Effect of righteousness

The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17

The Holy Spirit is encouraging by the word of God that righteousness that is acceptable before the Lord is of great value both for the one who receives it and those who come in contact with the person who has been declared righteous by the Lord.

How can we be called righteous before the Lord? God is Holy who dwells in unapproachable lights. No eye can see Him nor can anyone understand His ways and thoughts. He is above all and in Him all have found their fulfillment. He is the head and in Him all things hold together.

How can we gain the status of righteous before such Mighty God who is powerful, the one speaks and creation takes place?

Abraham trusted God and was called righteous before the Lord.

Are you at peace despite being in the middle of storms in your life? Can you trust the word of God that says “Even though you go through the  waters or the fire, I will be with you”

If you are able to convince  your rebellious nature that is constantly questioning you “why?” then you are already on the path of righteousness. If you know how to quiet yourself by cutting the rebellious nature by the word of God, then you have already achieved the status of “righteous” before the Lord.

Your righteousness will shine forth and others will see the divine peace of God that passes all understanding. People will wonder how this person, despite being in the midst of storm in life, can be at peace and rest.

People will wonder and praise God for His great works in your life. They will be encouraged to come and know your God who gives such confidence and victory to His people. You will become a living epistle without even opening your mouth to preach the word of God. Such a man is declared righteous before the Lord.

Strive to receive righteousness that comes from the one who has created heaven and earth. Once you have received it, people will start noticing that there is something special about this man of God. They will be attracted to the God that you serve.

Your righteousness will go ahead of you and bring many to the feet of cross before you go out to work for the Kingdom!

 

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Jesus – The author and perfector of faith

Hebrews 12:2, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus the author and prefector of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Bible encourages the believers to stand firm on the unseen ground of faith. None of us can walk on the way of truth unless the way has been prepared by the Holy Spirit and grace has been granted to walk for the Glory of the living God.

We begin our faith journey with a word of encouragement from a pastor, preacher or being prompted by the indwelling Spirit that rules among those who strive to live by faith and not by sight. Its hard to walk by faith since we live in the world where decisions are based on what is seen and heard and past  experiences dictate the future course of action. But walking with Jesus doesn’t need the strength derived from past successes. Jesus says, My servant should always be where I am.” It could mean away from the applause after a successful event to get directions for the next assignment from the master.

A child of God can’t assess the success of God’s given assignment based on his success in something similar in the past. Fresh anointing is needed for every task that God assigns for His glory, however small and big it might appear to us. God given tasks carry same importance whether it means preaching to a congregation of 5000 or quietly praying and interceding in the presence of the Lord. Reward is same and it depends upon how willing are we to put in our heart, soul, and mind. Everything that we do for the glory of the Lord is an expression of our love for the Lord. If we love the Lord as He has commanded with the fullness of heart, mind and soul, we will try to put in our best efforts into God’s work.

Faith sees the unseen God working in the seen world. Every step taken in faith in the direction of obedience is rewarded by the Lord by greater faith to accomplish greater works for the Lord.

People want to accomplish great works for the Lord without getting into the path of suffering that we encounter when we walk by faith and not by sight. They don’t realize that the Lord doesn’t give bigger task to someone who has not proved his faithfulness in smaller matters. Jesus is the author and perfector of our faith and those who focus on Him know that its not the size of the work but the willingness of your heart that  makes your reward greater or smaller in the sight of the Lord.

Focus on Jesus and receive grace to fulfil his desire by accomplishing work that he assigns on daily basis and soon the perfector of your faith will turn you into a great blessing for his glory!

Vally of dry bones

In Ezekiel 37, the Spirit of the Lord took Ezekiel to the middle of a valley which was full of bones. He led him back and forth among the very dry bones.

The Spirit of the Lord leads us to places to accomplish great works for his praise and glory. When the Spirit leads, we may not fully understand God’s purpose but if we take the first step in obedience, the Lord begins to reveal His plan into our lives. Often times, people ask this question, “How do I know if this is the Lord who is leading me and not my own desire?” The answer is if this is the Spirit of the Lord who is leading you, you will not feel  being pushed from anywhere. The Spirit of the Lord never forces but speaks from the back, “This is the way, follow it.”

The Lord works through your desire in accordance with His divine will and purpose and  you will feel freedom while walking on His way. You will not have fear to loose anything. You will have the assurance that if it is the Lord who has begun His work in you, He will bring it to completion. You will not be concerned with the outcome of your work for the Lord will make everything work together for His honour and glory.

This knowledge comes with experiencing God in daily life and walking in daily obedience. The more you become sensitive to the voice of the Lord, the more God will use you to accomplish great works for His glory.

Ezekiel had experienced God in his daily life. He knew with full assurance that it is the Lord who is leading him to the valley of dry bones so he went in child-like obedience.

The leading of the Spirit has a purpose behind every move that we take in obedience. The Spirit led Ezekiel to move back and forth to know the dryness of the bones, likewise the Lord’s Spirit might take you to places where there is dryness, brokenness, drought and famine, not to discourage you but to let you know that you are his chosen vessel to bring restoration.

Don’t be afraid or disheartened if  you witness things that are not pleasing to your soul. You have been brought into this place as light and what you are going to do will strengthen your faith and glorify the name of your God.

When Ezekiel was in the middle of the valley, the Lord asked him, “Can these bones live?”

God works in accordance with the fullness of our faith. Since we are human, we move back and forth in our faith journey. If the Lord has brought you to a place, He will still not begin His work unless He has checked the temperature of your faith.

God can’t work through you if you don’t cling to the Lord to remain in Godly faith. Fill yourself with His word so that you may remain in the faith that is needed to accomplish the purpose of God’s heart. 

Your obedience will bring you to the place which needs restoration but its your faith that will bring restoration for God’s glory. The Lord asked Ezekiel, “Can these bones live?’ In response Ezekiel said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” Ezekiel gave a reply that reflects his total submission to the Lord. He called God, “Sovereign Lord” which shows his complete trust on God to do anything. Once the Lord has checked the degree of Ezekiel’s faith, He was ready to accomplish great works through his servant.

Remain in faith and also in obedience. Move in the direction of God’s will and He will accomplish great works through you and in you.

Why have you forsaken me?

Mark 15:33-34, “At the sixth hour darkness came over the whole land until the ninth hour. At the ninth hour, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani” – which means, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?”

Jesus cried out at the ninth hour, “My God, My God why have you forsaken me?” The one who has all the answers, who claims that I have the keys to death and hades, I am the alpha and Omega, I am the great shepherd. The greatest teacher sent by God same was  questioning his God why has he forsaken him?”

The Son of most High God emptied himself of Godly wisdom and brought himself down to the status of fallen mankind who struggle for answers  so that in Jesus we might receive the answer to all our questions with the fullness of Godly wisdom and understanding.

Please notice that Jesus didn’t say “Father why have you forsaken me but my God my God, why have you forsaken me?” During His ministry Jesus addressed God as his father. “Father, if this is your will that I should drink this cup then let your will be done.” When he brought Lazarus back to life, He said, “Father I thank you that you have heard me.”  When Jesus turned five loaves and two fish for food for 5000, He said, “Father, I thank you.” The night before the crucifixion, He said , “Father the time has come to glorify your son.” Then why did he had to say “My God My God why have you forsaken me?” instead of “My father, My father why have you forsaken me?”

God, the father can never leave us. Its his divine love that made him sent his son down to the earth to redeem mankind from their sins. He is always with us.  Father as a loving father never left Jesus alone. But father as God left Jesus alone to bear the consequences of sin of mankind. Its like that a father who is a judge. When his son commits a sin, he has to punish the son despite being a loving father. Likewise, God had to let Jesus fulfill the prophesy that was spoken by David in Psalm  22, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?”

By forfeiting his right to say “father” at that moment on cross, Jesus has given all of us greatest right to call God our father all the time.

God’s kingdom is built on revelation and prophesies. And there is a set time to fulfill those prophesies. Jesus was in intense pain for three hours but he had to wait for the appointed time for the fulfilment of the prophesy which was revealed to David by God.

God has revelations and prophesies for all of us and he has set an appointed time for their fulfillment. We need to wait for the appointed time and be careful that we don’t try to go ahead or after God’s timing.

How can we know what prophesies have been made for us? Revelation comes by digging deeper into the word of God by spending time in his presence. The more time we spend in God’s presence, the more we know how he speaks, and what he means when he says something. Spend time by focussing on Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith. Don’t think that you will know about God’s plan for your life if you rush in his presence. Give ten percent of your time to the Lord and he will reveal the things of his heart that will be too much for you to keep. Not just that He will fill you with wisdom, understanding and patience to wait upon his timing so that you may find your destiny in Christ.

My righteous one shall live by faith

Hebrews 10:37-38, “He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith.”

God demonstrated the fullness of his love once and for all when he sent his son Jesus Christ to the earth. But the demonstration of love doesn’t stop there, every day God reveals the deep secrets of his love to people so that they may know Him more. His mercies are renewed every morning that enable us to stand before him and worship Him with renewed faith, hope and love. He  feeds his people every day with the fresh bread made by the revealed word through Jesus Christ, that strengthens us to walk in the way of his divine will.  God has full authority in heaven and on earth and in his love, He fabricates circumstances in response to our prayers so that you may come closer to him and enjoy the fullness of life in the seen and unseen world.

A righteous man or woman who ponders on the work of God knows that God’s love is beyond every fibre of human understanding. Someone who has started walking in the direction of God’s love knows that the father loves him regardless of the way he expresses his love. Sometimes, God answers our prayers instantly but other times, there might be a delay that God uses  to make us stronger in faith. 

Abraham experienced the love of God and he knew that God doesn’t lie even though his promises might take long to fulfill. Abraham saw the unseen God and started walking in the direction of the promised blessings and God blessed him in both heavenly and earthly realm. Abraham was not only blessed with a son but was also called the father of all those who come to God in faith. Abraham, by waiting patiently and walking in faith , was rewarded richly by God and was called “righteous” in God’s divine presence.

Worldly righteousness can be attained by good works by Godly righteousness comes by trusting God and focusing on his word.

Unfavourable circumstances try to make us fall from our position in Christ, but those who meditate on the love of God are greatly strengthened in their times of need. The word comes to rescue us when the negative forces and life situations come to destroy our peace. Word sent help is near but it won’t work in the life of the one who has never experienced the power of the word of God in his life? How can you trust something or someone in your time of need when you have never taken time to build love and trust relationship? Word given help is only for those who study it, meditate on it and try to stand on it even when its hard to stand. 

Once a love relationship is built with the word of God, trust develops that enables a child of God to stand on the unseen ground of the word of God.

The one who stands on the word, in season and out of season, is rewarded by the father just as Abraham was.

What a joy! The one who is declared righteous before God is entitled to have access to the fullness of the promised blessings! My just shall live by faith, says the Lord.