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RIGHTEOUSNESS..........Righteous Servants and their Rewards




THE RIGHTEOUS SERVANT!
  • The righteous follows after righteousness and God use them mightily
  • Being righteous is a function of faith and obedience
  • His security and provision abound with the righteous
  • He make the righteous have power with Him and they are the ‘Touch Not’
  • Fervent prayers of the righteous are answered
  • The eyes of the Lord is constantly overlooking the righteousness and all his needs are met by God.

INTRODUCTION:

Righteousness is a gift from God we receive when we surrender our hearts to Christ as Lord and Saviour.  

The day you received Christ as Lord and Saviour in your heart, the Spirit of God entered you, and the gift of righteousness also. God looks at the righteousness of Christ and inputs that righteousness of Christ on us for us to stand before Him...

So that when we kneel down to pray, God sees the righteousness of Christ imputed into you and not our own self-righteousness. Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are become new - 2 Corinthians 5:17.

However, to live and walk in righteousness is another thing. At new birth, a man's spirit is completely reborn.  It is that man's responsibility to renew his mind to the word of God and use the Word to take control of his body - Romans 12:2.  

What is Righteousness?

Righteousness is a free gift given to us by the sacrifice of Jesus at the cross of Calvary. It can be described as a state of  uprightness. Righteousness is one of the natures of God and the entire heaven is an abode of righteousness. 

It is a gift from God, and not by our holiness or good works. Righteousness is a gift of God given to every believer upon redemption. 

The day you received Christ as Lord and Saviour in your heart, the Spirit of God entered you, together with the gift of righteousness. When you are praying to God, He see the righteousness of Christ imputed into you and not your own self-righteousness.

What is left, is for you to believe the word of God, love God and your neighbours as yourself and walk blamelessly before God.  This grace is a function of your faith, obedience and being dead to sin.


Nature of Righteousness 

Righteous living pleases God so much because it is essentially full of good works and faith.  For instance, Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness Why? Because he saw the pictures God painted to him as God saw it.

So, expressions of uncommon faith and belief in God is counted as righteousness.  When your heart is full of faith in God, though you may be suffering, though there is fear on every side and though the enemy is threatening to destroy you, know for sure that in the eyes of God, you are a righteous servant.

You are not moved by what you see or hear (sight), rather your trust is in God.  This kind of faith is found when there is no sin and fear.  Nothing breeds fear in the heart of a believer like sin.  With sin, your heart will prick you and the devil will stand to reproach you. 

God promised to deliver us from our enemies, so we can serve Him without fear, in righteousness and holiness - Luke 1:73-75.  If God grants us deliverance for us to serve Him thus, it therefore means that any service rendered to God, which is not in righteousness is not accepted. 

Righteousness is not negotiable, it is God's standard and anything contrary is unrighteousness.  Several years ago, I heard a elderly minister telling a younger one that his services in the kingdom are not yet accepted, and also not recorded because his heart was not right yet...or so.  

I wondered why he used such harsh words on the young man. But, later in life, I realized that services rendered to God in unrighteousness is truely unprofitable.

Being righteous

1. Being righteous is being acceptable to God. Noah is the first person in the Bible to be called righteous: “Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God” (Genesis 6:9). Here we see the two aspects of righteousness: doing the right thing (Good works, being blameless) and having a relationship with God (walked with God).

2. The righteous delights in the Word of the Lord and obey it. They do everything necessary to be pure in heart, full of love for God and man, blameless in their relationships and full of good works – Helping people-in-need without expecting anything back in return, as we see in the bible, when Jesus commended the righteous servants for feeding Him, covering His nakedness and visiting in the Hospital - Math 25:31-40

3. Being righteous is dependent on faith. We see this in the case of Abraham, whose faith was counted for righteousness.Living righteous is a function of who we yield ourselves to obey - Sin or the Lord.

4. If you are righteousness-minded, you will shun sin. They are patient to think their actions through, before taking steps. They will consider what the Word of God says about the matter and the consequences of their action.  This is why they are not easily moved by sight.

God commanded us to be righteous because in our righteous nature, we radiate the lights of God, our prayers are answered and we manifest His glory the more. So, it is required that all those seeking God should be righteous.

Characters of the Righteous:

1. 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"

2. A person that is righteous is expected live and walk without fear, who is not seeking after vanity.  A man or woman that hates pride and sin, he abhors iniquity, evil works and flee from every appearance of sin.

3. A righteous man/woman diligently seeks 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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. He confesses Christ Daily in word and action.  They are rich in goodness – helping the needy, poor, visiting the poor and those in Prison and praying for them.

Importance of Righteousness:

1. Righteousness is so important that Jesus said in Mathew 5:7 -  “Those that hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be satisfied”, and those who are persecuted for righteousness conducts in their places of work, homes and business, Jesus says theirs is the kingdom of heaven - great reward.

2. Jesus was teaching on the importance of righteousness in Mathew 5:20 - when he told the people "Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and the Pharisees, you shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven"

3. The Scribes and the Pharisees fast 3 days a week and pay their tithes and probably offering, but righteousness goes beyond tithe and offering or fasting to include the deeper things as Faith, love and showing mercy.  Jesus later rebuked for neglecting the deeper things of the Word like faith, love and showing mercy.

4. Again the bible says the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of heaven. The attitude of love, kindness, mercy and fairness to all, standing for justice and speaking the truth must become part of you as a born again Christian.  Jesus in Mathew 25:31-46, commended the righteous servants, for helping their neighbours in diverse challenges of life, the same is expected from us today, and if we are not doing so, we are not doing well.

5. God uses the righteous - We see in Isaiah 45 that it is God uses the righteous for special assignment in the fulfillment of His will on earth. 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.

REWARD:

1. The reward for righteous living is enormous  God remembers the righteous man to answer his prayers, surrounds him with favour and blessing and extends the goodwill to his children.  

2. The bible says the righteous is in everlasting remembrance - Are we remembering Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, Paul, Peter today?  What about Kenneth Hagin, T.L Osborn, Watchman Nee, Smith Wigglesworth – Are we not remembering them? We are.

3. The righteous follows after righteousness and they will judge the earth

4. God blesses the righteous and put him in everlasting remembrance

5. His security and provision abound with the righteous

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

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 


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,

CONCLUSION:

Righteousness is not a title.  Like salvation, the righteous man must continue in righteousness till the end to inherit eternal life, otherwise, if he departs and begins to do evil.  The Lord is no respecter of persons.  If a righteous man turns from his righteous way and do evil, such a man will surely die.  In Ezekiel 18: 24.

A righteous man deliberately yields his members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  I means yielding your eyes, legs, hands, ear and whole body to obey the word of the Living God. 

Your can make a covenant with your eyes, like Job did not to desire to see evil; your hands not to touch evil, your legs not to go to places that you are not expected to go. A believer that is always going to clubs and bars, will soon start drinking alcohol and changing women...the two weapons of devil that rule the clubs.

If sin reign in your mortal body, righteousness will be difficult. The bible says if sin reign in your mortal body, you are likely to yield to sin and its lusts, neither yield your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin. - Romans 6:12-13

But, if you are dead unto sin, it becomes easy to yield yourself unto righteousness and God. Sin wars against righteousness as darkness fights light. So, to live righteously, you will have to decide who to yield your body to...To sin and unto death or obedience and unto righteousness, holiness and God.



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