To avoid drifting away and losing heart, to continue to rest in right standing (righteousness), whether we “feel righteous” or not, before God and man, we must acknowledge that the Word of God is living and active every day, even during the dark days when we think that we are walking alone and that God has abandoned us. This journey is, in a word, faith.
How does a man become righteous before God? Many might argue that one must follow certain religious rules, recite the perfect number of scriptures, or pray a specific prayer to become righteous in His sight. But to understand what righteousness is, how to obtain it, and how to avoid drifting away from it, we’ll need to understand how the kingdom of God operates. But before I lose you on the whole righteousness thing, know this: righteousness in its simplest definition simply means, being in “right standing.”
“Prepare a war rouse the mighty men! Let all the soldiers draw near; let them come up! Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears; let the weak say, I am a mighty man! “ [Joel 3:9-10] The word “rouse” means encourage, inspire, and motivate. In the verse above it means to stir up, revive, and awaken via remembrance what God has done for us; to galvanize and renew afresh what He has called us to do in this world...
None of us know what tomorrow may bring. We make plans, book appointments, keep schedules, and move forward towards our goals and objectives. But when our plans change and our dreams are dashed away through no fault of our own, we need to remind ourselves that God is still in control. Maybe the detour you are on is not a detour or a setback at all.
Maybe it’s the exact path God wants you on at this particular time.
Father God, Creator of the universe and Architect of all things, both above and beneath the Heavens, hear the prayers of the Faithful in Christ, as we ask for forgiveness for falling asleep on our watch. Our nation, as well as, many nations of the world, have lost our way and desperately need Your guidance and wisdom to correct our course...
Can only one man, one family, one community, or one nation really make a difference today?
Not long after God created humankind, His forbearance ran out, and He decided to bring a cataclysm upon the earth. He selected a man named Noah to undertake the world’s first shipbuilding project. First, He told Noah what He planned to do.
Have you ever noticed that the most compelling, engaging, and inspiring stories or testimonies tend to have a lot of drama, conflict, and adversity in them? In the movies, if a character doesn’t emerge stronger, victorious over whatever challenge he or she was facing, the story fails to inspire.
In James 1:5 the Bible says, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach.”
How awesome is that! Generously AND without reproach!
A difference maker is willing to step out of his or her comfort zone, take a risk, and trust in God. When a difference maker finds that the current circumstances are out of his or her control, they pray. When they find the circumstances are under control, they plan.
Who hasn’t heard the story of David and Goliath? David: shepherd boy turned giant-slayer. But before he became known throughout Judea, all of Israel, and around the world as a mighty man of valor for his most courageous and noble battle in the valley of Elah, he was a just a boy, the youngest of eight sons, and apparently, the least important in his father’s eyes.
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