A lot of believers never really get over the pain of their past mistakes in time and that attitude really slows them down in life. It is important that you do not allow the memories of past mistakes interfere with your walk of faith. Now that you are in Christ you are a completely brand new species. Your past no longer counts! God has no record of it. Christ has become your righteousness and you have also received the gift of righteousness by your faith in Christ. Romans 5:17 says, “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.
Righteousness is of faith not of works. It is a divine nature that the Holy Spirit imparts to you at new birth; when you received Jesus as Saviour and Lord over your life. Romans 3: 22 says, “…the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe…” You have been graced with the ability to stand before God without a sense of guilt. You now have what it takes to live right, talk right, act right and think right because the rightness of Christ has been imparted into your recreated spirit. Understanding these spiritual realities will help you make a success of your life.
In Philippians 3:13 Apostle Paul says, “…I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” You really have to be intentional in breaking the hold of past memories of sins. Learn to relate to the memory of your past like the Apostle Paul did with His, until the memories fade and no longer hurt. He acknowledged that he has been forgiven and declared righteous. Read how he speaks of his past: “Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 1 Timothy 1:13 KJV. Just like Paul, you have obtained mercy, but much more, you have been declared not guilty. Your sins were not only forgiven, you were recreated with the very life of God in your inward man.
Refuse to be sin conscious. Instead keep confessing that you are the righteousness of God in Christ and sin has no dominion over you. Consider yourself to be dead to sin and your relationship to it broken, but alive to God in unbroken fellowship with Him in Christ Jesus. Sin consciousness hinders consistent fellowship with the Father but righteousness consciousness strengthens your fellowship with the Lord and allows your faith grow steadily. As along as you acknowledge the truth about your righteous nature in Christ, you will be able to present your body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. (Romans 12:1 KJV). God’s desire is for you to dominate every circumstance and win. He wants you to live for Him, daily expressing the virtues and perfections of Christ. That’s why He graced you with the gift of righteousness by your faith in Christ Jesus.
PRAYER: Thank You Father for gifting me with the nature of righteousness by my faith in Christ. Hence forth, I live with this consciousness and enjoy rich and consistent fellowship with You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
FURTHER STUDIES: Romans 4: 24-25, 2 Corinthians 5:21
Inspiring Realities Devotional.
Pastor Gloria Johnson.