SINCERITY ISN’T RIGHTEOUSNESS
For if by one man’s offence death reigned
by one; much more they which receive
abundance of grace and of the gift of
righteousness shall reign in life by one,
Jesus Christ (Romans 5:17).
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In your walk with God, you have to understand
that there’s a huge difference between sincerity
and righteousness. Sometimes, we think that God should
look at our sincerity and count it for righteousness, but
it’s not so. No matter how sincere you are, it’ll never
amount to righteousness.
God doesn’t hear and answer your prayers because
you’re sincere, but because you’re righteous; because
of Jesus; and your righteousness is the righteousness of
Jesus. The Bible says, “Therefore as by the offence of
one judgment came upon all men to condemnation;
even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came
upon all men unto justification of life” (Romans 5:18).
Righteousness is what gives you right standing in the
presence of God. Your sincerity never gives you right
standing before the Father.
A whole lot of Christians pray and cry to God,
pleading on their sincerity, because they’re not aware
of the truth of God’s Word. Never use your “sincerity”
as a currency; that’s not what works; it’s your faith—your
faith in His righteousness—that produces results.
Having been declared righteous, you have a right
to be heard in the presence of God; you have peace
with God (Romans 5:1). This didn’t happen on the
basis of your “sincerity” or personal effort; it happened
because He gave you His righteousness. Never think
of God as one you need to “impress” with your good
works so He’ll accept you or do anything for you; Jesus
already impressed Him in your behalf.
So, when you plead your case before God, it
shouldn’t be on the basis of your “performance”or
self-righteousness. Rather, let it be on the basis of your
right standing with Him in Christ Jesus. God’s blessings
in your life—His goodwill towards you—have to do
with the righteousness of Jesus Christ; that’s why you
can be bold in His presence to make demands in the
Name of Jesus. Hallelujah!
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for my spirit is
enlightened through your Word. I’m the righteousness
of God in Christ Jesus; therefore, I reign in life and
exercise dominion over circumstances, in Jesus’
Romans 5:17; 2 Corinthians 5:21