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A REWARDING way to live!

Updated: Oct 3, 2023

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When you hear the word righteous what do you think?

Do you think it means being perfect and not making any mistakes? Or do you believe it means no longer having a fun life?

Righteousness is neither of these. Righteousness is having a right relationship with God and living in a way that pleases Him. And it is doing what is right (1John 3:7).

Once you fully understand how advantageous being righteous is, you’ll want it for yourself.

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome [not difficult, not oppressive, and not undesirably restrictive].

— 1 John 5:3 (ESV)

Being righteous is more than just living the right way. Having this gift and quality attracts and gives you several things (Philippians 1:11). It gives you a life others could only dream of!

Righteousness brings blessings and favor. Psalm 106:3 says, “Blessed are they who see justice, who always do righteousness.”

It gives entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven and access to everything that’s in it (Matthew 5:20, 6:33).

You’ll experience ultimate satisfaction and will no longer feel empty inside (Matthew 5:6). You’ll live relaxed and be at peace because you’re fully dependent on God (Romans 1:17).

The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16). When a righteous person prays it has amazing results. Whatever is asked with faith will be successful.

Proverbs 10:24 NIV says, “What the wicked dread will overtake them; what the righteous desire will be granted.”

Also, in the same way Moses had God’s full attention, you'll have it too (1Peter 3:12, Exodus 32:9-14). Psalm 34:15 ESV says, “The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry." If you’re considered righteous, then your prayers have power (James 5:16).

"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."

— Malachi 4:2 (ESV)

Being righteous gives you strength to maintain in the times that we’re living in and allows you to live a sustainable life in an unstable world.

Proverbs 13:6 tells us the quality of righteousness helps us to stay blameless (Proverbs 11:5-6, Genesis 6:9).

"In the path of righteousness is life, and in its pathway, there is no death."

— Proverbs 12:28 (ESV)

Righteousness is more than just doing things right. It grants us a life of blessings, favor, and empowerment.

Mathew 5:6 says when you hunger and thirst for righteousness, you’ll be satisfied.

Another highlight is knowing whatever a righteous person desires will be granted, allowed, or accepted.

A righteous person is grounded and established. They’ll never be replaced, removed, or knocked down in life—enabling them to live life fearlessly.

Proverbs 10:30 TLB says, “The good shall never lose God’s blessings, but the wicked shall lose everything.”

When you strive for righteousness, something starts to happen inside. You’ll notice you will not easily do things you shouldn’t do. Wrong ways or behaviors will start to matter. And the desire to change and do better will become important.

Righteousness is God's nature and it's the job of righteousness (God) to correct us. Malachi 3:3 NIV gives an illustration of what righteousness (God) does. “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness.”

We see in this Scripture that God's role is to refine us until we become individuals who are righteous (in right standing). This refining process burns off the dirt and mess off our soul, self-conscious, affections, emotions, desires, and passions. And it stops the cycle of wrong habits and sin.

It removes the impurities and unwanted elements from us, and carefully improves us by making small changes to eventually make us right.

Then we begin to shine and become the light of the world and like a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14).

God wants us to be blameless, guilt-free, and without blemish amid a sinful world—where you’ll shine as a light amongst people (Philippians 2:15).

Daniel 12:3 ESV says, “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.”

When you have light, you become intelligent, smart, sharp, alert, and have God’s power pulling out of you with intensity. Whatever you do, it’ll be brilliant, excellent, and effective.

You’ll perform well at everything. You’ll display exceptional talent. You’ll become outstanding, impressive, and exceptionally good. Even your own well-being will exude God’s presence as you live in joy, love, and full health.

You’ll have overwhelming amazing qualities, and all this is possible because you have allowed yourself to be well polished by God.

When God refines you, He removes all the unwanted stuff out of you. These can be bad characteristics, things that were passed down through your generation, and in general sin.

But this is just a piece of what it is to have the light in you and to walk in it. You'll have influence and effect other people.

There’s much more and you can have it all if you decide to have a relationship with Christ, and then you put yourself in a position to never walk in darkness again.

Your place of surrender will become your place of change.

We’ll do all that it takes to make the relationship we have with our partner last and excel. We should have this same intensity and passion for our relationship with God.

When we humble ourselves and admit to God the type of person we really are, and show Him how badly we need His help, then we’ll shine like the sun in His Kingdom (Matthew 13:43).

Living a righteous life is important to God and should not be taken lightly because you’re more effective to the world based on your lifestyle than what you say.

This Scripture passage shows you how a righteous person thinks and acts:

“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.”

— Isaiah 33:15-17 (ESV)

This Scripture says a righteous person doesn't profit from injustice or exploitation. They're not someone you can persuade dishonestly or illegally.

They're not interested in hearing gossip or slander. They refuse to listen to those who plot murder. Shut their eyes against contemplating evil. And hate what is evil and only entertain and invite what is good (Romans 12:9).

Because of their refusal to participate in what's wrong and evil, their reward is living a higher, more excellent, victorious life. Having protection, safety, and provision. And they will behold God is His glory.

Righteousness puts you in perfect union with God where you’ll live life according to His will.

Since God's nature is righteous, the more you get closer to Him the more you’ll be aware of your weaknesses and sins. It's not done to condemn you; it’s done to get you to the place of holiness (1 Peter 1:16).

To be holy means we must conform more into His image, and this cannot be done without righteousness. It’ll take time, but you’ll notice the change as you move from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18).

Anything that dominates you controls you and what you become dependent on.

Romans 6:14 NIV says, "For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace."

Do not let your bad desires, cravings, habits, or ways become your master. And do not be a slave to the flesh but instead master your flesh.

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord, then you have authority given to you to overcome. Luke 10:19 NIV says, “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.”

Serpents and scorpions are symbolic for evil and satanic powers and influences. Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground (Ephesians 6:13).

Being saved is just the beginning. DAILY we must seek and strive to live a holy righteous life (Isaiah 55:6, Hebrews 12:14).

There are things God wants to share with His loved ones (you), but you must walk in His will to be shown things that are beneficial to your life. (Jeremiah 33:3).

As you make the decision to live a righteous life change starts to happen inside you as you become a person of influence to those around you, your family, your community, and the world. We should be change-makers and world changers.

Who we are in Christ

We are living building-stones for God’s use in building His house. We are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation (set of people), a peculiar (different, unique) people that should be showing out the praises of God who has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light. We are created for His own possession who proclaim His excellency (1 Peter 2:5,9).

Who we are should be seen in our lives. Every area of our life should have God's approval. And our lives should be bringing God glory.

The Kingdom of Heaven is a real place that is perfect and full of love. A place of sheer bliss with the direct unfiltered presence of God.

Living life with God and for God feels good!

Don't listen to the voice of the enemy that tells you living for God is restricting, boring, or hard. Or that you are missing out on life.

At first it can be hard because your flesh is resisting (Galatians 5:16-17, Romans 7:21-25, Romans 8:5). However, when you push through, you'll find out 'for yourself' how amazing your life will be afterward.

Experience God for yourself...

When you see photos of food, it causes a spike in your appetite that creates hunger enticing you to want to eat. If all you can do is see the food and do not taste it, then you will not know how truly savoring the food is.
When you travel or go on amazing trips, you can taste, feel, smell, and enjoy the experience firsthand. Those experiences create lasting memories...and will affect you in a way that pictures or videos cannot do. And as effective as a video or photo is in encouraging you to travel, it will never replace being there.
Do not be limited to another person’s view of an adventure. When you live experiences or life vicariously, you are experiencing something indirectly, making someone else’s encounters feel like your own. Move from the place of curiosity to knowing.
It is like reading a romantic book. Your thoughts are captivated as the words take you to places you can almost feel, sensing the romance, suspense, and appeal. But as emotionally satisfying as the book may be, all it will be is a book, a good read, and a fantasy. It will only be a mental image until you meet that person who will take it from imagination to reality, and it is the same with God. — An excerpt from It's OK To Be Single

Go after righteousness, then you’ll be attractive to others who eventually will want it too.

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A call for salvation

When you accept Jesus Christ as your Savior, His spirit will come to live inside you. This is one of the greatest blessings of salvation. You don't have to go through someone else to get to God, and He will live in your heart where you and Him become one and have a relationship.

All you have to do is make the choice of salvation by repenting of your sins and accepting Jesus into your life by confessing that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that He came from Heaven to die for your sins (Romans 10:9).

Here's a prayer that you can say to get saved:

Jesus, I confess that you are Lord, and I believe you died and was risen for my sins. I have sinned against you, and I repent and ask for forgiveness of my sins, and I accept you as my personal Lord and Savior. Come into my heart and wash away my sins with your blood and make me clean, and I receive you by faith as my Lord and Savior. Thank you for forgiving me and making me into a new person—in Jesus's name, Amen.

Once you have done this, please pray and ask God to guide you to a ministry where you can grow, mature, and start living the abundant life Jesus promised and died for.

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