Thursday, 05 July 2012 13:40

Resources for a RIGHTeous Life

Written by  Jason Watson
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As the designer of our bodies and minds and the entire creation, God gives us a way to live that works “rightly.” We call it a righteous life.

 


When we ignore and disobey His regulations we live wrongly, and instead of receiving the fruit of blessing we bring harm and hurt into our lives (bad fruit). Because so many people are calloused towards God or have been deceived, they have no idea that they’re living a sub-par life. They’ve been desensitized to the rot of death in their choices.

Even Christians still struggle to follow God’s regulations too since the enemy (flesh/old nature) still lives inside us and wars against any Godly actions or thoughts we have. But God hasn’t left us to a losing battle. He’s given us the resources to have victory in living “rightly” for His honor.

1- God’s Love, Grace & Faithfulness is Greater Than Your Failures.
God calls us into a relationship with Him even while we are His enemies. He does this through the work of Christ’s atonement. God chose you and the Bible says that nothing can separate those who are “in Christ” from the love of the Father (Romans 8). Even when we’re not faithful, God always is! Therefore even when you sin and choose to disobey, don’t lose heart; God still loves you and sees you as righteous, as you are clothed in Christ’s righteousness.

2- His Spirit Actually Lives Inside You.
When God called you to be His child in Christ, He also placed His Spirit inside you. His Spirit brings God’s truth to the forefront of your mind and wars directly against your Flesh Nature. We commonly refer to this work of the Spirit as “conviction”. In the past, before we came to faith in Christ, we walked without the Spirit and our hearts we’re calloused towards God’s ways. Thankfully now, by His Spirit, our hearts are pricked when we disobey and we’re empowered to say “No” to the deeds of the flesh and “Yes” to the fruit of the Spirit.

3- The Word of God Trains Us in Righteousness.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:16-17). God inspired men to write down His creation story, His plan of redemption and His regulations for a blessed life. The more we take in God’s Word, the more prepared we are to say “No” to the lies of the Devil, our Flesh Nature and the World. When we choose to disobey God in sin we’ve been deceived in our thinking to believe that there’s a better way than what God has revealed to us in His Word. Eve and Adam we’re deceived in this manner by the Devil in the Garden of Eden, but Jesus, when tempted in like manner in the wilderness by the Devil, upheld God’s Word as the only true truth.

4- We Stay Alert By Prayer.
Even Jesus, who never sinned, spent hours upon hours praying. If Jesus believed prayer was a necessity, then how much more should we? Colossians 4:2 says to, “Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” Consistent with this verse, well known American Pastor John Piper describes proper prayer as a wartime walkie-talkie. He writes, “Prayer is primarily a wartime walkie-talkie for the mission of the church as it advances against the powers of darkness and unbelief. It is not surprising that prayer malfunctions when we try to make it a domestic intercom to call upstairs for more comforts in the den…Until you know that life is war, you cannot know what prayer is for: Prayer is for the accomplishment of a wartime mission.”

5- Other Christians Equip You and Cheer You On Towards Holiness.
You’re not the only child of God living in this world. God has designed Christians to be one body with many parts. We are directed to come together so that in our unity a greater expression of God’s goodness can be displayed to the world and we will be spurred on towards holiness by one another. In coming together we all receive the spiritual fruit and blessing of each other’s God-prescribed gifting. This interaction takes place as the church gathers together in worship, over a meal, in ministry to neighbors or in prayer - all centered around God’s Word.

One of the tactics of the Devil is to separate us from the pack. The more alone we get the more easily we’re able to be deceived because no friend is there to help counter any false thinking. God wants to bless your life through fellowship in a church. Every Christian should have regular and personal interaction with a variety of people in the church.

Do you meet with your pastor, elder or Sunday School teacher regularly so they can speak the Word of God into your life and encourage you? Do you have a small group of close Christian friends who you meet with every week or two and who know you well enough to encourage you in your daily walk with the Lord and even challenge you in your thinking when necessary? This kind of life-on-life intimacy with other believers is part of God’s plan for blessing your life.

There are a few other resources God has given us, too, but these five should be a part of your life on a daily basis interacting with each other. Well, I have to ask... are they? If not, then what’s informing you about how you should live?

The False Foundation of Autonomous Living
One of the most common phrases I hear among non-Christians and Christians alike is: “I believe _________.” Fill in the blank. Now, I’m not talking about beliefs like Coke is better than Pepsi. I’m referring to world view beliefs that we perceive as truth. Thoughts like: I believe happiness is the most important thing, so as long as I’m happy, it’s okay. Or: I believe what’s right for me may not be right for you, but I’ve got to go with what my heart is telling me. Listen to your friends and maybe even yourself and see how often truth claims are coming out from the view that truth is born from inside each individual. This is what’s referred to as Relativism. When truth is relative, it means that we all get to come up with our own truth. With seven billion people in the world, that means we can have seven billion different versions of truth. Sounds absurd, I know, but if one person gets to define what truth is for them, then why can’t everyone else? And don’t dare say that someone’s truth is wrong or that your truth is more true, unless you want to be considered judgmental and narrow-minded.

We live in a saturated culture of relativism that leaves little contrast for seeing life differently. Yet, here’s the problem with relativistic thinking. Truth isn’t found inside you. And thank goodness for that since we’re all selfish to the core. Non-Christians are expected to have a wrong view of truth, because only Christians can understand that truth comes from God. As I mentioned above, Jesus combated the lies of the Devil’s temptations with God’s truth found in the Scriptures. Adam and Eve didn’t and the world has been broken ever since.

Because God made our world and you and me, He knows how we’re all supposed to function. And we’re not in the dark on this either. Some truths are common to everyone and knowable just by living among God’s creation. This is known as General Revelation. Other truths about the world and our lives are considered Special Revelation, meaning they’ve been revealed to us supernaturally by the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures. Unlike the false foundation of autonomous living, his Special Revelation tells us that God is our Creator and sovereignly reigns according to His plans and purposes. This is what we Christians should base our lives on and what we can appropriate through the five resources above in order to live righteously.

Jason Watson is the publisher of River Region’s Journey, along with four other regional magazines. He has a passion for seeing believers live a full life in Christ. If you would like to have Jason come and speak to your congregation or group, please email him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last modified on Thursday, 05 July 2012 15:44
Jason Watson

Jason Watson

For nearly twenty years Jason has been discipling individuals and families across the River Region with the good news that Jesus has made a way for us to become fully human again - to live free from sin's curse now and one day to be fully restored in the New Heaven and Earth.  He served on the staff of Frazer UMC and Grace Presbyterian until he, together with his wife DeAnne, decided to devote themselves full-time to publishing River Region's Journey.  Jason now serves as an Elder in his church and publishes local faith and family magazines in several Alabama cities.

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