Ooh we thank the Holy Spirit for a blessed and wonderful day! We continue with our message on the kingdom of God (love).
"For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but RIGHTEOUSNESS , and PEACE , and JOY in the Holy Ghost."
(Rom 14:17)
When we say the kingdom of God, we mean the Kingdom of love because God is love. And today we continue to learn more about the righteousness of God.
1 . RIGHTEOUSNESS (of God)
Is the very life of God, and we attain it freely the moment we receive Jesus as our Lord and savior. Let us see more about the righteousness of God;
"I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins. Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified." (Isa 43:25-26)
God is teaching us that when you forgive is for your own sake. Don't think that when you forgive you will make the person you have forgiven feel great, but forgiveness is the expression that God's life (righteousness) is in you.
And we are more reminded to prove that we are just (righteous) and not sinners any more.
"Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." (Isa 43:18-19)
The moment God brought the children of Israel from captivity in Babylon, He told them to forget the past (the life of slavery). The moment you receive Jesus as your Lord and savior you become a new creature! Forget about the old things but walk in the newness and in the freedom you have received freely in Christ Jesus!
Forgive and remember no more, you are the child of God and you are able to do what the LORD does. Let's see more on the effects of not forgetting your past :
"And the mixed multitude that was among them fell a lusting: and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, Who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic:" (Num 11:4-5)
This problem of remembering the past faced the children of Israel, but this describes the believers of today too. Many Christians nowadays remember the former things! All the children of Israel died in the wilderness because of remembering the former things.
God doesn't want us to dwell in the past, in any challenge you face discuss with Him so that you may be justified.
God is about to do a new thing in your life but you must leave the past. Just fall in love with Jesus then you shall see His goodness!
If you are broke you are in the desert, but the Lord says "He's going to make rivers in that desert"
All you have to do is to present your case before God, and the Lord will renew your mind so that you realize your real identity as the child of God.
God's concern is to renew your mind, because the moment you get this you will understand who you are. The moment your mind is renewed everything about you will change.
When you have the mind of the Just wherever you go you become a blessing to those people you meet. As Joseph was a great blessing to the land of Egypt so you are blessing to your workplace and the world.
When your mind is renewed all the strongholds holding you are brought down. Because the spiritual Warfare is in the mind, so the renewal of the mind is freeing yourself from the strongholds of the enemy(which is in form of your past life).
There are things which you are not even supposed to ask or even fast to get them. Because these things are your right as a child of God. You have the righteousness of God and you are cleared to receive anything that you need from the Kingdom of love!
"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." (2Cor 5:21)
Jesus took the root of sin and gave us His righteousness, righteousness is not about forgiveness but a new creature , a person who has never sinned.
"Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2Cor 5:17)
The one who was forgiven died with Jesus, but you are a completely new creation even the devil doesn't know you! But when you start talking and thinking about your past then you are opening up to devil's attacks!
All you have to do is to put your case before God, now you have access to the Father's heart and have a conversation with Him.
See the prayer of Hezekiah after receiving the message from Prophet Isaiah that he is going to die :
"And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore." (Isa 38:3)
But in the new testament we are Justified in Christ Jesus, and what we do is to repent.
"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1Jn 1:8-9)
And this verse if for spiritual children, so in case of sin we have our advocate the righteous Jesus Christ. And the moment you confess your sin it is forgiven. Not only the one you have confessed but even those which you don't remember.
"My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." (1Jn 2:1-2)
If God has already forgiven the whole world how about you the child of God! We live and walk in Him so we have the righteousness of God in us! And for this cause I declare that if you are serving God then no weapon formed against you will be able to prosper in the mighty name of Jesus Christ!
Be blessed, see you soon....