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Righteousness Peace and Joy
Sin is the result of believing a lie, righteousness is
the result of believing God
We were experiencing revival in our
Kingdom Celebration ministry in The Philippines. Kids, youth, and adults
were falling in love with Jesus and rejoicing in the presence of God.
Many manifestations of the Holy Spirit were evident, all the normal
things that seem to accompany revival. Gifts of the Holy Spirit began to
be revealed and demonstrated, especially in the youth. Several of the
young people began to have dreams and visions. This is what we had been
praying for. I thought the people are at a new level of spiritual
maturity from now on their focus will be on loving God and living for
Him; and that has been true for most of the people.
However, as time went on I began to
see that some lives were not changed and some who had wonderful
encounters with the Lord turned back to their old way of life. I
wondered how someone could be touched by God’s love in a powerful way
and later seem to forget about Him. As I began to seek the Lord about
this a portion of scripture repeatedly came to my mind. “Righteousness
and justice are the foundation of Your throne”. It is part of a
Bible verse from Psalms chapter 89.
Relationship with God
I thought if righteousness and
justice are the foundation of God’s throne then that should be the
foundation of our lives also. Could it be that we had overlooked the
foundation teaching of righteousness, I wondered? Righteousness is the
foundation of the finished work that Jesus accomplished on the cross.
Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading
through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For
He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the
righteousness of God in Him. (2nd Corinthians 5:20-21 NKJV)
Righteousness is received by believing that Jesus took your sins on
the cross and gave you His righteousness. You receive righteousness by
faith and you continue to walk in righteousness by faith.
Sin is the result of believing a lie; righteousness comes
from believing God.
A person can have great gifts,
great talents and great experiences given by God; however, we must learn
to submit to God’s will in all things. When the Lord gives spiritual
gifts He does not take them back. We can not assume that even the
manifestation of a spiritual gift is God’s approval of a person. For
the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. (Romans 11:29 NKJV)
Everything that is good comes from God. The things that God gives to
us can be used to do His will or our will. Relationship with God and
learning to do the will of the Father is the goal.
everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of
heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many
will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your
name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'
And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you
who practice lawlessness!' (Matthew 7:21-23 NKJ)
Jesus spent the first thirty years
of His life on earth developing His relationship with the Father before
He began His ministry, which only lasted three years. Though He was a
Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. (Hebrews
5:8 NKJV) We know that Jesus’ life on earth was our model of a
perfect life. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled
Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the
cross. (Philippians 2:8 NKJV) Jesus’ obedience to the Father was
because He knew the Father and loved the Father more than His own life.
Jesus trusted the Fathers’ will more than His will; He was willing to
give up His will to do the Father’s will. Jesus said that He only did
what He saw his Father do and say what He heard the Father say. Jesus
used all the authority and power He was given to do the Father’s will.
As we grow in our relationship with
the Lord we learn to trust God’s will more than our own. When we offer
God the sacrifice of love, obedience; giving up what we think we want to
do, to do what we know God wants us to do, we then enter into the joy of
the Lord and the many blessings of righteousness. We actually walk right
into our destiny and receive the desires of our heart by obeying God’s
will. When we trust Him to the point of obedience He leads us to the
desires of our heart. When it seems that God is leading us away from our
heart desires but we obey we then discover that God had a better way.
Since the time of Adam and Eve the choice has always been and continues
to be God’s way or my way. When my way looks better than God’s way it is
deception. Sin comes from believing a lie, righteousness comes from
believing God. God’s way is always the way of love.
Righteousness is all about your
relationship with God. The most important thing to God is your
relationship with Him. This should be our most important priority also.
All the blessings revealed in the Bible are for the righteous.
Righteousness means right relationship with God; peace with God, peace
is unity. The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of
righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever, (Isaiah 32:17
NIV). Therefore, having been justified [made righteous]
by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Romans
Faith Working by Love
Everything we receive from God is
by His grace, through faith, not because we deserve it. We can not be
righteous by our own efforts. When we believe the promises of God, to
the point of obedience, then we receive the promises of God.
Righteousness is given by God to those who believe Him. For what does
the Scripture say? "ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS ACCOUNTED TO HIM
FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS", (Romans 4:3 NKJV). Righteousness is received by
grace through faith. For with the heart one believes unto
righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto
salvation, (Romans 10:10 NKJV) Sin is the
result of believing a lie; righteousness comes from believing God.
Righteousness is putting your trust
in God more than you trust yourself. Righteousness is expressed by
walking in love, with God, and toward people. Righteousness is a
lifestyle of walking in love. Follow God's example, therefore, as
dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved
us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to
God, (Ephesians 5:1-2 TNIV). The greater the love the greater the
willing sacrifice. This is My commandment, that
you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than
this, than to lay down one's life for his friends. You are My friends if
you do whatever I command you. (John 15:12-14 NKJV)
believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness, (Genesis
15:6 NIV). The word used for righteousness in
this verse is the Hebrew word Ts’dakah. In the One New Man Bible, which
is a translation that seeks to make the Jewish Roots of Christianity
come to life; Ts’dakah is translated “acts of loving kindness”. So, in
the One New Man Bible Genesis 15:6 reads, “And he believed in the
LORD, and He counted it to him for acts of loving kindness.” (Genesis
15:6 ONMB). Truly, righteousness is
walking in love.
The One New Man Bible Glossary
explains why they translated righteousness this way.
Ts’dakah is placed here in Glossary because of the
expression “loving kindness.” Ts’dakah is almost always translated “acts
of loving kindness” in this Bible. Most translations have Ts’dakah as
“righteousness” but that is really too weak because righteousness means
to do what is right, to be just – which God requires. The word Tsedek is
a masculine noun meaning righteousness.
Ts’dakah is a feminine noun
meaning to do more than is required, such as to do more than just the
minimum for someone who is hurting; to truly love your neighbor as
yourself. The term is also applied to giving beyond the tithe to
charities. Therefore Ts’dakah is translated “acts of loving kindness.”
Ts’dakah is to be done in love, cheerfully, with no thought of a reward.
This definition of righteousness
also fits the definition of “agape”, the Greek word for love
which is used in the New Testament. Agape means actions of compassion.
Compassion is the kind of love God is. He who does not love does not
know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward
us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we
might live through Him. (1st John 4:8-9 NKJV)
Righteousness is living in God’s love, becoming like Him, by loving like
Him. And we have known and believed the
love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides
in God, and God in him. Love has been perfected among us in this: that
we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we
in this world. (1st John 4:16-17 NKJV)
and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth
go before You. How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O
LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance. In Your name they
rejoice all the day, And by Your righteousness they are exalted. (Psalms
89:14-16 NASB) I believe that when your life
harmonizes with God a joyful sound is produced which you can feel. It is
the sound and feeling of connecting with God in right relationship; the
result is joy and peace. For the Kingdom of God is not eating and
but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, (Romans 14:17
NKJV). The righteous walk in the light and love of God’s presence.
You have loved righteousness and hated
wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of
joy above Your fellows, (Psalms 45:7 NASB).
says, “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My
love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I
have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. "These things
I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy
may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have
loved you”, (John 15:9-12 NKJV). The fruit of righteousness is
always joy and peace; in the same way the fruit of love is always joy
and peace. Righteousness is love in action, believing and doing.
is faith working by love. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision
nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.
(Galatians 5:6 NKJV) Righteousness is called a breastplate in the
armor of God, it guards your heart. Stand therefore, having girded
your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of
righteousness, (Ephesians 6:14 NKJV). The breastplate of
righteousness is also called the breastplate of faith and love.
But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on
the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of
salvation, (1st Thessalonians 5:8 NKJV).
“Therefore do not worry, saying,
'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father
knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of
God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you”,
(Matthew 6:31-33 NKJV). Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
righteousness, For they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6 NKJV)
the LORD is righteous, He loves righteousness; The upright will behold
His face. (Psalms 11:7 NASB)
righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not
walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. For those who
live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh,
but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life
and peace, (Romans 8:2-6 NKJV).
the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever
does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not
love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the
beginning, that we should love one another, (1st John 3:10-11
were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children
of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness,
and truth), finding out what is acceptable to the Lord, (Ephesians
But of Him
you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and
righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written,
"HE WHO GLORIES, LET HIM GLORY IN THE LORD", (1 Corinthians 1:30-31 NKJV).
The righteous live by faith.
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it
is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew
first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is
revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "THE JUST SHALL LIVE BY
FAITH." (Romans 1:16-17 NKJV)
righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and
feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger
and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick,
or in prison, and come to You?' And the King will answer and say to
them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the
least of these My brethren, you did it to Me,'
(Matthew 25:37-40 NKJV).
BBE - Bible In Basic English; GWT- God's Word Translation; KJV – King James Version; NASB – New
American Standard Bible; NIV – New International Version; NKJV - New
King James Version; ONMB - One New Man Bible