By Erasmus Makarimayi
TO fully and freely enjoy our fellowship and communion with God the Father, we have to intentionally move from sin consciousness to righteousness consciousness.
Righteousness means the ability to stand in God the Father’s presence without a sense of guilt, fear, condemnation, or inferiority.
The nakedness that befell humanity in Adam and Eve is removed by the substitutionary and finished work of Jesus Christ.
As born again believers, we are not damned and condemned. God qualified us in Christ to seat blameless on His right hand (place of honour and authority).
Without the sense of guilt we therefore can relate with the Father in a free flowing union.
The devil keeps hammering on us long forgiven and forgotten sins to keep us in doubt of our innocence before God the Father. He wants to hold us in bondage so that we keep trying to please God with our self effort and human works of good. The Bible cleared this thought process from us so that we don’t count salvation on us but on God. Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 2:8-9: “(8) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: (9) Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
Gift’s are received and partaken of with thanksgiving. That is the grace of God.
Enjoy your liberty in the presence of your Father. Remember Romans 3:20, New International Version: “Therefore, no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.”
We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. This is what the Bible declares us to be. We should not listen to the the devil and religious error but to the voice of truth, God’s word. We read in 2 Corinthians 5:21, Amplified: “For our sake He made Christ (virtually) to be sin who knew no sin, so that in and through Him we might become (endued with, viewed as being in, and examples of) the righteousness of God (what we ought to be, approved and acceptable and in right relationship with Him, by His goodness).”
Jesus took our place, that is, of sinners and became sin so that we can stand sinless in the Father’s presence.
Let’s shed off guilt, fear and the devilish sense of undeserving of the mercy of God that endures forever.
The devil wants to drive us out of the fellowship with God by bringing in through callous means that we are not behaving well to be acceptable children of God the Father.
He wants us to trust in our works and spurn the free gift of redemption. If he wins in doing that we then exalt our deeds above the grace of God and become proud and deny God His due glory.
Please read again Ephesians 2:8-9 above.
If we praise our efforts, the devil has opened a doorway to scatter us through our mind.
Satan wants to keep us in uncertainty and unbelief.
Some have fallen into his lies and ended up seeing God as unreliable and untrustworthy. Oh what a loss!
Though our place according to salvation is guaranteed, we live a miserable believers life.
That’s when you hear some saying they’re switching from Christianity to religion.
Haven’t you read that we cannot nullify the finished work of Jesus Christ?
Jesus is succinct in John 10:28-29: “(28) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. (29) My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
Don’t listen to the lies of the devil but rather to the truth of God’s Word.
Wisdom speaks in Proverbs 4:20-21, “(20) My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. (21) Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.”
Always bear it in your mind that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
Let it saturate your heart. We cannot have faith in the Word of God when we are under condemnation.
We are sons and daughters of God.
This relationship woul not be worth if we did not have righteousness.
Naturally the Father would have no pleasure in His children because they would be shrinking, cowardly, fearful beings imagining God as a monster and hardhearted master.
The children would never enjoy the Father’s presence.
No redemption would be worth the name that did not include righteousness.
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you through knowledge.
- All Bible quotations are from the King James Version unless otherwise stated.