LIFE IN THE CITY Season Two(Episode 14)

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“Wow, this sounds too good to believe,” Kay remarked.

“Yes Kay, the gospel is good news,” Pastor Abraham said.

“So if a person is born again but is struggling with a sinful habit, what should they do?” Kay asked.

“That’s a good question, Kay, **  Anita answered this time around.

“If a person is struggling with a bad habit, what they firstly need to know is that Christ has paid for their sins, so he doesn’t hold their sins against them. So they are to settle in their hearts that they are forgiven of that particular habit. This will take away the guilt and condemnation.

Actually, what keeps us bound to acts of sin is guilt and condemnation. When we feel guilty, we tend to make certain awful remarks about ourselves. We make remarks such as, ” I’m such a bad person, I’m a mess, I’m useless, I’m a sinner ” etc. Such remarks creates sin consciousness within us and keep us doing the wrong thing.

So the person needs to know they are forgiven of their sins. That is, God does not count their sins against them and this is because Christ took the punishment for their sins. Listen to what 1 John 2:12 says:

“I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake.”

Did you hear that? Listen to what David also said about the man who has received the gift of righteousness through faith in Christ,

Romans 4:6-8 (AMP Bible)

And in this same way David speaks of the blessing on the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: “Blessed and happy and favored are those whose lawless acts have been forgiven, and whose sins have been covered up and completely buried. “Blessed and happy and favored is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account nor charge against him.”

Did you hear that too? He was referring to people such as you and me whom the Lord has given us righteousness without our works. The Lord doesn’t charge our acts of sins against us.” Anita paused to ensure that Kay understood what she saying.

After indicating that Kay was following, she continued.

“Even better than that, a person struggling with a bad habit also have to embrace the truth that they have a new nature which is the righteousness of God. So even as they engage in the habit, they should see themselves as righteous in Christ and boldly declare it. This sounds weird but it is the very truth.

As you continue to see yourself righteous and declare that you are the righteousness of God in Christ, even as you engage in that bad habit, it creates a righteousness consciousness within you. With time, that habit would break away because it doesn’t come from your righteous nature in the first place.

So it’s all about knowing that, through Christ’s sacrifice, your sins are forgiven and you are made the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You remain consistent with it and you will experience the fruit of it.”

“Wow, this is a lot for me. It will take me a while to grasp it all,” Kay commented.

“You have all the time to get to know about Christ and all that God has provided for you in him. The Spirit of God is in you to help you understand it,” Anita said.

“Thank you all so much,” Kay responded.

With that, Pastor Abraham led all of us to do some declaration.

I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
It is not by my works but faith in Christ
I am blameless before God .
I reign in life through Christ Jesus.
I am righteous always
Whether I sin or not, my nature remains righteous,
for Christ is my righteousness *.

I marvelled as I stared at Bertha narrate all that happened.

“Such a refreshing time it was. I knew that something unexplainable has happened to Kay,” I said….

To be continued…

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