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RIGHTEOUS AND HOLY LIVING........Obeying God with your Household in Love!



LIVING AND WALKING WITH YOUR FAMILY IN FAITH:
  • By Your righteousness standing with God
  • Obedience to God's Word and voice
  • Charity begining at home, teaching your children the way of the Lord
  • Living by Example and...Depending entirely on God! 

INTRODUCTION:

The Almighty God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth and decided to destroy all His creation, which include man, animals and all the creeping things He created, but NOAH found favour in the eyes of the Lord.

Noah was a just man and perfect in his generation and Noah walked with God. He found grace with the Lord, which led to the saving of his entire family.  Noah was a holy and righteous man, a prayerful man, who had fellowship with God in prayer daily and through diligence obedience to the word of God worked with God to bring God's plan to pass.

Noah was not just a just man, he was probably a brave man who was able to bring up his children in the fear of the Lord.  It is always a painful thing to see children of Pastors being counted among the worldly.

I believe God is not happy that we are holy and righteous, but our children are among the drunkards and prostitutes in the club houses.  God would be happy that a godly man is able to raise up godly children and this is made easy when the consciousness comes early in the life of a child of God or when the children are still young and growing.

Teaching the children the word of God is a duty believing Christians must take serious.  

God speaking about Abraham the other day, He said "Shall I hide from Abraham what I am doing,  since Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? For I known him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgement, that the Lord may bring to Abraham that which He has spoken to him.  

This is God's expectation of me and you for our children.  Teach your children and entire household the way of the Lord, to do justice and judgement, which is not possible without the knowledge of the Word of God.

Our children must never lack the word of God, so that our prayer intercessions for them will be effective.  The world is too enticing for today's children.  They love pleasure and everything they see is good for them.  The freedom the world allow them from even kindergarten must be balanced with the Word and proper instruction on what to do till they become adult.

Noah is one example we can follow in parenthood. Although his life isn't the best picture of perfect living (only Jesus's life was), the Bible does say that Noah was a righteous man (Genesis 6:9). Here are three lessons that parents can learn from Noah on raising children.

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Live by Example
The way Noah conducted himself affected not only his life but also the life of His family. Genesis 6:9 tells us that "...Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God."

Because of the life Noah lived for his sons to see, Ham, Shem and Japheth grew up in the same faith as Noah did. Not only did the three sons obey and trust that their father wasn't going crazy by building a boat for hundreds of years, they also continued to live in that faith carrying out the covenant that God made with them.

Make your call a family affair
In all matters and cases, charity should begin at home.  Its always a shock to see some women bowing down to greet their Pastors, when they did not even greet their husband at home in the morning.  No matter how tough the relationship at home could get, believing men and women should be ready to humble themselves and come to reconciliation. Couples must learn to forgive one another, knowing that we are not perfect and pray without season to maintain the hedge of protection around themselves and their children.

God called Noah, not his children and nothing was said about the righteousness of any of his three sons, but the righteousness of Noah brought them into favour with the Lord also.  So, when God called Noah to build the Ark, he quickly obeyed and commenced work on the Ark that took many years to complete.

And strange enough, no single person in the world repented during the long period when the Ark was being build.  Many would have asked Noah why he was building the Ark and the purpose for which he was building the Ark, yet, they were so deep into the world and pleasures of the world that not even a single soul repented and cried to God for help.


What did the bible say about Righteousness


1 John 2:29 - If you know that he is righteous, you may be sure that everyone who practices righteousness has been born of him.

1 John 3:7 - Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous.

Romans 5:1-5 - Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Psalm 106:3 - Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!

Isaiah 33:15-17 - He who walks righteously and speaks uprightly, who despises the gain of oppressions, who shakes his hands, lest they hold a bribe, who stops his ears from hearing of bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking on evil, he will dwell on the heights; his place of defense will be the fortresses of rocks; his bread will be given him; his water will be sure. Your eyes will behold the king in his beauty; they will see a land that stretches afar.

1 Peter 3:14 - But even if you should suffer for righteousness' sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled,

Matthew 5:20 - For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

1 Peter 5:10 - And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

2 Corinthians 5:21 - For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Romans 10:4 - For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

2 Timothy 2:22 - So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

1 John 5:18 - We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.

Ezekiel 18:5-9 - “If a man is righteous and does what is just and right— if he does not eat upon the mountains or lift up his eyes to the idols of the house of Israel, does not defile his neighbor's wife or approach a woman in her time of menstrual impurity, does not oppress anyone, but restores to the debtor his pledge, commits no robbery, gives his bread to the hungry and covers the naked with a garment, does not lend at interest or take any profit, withholds his hand from injustice, executes true justice between man and man, walks in my statutes, and keeps my rules by acting faithfully—he is righteous; he shall surely live, declares the Lord God.

Romans 8:4-6 - In order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not 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 set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Philippians 3:9 - And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—

Proverbs 2:5-20 - Then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; ...

Genesis 15:6 - And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

Matthew 6:33 - But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Philippians 1:11 - Filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Romans 1:17 - For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.”

1 Corinthians 1:30 - And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption,

1 Peter 2:24 - He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

Matthew 5:6 - “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

1 Peter 3:12 - For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Proverbs 21:3 - To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

James 1:4 - And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Romans 3:10 - As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one;

Proverbs 12:28 - In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway there is no death.

Romans 5:17 - For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 64:6 - We have all become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a polluted garment. We all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away.

Proverbs 13:6 - Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, but sin overthrows the wicked.

2 Timothy 3:16- All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Romans 4:3 - For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.”

1 John 1:9 - If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Hosea 10:12 - Sow for yourselves righteousness; reap steadfast love; break up your fallow ground, for it is the time to seek the Lord, that he may come and rain righteousness upon you.

Proverbs 11:5 - The righteousness of the blameless keeps his way straight, but the wicked falls by his own wickedness.

Galatians 2:16 - Yet we know that a person is not justified by works of the law but through faith in Jesus Christ, so we also have believed in Christ Jesus, in order to be justified by faith in Christ and not by works of the law, because by works of the law no one will be justified.

Romans 4:5 - And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,

Job 29:14 - I put on righteousness, and it clothed me; my justice was like a robe and a turban.

Titus 3:5-7 - He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

James 2:23 - And the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God.

Psalm 34:15 - The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry.

James 5:16 - Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

James 3:18 - And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Romans 3:20 - For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.

Romans 5:1 - Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:21-23 - But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

1 Timothy 6:11 - But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.

John 3:21 - But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

Proverbs 29:7 - A righteous man knows the rights of the poor; a wicked man does not understand such knowledge.

Galatians 3:6 -  Just as Abraham “believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”?

Malachi 4:2 - But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness shall rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.

Psalm 23:3 - He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

Deuteronomy 6:25 - And it will be righteousness for us, if we are careful to do all this commandment before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us.’

Romans 4:11 - He received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. The purpose was to make him the father of all who believe without being circumcised, so that righteousness would be counted to them as well,

Philippians 2:13 - For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Romans 6:23 - For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Psalm 5:12 - For you bless the righteous, O Lord; you cover him with favor as with a shield.

Genesis 6:9 - These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.

Romans 4:13 - For the promise to Abraham and his offspring that he would be heir of the world did not come through the law but through the righteousness of faith.

Psalm 15:1-5 - A Psalm of David. O Lord, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the Lord; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent. He who does these things shall never be moved.

2 Thessalonians 1:3-5 - We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing. Therefore we ourselves boast about you in the churches of God for your steadfastness and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions that you are enduring. This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering—

Romans 14:17 - For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

Proverbs 11:6 - The righteousness of the upright delivers them, but the treacherous are taken captive by their lust.

Proverbs 10:2 - Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death.

Psalm 37:1-40 - Of David. Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. ...

Job 33:26 - Then man prays to God, and he accepts him; he sees his face with a shout of joy, and he restores to man his righteousness.

Daniel 9:24 - “Seventy weeks are decreed about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place.

2 Peter 1:2-12 - May grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence, by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, ...

Proverbs 10:16 - The wage of the righteous leads to life, the gain of the wicked to sin.

2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Daniel 12:3 - And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

Proverbs 14:34 - Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

Psalm 112:4-8 - Light dawns in the darkness for the upright; he is gracious, merciful, and righteous. It is well with the man who deals generously and lends; who conducts his affairs with justice. For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries.

Galatians 2:21 - I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness were through the law, then Christ died for no purpose.

Matthew 23:1-39 - Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat, so practice and observe whatever they tell you—but not what they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long, ...

Isaiah 62:1 - For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not be quiet, until her righteousness goes forth as brightness, and her salvation as a burning torch.

Isaiah 28:17 - And I will make justice the line, and righteousness the plumb line; and hail will sweep away the refuge of lies, and waters will overwhelm the shelter.”

Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

Romans 4:24 - But for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord,

Romans 4:9 - Is this blessing then only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We say that faith was counted to Abraham as righteousness.

Malachi 3:3 - He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the Lord.

Isaiah 56:1 - Thus says the Lord: “Keep justice, and do righteousness, for soon my salvation will come, and my deliverance be revealed.

Romans 10:10 - For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.

Ezekiel 18:24 - But when a righteous person turns away from his righteousness and does injustice and does the same abominations that the wicked person does, shall he live? None of the righteous deeds that he has done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which he is guilty and the sin he has committed, for them he shall die.

Proverbs 11:19 - Whoever is steadfast in righteousness will live, but he who pursues evil will die.

Psalm 11:5 - The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.

Matthew 5:16 - In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Jeremiah 23:6 - In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: ‘The Lord is our righteousness.’

Isaiah 61:10 - I will greatly rejoice in the Lord; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Isaiah 58:6-14 - “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh? Then shall your light break forth like the dawn, and your healing shall spring up speedily; your righteousness shall go before you; the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer; you shall cry, and he will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you take away the yoke from your midst, the pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. ...

2 Peter 1:1 - Simeon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who have obtained a faith of equal standing with ours by the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ:

Philippians 4:8 - Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Romans 3:22 - The righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:

Isaiah 53:11 - Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities.

2 Corinthians 6:14 - Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness?

Romans 10:3 - For, being ignorant of the righteousness of God, and seeking to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness.

Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Obedience is first:
Notice that Noah was never described as an Engineer, but he built an Ark that is reported to be three times the size of a football pitch and the height many feets - How was he able to achieve that - He relied on God's direction in building the Art.  He simply obeyed the instructions of God and carried them out to the later.

Did the Ark have any navigational features, a steering for the Captain etc? - I can tell you the answer - Only God knew, because God was the Captain of Noah's Boat or Ark.  He did not have to worry about the safety of the Ark or where they were travelling to when the floods comes, his only duty was to obey the instruction and do it.

If you look at the word of God to Noah to enter the Ark, you will agree with me that the "Captain" was already inside the Boat before He called Noah to enter with his family - Then the Lord said to Noah,"Come into the ark, you and all your household, because I have seen that you are righteous before Me in this generation.

Brethren, how would you teach your children to study the scriptures daily and live by the Word of God when you are not yourself studying the word or living by it?  

Remember, it was not righteousness alone that delivered Noah's family - His obedience to every instruction from the Lord made their deliverance possible. 

He was not praying prayers and asking God questions - No.  He was rather obeying and doing the assignments God gave him.

Remember that your righteous conduct can save your household and make them partakers of the kingdom of God.  May we never loose our children, God's heritage to the world, while we singing and dancing as holy believers.

Your family is very important to God.  I believe we may be asked to explain how we brought up the children God gave to us.  While our children and our wives may not necessarily play a active role in our calling, we have a duty to teach them the way of the Lord, leading them by example - in showing love, forgiveness, care and attention and in meeting their needs.


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