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Righteousness Consciousness

July 22, 2019

 

Many people have given their life to God: they have confessed in their
mouth the Lord Jesus and believed in their heart that God has raised Him
from the dead (Romans 10:9), then sealed their salvation through water
baptism. It is beautiful, but is not the end by any means. God’s work of
salvation has nothing to do with a location change. In fact, Jesus prays in
John 17 that we would not be taken out of this world, but kept from the evil
one. To be kept from the evil one requires a separation from the world that
only God can provide. James 4:7 says, “Therefore submit to God. Resist
the devil and he will flee from you” (NKJV). The word “submit” in the greek
—”hupotasso”—is an agreement with God’s will. It’s important for us to
saturate ourselves in God’s will, which is His Word. When we do, we will
find the resurrection power that lives within us. Colossians 1 reveals that
we have been reconciled to God in the body of Jesus’ flesh in which we are
presented as holy, blameless, and above reproach in His sight (v. 21-22). In
other words we have been made righteous. We have right standing with
God through the Son. We must remain fixated on our right standing with
God. The bible commands us to renew our mind that we may “prove what
is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2). The
new life that the resurrection power produces requires a righteousness
consciousness—a mind fixated on the fact that we are the righteousness of
God in Christ Jesus.


Though many have received the saving hand of God, far too many of
them make minimum impact in their surrounding world. The problem
seems to be in understanding what Jesus has done, and the life that we
now have access to. This lack of understanding looks like false humility,
which then produces insecurity. Insecure people operate in their own
ability, not Christ’s. Insecurity restricts you from the things of God,
because you feel as if you cannot conquer. Unrighteousness is fixated on
failure, whereas righteousness is concerned with what is right. The nature
of God is to see beyond face value and place a demand on created

purpose. God was well pleased with all of His creation, and Jesus has
restored us back to that place. Jesus is the perfect representation of the
Father. When He is dying on the cross and says, “Father, forgive them, for
they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:24), He meant it. Forgiveness that
produces right standing with God is the will of God. We will be able to walk
in the Spirit, not fulfilling lustful desires, when we begin to agree with what
God says and did. Righteousness removes the focus on what we have
done (sin), and focuses on what Jesus did and finished. That is our
identity!


We must learn to grow with what is being made right. We are moving
closer and closer towards the image of the Son that we have been
predestined to be conformed to (Romans 8:29). It is powerful how Paul
conveys the Holy Spirit dwelling on the inside of us in Colossians 1. He
refers to the phenomenon as a mystery hidden from ages and from
generations (v. 26). We are continually being transformed by the goodness
of God that lives on the inside. He dwells only in that which He has created
with His own hands. No matter how it is put, the Holy of Holies dwells
inside of us. We are the Holy of Holies. You cannot get any holier than that!
This is how we are presented before God through Jesus. It is such a
freeing reality, however this truth is not confidently secured in the minds of
many Christians. It is not pleasing to God to meditate on a sinful life before
Jesus, or to confess opposite of what He is saying in His Word. God says
that you are a son, that you are anointed, that you are seated in Him. It is
our privilege to wake up every morning to receive who God is, and yield to
what He produces through our lives. Righteousness is not focused on sin
at all. In fact, righteousness has no desire for sin. We are not waking up
waiting to sin, but rather excited to be further clothed in righteousness. We
are excited of the purpose we have been gifted by the grace of God.
Another day to know God more and have unbroken fellowship. Sin is not
even on the agenda of righteousness. Putting on what God has provided
for us through His Son is true humility, thus attracting the grace of God
upon our lives. God gives grace to the humble, and righteousness is the

landing strip for the grace of God. If there is a desire to receive divine
influence that transforms the individual, and impacts the world, start by
positioning yourself to line up with God’s will for reconciliation between
you and Himself! James instructs us to draw near to God. That requires
boldness that is prompted by the revelation of righteousness. When you
know that you have been made right with God, you will seek God first.
Intimacy is the byproduct of a righteousness consciousness where we will
continually be an instrument of righteousness for all of our days.


In short, righteousness makes wrong things right. It reverses a wrong
way of thinking, doing, working, and so forth. When there is understanding
of the right standing with God that we have, there will no longer be a strive
for perfection. It is self-righteous to attempt to fulfill God’s Word in your
own strength. Righteousness takes us higher than that. It elevates us to a
place where we are no longer trying to be, but are convinced that we
already are. This is the place where the will of God in our lives will
automatically occur. Be convinced that you are the righteousness of God in
Christ Jesus! This new life in Christ is about the immortal life of God inside
of us producing constant change, producing heaven on earth, and
glorifying God. Proverbs 12: 28 confirms that “in the way of righteousness
is life, and its pathway there is no death.” We have already died to sin, and
are alive unto righteousness now. We must know that this is where we
stand at all times. In this place is an abundant, deathless, life that is well
pleasing in the sight of God. Our sights are not set on the things of the
world, but are focused on God. It is the pure in heart that see God (Matthew
5:8), and a righteousness consciousness enables us to remain pure by
yielding to the Holy Spirit. That is what Jesus paid for. That is freedom.

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