Benefits of Righteousness - Part I

Author: 
Aaron Evans

As Believers we all are aware of the promises recorded in the Bible that pertain to us who are called "joint heirs in Christ"; Rom 8:17.This is a promise of grace that we must learn to actually experience and realize. Our first and foremost step to seeing the life of God manifested through us is spending time in His presence and having a passion for the written word so that we might know what the scriptures say belong to us. 2Peter 1:3-4 says "His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these we may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."

Nothing takes the place of quiet time alone with the Lord. He alone makes alive the things and promises we are capable of walking in. Time in His presence is not an option it is a necessity. Contending for that time is a major battle for most of us because of the busy-ness of life itself. However, we must schedule time with Him just as we do the various other activities in our life in order to experience the reality of the Kingdom.In this prophetic, transitional and difficult season, it behooves us to encounter Him. Our first battle is to receive illumination concerning our identity in Christ. We, being made the righteousness of God, must have a renewed mindset during these distressing times. 1Cor1:30 says;But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God--and righteousness and sanctification and redemption--"

When the power and precepts of righteousness is realized and accepted, the supernatural life is lived naturally on a daily basis. Righteousness in the Hebrew means "a straight line"; in the Greek it means "the state in which we ought to be". This is not about a bunch of do's and don'ts. It simply means living the life that God intended for us to live. It is a lifestyle that follows His ways and is attuned to the reliance and guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Old and the New Testament both have much to say about righteousness and the benefits thereof.

We must submit to God's righteousness not our own righteousness (Rom 10:3,4) "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God." We can be ignorant of spiritual blessing like righteousness and also we can be 'non-submittal' which causes us to not receive the benefits.

In Romans 10:10, 11, it tells us that we must with our hearts believe unto righteousness. We activate that life by simply believing in what God has said in His word concerning it. Jesus tells us that we must not only believe but we must hunger and thirst for it. (Matt 5:6). For us to experience the tactical and strategic ways of the Lord of Hosts, we must grow from being unskilled in the word of righteousness (Heb 5:13) to be filled and empowered. To the righteous it is said in Psalm 5:12 that the Lord will bless and be as a shield of favor.


Here are a few scriptures to read, meditate on and make personal declaration to activate in your life.

 

  • Boldness helps us move tactically and confidently in the things we are being called into. (Psalm 5:8)

  • Remember that it is the righteous who are as bold as a lion (Prov. 28:1)

  • Being led in God's righteousness helps subdue our enemies. (Psalm 9:8,9)

  • God's righteous administrate justices for the people (Psalm 11:5)

  • The Righteous are tested by God so that He can promote us (Remember Daniel?)

  • Seeing His face is a benefit of righteousness (Psalm 17:15)

  • Righteousness will bring recompense (Psalm 18:24) which is to repay, remunerate, reward, to give compensation.

  • The power of righteousness exalts a nation (Prov 14:34) [Lord, let righteousness fall upon America].
     

Romans 5:17-21 lets us know that the gift of righteousness empowers us to reign in life. So how do we reign in life? To reign is to rule. We reign by receiving abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness through one man's righteous act. To reign, we must know the 'reign maker' by presenting ourselves to God as being alive and our members as instruments of righteousness to God (Rom 6:13).

As it is written, "but let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me that I am the Lord, exercising loving-kindness, judgment and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight says the Lord" ; Jeremiah 9:24.


                                           [Unless otherwise noted; all scripture is quoted from the New King James Version]