We Are Righteous in God

We all have times when we feel discouraged and beaten down by the world. It’s at times like these that the devil tries to attack us and make us believe we’re worthless. But as Christians who have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, the exact opposite is true. As God’s children, we’re holy and righteous because of our divine heritage (1 John 3:1, 2).

What we believe in our hearts starts in our minds, and if we actively train our minds to dwell on the fact that we are His children through faith (Galatians 3:26), eventually those thoughts will go down into our hearts. Once they take root in our hearts, they can begin to grow and flourish. Believing we are the righteousness of God is not cockiness or arrogance. It’s realizing that we are made holy because of the finished works of Jesus.

Romans 10:6-10 tells us that our righteousness is by faith. When we believe this strongly enough, we will profess our faith openly. “We having the same spirit of ¬†faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak” (2 Corinthians 4:13). We can speak out boldly, knowing that this declaration is not from us, but from the Word of God.

Being a child of the King gives us certain rights, but also certain responsibilities. Luke 12:48 tells us that to whom much is given, much is expected. Our righteousness comes through grace, which is unearned, undeserved favor from God. He has made available to us everything we will ever need to live a life that’s successful, empowered, and holy (2 Peter 1:2, 3).

When we realize that we are heirs to the blessings because of our identity in Christ, it’s like the spiritual Bill of Rights takes effect. We have a right to peace, joy, happiness, wisdom, prosperity, abundance, and all the blessings that God intends for us to have. All good things come from God, and because the spirit world is the parent of the physical world, the spiritual blessings we receive will eventually be physically manifested in our lives. Accepting that Jesus now lives in us changes us in ways that we could never imagine, and begins a transformation only He could orchestrate.

Because we’re children of God who are no longer of the world, we have responsibilities that others don’t have. As the effects of righteousness begin to be manifested and others take notice, we need to acknowledge the source of our success. Although we have our daily tasks to perform just like everyone else, we have a source of power within that others don’t have. That source comes from our relationship with Jesus (Philemon 1:6).

Another responsibility we have is to keep ourselves separate and undefiled from the world. Although we’re in the world, we’re not of the world (Romans 12:2), and this is what helps us become a beacon of light to those who need it most. By walking in Jesus’ footsteps, we can draw others to Christ by our example “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19).

Because God is holy, we can be holy by constantly striving to be more like His Son. When we set our minds on doing this, we find we’re thinking and acting differently than we used to. Our values, mindset, and attitudes begin changing, and we even begin carrying ourselves differently than others. These are some of the outward manifestations of our righteousness.

— Creflo Dollar