Sustaining Righteousness

An “ing” ending speaks to something that is always taking place “right now.”

Text for Today – Isaiah 59:16 – And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.

Thank God for the righteousness of God we have through faith in Jesus Christ.  It is so easy for us to think of righteousness as a position, and it is.  But it is much more.  When we consider the cost of righteousness for each of us, it was very high, and to achieve it, impossible for us.  We had to have help achieving that position. 

For instance, try this sometime.  Assume a slightly difficult position (posture, or pose, such as standing on one foot without holding on to something), and simply try to hold it.  How difficult is it to maintain that position?  If it’s difficult to maintain that position, think how difficult it is to maintain the impossible position of righteousness in God.  So, how can it be that the believer can maintain that impossible position?

The answer is in identification, not position.  You see, righteousness is more than a position; it is a person. The Word teaches that YOU are the righteousness of God.  Scriptures also teach us that righteousness works.  A position doesn’t work, and in fact, may alone prevent work.  What the believer needs is a sustaining righteousness, not a sustained righteousness.  In other words, the believer needs a talking, working righteousness that can produce peace and assurance constantly, and not the memory of a righteousness that once brought peace and assurance.  Thank God, ours is a sustaining righteousness.

I love to read about the speech and work of righteousness in Romans.  Thank God it speaks to the issue of the fullness of our salvation.  Righteousness speaks the Word of God, confessing the Lordship of Jesus Christ over every situation in our life, spirit, soul, and body.  That is the sustaining work of righteousness.  When you face sickness, the righteousness of God speaks the Word of faith over it.  When you face financial difficulties, the righteousness of God speaks the Word of faith over it.  When you face any attack of the enemy, the righteousness of God speaks the Word of faith over it.  And in that speaking is your supernatural salvation by the “power of God unto salvation.”

Manna for Today – Isaiah 59:16-21; Romans 10:6-10; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21;    Isaiah 32:17


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