Establishing Yourself in Righteousness

The revelation that you are righteous is the biggest hurdle to Christian growth that Satan has been determined to protect.  If he cannot stop you being ‘born again’ then he will fight ‘tooth and nail’ to stop you from walking in your righteous position before God as a son and covenant partner.  The moment you realy understand this…..his days of keeping you in defeat and ineffective are numbered.  Righteousness is as fundamental to you as a Christian as foundations are to a house.  Righteousness is what you establish yourself on; Isaiah.54:14.  Jesus called it the rock upon which you build your life so when the storms come you will remain strong.
Righteous is what you are before God.  No if’s or but’s…’s a fact.  You did not earn it, it was given to you.  You are no longer ‘a sinner saved by grace.’  You were a sinner, you were saved by grace, you are now righteous.  Part of Satan’s strategy to prevent God’s people from acting like God’s people, walking in the righteousness we have been given, which biblically is called holiness.  If you have been born again by the Spirit of God then you are a ‘new creature’1 with a new nature, namely the same nature as God, that is righteousness.
You are familiar with Jn 3:23 ‘for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God,’ this is one sentence in a passage of a letter where Paul was instructing the Roman Christians in righteousness.  Paul was writing to a non-covenant minded people just like ourselves.
Chapter 3v20 marks the end of his introduction where he pronounces all mankind as guilty before God, and the beginning of his teaching of how all mankind can be made right before God.
Rom.  3: 21-26 ‘But now the righteousness of God has been revealed independently and altogether apart from the law, although actually it is attested Law and the Prophets, namely the righteousness of God which comes by believing  with a personal trust  and confident reliance on  Jesus Christ the Messiah.  And it (this righteousness) it meant for all who believe.  For there is no distinction, since all have sinned and fallen short of the honour and glory of God, all are justified and made righteous upright and in right standing with God, freely and by His grace through the redemption that is also provided in Jesus Christ.’  Amplified Bible
The first thing that happens when you make Jesus your Lord and Saviour is that you are made right with God.
You are righteous.  I am righteous.  There is no argument.  Say; ‘I am a righteous man / woman.’  It sounds strange. No-one else will call you as you really are, so speak to yourself everyday, every minute if necessary until your mind gets hold of this and it sounds good and means something. Worship God. ‘Thank you for giving me your righteousness.’  Then use it.

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