“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” – 2 Corinthians 5:21
If you’re born again, not only has God given righteousness as a gift (Romans 5:17), you’re actually also become His righteousness. That means you’ve received that nature of God that gives you boldness in His presence, and dominion over the forces of darkness. Therefore, sin is no longer an inhibiting factor, for Jesus completely dealt with the issue of sin.
The challenge a lot of people face is that even though sin is no longer a factor, they’ve chosen to be sin-conscious instead of being righteousness-conscious. “Sin-consciousness” is just as negative in its effect as sin itself. Sin-consciousness hinders your faith. For example, if a Christian who is sin-conscious makes a mistake, he’ll keep grinding himself over and over, feeling bad. The more he does this, the weaker his faith becomes. That he did something wrong is not the problem; his problem is he is more conscious of sin than of his righteousness.
On the other hand, if the Christian who is righteousness-conscious makes the same mistakes, his heart will be sorrowful, but he’ll take the Word which says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”( 1 John 1:9). As soon as he has asked for forgiveness, he receives it and that’s it. He gets up from there ready to continue walking in faith. Notice that the two men did the same thing wrong, but it’s their different consciousness that consequently affect their faith-walk.
Become righteous-conscious, for you’re as righteous as Jesus is! No sin can separate you from the Father. Therefore don’t let the consciousness of it destroy your faith. God sees your heart, and knows it’s your heart’s desire to please Him always.
Dear Father, I thank you for imparting righteousness to my spirit as a gift. I make up my mind today to walk in the consciousness of my righteousness always. I boldly declare that I’m the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus! Amen.
Further Study: Romans 5:18; Romans 8:3-4