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CAMPUS FELLOWSHIP.....Zachariah and Elizabeth were Righteous

     Image result for righteousness Elizabeth and zacharia                   Righteous Zachariah and Elizabeth


Introduction:

Faith is the key that unlocks the door of God’s power.  By faith, the walls of Jericho fell down and so whenever anybody want to advance in his spiritual or personal life in Christ, the first mantra he must put on is faith – for without faith, no one can please the Lord, and if you cannot please Him, you cannot advance forward greatly.

All things are possible to him that believeth is the word of our Saviour to His followers.  Believe Him and the Word of God.  When you believe, you receive.  

Faith is the key to receiving answer to our prayers, while faith plus patience and hard working is the key to obtaining His promises.  Without continuing in service, praying and working hard and trusting, no promises of God may be realized.

Now, righteousness is a visit to the Father to learn of Him, who is Righteous and holy. Our God is righteous, Jesus Christ is righteous, the Holy Spirit is righteous, the Holy angels and the entire heaven is an abode of righteousness, and that was why in Luke 1:73-75, God took an oath before our father of faith – Abraham to deliver us from our enemies that we might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness all the days of our lives.

He commanded us to be righteous as He our God is righteous and the bible said in Isaiah 51:1 that those that follow God and those that seek Him are righteous. God is righteous that no evil or unrighteousness is found around Him.  Not only is He righteous, but He is the only righteous God and His judgement are righteous, and He will judge the world in righteousness.

What then is Righteousness?

Righteousness can be described as a state of holiness, uprightness, pure and blameless. A person that is righteous is expected to be pure in heart, full of love for God and man, blameless in his relationship with his neighbours and full of good works – works and help rendered to people without expecting anything from them in return, but hoping and beliving in God, the Rewarder.

A person that is righteous is expected live and walk without fear, who is not seeking after vanity – things that does not satisfy, and who will not turn God’s grace and glory to shame.  A man or woman that hates pride and sin, he abhors iniquity, evil works and flee from every appearance of sin.

Righteousness is a gift from God, meaning you cannot be righteous by your own efforts alone and you cannot make yourself righteous, only the grace of God can make you live a blameless and pleasing life. 

Righteousness is a gift of God given to every believer upon redemption, upon giving your heart to Jesus and welcoming Him into your life as Lord and savior.

When the Spirit of God enters you, that ‘new man’, made after the image of God, the Holy Spirit and also called the spirit of Christ, righteousness also entered you.  What is left for you and me is the grace to work-out-our salvation.  

You should ask for the grace to love righteousness and hate evil, the grace to hate iniquity and all secret sins, the grace to do good and not wickedness.  The grace to love God, fear God and speak what is in our heart without deceit or hypocrisy.

Seeking Kingdom righteousness?

A righteous man or woman is one that deliberately  and "diligently keeps the commandments of the LORD His God, and His testimonies and His statutes which He has commanded"

A righteous man/woman diligently seek to do things that pleases God.  He makes deliberate efforts to keep the commands of the Lord and obey His voice.  He loves the Lord, and purposes in his heart to please Him.  A righteous man is a lover of righteousness and he hates evil

A righteous is a man or woman that has the grace of God to abide in the tabernacle of the Lord always, who walks uprightly and speak the truth in his heart.  He/she does not take up reproach against his neighbor or do them any harm and in whose eyes a vile person is not honoured or celebrated, rather he celebrates people that fear the Lord.

A righteous person does not gossip or backbite with his/tongue, neither does he conspire or lie against the innocent.  A righteous man keeps his word and maintain his integrity at all times.

A righteous man or woman is a friend of God who have the grace to live holy with a pure heart, who do not lift up his heart unto vanity to seek things that do not edify and he does not deceive anyone.  He present things honestly and truly to people.

A righteous man or woman fear God and seek Him continually and trust in Him. These are some of the reason why he is as bold as a lion.  The righteous studies and delights himself in the word of God and does not walk in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand in the way off sinners, nor sit in the seat of the scornful – mockers are not his friends.

The righteous is that man that falls severally, but will always get up and keep matching on.  He knows that victory belong to those that keep looking at the goal, those that persevere and despite the hardship, they are moved, they keep believing and trusting in God.  And putting behind their challenges, they hold on to the promise of eternal life in Christ, they will get up and keep running.

A righteous man or woman is one that received grace to be free from sin or dead to sin.  The motions of sin does not move him anymore.  They have crucified their flesh and their spirit is constantly alive.  They are prayerful, kind and patient.  They are merciful and easily forgive offences.

Finally, a righteous man/woman confesses Christ in word and action.  They are rich in goodness – helping the needy, poor, visiting the poor and those in Prison and praying for them.

Beloved, we can all operate in the above listed grace, what we need is to take a decision to walk with God and obey His word and voice and then we ask for grace to live right God.  We should ask for grace because no one can righteous without Christ in him.

For those who desire to be righteous, but have not given their heart to Jesus , their first step is that of surrendering their heart and all their cares unto Jesus and receive Him as Lord and Saviour.  The gift of righteousness enters them at the same time.  Then they will ask for grace to serve God and live in obedience to the word of God.

God Raises the Righteous

We see in Isaiah 45 that it is God that raises the righteous for special assignment in the fulfillment of His will on earth, and everyone righteous is preserved and reserved for God’s use. God raises people who are humble in heart and spirit, sheep and not goats to do His bidding.

The Lord speaking in Isaiah 44:28 described Cyrus as a shepherd, who shall perform all His pleasure. He continued to say that He raised him up in righteousness and He will direct his ways; he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price or reward, says the Lord Isaiah 45:13

When it comes to fulfilling his assignment, God again promised to hold his hands and subdue nations before him; and to loose the loins of kings, to open before him the two leaved gates, and the gates shall not be shut and so many other promises to ensure that he fulfills God’s will successfully.


Note the following about righteousness:

The Lord demands righteousness and asked us to seek first the kingdom of God and its righteousness

The righteous follows after righteousness and they will judge the earth

God blesses the righteous and put him in everlasting remembrance

His security and provision abound with the righteous

He make the righteous have power with Him and they are the ‘Touch Not’

Reasons why the righteous must not backslide from his righteousness

Reasons why the prayer of the righteous is always answered
The eyes of the Lord is constantly overlooking the righteousness and all his needs are met by God.

To be continued!




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