Wednesday, 23 April 2014
RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS IN PREPARING THE WAY FOR ENTRY INTO HEAVEN
This moment in time, The LORD is going to help us understand in a deeper way the meaning and the essence of two very key parameters/ “ingredients” for preparing the way for entry into heaven: Righteousness and Holiness.
So we will begin with Righteousness. And we will start by looking at what Righteousness entails:
1-Righteousness entails being in the will of The LORD. So those who are righteous are in the will of The LORD i.e. they operate in the will of The LORD by seeking and enquiring on the will of The LORD in every situation.
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
2-Righteousness entails being obedient to The LORD. So those who are righteous are walking in obedience to The LORD i.e. they follow The LORD’s instructions.
1st Samuel 15:22-23 ‘“But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams. For rebellion is like the sin of divination, and arrogance like the evil of idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”’
3-Righteousness entails following the ways and the requirements of The LORD. So this means walking on the path of The LORD and following His decrees and commandments.
Exodus 33:13 “If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.”
4-Righteousness entails walking in the light of The LORD Jesus Christ.
So those who are righteous are those who seek the light of The LORD and walk in it; and so The LORD shines His light upon their soul, spirit, mind, heart and body.
They have thus put aside the deeds of darkness. This we can read in the below bible verses:
Proverbs 4:18-19 “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like deep darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.”
Proverbs 13:9 “The light of the righteous shines brightly, but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.”
John 3:19-21 “This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”
5-Righteousness entails doing what is right before The LORD. So before those who are righteous do anything or make any step, they ask themselves: “Is this right before The LORD?”
Proverbs 21:3 “To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.”
6- Righteousness entails knowing The LORD i.e. the righteous know The LORD for they seek and inquire of Him.
Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.”
So from the above, it becomes very clear the essence of Righteousness in the walk with The LORD. So even Moses, the servant of The LORD embraced Righteousness in His walk with The LORD. So Moses sought and enquired of The LORD to teach him Righteousness so that he could enjoy the benefits and the fruits of walking with The LORD in Righteousness.
So in the below section we are going to highlight and share the benefits and the fruits of walking in Righteousness before the LORD:
(a)-Favour before The LORD: Those who walk in Righteousness before The LORD will find favour before The LORD.
(b)-Being in the presence of The LORD: Those who are walking in righteousness before The LORD will enjoy the presence of The LORD over their life and The LORD will even hear their prayers.
Proverbs 15:29 “The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.”
(c)-The glory of The LORD will be upon the Righteous i.e. they will be touched by the goodness of The LORD and will tap into/from the goodness of The LORD.
(d)-Mercy and compassion of The LORD: The LORD will have mercy and compassion upon those who walk with Him in Righteousness.
(e)-Those who are Righteous will rest i.e. the peace of The LORD will be upon them.
(f)-For those who walk in Righteousness, The LORD will know them by name for then they will be children and servants of The LORD.
(g)-The Righteous have a long life i.e. the everlasting eternal life.
The below bible verses explain this well:
1st Kings 3:14 “And if you walk in obedience to me and keep my decrees and commands as David your father did, I will give you a long life.”
Proverbs 11:30 “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.”
Proverbs 12:28 “In the way of righteousness there is life; along that path is immortality.”
(h)-The Righteous are a royal priesthood; for they reign with the King of kings, The LORD Jesus Christ forever and ever.
1st Kings 9:4-5 “As for you, if you walk before me faithfully with integrity of heart and uprightness, as David your father did, and do all I command and observe my decrees and laws, I will establish your royal throne over Israel forever, as I promised David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor on the throne of Israel.”
1st Peter 2:9-10 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”
(i)- The LORD feeds the Righteous not only on spiritual food but also on physical food
This is well stated in the bible verses below:
Proverbs 10:3 “The Lord does not let the righteous go hungry, but he thwarts the craving of the wicked.”
Mathew 6:28-34 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Proverbs 15:6 “The house of the righteous contains great treasure, but the income of the wicked brings ruin.”
(j)-The Righteous have the wisdom of The LORD and out of their mouth comes wisdom.
Proverbs 10:31 “From the mouth of the righteous comes the fruit of wisdom, but a perverse tongue will be silenced.”
Proverbs 10:11 “The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.”
So to find out how Moses the servant of The LORD walked with The LORD in Righteousness, let’s go to the book of Exodus 33:12-19 which states as follows: ‘“Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?” And the Lord said to Moses, “I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name.” Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”’
In this next segment, The LORD is going to help us in understanding Holiness.
Holiness means being set apart for The LORD in purity and cleanliness of the soul, spirit, mind, heart and body.
So, for one to attain this purity and cleanliness, there has to be cleansing, purification, washing up, refining, testing and sanctification through the blood of The LORD Jesus Christ; the Holy fire from the throne room of Heaven and the anointing of the power of The Holy Spirit.
This is the same purity and cleanliness that David the servant of The LORD sought as is stated in the book of Psalm 51:10-12 which states as follows: “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
So Holiness entails having a pure and a clean heart.
It is very important to note that only the Holy ones will be redeemed (Raptured into Heaven). These are the pure and clean in heart. This is well stated in the book of Isaiah 35:8-9 which states as follows: “And a highway will be there; it will be called the Way of Holiness; it will be for those who walk on that Way. The unclean will not journey on it; wicked fools will not go about on it. No lion will be there, nor any ravenous beast; they will not be found there. But only the redeemed will walk there.”
At the same time and in the same note, it is very important to remember that without Holiness no one will see The LORD. This means that for one to see The LORD by being allowed entry into Heaven, then they must be Holy i.e. having set themselves apart for The LORD in purity and cleanliness of the soul, spirit, mind, heart and body. And this is stated in the book of Hebrews 12:14 which states as follows: “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.”
For one to attain Holiness, it is also very important to note that their sins must be taken away (washed away) by The LORD by them Repenting of their sins. That’s why Isaiah the prophet of The LORD had to undergo this cleansing and purification and Repentance of his sins so as to attain Holiness (Purity and cleanliness) when he appeared before The LORD God Almighty during his call by The LORD. So The LORD God Almighty is Holy and He requires His servants and children to be Holy. All this is well captured in the book of Isaiah 6:3-8 which states as follows: ‘“And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”’
It is also in the same breath that when The LORD appeared to Moses and called Him, The LORD immediately showed him the standard of Holiness and made him aware of The LORD’s Holiness. This was an immediate message to Moses that he ought to be holy by attaining the purity and the cleanliness of the soul, spirit, mind, heart and body through cleansing, refining, washing up, purification and sanctification. This is well captured in the book of Exodus 3:4-6 which states as follows: ‘“When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.”’
PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IN ABSOLUTE REPENTANCE, RIGHTEOUSNESS, HOLINESS, TRUTH AND COMPLETE SURRENDER TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH). TIME IS ABSOLUTELY OVER; THE MESSIAH JESUS CHRIST IS IMMINENTLY COMING TO PICK HIS BRIDE!!!
I acknowledge today that you are LORD and savior of all mankind,
and today I have recognized my shortfall,
I repent and turn away from all sin.
Please cover me with your precious blood,
and establish your word in my life,
that I may be found in righteousness and holiness
and write my name in your book of life
and baptize me with the power of the Holy Spirit
in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
Shalom!!! Shalom!!! Shalom!!!