Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Isaiah 31-34: The Effect and Result of Righteousness

Isaiah 32:17
Amplified Bible (AMP)
17 And the effect of righteousness will be peace [internal and external], and the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.

Effect and Result.

Effect- the power to bring about a result

Result- the conclusion brought about the effect of something

Righteousness works both effect and result upon our souls.  

Righteousness' effect yields both internal and external peace.  When peace reigns within our souls, external circumstances don't weld the full impact of negatively.  The external circumstance may remain labeled as "difficult," but viewing those difficulties through eyes of peace sees them as small compared to the bigness of Abba.  
Because internal peace stays the soul, external circumstances are not worsened by frantic attempts to gain resolution by human strength or wisdom.  Internal peace actually influences external tumult.  Peace is a powerful tool, which may itself resolve difficult external circumstances.  Internal peace flows from our souls into external atmospheres of distress providing relief to the situation and those involved.
Righteousness' result "will be quietness and confident trust forever."  The conclusion of the effect of righteousness is a quiet faith, which endures throughout our life on this earth and into eternity!  WOW!

Where can we obtain this awesome gift of righteousness?

Romans 3:22-25

Amplified Bible (AMP)
22 Namely, the righteousness of God which comes by believing with personal trust and confident reliance on Jesus Christ (the Messiah). [And it is meant] for all who believe. For there is no distinction,
23 Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory [a]which God bestows and receives.
24 [All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus,
25 Whom God put forward [[b]before the eyes of all] as a mercy seat and propitiation by His blood [the cleansing and life-giving sacrifice of atonement and reconciliation, to be received] through faith. This was to show God’s righteousness, because in His divine forbearance He had passed over and ignored former sins without punishment.

All we need to do is have a personal trust in Jesus.  It is Jesus' righteousness that poured out providing us with right standing with God.  This righteousness is a gift...we don't earn it by our "good" deeds and we certainly can't purchase it.  
Jesus purchased righteousness for us when He died on the cross for our sins for ALL have sinned and are falling short of His honor and glory.  

ALL of us!!!

Nice people are falling short. 

Nasty people are falling short.

Rich people are falling short.

Poor people are falling short.

All of us, fall short!!!

Jesus, we receive Your gift of righteousness, which effects both internal soul peace and external circumstantial peace.  Jesus we receive Your gift of righteousness, which results quietness and confident trust forever.  We do not judge circumstances based on internal emotions or external circumstances, but apply Your promise to our lives.  In the great and awesome Name of Jesus!  AMEN!!!

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