I have come across ministers who hold back from teaching believers that they are righteous in Christ because they are afraid that believers will go out and sin once they realize this truth.
When a believer is struggling with sin, it is a case of mistaken identity: He thinks that he is still a dirty rotten sinner and as a result, he will continue to live as a dirty rotten sinner.
But the more he sees that he has been made righteous apart from his works, the more he will be empowered to live righteously. Your answer lies in right believing.
Believers are struggling with sin today precisely because they do not realize that they are righteous. The Bible says, “Awake to righteousness, and sin not.” This means that the more a believer realizes that he is indeed righteous, the more he will start to behave like a righteous person.
It is time to awake to righteousness! Now, commit this to memory: Right believing leads to right living. Say it out loud with me for this is a powerful revelation that you cannot afford to miss:
“Right believing always leads to right living!” To understand this truth, you need to realize that everything that you see in creation came out of the spirit realm. God, who is a Spirit, spoke all the things that He created into being.
In the same way, long before your blessing manifests physically, it is first in your spirit. The Bible says, “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things.” In other words, your life today is a reflection of what has been hidden and carried in your heart all this time.
So if you don’t want your life to remain the same, the solution is not in changing your circumstances, the solution is in changing your heart, changing what you believe. My friend, for every area of weakness, failure and defeat that you may be experiencing right now, I assure you that there has been some wrong believing in that area.
Search the Scriptures for Jesus and the truth. Your answer lies in right believing. For generations, the body of Christ has been defeated and put under a constant siege of condemnation from the accuser because they believe wrongly that the Holy Spirit convicts believers of their sins.
Start believing rightly today. Read this chapter over and over again. Meditate on the verses that will grace your zeal in serving God. Let the truth sink in and be set free by the knowledge that the Holy Spirit is your Helper, given by God to convict you of righteousness. You are the righteousness of God in Christ!