For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly (Psalm 84:11 NKJV).
Many people read this scripture and think, “But I’m not upright; I just committed that same old sin again.” They think they cannot receive anything good from God because they believe they are not upright.
Others think, “I faithfully attend church, tithe, pray for an hour each day, confess the Word, and never watch R-rated movies. Compared to others, I am definitely walking uprightly before God.”
Truth be told, both of these attitudes are wrong for the same reason: they focus on the individual’s performance rather than on what Jesus accomplished on their behalf.
The Word of God says, “The just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17 NKJV). Live by faith in what? Faith in Jesus and all He did on the cross. Faith in what God says in His Word.
If you have confessed with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you now stand upright, holy, and blameless before God. If you sin, stop immediately and confess that sin to God. The Bible assures us that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9 NKJV).
Know this: God sees you and treats you according to Jesus’ perfect performance, not your own. Therefore, as a child of God you can stand on the Word and believe that no good thing will be held from you.
Confession: I walk uprightly before God because of what Jesus has done for me. The Lord is my sun and shield, and He will withhold no good thing from me because I am perfect, holy, and blameless in Him.
Author: Jerry Savelle