The Purpose of Righteous Living

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Ephesians 6:11-13 

I like how Paul (the author of the book of Ephesians) says “therefore” when saying to put on the armor of God. He’s saying that because there is a battle going on, we NEED to put on the whole armor of God. He’s not saying to do it simply because it’s how God desires for us to live, but he is saying it is necessary based on the situation.

Many times, when people look at what it means to live a life of righteousness, they choose not to do so because it seems like a difficult standard to live by.

But if we understand the purpose or righteousness, we’ll understand it’s for our own good and it’s not God putting restrictions on us. In describing righteousness, Paul chooses to use the breastplate.

Ephesians 614 … with the breastplate of righteousness in place”

The purpose of a breastplate is for protection in a battle, and likewise living a life of righteousness is for our own protection. We go to battle every day whether we like it or not.

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:12

Who do you think is going to be in a better position for a battle? The one who goes in with no gear and is unaware of what’s going on? Or the one who is suited up and knows there’s a battle going on? Living a life of righteousness is not an easy thing to do. But we have the Holy Spirit to help us. As the Holy Spirit works on the inside of us, we become more yielded and submitted to the Holy Spirit, and righteousness becomes a  lifestyle instead of something we have to strive for.

I see the Holy Spirit as an activation for the armor of God. In a superhero movie, a superhero can have their suit on but have no power. They might need to press a button or do something to activate the power of the suit. If we try to put on the whole armor of God, without God himself, we’re wearing a suit with no power. Living a life of righteousness takes God himself, and he has given us the Holy Spirit to help.  Also, it turns out living out a life with God is actually an incredibly fun and life-transforming experience.

Learning to live a life of righteousness and becoming more Christ-like is a never-ending process, but it’s one that’s worth going through. The spiritual battle continues regardless of our choice to be submitted to the Holy Spirit or not. It is important we have the right gear for the battles we will face in life. The good news is that with God, we’re fighting a rigged war.

 

God, If I’m Being Honest… (An Open Letter)

God,

This is my honest letter to you.

I know you’re all knowing and ever present, but there is a part of me that thinks I know better than you. A part of me thinks I can plan and  execute my life better than you can. I know, it’s crazy. But this is my honest letter. Sometimes you take too long and I prefer to take matters into my own hands and make things happen myself. I know what you’ve called me to do so I made plans to fund the calling on my life and started a couple business ventures without you. I want to live out your purpose for my life, but your girl doesn’t want to be broke doing so. Your girl has plans of being wealthy. So I think it’s a good idea to  pursue wealth first, then go ahead and do what you’ve called me to do. That way everything you’ve called me to do becomes optional and I’ve still got wealth. Don’t worry, I plan on helping people and starting non-profit organizations with my wealth. God if I’m being honest, I’m grateful you saved me, your love for me is amazing, your joy in my life is unshakable, your peace really does pass understanding, I want you at the center of my life, but the thing is, I don’t want to depend on you. I’m just being honest.

But here’s what I’ve discovered. Living a life dependent on you is actually the sweetest thing. I don’t know what you did to me in the last week of January (Yes, your girl only learned to surrender a whole 6 weeks ago – and still learning) but you came in and made surrender my heart’s posture.

One question someone asked changed it all. “What would your life look like if it was God’s plan for your life and not your plan?” 

And it was like every song, scripture, and sermon I encountered the month after was about surrender, obedience, and doing what you want. This series especially.

I’ve discovered when I try to do it on my own, I mess it up. Apparently, you fund your ideas and don’t really need my fundraising business campaigns. What I discovered is that I can still get the business, still get the wealth, but your timing, your plan, and your way is so much better.

But if I’m being honest, what I want more than what I want, is what you want. God, I want a life dependent on you no matter what that looks like. I want you to get the glory out of my life. I want my life to leave a track record of miracles, a track record of your power, your grace, and your hand on my life. I want it be so evident God was here. Let people look at my life and be forced to say, only God did that. God come in and have your way. When I wrote my most recent blog post about setting goals for the year, I was setting goals without you.

Well God, I’m here to say I’m sorry. Take my goals, my plans, my ideas, my selfish ambitions and make them yours. I drop every plan that was made without you, and I say Yahweh, have your way. This life is yours.

Sincerely your daughter,

Adebosoye – The crown has returned to the throne 

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. – Galatians 2:20

 

GOD I JUST WANT TO TELL YOU…

Father Lord,

I need you. I can’t do this without you. I need you in every area of my life. Come in and take over everything. I give it all to you. I die to myself and my wants. Lord I want what you want for me. Strip me of my desires and fill my heart with your desires for me. Lead me where my trust is without borders. I want you completely. This life is not my own. This world is not my home. You are who I want. I am striving for you. So no matter what is going on in my life, help me to always put you first. Help me to always seek you first. Help me to always be found about your business. I surrender to you Lord. Help me to be still and listen to you. I can’t live this life on my own. I need you. You gave me a choice. You said I could choose the world or choose you. Lord I choose you over and over again. Do with me what you want. Where you tell me to go or what you tell me to do may not always be easy, but you are my ultimate goal. You are who I am pursuing. A life and a relationship with you. More than anything I want to accomplish in this world you are far far above any of it. You are far far more important. So no matter what is going on around me, let me always put you first. Let me find my joy in you. Let me find my rest in you. Not in my success in this world, not in the people of this world or the things of this world. Just you. Help me to keep my purpose firm and put my trust in you. Even if what you want me to do isn’t what I want to do, I will do. I know it won’t always be easy but I desire your will above mine. Make your will for me my will. Lord let there be a spiritual gardening in me. Uproot from me the things of this world. Uproot from my thoughts the thoughts that don’t reflect you. Uproot from my behavior, behavior that doesn’t reflect you. Make me more like you. Let my life bare the fruits of the spirit. Lord let every area of my life reflect you.

Lord empty me of myself. Use me as you see fit. Let me turn to you first in every situation. I trust you Lord. My life is yours. I lay it down as a living sacrifice. Work in me God. I know it’s a process. I know it’s a journey. I am here to pick up my cross everyday and follow you. I surrender myself to you Lord. I am yours.

Sincerely your daughter,

Adebosoye – The crown has returned to the throne