:17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Man’s disobedience brought in spiritual death which also activated ageing and eventually physical death.

JOY

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

Righteousness always goes hand in hand with peace and joy. Once he lost his righteousness, peace and joy were also lost alongside.

SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS



Self-righteousness is worse than unrighteousness. Self-righteous people are the most dangerous set of sinners.

Matthew 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.

Isaiah 64:6 ¶ But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags, and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

The Nun Prioress's Tale in Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, I find one very interesting character: Madam Eglantine. She is described as having impeccable table manners and soft-hearted ways. Her description suggests she is likely in religious life as a means of social advancement, given her upper-class manners, terrible French accent and singing the liturgy straight through her nose. She maintains a secular lifestyle, including keeping lap dogs that she privileges over people, a fancy rosary and badge inscribed with "Amor Vincit Omnia" ('Love Conquers All'). I have noticed from experience that people who put in so much effort to appear nice in the sight of the public have the worse of problems in their private lives.

Are you congratulating yourself for being more righteous than others since you don’t do the kind of things others do? Have you set up rules and regulations of what you will do and what you will never do? Do you feel cleaner after you do good to an orphan or a helpless person in society to cover up your sins? Those are a few indicators of self-righteousness. I used to, as a teenager, look at the sun intently, walked more gently and appear more soberly so that I could feel more righteous. I was self-righteous but I thank God today for having mercy on me. No one would have attempted to share the gospel personally with me because I had a holier than thou attitude.

2 KINDS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

To stand in the presence of the father without guilt or inferiority, to have a right standing with God, there are two ways: by law and by faith.

Righteousness by law

Romans 10:5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.

If anyone can follow all the laws of God till the end of his/her days, such a one shall be declared righteous.

James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.

But to keep the whole law, it’s really challenging.

Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither our fathers nor we were able to bear?

11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

Peter confessed that neither their fathers nor they themselves could keep the law in other to be made righteous. In actual fact, the motive for giving the laws was to reveal to man his total inability to follow them through.

Righteousness by faith

The second is the righteousness that comes as a result of faith-judging God as faithful and true to His word.

Romans 10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)

Romans 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.

3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

 Romans 4:20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.

 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

 23 ¶ Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him;

24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.

When you are restored unto righteousness, every other thing will begin to fall into its rightful place. This is why Jesus Christ came. Will you believe today? Remember that with the heart we believe unto righteousness. Romans 10:10

Pray this prayer with me

Father, I come to you today just as I am, I have found my greatest challenge today i.e. I have no right standing with you because of the condemnation that passed unto all human beings. Save me as I open my heart and accept Jesus today as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you for saving me and giving a right standing in your presence today. Amen.

As simple as it may seem to you, you are saved or born again by this prayer of faith. You have been restored to the right place before God. Get a bible if you don’t have one yet and start reading it for yourself. May the Holy Spirit also be your guide.

In my subsequent blogging, I shall be taking you a step further in your pursuit of holiness. You may equally read my previous posts if you haven’t done so already.

 

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RIGHTEOUSNESS I

 


For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 

2Corinthians 5:21

Righteousness is one theme of the gospel that has greatly been misunderstood among not just Christians but humankind in general. It is one area the devil keeps heavily guarded to prevent people from understanding, for should we come to full knowledge of this liberating truth, his influence over us will greatly wane off. Righteousness has greatly been confused for holiness. As much as righteousness and holiness are closely related, they are not the same thing.

Righteousness has to do with justification whiles holiness deals with sanctification. Righteousness is the foundation for holiness. No one can live a holy life until he has been made righteous.

Among other things Adam lost after his fall was his right standing with God. Adam was no longer in good standing with God just like Benedict Arnold lost his good standing with the American people after he committed treason.

By a single and yet a very heinous act of Adam, he lost his good standing with God. On the contrary, there was absolutely nothing you did to make you fall out of good standing with God. By reason of birth, which you didn’t even have any control over, you were in bad standing with God.

After Adam’s act of disobedience, he became fearful of God’s presence and would rather hide away from God than to pursue his presence.

And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden
And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou?
And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

Genesis 3:8-10

He lost the ability to approach God and to stand his presence without guilt or shame. ‘Righteousness is the ability to stand in the presence of the Father God without the sense of guilt or inferiority’. E. W. KENYON

It’s Important for you to note that you did not become unrighteous because of your sins. It is your nature of unrighteousness that enslaves you to wallow in sins. Before you ever committed your first sin you were already a sinner.

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned 

Romans 5:12

And yet the strongest battle any man had had to fight was the battle with sin consciousness, the feeling of guilt. It is the greatest weapon Satan has used so well in causing spiritual failures.

Guilt feeling kills initiatives. In my early days as a child of God, I have distanced myself from fellowshipping with the saints any time I become conscious of a sin I had committed and the weight of guilt that comes along with that memory. I have known several people in this same condition who will refuse to get involved in any spiritual activity because of guilt feeling.

This guilt feeling resulting from sin consciousness can and does neutralize all forms of effectiveness of a human being. Guilt feeling does to man what kryptonite does to Superman. (Green kryptonite weakens Superman and other Kryptonians. It can and will kill them with long-term exposure. Kryptonians under kryptonite's effects experience severe muscular weakness, usually to the point of collapse, and excruciating pain, with both conditions progressively intensifying. They often develop a fever and eventually will lose consciousness before death. https://en.wikipedia.org)

Anyone who ever backslided was first of all a victim of guilt feeling. In this RIGHTEOUSNESS blogging series, I intend to, by the Word of God, deal a heavy blow to this old enemy of human kind. As you read this and the subsequent posts, may light be granted you and be liberated forever, because you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

If you have not yet committed your life personally to Jesus Christ, I encourage you to do so now because He will set you free completely from all desires of the enemy. You see, all human kind, irrespective of our religious inclination, have a link with Adam. Similarly, all of us must come to Jesus (Adam II) for salvation.

For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 
1Corinthians 15:22 


 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 
1Corinthians 15:45 


Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 
Acts 4:12 

Jesus Christ was not a Christian when he walked on this earth, neither was it his intention to found Christian religion. His mission on earth was simple: to restore what Adam lost- man right standing with God among other things. Will you commit your life to him today?

Pray this prayer with me

Father, I come to you today just as I am, I have found my greatest challenge today i.e. I have no right standing with you because of the condemnation that passed unto all human beings. Save me as I open my heart and accept Jesus today as my Lord and Saviour. Thank you for saving me and giving a right standing in your presence today. Amen.

As simple as it may seem to you, you are saved or born again by this prayer of faith. You have been restored to your right place before God. Get a bible if you don’t have one yet and start reading it for yourself. May the Holy Spirit also be your guide.

In my subsequent blogging, I shall be taking you step by step into your completeness in God’s sight. You may equally read my previous posts if you haven’t done so already.

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BEWARE OF FOOLS (ESCAPING THE WEB OF WRONG ASSOCIATION)

The vicious cycle of wrong thoughts, wrong choices, wrong actions and wrong outcomes can be broken when you identify and break away from that one wrong person in your life. In this yet another masterpiece, BEWARE OF FOOLS: ESCAPING THE WEB OF WRONG ASSOCIATION, the author John James Abekah unveils a host of wrong people around you and equips you to break off from them and from the fool in particular. You will:

*Discover that wrong association, indeed, is a slow poison

*Identify and connect with a true friend

*Undo the generational effects of wrong associations on your destiny

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There are always various set periods between the commencement and completion of an assignment in life. It is the unknown "gap" between your present and the future that makes it necessary for you to closely examine the various periods of your life to ensure that you do not do anything that would abort your dreams or cause a premature or pre-term delivery of your God-destined purpose. In this book, you'll discover the most important keys in the various seasons of your life:

*Season of Rejection *Season of Disloyalty

*Season of Preparation *Season of Isolation

*Season of Unfair Treatment *Season of Learning

*Season of Delay *Waiting Season and many more …

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