Choosing Righteousness

Our hidden thought patterns manifest openly through our words and actions. Our heart is designed to be a reservoir of God’s word, hidden to keep us from sin. Psalm 119:11 says, “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”
No one ‘makes’ us put anything in our heart. It is always our choice. We can choose to obey God’s word or reject it. We are not robots but living hearts, created for communion with the Lord of Lords.
He gives His righteousness to those who believe. 2 Corinthians 5:21 says, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Amazing grace! Isaiah 61:10 says, “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness…”
This is who we are. We are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. We are covered with the robe of His righteousness. We are a living testimony of the One who died for us.
As my friend, Tom Griner, just said: we need to speak out of who we are, because that is where the anointing is. Not some canned speech, but a walk of righteousness that sets us apart as His.
Here is one of my favorite verses that helps me monitor my steps. Psalm 85:13 says, “Righteousness will go before Him, and shall make His footsteps our pathway.”
David had a great prayer that I have made my own. Psalm 25:4-5 says, “Show me Your ways, O Lord; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; on You I wait all the day.”
Unrighteousness, according to Romans 1:18, says that it suppresses the truth. Who are we? Truth seekers. David had a faith-statement. Psalm 27:8 says, “When You said, Seek My face, my heart said to You, Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
One who walks in righteousness (conforming their thoughts, purpose, and actions to God’s will) has a seeking heart–a heart that follows hard after the Lord. Their heart thirsts to spend time in intimate communion. There is a burning desire to emulate the Lord by walking in truth.

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