Friday, December 3, 2010
Righteousness is associated with Joy
Hebrews 1:9 says, "Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows."
Because Christ Jesus the Son loves righteousness, He is anointed with the oil of gladness (Psalm 45:7). Righteousness is the opposite of looking pious. It is the opposite of misery. If we walk in righteousness, we'll abound with joy. We'll laugh and sing! Our homes will resound with laughter and gladness. Can you imagine the joyful atmosphere in the homes that are pictured in Psalm 118:15? "The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous." Psalm 68:3 says, "Let the righteous be glad; let them rejoice before God: yea, let them exceedingly rejoice."
Righteousness is associated with Boldness
Proverbs 28:1 says, "The righteous are bold as a lion." Don't you love that? Righteousness is the opposite of timidity and fear. If we are walking in righteousness we will not fear, but will be bold to proclaim God's truth and salvation. We will speak out like Peter and John did when they were commanded not to speak about Jesus, "Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard" (Acts 4:18-20).We will be like the disciples who spoke boldly for the Lord, whether they were in the synagogue or in the market place.
Righteousness is associated with Thankfulness
Psalm 140:13 says, "Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name." The spirit of righteousness exudes thankfulness. It is a spontaneous overflowing of praise to God, in the good times and in the bad. It also shows gratefulness to others. It is the opposite of grumbling and complaining.Instead of grumbling about your circumstances, thank God that He is in control and will never leave you or forsake you. Instead of
complaining about your husband, appreciate him. If he takes out the garbage, thank him. If he doesn't, praise the Lord anyway. If he helps you with the dishes, thank him. If he doesn't, be grateful for him anyway. Thank him for working hard to provide for you. Thank him for choosing you to be his wife. Thank your children when they help you. Forget thinking you are righteous if you have a complaining spirit.
Righteousness is associated with walking in Light
Psalm 37:6 says, "He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light." When we walk in righteousness, we walk in the light. We are transparent before God and before one another. The woman who walks in righteousness in her home has an open face, shining the light of the glory of God before her family. The righteous woman is the opposite of the one who thinks she is "righteous" but looks as though she has been baptized in lemon juice instead!
Righteousness is associated Authority
God gives His authority to the righteous. Proverbs 14:19 says, "The evil bow before the good; and the wicked at the gates of the righteous." The righteous woman guards over what goes on inside her home. She watches in prayer. She constantly checks her home for all inroads of the enemy. She knows that she will lose her authority if she lets the devil have even one little inch in her home. When our homes are filled with righteousness, we can walk in the authority God gives us in His name. When the enemy comes to the gates of our home, he skids to a stop! There is no foothold for him to enter. Do you remember the story in Acts 19:14-16 where certain men tried to cast out evil spirits like Paul, but instead they were overcome by the enemy and had to flee for their lives? We cannot have authority over the devil when there is unrighteousness in our lives; nor can we push back the enemy from our home if we allow unrighteousness to harbor in our home.