DUDE YOU ARE RIGHTEOUS

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.
 
PASTOR RANDY HENDERSON

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