Righteousness is a gift

Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life.… Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
—Matthew 6:25, 31–34

Did you notice that our Lord Jesus said the words “Do not worry” three times? He seldom repeats His words. The word worry comes from the Old English word wyrgan, which means “to strangle”? And sometimes it feels like that. When you worry, it feels like you’re being strangled of the very life, of the very breath you’re breathing. Do you believe that your heavenly Father already knows you need those things? He knows you have practical needs like food, drink, and clothing. And He tells you that all these things shall be added to you. Not just “given”—one can give only the bare minimum—but “added,” which speaks of ever increasing. In other words, all these things shall be added to you in greater quantity and quality (see Eph. 3:20)! And He cares for you even beyond basic concerns.

But He also tells us what is of first importance before all these things can be added to us—seeking the kingdom of God and His righteousness (see Matt. 6:33)

The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
—Romans 14:17

So what is the kingdom of God? It is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. This means your first priority each day is to seek His righteousness—not your own righteousness. And when you focus on His
righteousness, the Bible tells us, “all these things”—whether it is food, clothing, or other necessities in life—will be added to you. They will not just be given to you, but added to you as your inheritance in Christ. You know, you don’t need to use your faith for every single need in life. You just need to use your faith for one thing—to believe that as a child of God, you are the
righteousness of God in Christ (see 2 Cor. 5:21)—and it will cause all the blessings you seek to come after you and overtake you!

My friend, before you stop worrying and cast them to the Lord. But unless you are first established on the foundational truth that you are righteous because of what Jesus has done, you will not be able to let go
and let His supply of Grace flow into your life. Knowing that you are righteous in Christ is what gives you the confident assurance to let go of your cares, worries, and anxieties to the Lord. Knowing that you are righteous in Christ gives you the assurance to let go of your cares
and anxieties to the Lord.

Perhaps you are struggling to let go today, and you think that you have to “get right” with God before you can receive His help in your area of need. Maybe you think you are not righteous enough and have no right to ask God for wisdom, healing, and provision. If that describes you, then it is time for you to go back to the first thing that God wants you to do—be established in
His righteousness. Many people believe that they have to get righteous by “doing” right, and being perfect in all their actions before they can let go of their worries and believe in God for their healing and provision. That is why the Lord reminds us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” ; only then will “all these things” be added to you.

When you received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you received the gift of righteousness. Righteousness is a gift that we as believers have received. And because we have the gift of righteousness, all the good things that Jesus deserves, we get (see Eph. 1:3).

For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
—Romans 5:17

We did not become righteous by doing good; we received righteousness as a gift. This means that as believers in Christ we cannot lose our righteousness
even when we fail. In fact, it is His righteousness that can help us up when we fail! This is so important for you to know because like it or not, you will fail and you will fall short. And if you are not established in your righteousness in Christ, the devil will accuse you and make you think that you don’t deserve to be healed, that you are not qualified to receive His supply, and that you should be condemned to live a defeated life filled with stress, worries, and anxieties.

At the cross, the divine exchange took place. As our Lord Jesus became sin with our sin, we became righteous with His righteousness. The Bible declares this: For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we migh become the righteousness of God in Him. —2 Corinthians 5:21

At the cross, our Lord Jesus became sin by receiving our sin so that we can become righteous by receiving His righteousness. When He became sin, He was cursed; when we become righteous, we are blessed. He was cursed not because He deserved it; we are blessed not because we deserve it!

The Word of God tells us that when you receive the abundance of grace and gift of righteousness, you will reign in life! To reign in life means you have the power to win over every sin and addiction! To reign in life means you can break free from the bondage of the enemy and walk in greater measures of victory and holiness! The good news is, you can trust God for
healing and provision not because everything in your life is perfect, but because of His righteousness in your life. God does not move for you because you are perfect in every way. He moves on your behalf because of what our Lord Jesus has accomplished at the cross. The more you understand His righteousness, the less you will struggle to let go of your cares to Him.

Hey friends, I hope this faith-filled message reformed your mind to be established in the righteousness of Christ Jesus. Honestly, when I first heard this message from Joseph Prince, it changed my life for good and forever. It was then that I began to reign in life and live and abundant and victorious life, Thank Father in the name of Jesus Christ. Meditate on it, and I pray that this word that root in your hearts and bear all the fruits of the Holy Spirit, to the glory of King Jesus Christ ❤. The Lord bless ya’ll.

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