Only Your Righteousness Will Sustain You
- Date: May 14, 2010
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: "Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death. The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness." (Proverbs 11:4-6)
- From Friends
This Sword that comes in, and judges and discerns by the Word of God, not by proof texting. We are children of light, who run to the light, and have fellowship one with another, so that the blood of Jesus can cleanse us from all of our sin (1 John 1:7). Do you seek Father for His will before you make any kind of decision - - major or minor? If there is any concern at all, would you go to a brother and say, "Speak into my life directly, and tell me what the Word of God says about this decision that I am about to make?" I'm not talking about your deacon or a pastor; though that would be fine also. But aren't we to have the same care one of another? (1 Corinthians 12:25). Aren't we to edify one another? What am I saying? We need to protect ourselves in the community of the body of Christ by becoming intertwined with the body of Christ, being subordinate to the Head, Jesus Christ, in His body (the church). We need to stop having confidence in ourselves, which is contrary to everything that is in us. "Wouldn't that be admitting that I'm weak?" Yes and we are weak! What I have found is that I am not weak enough yet. My will is still stronger than it needs to be. My ability to work things out for my own personal gain, to maneuver and manipulate things, is still too much intact. I want to live in the place where I can say, "Without Him, I can do nothing" (John 15:5), "For me to live is Christ" (Philippians 1:21), and "Greater is He that is in [me], than he that is in the world" (1 John 4:4).
We are like Lot, but we don't know it. We are bound by our environment - - Sodom. Our minds are wearied by worries about finances, and we look to every secular, natural, way to safeguard ourselves against the crisis that's coming. It is coming; and there is no preparation for it. Only a man's righteousness is going to sustain Him in the hour that we're coming into (Proverbs 11:4 6). "Pastor, you keep saying that! Couldn't it be twenty years away?" Yes, and it could be tomorrow. If we are in the last days, where should we be making our investments: here, or in the things that are above? I'm more concerned with our coming to grips with our own hearts. We made mention of it the other day, for example, when we talked about tattoos, and we talked about how we dress. Has anybody noticed that skirts are getting shorter? What are we going to do? Why are you doing it? "We just think that it is cute." Then why, a month later, are they all wearing longer dresses? Why? Because the world was doing it. We need to stop lying to ourselves! We are part of the world. The Bible calls for us to dress modestly and that transcends every trend and every fashion. We can sit here and argue for hours, and people will get on their high horses, and the preachers will preach against it, and so on. I am not going to deal with lengths and widths and such. My concern is that we stop lying to ourselves.