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THE RIGHEOUS - PART 4

THURSDAY 04 AUGUST 2022


As the righteous, we must develop a continuous sense of activating the promises of God concerning us and also stand in position of walking in light of them all, as we are being quickened by the Word.

Reference: Psalm 92:12-15 New International Version (NIV) "The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, "The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him."


The fourth promise of the righteous is that they will bear fruit in old age. Notice that there are two important aspects of this promise, although one aspect is not directly stated. The first one is that they have a guaranteed assurance of longevity, which implies that they have the right to live long. The second is that they will bear fruit in old age. You can't bear fruit in old age if you don't have access to long life. So this is a divine confirmation that we are so entitled to long life. However we must firmly believe that we deserve such special gift from God and rest on this timeless truth by developing a real confidence that wields our zeal of compliance to longevity. Remember that our righteousness is by faith and in the same manner, we must believe and walk in light of the gift of long life given to us by faith - as God's reward for the righteous. This truth is in accordance with Psalm 91:16 (NKJV), which reads, "I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation."


Since our promise of long life comes with bearing fruit in old age, it means that we are still going to be productive even in old age, as the outcome of a life planted and nurtured in Christ. So what kind of fruit does the Scripture mean here? Firstly, we must understand that we are planted by God to flourish like a palm tree and every tree produces a fruit of its kind. Since the word, fruit, suggests the product or result of a seed or plant, a life filled with the Holy Spirit will continually produce good fruit that will draw people to God, such as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Notice that in our referenced verses, it says, "they shall bear fruit", not fruits; the fruit has characters and those characters are what I listed above, which come from one source, the Holy Spirit. In a nutshell, they are all regarded as fruit of a life being lived for Christ and guided by the Spirit.


On the other hand, staying fresh and green denotes the appearance of sound health, sound mind and vigour, because the righteous know their God. This is why they will gladly proclaim, "The Lord is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him." Yes the righteous are designed for worship. No wonder the Psalmist says, "Therefore, be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!" (Psalm 32:11 RSV). When we enjoy true worship and have fellowship with God by direct communion with Him, through prayer, meditating on the Word and acting on the Scriptures, of course we become sensible to proclaiming His praise, which results in our continual joy. Shalom!


Scripture Reading - Proverbs 4:13; Psalm 91:16; Isaiah 32:17; Matthew 13:43.


Exuberant Declaration: I affirm that I'm righteous and my righteousness is of God. I'm not justified on the basis of doing but on the basis of believing in God and placing my faith in Christ. I'm supremely blessed and conditioned to live a long life and will bear fruit in old age. Hallelujah!




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