KEY SCRIPTURE: Romans 7:18. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot perform it. [I have the intention and urge to do what is right, but no power to carry it out.]
Our key scripture portrays the experience of many. All that the Bible is describing here is a nature of sin. There are a lot of people who do not like the wrong things they keep doing. They desire to do what is right and good yet the sinful things keep repeating itself in them. How can such an individual be free? The answer is in receiving a nature of righteousness.
Righteousness is a nature which God gives to any man who would surrender his life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. To surrender to the Lordship of Jesus is to give over the rule and control of your life to Him. He comes into your life as a king and everything He is and has is established or given to you. Jesus is perfect righteousness. When He becomes Lord of your life, He gives you that perfect righteousness. [[Rom 5:17/ISV]] For if, through one man, death ruled because of that man’s offense, how much more will those who receive such overflowing grace and the gift of righteousness rule in life because of one man, Jesus the Messiah! This gift of righteousness through our Lord Jesus would make you rule in this life. Sin makes slaves out of men no matter your social status. Don’t be deceived by your affluence, so long as sin controls you in any form you are a slave and death are the reward it pays you.
You would be free from the nature of sin when you surrender to the Lordship of Jesus. Just consider the following scripture. 2Co 5:21 ISV “God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that God’s righteousness would be produced in us”. Please note when you give your life to Jesus God gives you the very righteousness of Jesus. This righteous state means your past life of sin and failures no longer exist. No wrong thing of your past has any reference to you before God the father. You have a perfect faultless standing before God our father
By your new righteous nature, you can now do that which is right. Doing right is just your very nature. All these is possible by making Jesus the Lord of your life. How can you make Jesus Lord of your life? Let’s consider the following scriptures. Romans 10:9 & 10
“Because if you acknowledge and confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and, in your heart, believe (adhere to, trust in, and rely on the truth) that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation”.
Jesus, I confess whole heartedly that you are the Lord of my life. I believe you rose up triumphantly from the grave. Thank you for saving my soul.
Rom 10:3 ISV ” For they are ignorant of the righteousness that comes from God while they try to establish their own, and they have not submitted to God’s means to attain righteousness”
Philippians 3:9 ISV “and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the Law, but one that comes through the faithfulness of the Messiah, the righteousness that comes from God and that depends on faith”.