Monday, July 9, 2007

Because of You

Because of Me

Oh God, Oh Lord, Oh Love, Oh King
You looked down from Heaven
And saw me so filled with sin
Then you came down because of me;
Because of Me
You left your comfort, riches and glory
You resisted the temptation of the devil
You remained focused on your mission to redeem me;
Because of me
You walked this world ruled by darkness
You wanted your light to shine through me
You wanted me to know what true love is;
Because of me
You bore betrayal and rejection
You bore hatred and persecution
You bore the cross and so much torture;
My God, My Lord, My Love, My King
Many years ahead you looked and saw me deep in sin
You had mercy and compassion for me
And you came down as a ransom because of me;
Greater Love has no one shown me than this
That you lay down your life for me
Bore my sins, infirmities, iniquities
Came down to give me life, peace, joy and bliss;
So much you did and sacrificed
Because of Me
Once a sinner
Now your righteousness.

The Inspiration
I had read the words in PlugIN titled “Who are you? What is in a Name?” I had always known that my names “Esuru” and “Rita” meant the same thing – Pearl (precious, beautiful and expensive beads) but the Holy Spirit directed me to go and check the meaning of my name again. Reluctantly I did, after all I knew the meaning of my names by heart. But I was in for a shock when I saw that one of the original meanings to the name “Rita” was “Righteous” {}. Words can’t explain how I felt. I instantly spoke in other tongues. You mean to tell me that for every time someone called my name what they were actually calling me “Righteous”? For example “Righteous, you are such a wonderful friend”, “Righteous, could you lend me your pen?”, “Righteous, I’m not happy with the way you behaved today!” (Anyone guilty of this one?) Just knowing I am righteous (by my name) destroyed the last shred of self-condemnation which I did not know still existed.

One good news for you today is you are also called "Righteous" because you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus [2 Corinthians 5:21]. To be righteous means you are morally justified {}. This is because God has pardoned all the sins of those who believe in Christ and accounts, accepts, and treats them as having met all the demands of the law. In addition to the pardon of sin, being righteous declares that all the claims of the law are satisfied in our respect. It is the act of a judge and not of a sovereign. THE LAW IS NOT RELAXED OR SET ASIDE, BUT IS DECLARED TO BE FULFILLED IN THE STRICTEST SENSE; AND SO THE RIGHTEOUS PERSON IS DECLARED TO BE ENTITLED TO ALL THE ADVANTAGES AND REWARDS ARISING FROM PERFECT OBEDIENCE TO THE LAW [Romans 5:1-10]. When God sees you, HE sees you as spotless, without sin, without blemish, flawless, and right before HIM. All these are possible because of Jesus [2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him]. Thank you, Jesus.

Some of us try not to read scriptures, hear the Word or watch movies that remind us of the torture and sufferings Jesus Christ had to go through for us. We don’t want to be held accountable. But the truth remains – HE died for us. Please personalize it. Jesus Christ came to this earth to die because of you. HE looked at your life even before you were conceived. HE saw the trials and temptations you will go through and died so that you could overcome/resist them. HE saw the sins you will commit and died so that God will forgive you and forget them (and you will forgive yourself and forget them!) HE saw the sicknesses you could be prone to so HE died to make sure you do not suffer from them. HE saw the changes in economy and died so that despite the status of the economy, you will never live in lack. He saw that the enemy will devise all strategies to steal from you so HE died that you will live a prosperous, victorious and successful life. You cannot be cut off from your destiny as long as you are in Christ Jesus. He saw the days of sadness, grief and depression, so HE died that you will have joy. This is between you and HIM only. HE loves you so much.

This is not a fairy tale. More than 2000 years ago, GOD walked this earth in the form of a man – Jesus Christ. HIS reason for doing that is simply because of you. There is nothing you could possibly go through that HE does not understand, so go to HIM with any and every need of yours [Hebrews 4:14 -16 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need].

Assignment for you. Take out time to read scriptures that talk about the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Also take out time to find out the meaning of the salvation HE has given us. Meditate on the words. I am sure you will be more than blessed and your love for HIM will be new.

Righteous, have a blessed day.


Okey Okoli said...

Thanks for this.
Sometimes we know things but do not act on them because we have not seen them in the kind of light
that will result in our having to personalize them.

Have a nice day and God bless you.


John said...

God bless you!

Chile Ukaegbu said...

Hi Righteous,
Happy tiding from a heart so weary.
Weary heart wishing for merry.
Feeling just lately,that something
cherished is awaiting for the lonely heart.

One thing I know as a believer,u become fruitful and creative when the Spirit of GOD comes upon ur life. He brings in an anointing that affects ur life and causes things to work. And He also makes ur life to affect others for Jesus.

I thank GOD for the creative words that u have written so far. I thank GOD for u for reminding me of who I am.

Blessed be GOD!!!

Esuru Rita Onyige said...

Hmmm, What can I say?

I am already blessed with your comments.
Okey, I am so happy that you could catch the need for personalizing HIS truth;
John, those three words (at the time they came) had a very strong effect which I've not felt in a while;
Chile, you are indeed a unique person and I thank God for directing you to me when HE did.

God bless you all and may your words not only bless me but bless all those that come in contact with you.