Being righteous means being in right-standing with God. We just talked about being oaks of righteousness and touched on how to be in right-standing with God.
It ties in directly with being under God’s authority. When we are under His authority, we know exactly what keeps us there (being in right standing) and what takes us from underneath it (not being in right standing)
We are no longer ignorant as we once were according to Romans 10:3 “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God.”
I know it isn’t easy to constantly try to figure out what keeps you under his authority and what takes you out from under it, but that’s at first.
We aren’t young Christians who have to figure out where the protection boundaries are. We know because we have spent many years in the Word and in His presence. We don’t follow them because we have to – God will definitely let you go out from under His protection, it will be stupid but he’ll let you do it. We do this, being in right standing with Him, because we want to – God wants you under His protection, it makes His heart happy when you stay under there. When you are in right standing with God.
Numbers 14:6-9 “But Joshua the sun of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes; and they spoke to all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying: “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us ‘a land which flows with milk and honey.’ Only do not rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land, for they are our bread; their protection has departed from them, and the Lord is with us. Do not fear them.””
Joshua was telling them that they would have the land if they ‘do no rebel against the Lord, nor fear the people of the land…’ and this is also applicable to us. We shouldn’t rebel against the Lord nor fear the promise ahead of us
Now what happens when something takes you out from under there, and you don’t know it? It could be un-forgiveness, it could be bitterness, it could be something that you’ve “hidden from the rest of the world that no-one will ever see,” or whatever else.
First: ask God to reveal that which is hindering your protection from being complete. For me I had to do something in order for God to work freely in my heart, flow through me onto the keyboard for lessons. I did part of it earlier that week and I was like ‘oh I’m fine now. I don’t need to finish’ and I pictured God as chuckling like ‘you silly girl. You know better.’ I tried for an hour to get going, to find the flow of the spirit and each time I tried God said “you know what you have to do” or “have you done this yet?” Finally I gave in and finished it out and after that I was free to open myself to God.
I had – unknowingly – had something blocking or hindering my ability to submit.
So after God has revealed this to us, what next? Well the answer is obvious – fix it!
Un-forgiveness fix with forgiveness.
Bitterness fix with forgiveness and root that out with love
Something hidden fix with bringing it to light in front our God.
When he reveals what is holding you back, he will also reveal to you how to fix it either through scripture or through revealed knowledge. Mine was both – I had scripture to back up what was revealed to me (the way) to fix my problem.
And don’t be stupid. Don’t make dumb choices that you know are wrong and just assume God will forgive you of them and nothing will happen – he will forgive you but there could also be consequences that you don’t see.
I’ve done that too and had to work hard to remedy those consequences, the work then at that point out-weighed the stupid thing I wanted to do and had done.
This is shorter than other lessons, but that doesn’t mean it is simple or easy. Your flesh can be quite stubborn, in case you haven’t run into this yet. Just wait, it will come out eventually. It’s our nature.
Be stubborn for God instead of your selfish flesh.