Tag Archive | righteousness

You Will Know. Don’t Wait.

I am reading through Ezekiel right now and got curious as to how many times it is written, “Know that I am the Lord”. It may be preceded by “They will”. . . Or “You will”. . . Or “The nations will”. . . Or “Israel will”. . .
63 times in Ezekiel out of 77 in the entire Bible.

God desires His creation to know Him. Why? So He can pour out blessings, the greatest of these being salvation so we can spend eternity with Him instead of eternity in Hell, separated from the One who created us to know Him.

“You are My witnesses,” declares the Lord, “And My servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and believe Me And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me.
Isaiah 43:10 NASB

There is no other God. There is no other way. Eternity awaits those who seek eternal happiness, joy, peace, etc. found only through belief in Jesus Christ.

You need to know that one day you will bow and “know that I am the Lord” whether you choose to now in surrender and humbleness or later when you are judged and sentenced to eternal life in Hell. Remember, the choice is yours. You have no one to blame but yourself.

Do not tremble and do not be afraid; Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses. Is there any God besides Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none.’ ”
Isaiah 44:8 NASB

Who has performed and accomplished it, Calling forth the generations from the beginning? ‘I, the Lord, am the first, and with the last. I am He.’ ”
Isaiah 41:4 NASB

Pray: I confess that there is but one God, through whom I can be saved and I want to know that You are the Lord. Forgive me of my unbelief and living in sin. Help me to follow Your ways my Lord by seeking You continually through Your word, the Bible, and to seek a Bible believing church so I can know You more and grow in understanding and wisdom of Your ways. In the name of Jesus I pray, amen.

🌹I have sworn by Myself, The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness And will not turn back, That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance.
Isaiah 45:23 NASB

Continually Seeking Him, 

Sharon 

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3 John 11

Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.
3 John 11 NASB

God, it is sometimes so hard to live a godly life when all around me evil resides. I see it, hear it, and sometimes I am the receiver of it. I pray Lord God to be strengthened by the power of the blood to depart from evil and do good; to seek peace and pursue it so I will abide forever in Your righteousness. Help me Jesus to imitate good and practice righteousness as You have demonstrated. I want to be known as Your child by walking in Your righteousness Jesus practicing until I see You in all Your glory. Amen.
Psalm 34:14/Psalm 37:27/1 John 2:29/1 John 3:10 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

1 John 3:11-12

For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another; not as Cain, who was of the evil one and slew his brother. And for what reason did he slay him? Because his deeds were evil, and his brother’s were righteous.
1 John 3:11‭-‬12 NASB

Holy God of righteousness. You are all that is good. I worship You.
The battle between the righteous and the evil rages on. There are those who repay evil for good, opposing simply because of those who follow what is good. Jesus, You were sought and killed because You spoke truth, truth from the Father.
Jesus, my Lord and Teacher, thank You for showing me how to humbly love my brothers and sisters. You knelt before Your disciples and washed their feet. You said, “Truly, truly, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them”. Help me Holy Spirit to follow the example of Jesus and wash the feet of other believers — humbly putting them before myself. I pray Your extravagant love overflows to others through me. In Your Holy name and for Your glory, amen.
Psalms 38:20/John 8:40‭/John 13:12‭-‬17 NASB

🌹“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you”.
John 15:12 NASB

Continually Seeking Him, 

Sharon 

1 John 2:28-29

Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away (be put to shame before Him) from Him in shame at His (presence) coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born (begotten) of Him. 1 John 2:28‭-‬29 NASB

🌹Holy, holy, holy are You, Lord God, my righteousness, my confidence. Abide in me, Jesus.You are my life and on that day when You appear and my faith is made sight may I be bold and confident, not shrinking away in shame when I am revealed with You in glory. For whoever is ashamed of You and Your words in this adulterous and sinful generation, You, Son of Man, will also be ashamed of them when You come in the glory of Your Father with the holy angels.”

Father, forgive me for wanting to speak from myself, seeking my own glory. I pray I will seek Your glory, the One who sent Jesus, for He is truth, and there is no unrighteousness in Him. I stand bold in Your name Lord God, knowing I was born again, not of blood nor the will of flesh, nor the will of man, but of You, God. And because of this I will see Your kingdom O God and bow in praise before Your Almighty throne of victory! To Your righteousness and glory I pray in Jesus name, amen. Colossians 3:4/Ephesians 3:12/Mark 8:38/John 7:18/John 1:13/John 3:3 NASB

Continually Seeking Him, 

Sharon 

1 John 2:8,10

If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us.
If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.
1 John 1:8‭, ‬10 NASB

Holy, righteous, irreproachable, just God. You are worthy of reverent praise for You are sinless, matchless and a faithful God!
Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from my sin”? Certainly not I Lord. Forgive me for every time I think that I am able or the “one” who is without sin, self-righteous in my own eyes and yet deceiving myself. For it is written, “There is none righteous, not even one”. Cover me in the righteousness of my Savior who died for me so that I may walk in righteousness for His name sake. I have received His testimony and set my seal to this, that God is true. Your word is in me and I confess Your righteousness as the truth for all mankind. You are not a liar. Your word is truth! Hallelujah!! Amen.
Proverbs 20:9/Romans 3:10/John 3:33 NASB

🌹Thank you, Father, for the Word, Jesus, living in me through Your Holy Spirit!

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon 

Philippians 3:9

and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith,
Philippians 3:9 NASB

Righteousness in the law is to adhere to the law in obedience. Paul was righteous in adhering to the law being a staunch Pharisee, zealous for keeping the law even to the point of persecuting those who followed Jesus.
as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.
Philippians 3:6 NASB
and I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries among my countrymen, being more extremely zealous for my ancestral traditions.
Galatians 1:14‭ NASB
but only, they kept hearing, “He who once persecuted us is now preaching the faith which he once tried to destroy.”
Galatians 1:23 NASB
What shall we say then? That Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, attained righteousness, even the righteousness which is by faith; but Israel, pursuing a law of righteousness, did not arrive at that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as though it were by works. They stumbled over the stumbling stone,
Romans 9:30‭-‬32 NASB

Holy God, I bow in reverence to Your perfect righteousness. Forgive me for thinking and trying to earn Your righteousness by works.
Father, You sent Your only Son, Jesus, who knew no sin to be sin on my behalf, so that I can become Your righteousness, the righteousness of God, in Christ. It is by Your doing, Father, that I am in Christ Jesus, who became to me my wisdom and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption. How can I possibly thank You enough for my having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of You, God? Bless me Lord, I pray, by satisfying my hunger and thirst for righteousness found only in Jesus Christ, my righteousness. My Redeemer. This I ask in the righteous name of Jesus, my righteousness. Amen.
2 Corinthians 5:21/1 Corinthians 1:30/Philippians 1:11/Matthew 5:6 NASB

🌹If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
Romans 8:10 NASB
for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.
Romans 10:10 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon 

Philippians 2:3-4

Do nothing from (according to) selfishness (contentiousness) or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.
Philippians 2:3‭-‬4 NASB

God, in this world that is “all about me”, I confess my selfishness and empty conceit. I  pray I will not be selfishly ambitious but proclaim the name of Christ from pure motives. I pray I will obey the truth and run from unrighteousness to obey righteousness. I  pray, Lord God for Your church, that we will not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another but to be devoted to one another in brotherly love giving preference to one another in honor. May we be subject to one another in the fear of our Lord, Jesus Christ, in His name and for His glory, amen.
Romans 2:8/Philippians 1:17/Galatians 5:26/Romans 12:10/Ephesians 5:21 NASB

🌹Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. Each of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to his edification.
Romans 15:1‭-‬2 NASB

Continually Seeking Him, 

Sharon 

Philippians 1:9-11

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve (discover or distinguish between the things that differ) the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until (for) the day of Christ; having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.
Philippians 1:9‭-‬11 NASB

🌹Lord may You cause us to increase and abound in love for one another, and for all people. God fill us with the knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding and may we never cease to pray this for our fellow brothers and sisters. For we know that the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And the work of righteousness will be peace, And the service of righteousness, quietness and confidence forever. God, You will confirm us to the end, blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Your righteousness I shall find my confidence and I shall rejoice. Amen.
1 Thessalonians 3:12/Colossians 1:9/Galatians 6:8/Isaiah 32:17/1 Corinthians 1:8 NASB

Continually Seeking Him, 

Sharon 

Just Rejoice

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!
Philippians 4:4 NASB

Sometimes all we can do is throw our hands up and rejoice.

Sometimes it is easy. . . And sometimes it is hard.

When it is hard, rejoicing will refresh your perspective, lighten your burdens, and most of all redirect your thoughts, plans, motives, ideas, down heartedness, and eyes back to the One in whom we rejoice. Our Savior. Our Redeemer. Our Rock. Our solid ground. Our cornerstone. Our God! Our Everything!!

🌹GOD, I will rejoice greatly in You, my Lord. My soul will rejoice in my God; For You have clothed me with garments of salvation, and wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. In You, Lord God I will rejoice. In Jesus name, amen.
(Isaiah 61:10 NASB)

Continually Seeking Him, 

Sharon 

Proclaim the Light

Thus says God the Lord, Who created the heavens and stretched them out, Who spread out the earth and its offspring, Who gives breath to the people on it And spirit to those who walk in it,
“I am the Lord, I have called you in righteousness, I will also hold you by the hand and watch over you, And I will appoint you as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the nations,
To open blind eyes, To bring out prisoners from the dungeon And those who dwell in darkness from the prison.
Isaiah 42:5‭-‬7 NASB

Jesus, Light of the world, I will arise and shine for Your light has come and Your glory has risen before me. In Your hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind yet Your Light shone in the darkness and the darkness did not comprehend it. You are the Lord God, who upholds my right hand, Who says to me, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’
I pray for Your chosen people, a royal priesthood, a people for Your own possession, that we will be bold in proclaiming the excellencies of You who called us out of darkness into Your marvelous Light. Spirit of God who made me, breath of the Almighty who gives me life; Spirit of the Lord God be upon me, anoint me to bring good news to the afflicted; to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners by Your Almighty power. In Your name and for Your glory Lord God, amen.
Isaiah 60:1/Job 12:10/Isaiah 41:13/

John 1:5/1 Peter 2:9/Job 33:4/Isaiah 61:1 NASB

🌹Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself, The word has gone forth from My mouth in righteousness And will not turn back, That to Me every knee will bow, every tongue will swear allegiance. They will say of Me, ‘Only in the Lord are righteousness and strength.’ Men will come to Him, And all who were angry at Him will be put to shame. In the Lord all the offspring of Israel Will be justified and will glory.”
Isaiah 45:22‭-‬25 NASB

Continually Seeking Him, 

Sharon