LEAVING THE PAST BEHIND SERIES
Part One: Righteousness
Now, if anyone is enfolded into Christ, he has become an entirely new person. All that is related to the old order has vanished. Behold, everything is fresh and new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 TPT
Written by Princess Thomas
One Sunday morning at church, I was asked to take the scriptural reading for the service. I was awe-struck.
I rushed to the ladies room before the time slated for the reading and tried to discuss the terrible sin I had fell into the night before with God. It was masturbation! I tried to tell him about how unworthy I was to go up the altar and read his word to his people. I told him it would be pretence.
Well, my dear heavenly Father was telling me something else. I mean, it was totally unrelated to my sin. I was telling Him how that I had become unrighteous because of my actions but it seemed to me that the Lord wasn’t primarily concerned about that.
In fact, He was busy giving me instructions, reminding me of his Holy Spirit inside of me, promising me that he would ever be with and help me with the task at hand, reminding me that I was his beloved child and that there was no condemnation for me because my sins had been paid by the sacrifice of his son, Jesus.
Can you imagine that?
I was flabbergasted to say the least. By my own logic, he was supposed to be revealing how great my punishment would be, how he had disowned me and what a mighty pretender I would be going up stage but I got none of that. Dear father just reminded me of Romans 8:1 and moved on. He reminded me of the sacrifice of his Son for my sins.
This is grace!
Now, let’s drive to the main point. You may want to read today’s scripture again before we continue. You may have read or heard this scripture many times and it may have come across as something unreal.
‘How can you say that old things are passed away? How is that even possible? What of this lie that I told? What about that sex party I attended and participated in? What about those things that I stole? What about them? How could all of my sins just vanish? Who would give me such a blank card?
Well, I’m here to tell you that it’s as true as the skin you have on your body. We need to have it in mind that the moment we received Christ, we completely traded our old man (the nature of sin)for a new man (the nature of righteousness).
Everything about us became completely new. The same way it makes no sense to say to a new born baby, “I’ve forgiven you all of your sins” because that baby has no past is the same way it is not okay to keep remembering all of the sins that are in your past and in God’s past. Understanding what Christ has done concerning sins is the foundation for walking in victory.
We must understand that it makes no sense because it no longer exists! The sin nature has been dealt with. Christ paid for it all and this is what makes us righteous. We must see ourselves as God sees us! This is what enables us to live out the new nature we have received.
Little wonder, Ephesians 2:8 says we are saved by grace through faith; and not of ourselves: it is the gift of God-which we can never earn. Glory!!!
Act: recall actions that have made you doubt your righteousness in Christ and declare that you are the righteousness of God. Never sit in condemnation!
Confession: I am a new specie, free from slavery to sin. I am the very righteousness of God. I have attained full reconciliation with God, because of the sacrifice of Christ. GLORY TO GOD!