Psalm 11:3 If the foundations are destroyed, What can the righteous do?”
FOUNDATIONS REPRESENT MORAL AND POLITICAL STANDARDS
Prov 14:34 Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people.
Prov 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice:
but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.
Prov 28:1 The wicked flee when no one is pursuing, But the righteous are bold as a lion.
GOD ALWAYS LOOKS TO THE RIGHTEOUS!
THEY ARE REPRESENTATIVES.
HE HOLDS THE RIGHTEOUS RESPONSIBLE.
Gen 18:17 The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, 18 since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed? 19 For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.”
20 And the Lord said, “The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. 21 I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know.”
23 Abraham came near and said, “Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; will You indeed sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the fifty righteous who are in it? 25 Far be it from You to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous and the wicked are treated alike. Far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth deal justly?”
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE RIGHTEOUS?
IT IS THE ABILITY TO STAND IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD WITHOUT GUILT OR SHAME.
Rom 5:17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
Rom 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
YOUR RIGHTEOUS STANDING IS WHAT GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO EXERCISE YOUR AUTHORITY.
1 Pet 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous,
And His ears attend to their prayer, But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
WHO ARE THE RIGHTEOUS?
2 Cor 2:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
Gen 15:6 Abraham’s faith was counted as righteousness
WE RECEIVE WHAT JESUS DID FOR US AND WHAT HE DID MADE US RIGHTEOUS.
Phil 3:8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, 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,
OUR IDENTITY IS IN CHRIST…
WE HAVE TO HUNGER FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Matt 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Matt 6:33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
1 Tim 6:11 But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
WHAT DO THE RIGHTEOUS DO?
James 5:16 The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.
THE RIGHTEOUS HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PRAY
WE CAN STAND BEFORE GOD
Rom 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.
WE STAND IN THE GAP FOR THE LAND
Ez 22:30 I searched for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before Mefor the land, so that I would not destroy it; but I found no one.
A CHURCH RECOGNIZES ITS PLACE IN THE CITY… WE ARE LIGHTS… WE HAVE AUTHORITY… WE REPRESENT JESUS TO OTHERS.
2 Chr 7:14 and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
WE MUST TURN FROM OUR OWN THINKING…
Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “ But the righteous man shall live by faith.”