To understand the power of something, you must understand its meaning.
What is righteous, and what is sin?
Webster’s meaning of righteous:
1: acting according to the divine or moral law: free from guilt or sin.
2a: morally right or justifiable b: arising from an outraged sense of justice or morality.
We are made righteous by believing and trusting the word of God. Actions will follow what you think.
Webster’s meaning of sin: Going against God’s law (the word of God) is a severe shortcoming.
To understand the spiritual, you must understand the natural.
Naturally, if something is clogged, it is hard for anything to flow through it. It is hard for you to hear if your ear is full of wax.
It is the same with sin. God cannot bless us to a specific capacity with sin in our lives. It will stop us from hearing from God effectively with sin there. We can only go so far.
I desire to receive every blessing God has for me. I want to keep going higher with God.
I John 1:9 NIV version says 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us and purify us from all unrighteousness.
When we confess our sins to God and start towards being righteous (believing and trusting the word of God), it cleanses us spiritually.
Just like we clean our cars, houses, teeth, and bodies, we must clean our Spirit, man.
We take a spiritual bath by meditating, reading, and speaking the word of God.
Most of us in our right minds do not like anything unclean, filthy, and nasty. So we turn our nose up and leave.
That is how God looks at sin. He loves people but hates sin. Therefore, God will not dwell in us with continuous sin in our lives.
Once you confess your sins to God, do not beat yourself up about it.
Romans 8:1-2 Amplified Version says 1 Therefore there is now no condemnation [no guilty verdict, no punishment] for those who are in Christ Jesus [who believe in Him as personal Lord and Savior]. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life [which is] in Christ Jesus [the direction of our new being] has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
You can boldly pray to God when you confess your sins and start trusting in his word.
Proverbs 28:1 Easy Read Version says the wicked (morally wrong/evil) are afraid of everything, but those who live right are as brave as lions.
Living rzxft6ighteously makes you bold. Sin makes you fearful and separates you from God.
A great example is Paul. Paul talked about, hated, and murdered church people because of their beliefs. However, after he gave his life over to God and started on the path of living righteous, he was able to walk in boldness.
Paul would say, “I wronged no man.” Talk about boldness! That is powerful.
Once you confess your sins to God, it is like it has never happened.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says if any person is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things are passed away, and all things become new.
Once you accept Jesus into your life and start on the path of living righteous, what you used to do will change. It is like you are a new person. God comes in and transforms you. So when people bring up your past, let them know it is the old me.
If you are not saved, it is no time like the present to accept Him into your life; it is an amazing journey.
The change starts with us as believers in Jesus. We are the examples. We cannot be an effective witnesses to others with constant sin there.
2 Chronicles 7:14 New King James Version says
Fourteen if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
This scripture sums up for us the current state of the world.
How we know we are of God is if we have a love for each other. It is easier said than done, but we must pray for our enemies. It will either transform them or remove them. If we see someone going in the wrong direction, pray for them.
Here is a scripture if you find someone in sin:
Galatians 6:1-5 one if anyone is caught in any sin, you who are spiritual [that is, you who are responsive to the guidance of the Spirit] are to restore such a person in a spirit of gentleness [not with a sense of superiority or self-righteousness], keeping a watchful eye on yourself, so that you are not tempted as well. 2 Carry one another burdens and in this way, you will fulfill the requirements of the law of Christ [that is, the law of Christian love]. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something [special] when [in fact] he is nothing [special except in his own eyes], he deceives himself. 4 But each one must scrutinize his own work [examining his actions, attitudes, and behavior], and then he can have the personal satisfaction and inner joy of doing something commendable [without comparing himself to another. 5 For every person will have to bear [with patience] his own burden [of faults and shortcomings for which he alone is responsible].
No one is better than anyone. It is only by the grace and mercy of God that we are not into the same thing. In our flesh dwells nothing good.
A great example for us as believers to follow is in Hebrews 12.
Hebrews 12:1-3 Easy Read Version (ERV)
We Also Should Follow Jesus’ Example
12 We have all these great people around us as examples. Their lives tell us what faith means. So, we, too, should run the race that is before us and never quit. We should remove from our lives anything that would slow us down and the sin that so often makes us fall. 2 We must never stop looking to Jesus. He is the leader of our faith, and he is the one who makes our faith complete. He suffered death on a cross. But he accepted the shame of the cross as if it were nothing because of the joy he could see waiting for him. And now he is sitting at the right side of God’s throne. 3 Think about Jesus. He patiently endured the angry insults that sinful people were shouting at him. Think about him so that you will not get discouraged and stop trying.
If we examine ourselves, deal with the sins/ things that are weighing us down, walk in love, and rely on God’s strength, we can win every time.
Righteous elevates, sin separates.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your grace for today. I repent of any sin in my life, known and unknown. God shed light on areas that are hindering me from going higher in you. In Jesus’ name! Amen.