Just One Righteous

Jeremiah 5:1   (KJV)   5 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.

The presence of God’s people—upright, righteous, just and honest people can stay God’s Jeremiah 5.1 - Just One Righteousjudgment. God values the attitudes and actions of His people. Living for faithfully before God is never in vain.

We know God is just and fair. He sees everything we do. He sees and values the way we fight a good fight, how well we run our race, how we keep the faith. He knows how to bless and reward His faithful children. These blessings and rewards affect us individually, even nationally.

We never lose sight of God’s justice, graciousness, and love. He loves us, He will also judge everyone. He would rather spare us and bless us than judge, condemn, and punish us. So we live in Him, against the ways of the popular culture, against the sinful ways of the world. We strive to be as faithful as we can, reflecting our Father, loving others, treating them fairly, and honestly. Although the world continues to boldly and shamelessly march in unreserved ungodliness and immorality, we keep ourselves pure.

There’s so much at stake. Who knows, through us, though there be just a few, our gracious Judge may find it in His heart to spare our nations. We may be the remnant through whom God will ignite our nation’s spiritual awakening and revival. By then, we can boldly pray: “God bless America,” or “God bless our nation.”

Protection from Lies

Psalm 12:6   (KJV)   The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

God’s Words—His promises are true; they’re absolutely dependable. And that’s very comforting knowing He promised protection for His oppressed people. We desperately psalm-12-6-protection-from-liesneed the protection of the Almighty. We’re definitely the underdogs, sheep among wolves, the few who walk the straight and narrow. We’re the minority, and though we may be growing, we’re still way much smaller in proportion to those walking the broad way and entering the wide gate.

People living with no regard to His Words are increasing very quickly. To them, lying is a trend, a weapon they use to attack the righteous. There are those on the side of evil—knowingly or unknowingly—who are furiously against the godly. But God sees everything; He hears both their lies and our cries. And our powerful loving God promised to rescue us. I believe Him. We are and will be protected; we are and will be preserved.

Suffering Saints

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Mark 6:27   (KJV)   “And immediately the king sent an executioner, and commanded his head to be brought: and he went and beheaded him in the prison”

How many of our brothers and sisters throughout history have suffered because of their commitment to Christ? The mental torture of knowing you’re about to be killed, the physical pain–these combine together in horrible persecutions of the faithful. There are those of us who have it so comfortably in living out our faith, but this doesn’t diminish the truth that many of our fellow believers don’t have it so easy. They are under attack.

Day after day, Christians are under a tremendous amount of terrifying threats and situations in so many parts of the world. People who know not God the way we do ask, “Where is God in all this? How can He allow His people to undergo such suffering? Why doesn’t He rescue them everytime they’re in trouble?” Those questions are understandable, especially when born out genuine concern. But there are of course people we continue to pray for because they ask those questions out of spite for God who many of them claim they don’t believe anyway.

But those questions rise from more need of knowledge and understanding about our God. He’s a very good Father to His children, a very good Master to His servants. There’s no question about His rescuing power; He’s done it so many times–many of them in absolutely amazing miraculous ways. He can. But God never promised us a suffering-free life. The opposite is true: with all His blessings, rewards, grace, aid, and mercy, He declared that suffering is a part of Christian experience. And unless He comes, we will still experience physical death. The righteous suffers, the wicked prospers–this is a fact of life. But God’s ways can’t be contained in a box. There are also righteous people who prosper and wicked people who suffer the consequences of their wickedness. The sense in all this is found in the right perspective–not the earthly temporary sphere, but the spiritual eternal reality.

We don’t run after it, but suffering for our Lord is a joyful honor for us, and death is sweet; it’s a blessed experience–even in the Lord’s sight. Our suffering results in glory that far outweighs our suffering; our death is a transition from the imperfect, trouble-riddled temporal world, to the perfect problem-free eternal life. As for the pain involved; I pray that when/or if it happens, our sights and thoughts will be captured by the glory of the Lord as we see Him standing at the right hand of the Father, preparing to usher us into out eternal home.

Doubly Righteous

Revelation 19:8   (KJV)   8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Righteousness matters. We as people made holy by God are also made righteous by God. That’s the kind revelation-19-8-doubly-righteousof righteousness that’s all God’s work. We don’t have anything to do with it. When we grabbed hold of our Lord Jesus in full dependence on Him as our Savior and our Lord, He made us righteous. He gave us His righteousness, meaning, we are as righteous as He is. There is of course a different kind of righteousness, and that is, righteousness based on our deeds. We have a choice to do, think, say, and choose what’s right, good, and godly. We can walk righteously or unrighteously.

The fine, clean, white linen—the righteousness of saints is interpreted differently by Bible teachers. Some refer to that as positional righteousness—that imputed to us by God, void of any deed from us. Some believe it to be practical righteousness—the good deeds of God’s people. It could go either way, but it could be both. This is something that’s worthy of acceptance and balanced treatment.

Positional righteousness doesn’t prohibit practical righteousness. In fact, the opposite is true. As people made righteous by God, our walk ought to be righteous; our thoughts, words, deeds, and choices ought to flow from who God has made us to be. Our “doing” ought to naturally flow from our being. The tree bears its corresponding fruit. That’s why genuine Christians or impostors are known by the kind of fruit they bear. Our Father is righteous; there’s no right option but to live righteously. We understand that temptations abound and they will continue to come, but our minds are made up. Our beings have been reprogrammed; our spiritual DNA is that which is righteous. We trash and throw off everything evil, every fruit that doesn’t belong to a person made righteous. We have been made righteous, and we’ve got fruits—proofs to show it.

 

Glorious Death

Isaiah 57:1   (KJV)   57 The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to come.

Everyone passesIsaiah 57.1 - Glorious Death away; even godly people do. Death is an appointment every living being has, except for believers who will be alive when the Lord Jesus comes back for His church. Often, believers pass away unnoticed by the world. In fact, Christians are treated spitefully. Understandable; the world hates their Dad and Master; they will hate the Master’s children. It’s okay; we believers live not for the world; we live for our Father. Our Father is immeasurably good to us, infinitely powerful, and infinitely wise. Even death, when he allows His children to go through it, is an act of His love; it does wonders for His kids.

Our God watches over us. He’s closer to us than we can explain. He cares for us more than the world can understand. We’re on His side; His on our side. We bravely face everything life brings, even death, because even there, God crosses us through. We’ve humbled ourselves before Him in life, He exalts us after life. Oh, the incomparable comfort and assurance we have in Him. He knows how much we failed Him; He knows how we still fail Him. But through our Lord Jesus, He forgave us; he forgives us still. Now we have peace—even through the valley of the shadow of what others fear to tread.

So yes, it’s a joy and honor to walk uprightly—righteously before and for our precious Lord. We love God and honor Him with our lives. We love others, honor them, and treat them well—the way we want others to treat us. The world, not knowing it, is so much better because of us—humbly. We are its light, we are its salt; we dispel it’s darkness; we preserve it from corruption. It’s a given, evil will continue to increase. Not everyone responds well; not everyone wants to change; there are those who don’t even want to be helped. We don’t have control over others; we do with ourselves. As for us: righteousness rocks. It’s the best way to live here, and in the light of eternity.