Imagine officers walking you down a long hallway and they open the doors and you realize you are in a huge court.  You are about to stand trial for every sin that you have committed.

As you look up you notice that God is the Judge. You know that you are not gonna be able to lie about anything and get away with it anyway.

Charge after charge is being made against you.  Most of them true and some are huge exaggerations.  But never the less it seems like forever and the charges keep coming.

Finally the Judge asks what do you plead, guilty or not guilty?  

You can’t say guilty because you don’t want to go to hell and you can’t say not guilty because that’s not true.

So what do you do? Do you plead guilty or not guilty?

Do you know what Jesus wants us to do?  After all He is your lawyer.  The legal advice He gives you is to plead His blood.  Only His blood can wash away ALL our sins and make us righteous.  

2 Corinthians 5:21

21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.  NIV

Righteousness is a free gift given to us when we believe. The moment that you asked Jesus to be Lord of your life, He made you righteous. It’s WHO you are now!

We can’t earn righteousness….  salvation… healing… or anything from God for that matter.

Ephesians 2:8,9

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 

9 not by works, so that no one can boast.  NIV

Putting our faith in what Jesus has already done on the cross for us is what saves us and makes us righteous.

You might be wondering right now, “Pastor Randy, if I’m righteous then why do I keep on sinning?”

That’s a really good question.  There could be several reasons for that but let’s just focus in on a few of them.

One of the reasons why Christians keep on sinning after they are saved is because they still believe they are sinners.

Have you ever heard someone say, “I am just a sinner saved by grace?” Or something like that.

That’s not true.  We used to be sinners saved by grace.  Now we are saints saved by grace.  Why is that important?  It’s important because if we believe that we are sinners, guess what we are going to do…  sin.  If you believe that you are righteous what will you do… the right thing.

The devil wants you to focus on everything that is wrong with you…  He wants you to live in the past…  Think about what could have been if you hadn’t done this or that…  But the righteous live by faith…  Romans 1:16-17

Jesus wants you to focus on what He has made right…  You are a new creation when you give your life to Jesus.  You are brand new!  You are righteous!  You see the Bible teaches us that we were all born sinners because of Adam and Eve. They messed it up for all of us. Sound a little unfair?  I understand… but there is good news (the gospel)…  The good news is this…

Jesus became like us so that we could become like Him.

Everything we lost because of Adam, we gained because of Jesus. Jesus took ALL of our sin so that we could have ALL of His righteousness.  So when God the Father sees us He sees Jesus.  He sees His Son’s righteousness. Jesus sacrificed everything for us, so that we don’t have to live in darkness any more… doubt… worry… fear…  Because we live by faith…

This is what I want you to do this week… Confess what God says about you.  I am the righteousness of God in Christ. Don’t confess what you feel or what you think about you.  Start saying what Jesus says about you. He has the right to define you…  He created you and died on a cross for you…

Jesus doesn’t want us to focus on what’s wrong with us, sin conscious…  

He wants us to be focused on Jesus and what He says about us, Christ conscious…

Let’s open up the free gift of righteousness that Jesus gives to all of us who simply believe in Him.

Each time Jesus hears us confess, “I am the righteousness of God in Christ,” it brings much pleasure to His heart, because we are laying hold of what He suffered and died to give us.



I have often asked God why He did not bless me with a pretty voice to sing. I say to God, “You know how much I love to worship and praise you.” I know this may sound funny but its true, I have said this more than once. I love to sing my heart and lungs out to God. When I sing I sense things just breaking off of me that had weighed me down minutes before. I can sense breakthrough for loved ones as I began to proclaim praises to God and thank Him for victory in situations. But the most amazing, and my very favorite thing that happens when I worship Him in this uninhibited manor is, I feel Him so very close. I begin to see the throne room of God and I see myself bowing before the King of Kings. The encounters change but one thing stays the same and that Is God! His love, His presence, provision and vision began to fill me like at no other time. This place I am describing is the best place and my very favorite. My prayer and desire is that every believer experiences this worship I am writing about today. 

“ Worship transcends our weakness while acknowledging Gods power.” Jack Hayford

What a great definition of worship by Jack Hayford, it resonated with me because this is what happens in my prayer and worship time with Him. The Word of God says in Revelations 12:11 , “And they defeated him by the blood of the lamb and by their testimony,” so with that being my backdrop I want to share a personal testimony of a time I overcame through the amazing gift of worship. Because of what Jesus has done for me I have this connection, this gift to be in relationship and worship Him! 

My husband and I got married my senior year of High School, his freshman year of college. We were young, poor and had the most beautiful baby boy! We lived in low incoming housing in Corona, California. It was a rough neighborhood but it was what we could afford. Terry traveled for his football games and so some weekends I was there alone with our son Garrett. I remember one night being awakened to a sound and then shadows I could see an outline of people walking by my window. I was alone and terrified. My mind raced as I thought why would people be lurking around back windows late at night. I began to pray softly in my bed as they went by. Although they were gone I could not shake the fear that had rocked me to the core. I sat there in my bed with my arms locked around my legs and I began to sing; “Whenever I am afraid I will trust in You. You are my hiding place, whenever I am afraid I will trust in You.” Then the coolest thing happened as I was singing I started to pray too and then this beautiful sound started coming from me! My spirit began to pray but it came out as a song and it was beautiful, peace filled every part of me. I felt as though I was being held and I had no fear at all. I remember being amazed and thankful for the encounter. 

So I want to encourage you today to get into Gods presence with worship and praise. It doesn’t matter how good you sound, what matters is your heart, that your passion is for Him! Experience the power of worship that transcend weakness while acknowledging Gods power!



A couple of Sunday’s ago at LifeWay Church we heard a sermon from Pastor Robert Morris of GateWay Church titled “under attack.” His message was about what to do when you are under attack from the enemy. There was one point that He gave that really stood out to me. He said that you have to first recognize that you are in a battle. I think this is the hardest thing for us to do at times. We now live in a time where everything is paganize and things are no longer spiritualized. We walk around with a worldly mindset instead of a heavenly mindset.

I think we first have to hit the topic of “over-spiritualized.” This statement has never quite made sense to me. Colossians 1:16 says “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.” If we believe this scripture then I am not sure how there is anything on this earth that is not “spiritual.” It is all about God, ALWAYS! Another scripture to consider when you feel that you or someone else might be making things too “spiritual” is Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” If finding “life,” which is Jesus, is difficult, then I would say I need to set my mind on things that are spiritual way more often than not. We tend to think people that “over-spiritualize” things are weird. They do and say strange things, but the reality is that God is not weird. He is the creator of the universe! I don’t think you can get much cooler than that. We cannot let the way different people respond to God affect the way we respond to Him. 

The next thing I want to cover is, remember who you are fighting when you recognize you are in battle. Ephesians 6:12 says “For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Long answer short, you are fighting the devil. I believe there are three other people we blame instead of Him. 

1.We blame ourselves 

         The devil is really good at making you feel like everything is your fault. He is good at isolating you and he is best at making you feel ashamed. This shame causes us to not want to turn to God or other people. When you are struggling do not beat yourself up. God would not do that to you, so you know it is not from Him. It is important, however, that you recognize in the battle how and what God wants to change in you. If you have done wrong then confess it, and ask God how He wants you to move on from there. 

2.We blame others

        The enemy’s number one tactic is to cause division. If you have not read the book The Bait of Satan by John Bevere I encourage you to read it. This book shows how the devil pits us against one another through taking offense, instead of recognizing that it is the enemy that is trying to separate us. God created ALL people, and He created us for Him and for each other. We are here to help each other not hurt each other. Even if you have had several people hurt you in your life, God can and will bless you with people that will love and help you. We can’t play the enemy’s game by allowing us to turn against our brothers and sisters. 

3.We blame God 

        James 1:17 says “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” Your Father loves you and He only wants good for you. I think this aspect is easier for people that have children to understand. You discipline your kids, and you allow them to make their own decisions, even if they are bad, so they can grow. That is the same thing God does for us. If we are in a battle it is because God will use it for good and will use it to grow us. When the enemy causes evil things to happen against us, God only uses it for good, and for us to draw closer to Him, because He knows that being close to Him is the only way we survive. 

I encourage you today to think with a heavenly mindset. Pray that you would be fully and completely aware of God at all times. Learn His voice. Then you will be able to recognize when you are in a battle and who you are fighting.