Published on May 27th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff0
Pastor Creflo Dollar: The Effects of Righteousness
When we study world history, we read about the triumphs of conquerors like Alexander the Great, Augustus Caesar, and Charlemagne. Their works were no doubt legendary, but they are not generally known for their righteousness, their faith, or their Christian principles. True triumph comes not from conquering others or performing heroic acts through our own efforts, but through a relationship with Jesus Christ.
A relationship with Jesus makes us righteous in God’s eyes, and opens the door to eternal life for us. The beauty of this is that it operates not according to what we can do, but on what Jesus has already done for us through His death and resurrection. Jesus conquered death, and through Him we can have the same eternal triumph (1 Corinthians 15:55-57).
The world won’t accept the concept of this relationship making us righteous and holy, because it can’t comprehend something so simple and yet so powerful. “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:18). Ever since the days of Adam and Eve, the world has been accustomed to sin and death, but God promises us victory over it.
The effects of righteousness are far-reaching, and they start with a renewing of the mind. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, one of the biggest hurdles we face is an intellectual one. Some people may find it hard to wrap their minds around the fact that they have a brand-new identity in Christ, with no past, like a newborn baby. “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
It doesn’t matter what we did last week, yesterday, or 10 minutes ago. God meets us where we are, and accepts us the way we are, regardless of how many mistakes we made or how many times we failed. The world doesn’t work this way, but when we’re born again, we transcend the world’s limitations. No matter what anyone says, we’re no longer bound by the power of sin.
In the world, we often hear about relationships being cut off and children being written out of their father’s will after a disagreement. But when we’re right with God, even when we stumble and sin, nothing can cancel our relationship with His Son. Because of our righteousness, we can conquer fear, anger, hatred, and anything else in life that once held us back.
We have the assurance that when we run into trouble, we can speak directly to God Himself, and He will always answer us. “The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous” (Proverbs 15:29, ESV). God’s abundant favor goes with us to protect and guide us when we listen to Him as He speaks to our hearts. As a result, we find an infinite supply of peace and joy that defies understanding.
When we listen for God’s call directing us where to apply the talents He has blessed us with, we experience real success in our work with far less effort than the secular world. Others may struggle to climb the corporate ladder and get nowhere, but letting God work through us to accomplish His plan produces amazing results. Triumph will become apparent in every area of our lives. Jesus makes these and other victories available to us.