Fruit of Righteousness

We are embarking on a new era.  Actually an old one, we are just making the swing back again;

like a clock coming back to 12:00.  We are coming to the point where more righteousness,

dedication, selflessness and commitment are required by the people of God.

 

This is to prepare us for the coming days ahead.  Only a righteous life will be able to “endure

to the end.”  Only a righteous life will sustain us and see us through.  God is so faithful!  First

He saves us or “calls us”, and then He prepares and equips us.  Next He works in us to

accomplish it “for it is God working in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure” (Phil 2:

13), by the power of the Holy Spirit that He has sent to us.

 

We are clothed with robes of righteousness, “I will rejoice greatly in the LORD,  My soul will

exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with

a robe of  righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride

adorns herself with her jewels” (Isaiah 61:10).  WE have the righteousness of Christ, “This

righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe” (Rom 3:22),

but we want to SEE the righteousness that we have come forth through us experientially.

We want to have His holiness, His love, His faith, His truthfulness, His courage and His

strength flowing forth through our lives.

 

We have been given the following promise in Matt 5, “those who hunger and thirst after

righteousness shall be filled.”  Filled with what?  Filled with His righteousness.  God sees our

pursuit for righteousness, and He knows the intentions of our hearts.  He hears our cries for

this righteousness.  There is an old song that says, “One occupation, one job to do, seeking

Thy kingdom, following You.”  Every born-again Christian should have a deep, burning desire

to become holy, pure and pleasing in His sight, fully surrendered to Him.

 

We say, yes and a-men!  I agree with this, but then fear sets in.  We fear what will be

required of us?  Perhaps we fear failure or perhaps we fear giving up what we hold on to as

most dear.  We fear the crushing, uprooting, pruning, purging of our lives from ALL evil.  We

limit ourselves by our fears, keeping us from entering into all that God has planned for us.

 

In order to have His righteousness flowing through us, we have to surrender our will to Him.

Our will has to be broken; even as a beautiful stallion full of potential to become a champion

must be broken.  He is otherwise useless to his owner, until his will is broken and yielded to

that of his master’s.  He must no longer kick, buck or fight, but instead YIELD to his master’s

control over every area of his entire life.

 

We struggle, resist and withhold; when instead we must come with a broken spirit and a

contrite heart.  THEN, Jesus can come in and be seated on the rightful throne of our hearts.

We need to remember that we are HIS temple, but it seems that most of us are still on the

throne.  He is the King and Lord, Who rightfully belongs on that throne instead of us in order

to rule.

 

Here is what happens when either self or Jesus rules from the throne.  If Jesus rules our

thoughts, then our thoughts determine our actions.  Our actions make our habits and our

habits form HIS character in us.  If self rules our thoughts, then our thoughts determine our

actions.  Our actions make our habits and our habits form our character.  Which would you

rather have?

 

Surrender the throne of your heart to His rulership and His will.  It is like transferring

ownership.  You know what a will is.  It is a document drawn up that states where all your

possessions will go, after you die.  We are to see ourselves as dead, buried with Christ,

having our WILL (all our desires and all that we have) transferred or willed over to Jesus.

 

There is a table spread out before the King.  On this table there is ham, turkey, prime rib,

crab, shrimp, lobster, wine and bread (not to mention all the desserts).  You come up with

your sack lunch.  The King (Jesus) says to you, “What do you have in your sack lunch?”  You

tell Him, “I have ½ of a dried-up peanut butter sandwich, 3 prunes and a box of stale

raisins.”  The King says to you, “I’ll tell you what, why don’t you give Me your sack lunch and

I will share with you all that is Mine on My table.  We will share it together.  Now Isn’t That A

Trade?  And yet, we literally STOP God from operating in our lives.  He owns the cattle on a

thousand hills!  We stop Him from giving and sharing with us because we won’t let go of our

peanut butter sandwiches.  How ridiculous is that?

 

He takes what we have and combines it with what He possesses.  He takes our diseases

and gives us healing.  He takes our bank accounts and opens the windows of heaven,

providing we are walking in the principles of His Word, in obedience.  He takes the sorrows

we carry and gives us His joy.  He takes our burdens and carries them Himself.  We can’t

out give or out-do our God!  He’s too wonderful and too great!  You can’t lose!  We really

have nothing to give to Him anyway; because all that we have, He gave to us in the first

place.

 

We must realize (KNOW) that we have already been crucified with Christ and that the old

self is DEAD!  We are now NEW creatures in Christ Jesus, with new natures.  The

transformation has already occurred.  We are FREE from sin, the flesh and the devil.  We

must do what the Scripture says in Romans 6, RECKONING ourselves as dead to sin,

realizing that we have been raised up to newness of life!  When we can see this, with our

mind, heart and understanding, then we can truly say, “I am crucified with Christ:

nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I

live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me” (Gal 2:20).  We

can then say, “SURELY Lord, THY will be done!”  When you can say that, then the struggle

is OVER.  The old man (our old nature) is defeated.  The worry inside of us stops.  The pain

of dying to our desire stops, because we are only given over to ONE desire; that of doing

His will in us and through us.

 

At that point, the righteousness of Christ comes forth and we find ourselves changing.  Our

responses are godly.  Our actions are loving.  No longer do we find that we defend

ourselves because, what’s there to defend?  We are DEAD.  We don’t react as though we

were alive to our old nature, because now we are ALIVE to the Spirit of God living within us.

 

The incredible benefit of all of this is that life then becomes a JOY to live.  We have perfect

peace inside!  Peace not as the world has, but as He gives to us in the midst of every

circumstance, because we are the beloved of the Father.  External things don’t seem to

bother us anymore.  We just yield the problem to our Father and go on.  Rich or poor doesn’t

matter anymore as we see that all the material blessings we have or want are only

temporary.  They can be lost overnight.  Our joy then is to do the will of the Father who

sends us to do His bidding.  It is exciting because we never know what He is going to have

us do next.

 

Jesus came 1st to rule over the mind, spirit and heart of man.  That is why it says, “The

kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:21) (after He has taken control of our lives).  When

you are surrendered to God’s will and His righteousness is flowing out through you, nothing in

the exterior matters.  The house could fall in.  Plans that get changed or disrupted don’t

disappoint us.  We have learned how to flow with the circumstances, instead of resisting

them or trying to manipulate them to our advantage.

 

Then the revelation (the light bulb that turns on in our minds) illuminates our understanding

and we realize that the “Kingdom of Heaven is Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy

Ghost.”  Living in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost is the best and most joyous

place a daughter of the King can possibly live in.

 

I am finding that the only way I can live and experience this is to be continually in prayer, in

the Word and in fellowship with the Lord daily.  If I miss these disciplines for very long; I lose

sight of all this.  If I get too caught up with this world (in whatever manner this may be)

perhaps with my favorite projects, hobbies or shopping, turning my thought and emphasis on

these things of the world, I lose sight of the IMPORTANT!  God must be our First Priority!

We must be continually in prayer and in His Word.  It is important that we turn away from our

fleshly desires and refocus our thoughts and actions on the things of God.  I can express my

love to Him each day as I clean my house, meditate on His Word, praise Him verbally

throughout the day, sing to Him, and thank Him continually for everything that He has done

and is doing for me.  These actions are forms of fellowshipping and communing with God.

As I read His Word and pray, He then begins to change me to the point where my desire is

to do His will.  Joy, peace and righteousness automatically flow out again.

 

He is so patient with us isn’t He?  What a fool I am to get all caught up with the things of this

world!  He is waiting for me to come to Him, offering myself to Him completely.  As I yield to

God, He does such incredible things in my life.  He is able to do far more than we can ask or

think.  “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,

according to the power that worketh in us” (Eph 3:20).   Praise His Wonderful Name.

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