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it. We need to remind ourselves daily of   forgiveness in the blood of Christ. “If we
        our righteous standing in Christ. It is wise   confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
        to remember what we were in our uncon-  forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from
        verted days – how that we were guilty, vile,   all unrighteousness” (1John 1:9, KJV). We
        and unworthy sinners – but we cannot stay   are all works in progress, and will be, until
        there in our thinking. We must affirm the   God takes us home.
        truth of the gospel, how God in Christ has   In conclusion, when we appreciate who
        made us holy and righteous in Him. How   we are in Christ, and live our lives out of
        we see ourselves impacts how we behave.   that fullness, we have protection from the
        Righteous deeds flow from the life of God   attacks of the enemy. Then Christ, Who is
        within. As we allow the Spirit to work in   our life, protects us. Once we had a strong
        us and through us, His righteousness will   desire to satisfy the natural sinful cravings
        be evident in our lives. Let the Word of the   of our hearts. Now, with our life in Christ,
        Lord settle in our minds – we are righteous   we have the ability to enjoy what Christ
        in Christ Jesus                      enjoys. The more we delight in Him, the
          The meaning of the word “devil” in   more we will desire to live righteously.
        this passage is slanderer, or accuser. The   This living out of God’s fullness is what
        devil will do his level best to keep us from   Paul stresses in Ephesians 3 when he
        understanding and appreciating these pre-  says, “and to know the love of Christ that
        cious truths. If he can keep us wallowing   surpasses knowledge, that you may be
        in shame about our past, or make us see   filled with all the fullness of God” (Eph
        ourselves as worthless, then he will have   3:19, ESV). “To know the love of Christ”
        succeeded in keeping us in the trenches   is more than just an academic knowledge
        of sin.                              of it, but rather an experiential knowledge
                                             of living in the wonder and the blessing
        INTEGRITY IN CHRIST                  of it. Solomon advises, “Guard your heart
          How then does the truth of believers   above all else, for it determines the course
                                             of your life” (Prov 4:23, NLT). The heart is
        being righteous in Christ affect our daily   the inner person – our affections, motives,
        life? When we are guarded by the reality   and intellect. In counselling soon-to-be-
        of our righteous position, the Holy Spirit   married couples, I explain the necessity
        will enable us to live in the good of that   of not allowing anyone or anything to get
        standing. This means that we put into   between them. Their hearts belong first to
        practice what God has already stated to   God and then to each other. Their love for
        be true. Essentially, this is living by faith.   each other needs to stay strong and vibrant.
        We believe what God says and then we   It is the same with our relationship with
        live it out. It’s also a life of obedience, daily   Christ. He must have our first affection,
        righteousness, living and doing what is   and when He does, all other affections will
        right before God. It doesn’t mean practical   fall into proper order. He will enable us to
        perfection, but it does mean living a life of   love others more fully and freely as we live
        integrity. Integrity doesn’t mean that we   in the good of His great love for us. As we
        are perfect - none of us is - but it means   go to war today, may our breastplates of
        being true to God and being real. Men and   righteousness be fastened tightly so that
        women of true integrity are willing to own   we may be able to live out the life and love
        up, to face sin, to confess it, and find fresh   of Christ and “stand firm” in Him.

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