Australia Kneels : Week 7 – Day 4

Coming into an intimate place of Communion with Jesus

The Garden Catalogue For Today

Ps Susan Hammer – Cry of an Eagle Revival Ministries (South Africa)

Communion Reminds us of the Resurrection

Click Here for the Notes from the above communion session.

1Cor 15:34 

Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. 

Col 2:11

In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ:

1John 3:2-7

2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. 
And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure. 
4  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
5  And ye know that He was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin.
Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sins has not seen Him, neither knows Him.
7  Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous. 

This I Believe (The Creed) Song by Hillsong Worship

Our Father everlastingThe all-creating OneGod AlmightyThrough your Holy SpiritConceiving Christ the SonJesus our Saviour
 
I believe in God our FatherI believe in Christ the SonI believe in the Holy SpiritOur God is three in OneI believe in the resurrectionThat we will rise againFor I believe in the Name of Jesus
 
Our Judge and our DefenderSuffered and crucifiedForgiveness is in You
 
Descended into darknessYou rose in glorious lightForever seated high
 
I believe in God our FatherI believe in Christ the SonI believe in the Holy SpiritOur God is three in OneI believe in the resurrectionThat we will rise againFor I believe in the Name of Jesus
 
I believe in YouI believe You rose againI believe that Jesus Christ is Lord(I believe)And I believe in YouI believe You rose againI believe that Jesus Christ is Lord
 
I believe in God our FatherI believe in Christ the SonI believe in the Holy SpiritOur God is three in OneI believe in the resurrectionThat we will rise againFor I believe in the Name of Jesus
 
I believe in God our FatherI believe in Christ the SonI believe in the Holy SpiritOur God is three in OneI believe in the resurrectionThat we will rise againFor I believe in the Name of Jesus
  
For I believe in the Name of JesusFor I believe in the Name of Jesus(We believe in Lord Jesus)
 
I believe in life eternalI believe in the virgin birthI believe in the saints’ communionAnd in Your Holy ChurchI believe in the resurrectionWhen Jesus comes againFor I believe in the Name of Jesus
  
I believe in God our FatherI believe in Christ the SonI believe in the Holy SpiritOur God is three in OneI believe in the resurrectionThat we will rise againFor I believe in the Name of Jesus
I believe in God our FatherI believe in Christ the SonI believe in the Holy SpiritOur God is three in OneI believe in the resurrectionThat we will rise againFor I believe in the Name of JesusFor I believe in the Name of Jesus
Praise you, LordWorship you, Jesus
Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Benjamin David Fielding / Matthew Philip Crocker
This I Believe (The Creed) lyrics © Hillsong Music Publishing Australia

The Fruit of Resurrection Life is Righteousness

Matt 6:33  

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

As we come aside into the presence of God, like where David says there’s not a place he can go where he could flee from the Lord’s presence, we encounter Him. Psalm 139:7

So true, isn’t it?

What does it mean to live righteously?’

Likely, you’ve heard this Latin phrase before. Composers like Johann Sebastian Bach would write it at the bottom of their music. These beautiful words mean, “to the glory of God alone. 

The pastor at the first church my husband and I attended years ago gave us a book called the Westminster Shorter Catechism. One truth it states is: 

“Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” 

All of life is to be lived for the glory of God.

To live a life that gives glory to God alone, we must study the Word and hide it in our hearts. We need to be diligent to abide in the Lord, pursue Him, and pursue His righteousness. When we abide in Him, we’ll yearn to spend time with Him, sit at His feet, and learn from Him. Understanding how to pursue righteousness starts here.

This is where pursuing righteousness begins.

 

WHAT IS RIGHTEOUSNESS?

We are made righteous in the eyes of God by the blood of Jesus. Through His death and resurrection, and our acceptance of that free gift, our sins are forgiven and God sees us as righteous. This is called justification.

Here’s another big word: sanctification. Sanctification means “set apart”. Those in Christ are set apart for God to live holy lives unto Him. But, sanctification is also a process— one of the continual work of the Holy Spirit in our lives to help us grow in the Lord and become more like Christ every day.

And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

— Philippians 1:6

Our behavior and conduct should show the world that we are set apart for God, living for Him— not living for the world. The Lord is working in our hearts and in our lives to draw us closer to Him and mold our character to be more like His.

BIBLE VERSES ABOUT RIGHTEOUSNESS

The word righteousness appears almost 300 times in the NASB version of the Bible, and this doesn’t even include the number of times we simply see the word, righteous. Needless to say, the Lord has a lot to tell us about this topic. I encourage you to study the many “righteousness “ verses in their context to grow in your understanding of what this truly means for us as believers.

Here are a few Bible verses about righteousness that stick out to me.

PROVERBS 21:21

  • One who pursues righteousness and loyalty finds life, righteousness, and honor.

1 TIMOTHY 6:11

  • But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness.

PROVERBS 21:3

  • To do righteousness and justice is preferred by the Lord more than sacrifice.

MATTHEW 6:33

  • But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided to you. -Matthew 6:33

As you can see, these Bible verses about righteousness call us to pursue righteousness, do righteousness, and seek righteousness. But really, how do we do that? Let’s dive into it.


INSTRUCTIONS FOR LIVING RIGHTEOUSLY

Pause for a minute with me, and take a look at the start of Psalm 1:

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night.

— Psalm 1:1-2

As we pay attention to the progression in these verses, we see: walk, stand, and sit. We can be mindful of the company we keep, but we also need to be mindful of how long we are in the presence of things not honourable to the Lord. 

Once we start walking in bad counsel, eventually we get more comfortable and cease movement— which leads to standing amongst it all. And, once we’re comfortable enough to stand and hang out in wicked ways, we sit, relax, and take it all in— and before you know it, we’re also exhibiting those behaviours.

We can truly live only if we rely on the Holy Spirit and follow His guidance in our lives. And, that takes some good decision-making on our part as well.

HOW TO PURSUE RIGHTEOUSNESS: 11 BIBLICAL TIPS

By ‘ A Woman Created on Purpose’  –  13 Feb 2024 

Although you are ultimately made righteous in God’s eyes due to the acceptance of Christ as your Savior, you still live in freedom and can choose whether or not you are actively pursuing a lifestyle that is comparable to that of righteous living. 

So, how can you conduct your life in a way that gives glory to God? 

Grab your Bible and take a look at Psalm 15. This Psalm provides solid, practical answers, in the form of dos and don’ts, to the question:

HOW DO YOU PURSUE RIGHTEOUSNESS?

#1: YOU WALK WITH INTEGRITY. Pursuing righteousness leads to a lifestyle that exhibits integrity. You are committed to God’s ways, and you serve the Lord, not yourself.

#2: YOU WORK RIGHTEOUSNESS. Your deeds exhibit justice. You promote good, not evil.

  • Examine your life: Ask yourself, “What results flow from my actions?”

#3: YOU SPEAK THE TRUTH IN YOUR HEART. Your speech exhibits reliability, honesty, and the truth of God’s Word. When you’re a woman who is pursuing righteousness, your heart is settled and steadfast on the things of the Lord. Therefore, beginning in your heart, what flows forth should be what is pleasing to Him, for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart (Luke 6:46). Evil heart intents bring forth evil; but not so with those whose hearts are focused with the Lord and His treasures. You don’t lie, deceive or manipulate, even when it seems necessary or convenient.

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#4: YOU DO NOT SLANDER WITH YOUR TONGUE. Your words matter. It’s always best to uplift and encourage others, speaking things that edify, not tear down. Again, check your heart (Luke 6:44-46)! 

#5: YOU DO NO EVIL TO YOUR NEIGHBOR. I think there’s a good reason why Jesus said that loving your neighbour is the second greatest commandment (Matthew 22:39). It’s not good enough to just not do evil towards someone— you must also go the extra mile to be selfless and others-seeking, as you treat those around you with dignity and respect. 

#6: YOU DON’T TAKE UP A REPROACH AGAINST YOUR FRIEND. This specifically touches on gossip, which is equally wrong whether it’s toward an enemy or a friend. Gossip can be any discussion about someone who isn’t physically present in the conversation, including sharing things about them without their permission. The truth can easily be manipulated or misconstrued, even if it’s by accident.

Our words and actions should always exemplify grace. Oftentimes gossip can happen because there is a desire to put someone down, as opposed to offering grace over their shortcomings. Just as we’d like to receive grace for our shortcomings, we should offer grace to all we come into contact with— including those who may be presently gossiping! Let’s keep the focus on Christ and the fact that He shed His blood, which covers all of our sins.

  • Examine your life: When a conversation turns to gossip do you add a negative comment, or do you offer support and grace?

#7: YOU DESPISE EVIL. You see things for what they are—evil is evil. You hate the things God hates. You don’t allow yourself to walk with others in their wicked ways.

#8: YOU HONOR THOSE WHO FEAR THE LORD. You respect fellow believers. You give them grace and encouragement. You can encourage them with your actions and words in person, over the phone, or surprise them by sending a sweet card in the mail!

#9: YOU KEEP YOUR WORD AND DO NOT CHANGE. You hold yourself accountable, no matter how high the cost. 

  • Examine your life: Do others see you as reliable and trustworthy? Or do people doubt your follow-through? Do you hold yourself accountable for how you live for the Lord?

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#10: YOU’RE GENEROUS WITHOUT INTEREST. When you live righteously you can give freely, because you know the Lord is your provider. You can give and expect nothing in return.

#11: YOU DON’T TAKE BRIBES AGAINST THE INNOCENT. This means that you cannot be bought. Could someone pay you to compromise your integrity?

To sum it up, David concludes the Psalm with these final words in verse 15: “He who does these things shall never be shaken.” We are solid in our ways when we rely on the Lord in our daily actions and interactions.

 

LET’S PURSUE RIGHTEOUSNESS 

In terms of integrity and character, you could say the instructions in Psalm 15 are things the Lord expects of us as believers. These aren’t petty do’s and don’ts; they describe godliness in terms of a maturing character. It can perhaps feel daunting to view “all the things you have to do”; however, there’s no need to look at Scripture in this way. We study His Word. We sit at His feet. He desires intimacy with us and we pursue that intimacy. And, as we do, He changes us to become more and more like Him, being transformed into the same image from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). Intimacy with the Lord yields righteousness.

Let’s put our thoughts and actions in their proper place. Join me in using this Psalm (and all of Scripture), not as something to hang over our heads to condemn us when we don’t live up to it; but instead, as a means by which we can simply measure our character. With the Lord’s help and guidance, and our desire to remain faithful to His Word, we can pursue righteousness.

More Biblical resources available at:  A Woman Created on Purpose

Our Worship Song for the Week:

The Power of Your Love   Song by Hillsong Worship

Ps Jeff’s Special Today:  “Quick to anger

Today’s issue is quick to anger. Look at Ephesians 4:26,27, citing Psalm 4:4: Be angry, and do not sin“; do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil.” And this Truth is repeated in James 1: 19,20: So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” 

But righteous anger is an exception. Look at Yeshua/Jesus Himself, dealing with the Pharisees who were testing Him to see if He would heal on the Sabbath: ” So they watched Him closely, whether He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him. And He said to the man who had the withered hand, ‘Step forward.’ Then He said to them, ,’Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill ‘? But they kept silent. And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, ‘ Stretch out your hand,’ And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. ” (Mark 3:2-5).

Being candid with yourself and the Holy Spirit, is there any remnant of your old focus on needing to be angry as you relate to others ? Is there any old vow you made in this area that now needs to be removed? Do you think this is only applicable to the disciples 2,000 or 3,000 years ago? Do you have any residue of a residue of this issue for such a time as this? Was it connected to your upbringing as a child? Was it a family pattern in any way?

God bless you as you seek His Holy Spirit Wisdom and Comfort on this issue. May you go forward on His narrow path, “perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1).

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