How do we avoid the trap of self-righteousness and condemnation? We maintain a consciousness of our righteousness in Christ. When we are mindful of our right-standing with our heavenly Father we can sidestep the deceptions the devil will throw at us.
However, this kind of thinking doesn’t happen by accident. It has to be maintained. It has to be kept. The great thing about God is that He doesn’t make it complicated. He doesn’t save us and make us righteous to abandon us. Jude 1:24 says “Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.”
Notice that it’s not our power that keeps us from falling away. It’s the power and ability of God. It is our choice whether or not we stay close to Him. That’s how we maintain a righteousness consciousness; by staying close to God.
We let His words become uppermost in our hearts and minds. We’ll never be able to keep a consciousness of our right-standing in Christ if we are constantly feeding on the negative words of this world and our flesh.
Romans 8:6 tells us “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace.” Setting our minds on selfish, fleshly desires brings about disastrous results.
Colossians 3:16 instructs us how to live our lives. It says, “Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom He gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.”
We have to allow His word to fill our lives. We can’t be full of the world and full of God. It is one or the other, and only one will keep us from falling away.
Let’s make a commitment to empty ourselves of our flesh and the world by letting the word of Christ live in us richly. When we do this we’ll stand strong in our righteousness and easily avoid the pitfalls of self-righteousness and condemnation.