Being right with God through faith in Christ has nothing to do with the way we feel. It is based on the Word of God and on His ability, not on us and our limited ability to “be good.” It takes time to see the results of learning to be right with God through faith. It is like a certain type of gigantic tropical species of bamboo plant. For the first few years, the new shoots grow slowly, but suddenly, the growth rate increases rapidly and may grow up to two feet per day! So, do not give up. Tell yourself; “I’m righteous by faith in Jesus Christ.” You may not feel any different initially, but keep saying it because you know it is true. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). One day the Word of God is going to bear fruit in your life and it’s going to grow and completely change your life. The Bible says David talked to himself; he “encouraged himself in the Lord” (1 Samuel 30:6). We should do the same. I encourage you to get up in the morning and say, “I am righteous through faith in Jesus Christ! I am a man or woman of God. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me today” (Phil. 4:13). And watch God change your life!