– Inyang Okutinyang
Reigning Through Righteousness
There are curses out there. This whole atmosphere is infested with demonic power. If you as a Christian believe you can be subject to the influence of a generational curse, it will indeed affect you. When you start to claim what your great-grandfather, grandfather and father did, or what they had, and you believe you might have it too, then the devil will do his best to ensure that you start seeing signs to confirm that you do have it. For example, four generations of a family might have all died from the same disease. People would say that “it runs in the family”. Each generation believes it, and the devil gets away with it.
If curses really do apply automatically, why then don’t blessings fall on people automatically too? Shouldn’t we be able to conclude just as easily that children from good families will turn out great, because “goodness runs in their families”? Of course not, we all know of children from good families who have turned out horribly.
Romans 5:17 says that to reign in life, to reign over sin, Satan and all his curses, we must receive abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness from God through Jesus Christ. All our human righteousness is nothing but filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). You can try to clean yourself up and make yourself pleasing to God, but you won’t succeed, you will still be filthy before Him. We don’t deserve this gift, neither can we earn it. We have to receive it by faith.
Romans 5 (NKJV)
18 Therefore, as through [a]one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one[b] Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
Justification means that God sees us just as if we had never sinned! When Adam sinned, he lost consciousness of the righteousness, or right standing that he had with God.
2 Corinthians 5 (NKJV)
21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Now that we are the righteousness of God in Christ, we can come into the presence of God, without guilt or condemnation. Were you involved in Adam’s sin? No. Were you involved in the consequences of Adam’s sin? Yes. Were you involved in sending Jesus to come here to die? No. Can you partake of the benefits of His coming? Yes, yes, yes!
So if someone asks you today if you are righteous, the answer is an emphatic, “YES”! You have received a gift from God, you didn’t work for it. Righteousness is not the same as holiness. Holiness has to do with your conduct, the quality of your life, what you do. Righteousness refers to who you are by virtue of your new birth, not what you do. You are born righteous, but you must live holy.