Monday, November 30, 2015

Why knowing you're righteous means you can change the world

What comes to mind when you hear the word "righteous"? Think about that for a moment. Now, what if I told you that understanding this word and then, very importantly, understanding that you are always righteous in Christ is how you start to be a Kingdom Christian - the sons and daughters of God who rise from glory to glory, bringing the Kingdom to reality, here on earth. Are you ready for that?

Proverbs 11:11
(Photo courtesy of Flick: Higo.Neto; modified by D.R.)
In my previous post I talked about changing the world and raised the rather ridiculously far-fetched idea that the Middle East could see peace, just as an example of what we can aim for as Kingdom Christians. But for us, this stuff should only sound far-fetched to the unrighteous mind. Wherever you come from, your righteousness is where changing your world starts. And here's why.

Firstly, the word 'righteous' in the tongue of the Hebrews is a most curious concept, going far deeper than merely being on the right and good path. Normally we try to translate the word righteous to 'moral'... ugh! What a bland term that completely strips the power from that word. Here is what being righteous means: to be worthy of the inheritance.

Here's another thought that is key in unlocking the secret of the righteous. The Bible is dividing into two so-called 'testaments'. What is a testament? It is a will. A person writes a will to bequeath his most prized and plentiful possessions to his loved ones. It usually comes into to effect after His death. That's right... His death! The New Testament... is, in other words, God's will, written and sealed with the Blood of the Incarnate God - Jesus Christ! Are you understanding this? The New Covenant or Testament is telling you what God has bequeathed to you as His son and daughter and it came into effect some 2000 years ago when Jesus died, hung on a dead tree on a dead hill called the Skull. His Death... means Life and Life Abundant to the entire world!

Here's even better news. In Christ, you are made FOREVER righteous. Your are righteous... that is, you are worthy to inherit and receive of all God's most prized possessions... His Spirit, His Love, His Grace, His Power, His Life, His Wisdom, and all the blessings of heaven and earth are yours! And this righteousness... it doesn't come and go. If you sinned today, you didn't become less righteous or lose it altogether. If you sinned again after reading that, you still didn't lose it! If you sinned 7 million times after that, you still did not become any less righteous, not a single slither less! You still have all the righteousness of the universe in you. You still are 100% times a million worthy of the inheriance! Friends, we are talking about the blood of Jesus. The blood of Abel cried for justice from the earth it drenched, but this blood of Jesus speaks righteousness to you forever! It declares that you are now just, protected, saved, set apart forever! It doesn't clean you like water does. It cleans you and keeps you clean forevermore. Get rid of the notion that you are a sinner. You are not... once you received Christ, you no longer are a sinner and even if you sin one time after another, you are still RIGHTEOUS.

So do the righteous change the world? They do. I'm not going to spoon feed you the heritage of the righteous. But one thing is clear from what you're about to read... the righteous are blessed and are themselves a great blessings. So read it for yourselves here, this is your inheritance! (Oh and to get the most out of this, replace the word 'righteous' for your name and say it out loud in Jesus' name... try it!)

The home of the righteous is blessed. 
God is the shield of the righteous and holds victory for them.
The righteous will live in the land and remain in it.
The righteous are taken into the confidence of the Lord.
The path of the righteous shines ever brighter.
The righteous know no hunger.
The righteous listen and become wiser.
The head of the righteous is crowned with blessings.
The memory of the righteous is itself a blessing.
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life.
The wages of the righteous bring life.
The tongue of the righteous is choice silver.
The lips of the righteous nourish many.
The desires of the righteous are granted.
The integrity of the righteous guides them.
The righteousness of the righteous delivers them.
By the blessing of the righteous a city is exalted.
Though storms rage, the righteous stand forever.
The prospect of the righteous is joy.
The refuge of the righteous is the way of Jesus.
The righteous will never be uprooted.
The lips of the righteous know what is fitting.
The righteous are rescued from trouble.
The speech of the righteous rescue them.
Through knowledge the righteous escape destruction.
When the righteous prosper, the city rejoices!
The righteous attain life.
The righteous go free.
The desires of the righteous ends only in good.
The righteous love to worship Jesus. 
The righteous thrive like the green leaf.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life.
The tent of the righteous will flourish.
The righteous receive their due of blessings on earth.
The plans of the righteous are just.
The home of the righteous stands firm.
The righteous care even about their animals.
The root of the righteous flourishes.
No harm befalls the righteous.
The righteous know who to befriend.
The righteous hate what is false.
The prayer of the righteous pleases God.
The light of the righteous shines brightly.
The path of the righteous is a highway.
The highway of the righteous steers clear from evil.
Prosperity is the reward of the righteous.
The wealth of sinners is stored up for the righteous.
The righteous eat to their hearts' content.
Evil men and the wicked shall bow at the gates of the righteous.
Even in death, the righteous have a refuge.
The house of the righteous contains great treasure.
The heart of the righteous weighs its answers. 
The prayer of the righteous is heard always by Jesus.
The righteous are adorned by a crown of splendor.
The righteous run to the name of Jesus as their strong tower.
The righteous lead a blameless life and their children are blessed after them.
The righteous bring ruin to the wicked.
The righteous rejoice in justice.
Even the wicked becomes a ransom for the righteous.
The righteous give without sparing.
The Father of the righteous has great joy and delights in him/her.
The righteous rise no matter how many times they fall.
The righteous should never give way to the wicked.
When the righteous triumph, there is great elation.
When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice.
The righteous can always sing and be glad.
The conduct of the righteous is innocent.
The righteous give thought to their ways.
The righteous care about justice for the poor.
The righteous receive a good inheritance.
The righteous will see the downfall of the wicked.
The righteous will see the downfall of the wicked. 
The righteous detest the dishonest

Righteousness exalts a nation. (Prov 14:34) Where is that righteousness? Where can it be found? How can it be attained? There is no need to go far and strive. Thanks to Jesus...

You are the righteousness of God! (2 Cor 5:21)

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