Being Right Before God
KJV Isaiah 54:14 14 In righteousness shalt thou be established: thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear: and from terror; for it shall not come near thee.
God wants us to be established in His righteousness. If we are establish in His righteousness then Isaiah 54:14 tells us that we will be far from oppression, fear, and terror. There are great benefits when we are right before God. Righteousness just simply means being right before God or being in right standing with God.
If we want these benefits then we need to understand God’s righteousness and how to receive God’s righteousness. The following are a couple principles about God’s righteousness:
KJV Romans 1:16-18 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
1 – God’s righteousness is revealed not earned.
There is nothing that we can do to earn righteousness because we are not saved by works but by grace through simple faith in Jesus and what He did for us at the cross in His death and resurrection.
2 – It is from faith to faith.
It is a process that we go through. We are moving forward step by step in His righteousness receiving revelation after revelation.
3 – God’s righteousness can only be received by faith.
KJV Romans 9:30-33 30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. 31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.
So many times we think we have to do something to be right before God but 2 Corinthians 5:21 tells us that Jesus made us the righteousness of God. We have to receive that work that Jesus did on cross. We are not to have self-righteousness but the righteousness of God.
When we don’t get an answer to our prayers quickly sometimes we will ask God why he doesn’t answer because we go to church, pay our tithe, pray every night, etc. When we do this we think that what we do is what makes us right before God—self-righteousness. We need to understand that God’s righteousness is what we need and we can only receive that through revelation and faith in God’s grace over our lives.
Seek to be established in the righteousness of God not self-righteousness and be far from oppression, fear, and terror.