Monday, January 7, 2013

Hungry For Righteousness?

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Hungry For Righteousness

Matt 5:6--“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (NKJ)  The forth beatitude speaks of those who crave righteousness.  Our wanton society promotes the craving of many destructive ideas and practices, but cannot be accused of promoting righteousness.  The world glorifies sin, because Satan, the prince of this world, is in the deceiving and destroying business.
One example of the work of Satan is the attempted exclusion from our schools of the study of Jesus and the Bible.  It seems that many well meaning (by their own standards) people think that allowing the study of Jesus and the Bible in our public schools is a violation of the first amendment of our constitution, the so called separation clause.  But the same amendment guarantees that the government will not prohibit the free speech of individuals. 
However, there are powerful influences moving our public education more and more in the direction of humanism and atheism.  Those of us who crave righteousness need to speak out against the influence of Satan in our government.  When people reject the righteousness of God and decide to do things as they think best, according to human wisdom, disaster will follow.  Those who reject the righteousness of God will come up empty. They sow to the wind and will reap a tornado.

But those who crave righteousness will be filled.  Jesus came that we might have an abundant life.  Life does not consist primarily of the physical things of life; but peace, joy, contentment, hope, faith, and love are blessings that fill the cup of those who trust in the Lord.  As David said in the 23rd Psalm; “my cup runs over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
Mary, mother of Jesus, said this, Luke 1:46-53: "My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.  For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; for behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.  For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.  And His mercy is on those who fear Him from generation to generation.  He has shown strength with His arm; he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.  He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted the lowly.  He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.”
God fills those who hunger for righteousness, and He sends away empty those who trust in themselves.  Jesus said: "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”   (Matt 7:7, NKJ)  When we crave righteousness, we will be drawn to Jesus, Who is the righteousness of God revealed in human flesh.  When we hunger for righteousness, we hunger for Jesus.  As Apostle Paul wrote, Phil 3:8-11-- “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.”

Jesus can satisfy our deepest craving, the desire to be perfect and righteous.  Those who trust in Him will not be put to shame. 

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