The understanding of Sin is much more deeper than what many of us Christians know today, we seem to connect sin to the devil and Hell fire than we connect it to God and Heaven. In some of the previous revelations I had from the Lord, He showed me how Sin has a lot to do with Him than it has to do with us and Satan, God told me that He is first affected and offended when men sin than any other persons
Meaning that it is wrong and unwise to avoid sin simply because you don’t want to go to Hell Fire and because you don’t want demons to possess and oppress you, We should avoid sin because we love God, fear God and do not want to offend Him or make Him angry. Listen to me, If you are avoiding Sin because of devil and Hell, there are possibilities that you will still eventually go to hell, How?, You are likely to go to hell because you will end up in SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS. Self Righteousness is when you fail to know God enough to the point where you can discern what He hates and likes, and you set some rules and standards for yourself believing that God will be pleased with you by following those rules
The Lord told me saying “I have My ways and standards and I have been upholding these standards even before Satan and humans were created, and the standards shall remain and never change”, He said “I do not set these standards because of men or the devil, I set them because of Myself and My Kingdom so that everyone who will walk with Me and enter into My Kingdom must embrace them”. The Lord showed me how many holiness churches today are trying to separate Righteousness from the Owner and Creator of Righteousness, they preach to people what they should stop doing to escape hell fire but refuse to show them the One who makes people righteous and teach people righteousness (And that person is Jesus Himself)
Righteousness is much more deeper than what many of you think, it is not based on escaping devil’s accusations, because some of us will say “I don’t want to sin so that devil will not have anything to accuse me before God, and so that God can answer my prayers”—As true as this is, it is not the foundation of Righteousness. Do you know that you might have no issues with the devil or I should say devil might have nothing to accuse you with but you might have serious issues with God, and because of this, none of your prayers will be answered?!
Bible says Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him as righteousness. You need to understand what that verse mean very well, we must note that God has not yet introduced the Law and Commandments when He called Abraham, which implies that based on the laws of Moses, Abraham must have been “very unrighteous” but God started dealing with Abraham by giving him certain instructions which will demand that he have strong faith and trust in God, and Abraham believed God and obeyed God’s instructions and God called him righteous because of that despite many other things he must have done that God dislikes and hate
If his good deeds had made him acceptable to God, he would have had something to boast about. But that was not God’s way. For the Scriptures tell us, “Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.”
Romans 4:2-3 NLT
Righteousness is not something that comes from you, and it can never come from you because by our human nature, we are all sinful, polluted and unrighteous, True righteousness comes from God alone and it is as God reveals His righteousness to us that we can embrace and do His righteousness, And Jesus Christ has made it easy for us, because now, Jesus wants to live in us and live His life through us, Jesus Christ is the Righteous One
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 NLT
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5 NLT
So, we are righteous as we abide in Jesus and Him in us and let the Life of Jesus manifest through us by faith and trust in Him. I am not saying that you should now go ahead and be doing everything you know to be sinful, and I am not suggesting that you should stop denying and crucifying your flesh, what I’m saying is that True Righteousness comes by knowing God intimately, becoming like Jesus and trusting in God than knowing some dos and don’ts about God. You see, Righteousness is so mysterious such that God can allow somebody to do something that you consider sinful but before God it is considered as Righteousness
For instance, David wasn’t permitted according to the law to eat a particular bread that is only meant for the priests but there comes a time when David and his warriors were so hungry and weak such that David had to approach the priest for food and the priest gave him the bread, Now, to the law, what David and his men did was a sin but to God it was righteousness. Also, during the earthly days of Jesus Christ and His disciples, they were found breaking some sabbath laws but before God it was righteousness
Romans 4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
There are things that I will do and God will count it as part of His righteousness to me but if another Christian dare do it, it will be counted as sin and unrighteousness and God will be angry with such individual. This implies that the standard of God is very deep and the way God judges is beyond human understanding, and this is why we should fear God and seek to know Him, because what you think is righteous might be very wrong in the sight of God
God searches the hearts but men look at the outward appearance. Don’t be deceived, God also looks at your outward appearance but the truth is that God doesn’t judge you based on your outward appearance alone.
Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
Lastly, when the Lord began to show me His standards, I was scared because many of us who claim to be pursuing holiness are still very far from His standards. One of the things the Lord told me is this, He said “I have programmed judgments together with every sin man commits against Me, meaning that the moment you begin to commit sin (either in thoughts or actions) is the moment you are being judged”, this implies that God had already judged you for committing sin before devil starts afflicting you due to your sin, and don’t confuse God’s judgments with devil’s afflictions, they are not the same. Most of God’s judgments don’t happen instantly, they happen at a future time, and except you repent genuinely, at the time God’s judgment comes upon you, there’s no amount of prayers you will pray that will deliver you from the anger of God
There are times when some people will come to me for prayers and God will forbid me to pray for them, this is because the situations they are passing through was not just afflictions from the devil but was also God’s judgment. And once God’s judgment is set upon a man’s life, God will not rescue the man until that judgment is complete (except by extra mercy from God).
I’m going to stop here, May the Lord open your eyes to know Him and His Righteousness! Amen.