Made Righteous by Faith

Am I Righteous? Often times we connect the word “Righteous” to someone we consider to be extremely pious, godly, saintly and sinless. Well yes! In true regards, that’s what the word righteous means and that’s exactly why our mind often discounts ourselves from being called righteous…

When we look inward into our own hearts, weigh our thoughts, check our conscience, consider our past mistakes and the times that we have walked in the flesh; It seems rather impossible to consider ourselves anywhere close to being referred to as the “Righteousness of God”

But….,

What does the Bible say about you?

The identity you have about yourself in your mind, determines the path you take in life, drives your purpose of living and often times determines your destination too. Well then, It is important to ponder How you actually see yourself… What is your Identity? Are you identifying yourself with your shortcomings, weaknesses, mistakes and flaws? Or have you ever considered seeing yourself through the eyes of someone who loves you the most?

We have all been through situations in life where our efforts may have failed us. I can think of several moments in life where I have failed God and let myself down by doing things I would never want to do. But our mistakes are not what defines who we are. Seeing ourselves through the eyes of Jesus makes all the difference!!

How can we become righteous?

2Corinthians 5:2 God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

In this verse it clearly expounds that Jesus who knew no sin, laid down His life for us in our place so that we become the righteousness of God. Although we all have sinned and fallen short of His glory, He who is sinless took our place and is offering us the pure righteousness of God Himself. Before Jesus came, we were under the wrath and the consequence of the law. Now through the finished work of Jesus on the cross, He removed every consequence of sin and curse from our lives and offers His righteousness to be ours as a free gift! It simply means that our sins are forgiven and our righteousness is made equal to the righteousness of God Himself! As much as it blows my mind to wrap my head around this undeserving grace, yes you don’t have to earn it, it is a free gift. All you need is Faith to receive it!

What can get better than this profound truth that- We are Justified by Faith and Not by works!

Romans 4:3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”4Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. 5. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. 6. David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 7 “Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven,whose sins are covered. 8 Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord will never count against them.

How are we made righteous by Faith?

This concept might initially be difficult for the human mind to rationale and fathom. We are tuned and used to believing that we ought to do something in order to deserve something. Our society has taught us that we only receive what we work for. When something so precious as salvation and righteousness is offered as a free gift, the immediate response of our minds is to assume that we probably have to do something extraordinary to please God in order to deserve to have this. What we don’t realise is that in our own efforts, our righteousness is nothing but filthy rags. No matter how many good deeds you may do, no matter how hard you strive towards being a good person; there’s not a single human being without sin in him. We all have invariably sinned and fallen short of the Glory and Holiness of God. That’s why so many of us today who attempt to attain righteousness by our own works and efforts, only end up tiring and draining yourself with such futile attempts of the flesh!

What then can make us justified when we stand before God?!

Romans 3:22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. 23 For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 And all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith.

The answer is simple, it is in believing with complete Faith in the finished work of Jesus on our behalf. I would like to reiterate that Yes, it is a free gift and our hearts should be willing to accept this free gift of righteousness by Faith and believing without doubt that it is a finished work! It no longer requires for you and me to work towards our righteousness in the flesh but to only believe!

Why does our mind resist in accepting what is freely given and believing what is already finished ?

The one main hindering factor to us walking in faith is that we operate in our flesh. What do I mean when I say “in our flesh”? We only believe what we see, feel, touch, or can tangibly experience. But have you considered, How God thinks?

Romans 4 :17 “God calleth those things which be not as though they were”

God’s reality is not the same as ours. ” He calls things into existence“. He expects us to understand His infinite power and completely depend on His ability to call things that don’t exist into existence.

Faith is the backbone of a successful spiritual walk in understanding and receiving everything that God has promised for us. We only receive if we believe! Faith is not just the root of salvation, but the key to living in health, protection, provision, providence and living in abundance of peace

How to remain in Faith

In our everyday walk with Jesus, What must we do in order for our minds to be in line with God’s thoughts?

1 . Bring your thoughts to captivity & submission to God-

The biggest enemy of the human mind is fear! Fear cripples even the strongest! The saddest silent battle that many face today are their anxieties and stress. Some don’t even talk about it. Some have began to believe that it is normal for a person to have anxieties in life and that it is ok to live a stressful life battling anxieties and worry on a daily basis. Do you really believe that God in all his love, desires for you to live with anxieties, worries and fear?

Have you ever considered what is God’s take on your anxiety?

The Bible clearly says, Do not be anxious about anything rather bring all your requests and supplications before God with thanksgiving. The clause “with thanksgiving” is mentioned to emphasise on the importance of thanking in advance because you believe that you have received what you are asking for in faith! When you believe, you are free from the burden of doubts..

2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us that we are to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”

We are what we think!! When we bring to captive our human thoughts and rationale, we begin to submit in “child like faith” in understanding and allowing the power of God to operate in our lives. The biggest enemy to walking in faith and in the fullness of life as God intends for us to live, is our own fleshly minds which battle against you walking in the supernatural!Doubts often seem to make you feel hopeless, helpless or weak.. but In the contrary, take a closer look at this verse which points out a fact that when we give room to thoughts that cause doubts or human reasoning that’s against what God is promising, we are giving room to “pride” that subconsciously projects our own thoughts to appear greater than the knowledge of God himself!

I desire to break down this key Principle in God’s kingdom in further detail by expounding the example of Abraham’s life. Wondered why Abraham is referred to as the Father of Faith?

Abraham received a promise from God that he will be blessed with a son and that his inheritance will be blessed. Abraham had to wait for several years before this promise was fulfilled in his life. The wait was so long that Abraham was 100 years old with his body being as good as dead and his wife being very old, could not bear a child anymore. But let’s have a closer look at what went through Abraham’s mind through all this…

Romans 4:18-22 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations,  just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”

How was Abraham able to remain in faith? What are some of the things that he did differently from how we would probably react?

2. Understanding God’s Faithfulness

Abraham received a promise from God and trusted God at His word. Bible says that God is not a man to lie. What He has spoken, that He will bring to pass. There’s no two ways about it! Abraham had several personal encounters with God and his heart had seen and knew the power of God being manifested before His eyes. Having an intimate relationship with God and looking back at life to remember all the powerful paths with which He has led you, will definitely help you have a deeper understanding of His faithfulness and power! It is better to put your trust in God rather than man. Think of the times when although the situation seemed impossible, God made a way for you. Think of the times when you have personally experienced a miraculous breakthrough in your health, relationship, finances or even a time that you received an unexpected answer to an earnest prayer where God saved you out of a dangerous situation. Reminiscing back to such intimate moments with God helps us to focus on His Faithfulness rather than the uncertainty of the current situation. That’s the place where your anxiety and doubts will lift away.

3. Continue to Believe in hope against all hope

When you carefully observe Romans chapter 4 to understand what was credited to Abraham as righteousness, we read that he continued to believe in hope against all hope. There could be situations that seem absolutely hopeless to the human mind. Doctor’s reports, medical science, news or the voice of an expert might convince your human mind that there’s no hope at all. But how many of us are able to disregard the reports of the world and words of men to just focus on the power of God?! Who’s report are you believing today? It does take a lot of blind trust to have hope against all hope. The world may even call you foolish when you do so; but never forget that this act of faith and hope was regarded as righteousness by God!!

4. Remain unwavering without any room for unbelief

Sometimes we claim to have faith for a moment but it quickly wavers with a parallel thought of doubt or worry. Such a mind is split and double. Have a closer look at what the Bible says about this –

James 1:6 when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. 8 Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.

We may argue within ourselves that we are human and we obviously tend to think this way or worry and have our own anxieties towards life. But have you ever wondered why it displeases God when you give room for such rationale and importance to your own thoughts?

Rationalising cognitively in your mind against the faith that you ought to hold on to, often exalts a certain thought against/above the knowledge and power of God. It is like you yourself are unknowingly negating the power of God from manifesting in your life because you do not believe Him enough! Faith and doubt cannot coexist. And the Bible says,

Mathew 17:58 And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief

The only weapon against battling unbelief is deeply deeply understanding God’s unfailing love for you. Be fully persuaded that He loves you way too much to ever forsake you or let you down. For perfect love casts out all fear!

5. Unshakable Trust in God’s Power when your faith is tested

When we read further into Abraham’s life, we understand that God sometimes tests our faith. God delights in sharing a deep intimate bond with us like a Father and child, that sometimes His heart delights to test how much we trust and rely on Him. God closely watches how we respond when troubles, trials or persecution comes. Are we like the seeds sown among the rocks? Or are we like good ground? When we are able to show “faith in action” during times of tests by standing firm in the fact that God’s love and power toward us will never fail; He is pleased!

Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 Even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

Two key secrets to handle such tests of faith are :

Firstly, Let your conversation be in line with your Faith– When Issac asked Abraham where is the lamb for sacrifice? It could have been natural human instinct to respond with word of uncertainty or allow Issac’s question to stir fear and hopelessness in his heart. But Abraham replied “God will provide”. During tests of faith, you may not understand what’s next, but consciously choose to respond with words that are firm in faith. This pleases God and will be considered as righteousness unto you!

Secondly, Let your actions be in line with your faith, for faith without actions is dead- As Abraham walked up that mountain to obey God in sacrificing his one and only son, his heart reasoned by fully trusting God’s power and ability to raise up Issac from the dead. It sure must have not been easy, but with each step that Abraham took as he hiked up that mountain, He probably was meditating on the unfathomable power of God to do a supernatural miracle. He never allowed his human mind to limit God’s power. He feared God enough to take steps of obedience and at the same time, trusted God’s power. Such a display of unshakable Faith was credited as righteousness unto him!

Right from our salvation to our everyday walk with Jesus, it is indeed our Faith that is constantly justifying us and making us righteous before God. Faith in His blood that washes our sins, Faith that our sins are all forgiven and blotted out, Faith that Jesus was raised from the dead, Faith that our bodies are a temple of God and that He lives inside us, Faith that He hears our prayers, Faith that He protects us, Faith that He heals us, Faith in His love that redeemed us from hell, Faith that our names are written in the lamb’s book of life, Faith that He will preserve our soul till the very end, Faith that He will Justify us before the Father, Faith that we will spend eternity with Him and Faith that one day, He will look us in our eyes and say, “well done my good and faithful servant!”

I hope and pray in the name of Jesus that these words will strengthen your faith walk in Christ.

Warm hugs and prayers,

Cynthia

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Beena D says:

    Powerful explanation of Faith.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Devaprasad says:

    We are justified by faith not by works .

    Liked by 1 person

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