It's Okay to be Righteous
By Levi Tackett
It's okay to be righteous. I know it kinda sounds like a no-brainer to say to Christians; it's not wrong to feel like they are doing the right thing. Truthfully, it could be interpreted as an arrogant attitude by most traditionally religious people. If you truly look into the heart of what a righteous God we serve, when we are reborn into His family, His righteousness becomes ours, along with all of the blessings and authority. To say we are not worthy to be righteous is saying that Jesus didn't do enough on the cross to cover my unrighteousness. That's saying that Jesus wasn't enough! If we really believe Jesus paid for it all, then why are we going around with our heads low? We have become like Jesus when we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. You have the ability—and more importantly—the right to hold your head up high and claim what God has for you.
“How blessed is God! And what a blessing he is! He’s the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in him. Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son.” Ephesians 1:3-6 MSG
That sounds like a God that thought of every possible need, failure, short-coming, and desire His children could possibly have. That sounds like a God who loves us. That sounds like a God who wants us to be righteous like Him. That is my God who paid the price of admission for me not only to go to heaven but to have heaven on earth. It's not being greedy or selfish to desire all of the blessings of God. We just read in Ephesians that He established everything we need before He ever laid the foundation of the earth. Before God ever created this rock, we were living on; He had us in mind. It's okay to feel special, because God thinks you are special. You are the apple of His eye and the desire of His heart. Don't let the outside world and the chains of religion and tradition, keep you from obtaining the knowledge of how much God thinks of you. You have the freedom to be righteous because Jesus paid for it
Give it to God
By Emerald Barnes, Author of the Entertaining Angels Series
There are parts of my life that I keep secret for a reason. I don't want people to feel sorry for me, and I don't want anyone to pity me. So, I kept my financial problems between me, my family, and God. And, as much as I hate to admit it and although God knew it, I didn't really talk to Him about it much, which was a huge mistake.
Recently, I had to settle up a payment with a credit card company, and I was afraid that I wouldn't have the money because business was slow and my books weren't selling. I don't even remember the last time I made money off of book sales. Again, this isn't something I like to talk about, but I feel like it's necessary at this point for you to understand that I was depressed and worried about my monetary situation.
Satan likes to throw junk at us right and left, and he was doing a decent job of throwing my money woes in my face. I started 21 Days to Debt Freedom by George Pearsons and Gloria Copeland I received free from kcm.org, but I never finished it. I set aside all of my other books on sowing and reaping, and I kind of just let it go. I did wrong when I set aside learning how to get out of debt and sowing and reaping because I was dwelling on my problem and not the solution - God.
Well, back to the original problem I was discussing. I had a need of $15 a month. That's not a lot, but when business is slow and so are book sales, $15 can be a lot. Then I realized something. It's not a huge revelation, but in the moment, it was to me. It was something that Creflo Dollar had said, "If you can't trust God with your money, the smallest problem, then how will you trust God with your healing or something bigger?" That isn't verbatim, but it's the gist of what he said. If I can't trust God for just $15 a month, then am I really trusting Him at all?
So, that's when I realized I had to give it to God. Like I said, it wasn't just a major revelation, but I had to do something. I can't go on living my life worrying about something so inconsequential, especially in the eyes of God. Phillipians 4:19 (AMP) says, "And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." God will liberally supply my every need! $15? That's no problem for God!
Whatever your need is, just remember that it's not a problem for God to take care of. He's going to give you everything that you need, and because God is the loving God He is, He's going to give you more because favor follows you! God's got us; you just have to give Him the problem and not pick it back up.
Faith is the key to opening up our supply. Just keep your faith up and remember that God is looking after you. Sometimes it doesn't happen the way we expect, but it will happen. God loves you, and He only wants the best for you.
"The blessing of the Lord brings [true] riches, And He adds no sorrow to it [for it comes as a blessing from God]." - Proverbs 10:22 AMP