April 29, 2024


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Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM

“Therefore, since we are justified, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God through faith, let us grasp the fact that we have the peace of reconciliation to hold and enjoy peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Hebrews 4:16

In a time when much of the world is up in arms, we must recognize that we are in a fight of faith. The greatest enemy to faith is a lack of understanding of God’s Word. A lack of understanding regarding righteousness and its privileges holds more Christians in bondage than any other thing.

Each Christian has been called upon to fight the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12). There wouldn’t be such a fight to faith if there weren’t enemies, or hindrances, to faith. We need to understand the enemies to faith and overcome them so that our faith can grow.

In this article, I want to talk about the greatest enemy, or hindrance, to faith: a lack of understanding of God’s Word. The Bible says that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). When people pray for faith, it’s really knowledge of God’s Word they need, because we cannot have faith beyond our actual knowledge of God’s Word. As soon as the light of God’s Word shines in the heart of man, faith comes. That’s why the Psalmist said, “The entrance of thy words giveth light. . .” (Ps. 119:130). When you have knowledge of God’s Word, you have faith.

The one area in which believers lack understanding of the Word is the subject of righteousness—our right-standing with God. And this lack of understanding of righteousness is one of the greatest hindrances to faith.

EVERY doctrine of the Word of God has its practical bearing. As each tree beareth seed after its kind, so doth every truth of God bring forth practical virtues. Hence you find the apostle Paul very full of therefores— his therefores being the conclusions drawn from certain statements of divine truth.

Through Adam, Man Lost His Right Standing with God because Adam lost his right standing with God when he sinned. Man can only regain his right standing with God by faith on what CHRIST did on the cross of Calvary just as Abraham’s faith was accounted unto him as righteousness – Romans 4:17-19
Jesus paid for Adam’s transgression and man’s righteousness was restored.

Free grace, mere mercy; there is nothing in us to deserve such favours. It comes freely unto us, but Christ bought it, and paid the price. And faith has special regard to the blood of Christ, as that which made the atonement. But the way of justification by faith for ever shuts out boasting. Yet believers are not left to be lawless; faith is a law, it is a working grace, wherever it is in truth. The law is still of use to convince us of what is past, and to direct us for the future.

You Have Been Made the Righteousness of God

II Corinthians 5:17-21 — “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new…For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Righteousness is the ability to stand in the presence of God without the sense of sin, guilt, or inferiority.

Romans 5:1 — “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Don’t confuse righteousness with holiness.
Jesus’ Righteousness Has Been Imparted To You
I Corinthians 1:30 — “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”

God provided this Righteousness upon legal grounds

Romans 4:25 (literal) “Who was delivered up for our trespasses, and was raised when we were declared righteous.”

Righteousness Is a Free Gift

  1. Romans 5:17-19 — “For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one …even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.”

If God could not make man righteous and as free from a sin conscience and condemnation as he was before sin entered the world, then Satan’s work in Adam was more effectual than God’s word in Jesus.

Declare His Righteousness
Romans 3:21-26 — “…Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference…Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus. Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood.

Romans 10:10​—“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness …”

If God is going to have perfect fellowship with man then man must be as righteous as God.

God is not holding anything against any one
II Corinthians 5:19
-“To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.

Put Away a Sin Consciousness
“Don’t hang on to sin tags such as: “I’m just an old’ sinner saved by grace.”

“Satan has made the body of Christ think that is a mark of humility before God to boast of our sinful, weak, unworthy condition.

“You are God’s workmanship created unto good works Ephesians 2:10 —

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”

Begin to Develop a Righteousness Consciousness
“Therefore, since we are justified, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God through faith, let us grasp the fact that we have the peace of reconciliation to hold and enjoy peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Hebrews 4:16 —

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain a Righteousness Consciousness
Hebrews 10:1-2 —

“…because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.”
Hebrews 9:11-14 —

“How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Hebrews 1:3 —

“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty an high.”
Romans 5:1 (Amplified) —

“Therefore, since we are justified, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God through faith, let us grasp the fact that we have the peace of reconciliation to hold and enjoy peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Hebrews 4:16 —

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
I Peter 3:12 —

“For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers.
James 5:15 —

“…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
Ephesians 6:14

—“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness.

Another fallacy about righteousness is that we’ve thought we had to grow into some kind of high spiritual state in order to be righteous. We’ve thought, My prayers would work if I could just get to be righteous. If I could just develop to some high spiritual state, then I would be righteous.

Well, thank God, we can grow in the Lord and we can develop spiritually, but did you know you cannot grow to be any more righteous than you are today if you are born again. There are some things you can grow in. For example, you can grow in the fruit of the spirit: love, gentleness, meekness, long-suffering, and so forth. But righteousness is a gift. You will never be any more righteous than you are right now! You will not be any more righteous when you get to Heaven than you are right now—at this very moment!

We must realize that we have right-standing with God not because of what we did, but because of what Jesus did! Right-standing with God is a gift!

After I realized that I had received the gift of righteousness when I was born again, Satan had to find another tactic to use on me. He tried to trip me up by using the fact that since becoming a Christian, I had sinned. Indeed I did feel so guilty over missing it. Have you ever missed it, sinned, or failed since becoming a Christian?

But I began to look at God’s Word again, and I found this verse in First John:

1 JOHN 1:9
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

John wasn’t writing to the unsaved in this passage. He was writing to Christians!

When we sin, we fall under condemnation and lose our sense of righteousness. But when we confess, “I have sinned, God. Please forgive me in Jesus’ Name,” God does two things. According to First John 1:9, God forgives us of our sins, and God cleanses us from our sins. If God just forgave our sin, it wouldn’t help us much, because we would still be under the condemnation of sin. But, no, God actually cleanses us from all sin.

What does God cleanse us from? All unrighteousness. Part of our unrighteousness? No, all of it!

After I saw this in the Word, I answered the devil with that news and put him on the run. And he’s been running ever since! Up until then, the devil had me on the run. But after I learned who I am in Christ Jesus, I started meeting the devil head on. Now he’s the one who turns and runs, because he found out I know what the Word says. I know where I stand with God!



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