By Mark S Railey
November 10, 2021
How do you become righteous and how do you know? When you sin, it is never just one sin. It is literally a dozen breaches of the instructions of Hashem. It is in your body, your mind, your emotions, your will, your soul, your happiness, your wealth, your wisdom, your relationships, your community... all breaking apart in one instant, with one sin that you absolutely love in rebellion to Hashem's instructions.
Here is the truth: The more you pray for righteousness and holiness, the more you become aware of how quickly sin breaks into your life. Now for the beautiful part: the faster you become aware of evil's intrusion, the faster your repentance/teshuva, the easier it becomes to be restored to a right walking relationship with HaShem. You become so sensitive that the moment you choose to think about the sin, you immediately turn to the Father who quickly snatches you from the precipice so that this time you don't fall.
Sure, you will absolutely continue in the destructive behavior that continuously separates you from where you wish you were; yet there is mercy and grace - the more you pray "Father, save me!" or "Father, I want to love you more!" or "Father, forgive me, I did it again"... the more your heart turns to the Most High, the easier it becomes to live within His righteousness and holiness. Repenting means turning to G-d. You pray for righteousness not because you don't need G-d's help but rather because you desperately need His help. Praying for righteousness and holiness may be the most humble thing you ever do. (2 Chron. 7:14; Prov. 29:23; Job 22:29; Phil. 1:6; James 4:10; 1 Pet. 5:6)
Isn't it time to stop rejecting righteousness and holiness? Isn't it time to start believing the Father will purify the bride in preparation for the coming of the Messiah/groom? Start praying for righteousness! Start praying for holiness! And He who hears from Heaven will grant to you the desires of your heart.