Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.
((Acts 3:21 NIV)
The relationship between God and humankind was disrupted in the Garden (Genesis 3). There were consequences related to that disruption, and steps have been taken by God to restore that relationship.
With much of what is taking place in the world today, natural disasters, earthquakes, wars and rumors of wars, political and national upheaval it is important that we know and understand what God is doing in the earth. The earth is groaning under the weight of sin. Darkness and evil have greatly increased. Humankind now call good evil and evil good. Yet, in the midst of these dark times, the glory of our God will rise upon His people.
The Lord has been releasing a work of restoration within the Body of Christ to restore righteousness to the earth.
The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous, and his ears toward their cry. (Psalm 34:15 RSV)
Who are the righteous and what is righteousness? As our verse above indicates, God sees and listens to the righteous so it would be in our best interest to have a biblical definition of righteousness.
What is righteousness?
Righteous is one of the chief attributes of God. The Hebrew words tsadiyq (Strong’s #6662) is translated as righteous, and yashar (Strong’s #3477) is translated as upright.
Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (Psalm 32:11 RSV)
Righteousness is the fulfillment of all legal and moral obligations. It consists in doing what is just and right in all relationships; “…keep justice and do righteousness at all times” (Ps. 106:3; cf. Isa. 64:4; Jer. 22:3; Ezek. 18:19–27; Ps. 15:2).
In the Old Testament, a prophetic cry for justice went out against Israel, Judah, and the surrounding nations. The prophets conceive of the ideal society in terms of righteousness (Isa. 28:17; 60:21; Jer. 23:5–7; Hos. 10:12; Zech. 8:8; Ps. 7:10; 18:25; Dan. 9:24) and spoke out fervently calling the people back to a position of righteousness. I believe a similar prophetic call is being released today calling the people of God to return to righteousness.
Righteous acts result in social stability and ultimately in peace: And the work of righteousness shall be peace (Isa. 32:17; cf. Hos. 10:12).
In part 2, we’ll look at what the Holy One is doing to restore among His people so that they will be a display of His glory!
Clothed in righteousness
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.”
Living Purposefully: Reigning In Life
We REIGN in life through Jesus Christ!
Romans 5:17 says because of the trespass of one man, Adam, death reigned, yet how much more will those who receive God’s abundant provision of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through Jesus Christ. Grace is the unmerited favor that Christ offers to everyone who will simply say “yes”. Righteousness means “right standing with God”. God sees us as righteous.
As Christians, you no longer have to continue to be ruled by the devil, sin, sickness, poverty, fear, and bondage. You do not have to go through life this way until you finally make it into Heaven. We can reign in the hear and now! Paul said we “reign in life.” We have the authority to rule and reign and have dominion in our life—in the life we have here and now!
Some of you might think or say, “Well, I’m not reigning and I don’t see very many people ruling and reigning in life.” I understand how you feel. One reason is that this truth hasn’t been proclaimed or taught in some Christian settings. Hosea 4:6 says, God’s “people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Inferring that if God’s people had knowledge of who they really are in Christ, of who God is, and of the rights and privileges of their dominion—they wouldn’t be destroyed. Often, we reason within our minds is that we do not realize the authority that has been given to them, and Satan exploits that.
Many times Christians think Jesus is going to do everything for them; they do not realize they have a part to play. Romans 5:17 says we can reign. Jesus conquered sin and death so that we might reign in life. The idea of reigning carries the thought of ruling, of dominion, and of having authority. You have received: abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness that enables you to reign over sickness and disease, poverty, emotions, anxiety, and bondage to fear. If you don’t know what you’ve received, you’ll be hindered in reigning.
Don’t be discouraged. The potential to reign in life is good news!
It is possible to exercise a kingly dominion in our lives. According to Romans 5:17, “reigning in life” is available to those who receive it! It’s for those who “receive” grace and God’s gift of right standing. To “receive” is the opposite of striving, working for, earning or deserving. We don’t have to strive; we just need to receive what Jesus has done.
The Father wants His children to reign in life. Those who receive an abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness will reign in life. Receive it! Claim it and take hold of God’s abundant grace and His free gift of right standing by faith and watch your life enter a new dimension in the Spirit!
The theme of Romans is the “righteousness of God.” In the letter or epistle to the Romans Paul tells how we can be right with God, ourselves, and others. He also explains that one day God will make creation right, solve the “Jewish problem” and bring peace on earth. Paul’s epistle to the Romans won’t tickle our flesh, as a matter of truth it might make you say ‘ouch’, but in the process it will transform your life. related articles:
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Paul’s Commission was to take the Gospel to the Gentiles (nations). The Gospel, good news of Christ is the power of God to everyone who believes (Rom. 1:16b). The one message that has the power to transform men’s lives!
Romans 1:17 is the key verse of the letter and the focus of this message. “This gospel unveils a continual revelation of God’s righteousness—a perfect righteousness given to us when we believe. And it moves us from receiving life through faith, to the power of living by faith. This is what the Scripture means when it says:“We are right with God through life-giving faith!” (Rom. 1:17 TPT).
In the Old Testament, righteousness was by works, but sinners could not obey God’s Law and meet His righteousness demands. In Romans 1:17, Paul is referring to Habakkuk 2:4. This same verse is also quoted three times in the New Testament: Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; and Hebrews 10:38. As God’s covenant people, we are the righteousness of God in Christ. The same power that rose Jesus from the grave lives in us!
We are living in a crucial time in history. God is restoring righteousness in the earth and calling His covenant people to live holy before Him.
Why is there a need to restore righteousness in the earth? To restore means to bring back (a previous right, practice, custom, or situation); reinstate. The Old Testament uses terms such as ‘restore’ and ‘renew’ to image God’s control of history and the believers spiritual life.
At the end of 2016, I wrote a post titled 2017 – The Power of “Re” which I am refreshing.
Earlier this year the Spirit led me to write about the Book of Romans. The theme of Romans is the “righteousness of God”. I believe these post topics are significant because the moral decline in the church and nation is rampant.
Many Americans are concerned about the decline in moral behavior and rightfully so. In today’s climate there is a difference in the view of morality than existed generations ago. We have shifted from a world where right and wrong mattered to do as you please. Our culture has lost its moral and ethical roots. Many Americans have chosen to redefine the meaning of morality to justify their self-indulgent lifestyles. The moral compass continues to decay to a point where good is call evil, and evil good. Including our political system. It has become popular to Tweet your disdain for others exemplified by a few of our newly elected Congress members. The lack of respect is unbelievable.
Most of the moral decay can be attributed to our country increasingly opposing God over the years in favor of secular humanism. We have opened the doors welcoming corruption, hatred and violence into our country with open arms.There are more scandals, more acts of corruption and violence, hatred and racism on blatantly on display than we’ve witnessed in years. It is an act of evil to accept the state of evil as either inexorable or unstoppable. People do as they please, not realizing it is an affront to God, or that the oppression of man is a insult to God (Prov. 14:31). The way people act is a disgrace, and it must not go on forever.
The world is full of iniquity, injustice and idolatry. God demands justice and will execute it. Justice is God’s measuring line and righteousness the plumb line (Isa. 28:17). All of His ways are justice. He is just and right (Deut. 32:4; Psa. 119:137). He is the source of right, judges all things, and shows no partiality (Deut. 1:17). He is a God of justice (Isa. 30:18), He is righteous, and loves righteousness (Ps. 11:7). God is the righteous judge who always gives justice when we bring our case before His throne (Jer. 12:1).
“Righteousness is not just a value; it is God’s part of human life, God’s stake in human history. The Prophets page 253
It is time to wake up, America, lest America become another example of a great nation ultimately destroyed by moral decay and an abandonment of Christian precepts and duties. It starts with the church, God’s covenant people.
Kingdom of God
Righteousness and Justice
There are two key Hebrew terms that reflect God’s righteousness and justice. The two key terms are tsedakah (tsedek) and mishear.b
Those who rest in their own righteousness are deceiving themselves.
Power of Righteousness
Righteous Living (Positioning)
Benefits of Righteousness