But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; …

It is only by His righteousness we stand.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” John 11:44

I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, Isaiah 61:10

Seeking His Righteousness BY faith.

What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Romans 4:3

Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:…..Romans 3:22

This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.

And be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ--the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. Philippines 3:9

See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright– but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness. Hab 2:4


…”By His Stripes we have been Healed”

When Christ entered our heart, our spirit became healed, whole, and complete. But our soul (mind, will, and emotions) takes a little longer to come into alignment with the Word.

A perfect example. …we often view ourselves as broken when in fact the Word tells us that, “By His stripes we have been healed.” This is a spiritual healing.

Our soul needs to come into alignment with our spirit and the Word, not the other way around. So should we believe we are broken or healed?

We renew our minds with the Truth. What we believe matters because Life is found not by how we feel but by His Word.

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Roman 12:2

In Fight or Flight, We always Stand

At first glance Jesus and the apostles appear to be pretty docile. They were often subjected to unfair and unjust treatment, and never really seemed to “fight” back. Sometimes they would even flee from dangerous situations.

We read verses like,

But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. Matt. 5:39


But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Matt 5:44

On the surface they seem to convey a submisive and passive way of being. But given some consideration, I find the reality to be quite the opposite.

The Bible is not instructing us to submit to sin or sinful people, but to stand on God’s Word/Truth and submit to God..

I truly believe we will never fight harder or suffer more as when we choose by standing up for Truth and stand against sin. That’s is what we see in the life of the Jesus and the apostles.

Wheather in fight or flight may we always Stand.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Tim 4:7

How do we identify ourselves as Sinners or Saints?

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. 1 John 8-10

We have all sinned and no one is saved except by God’s grace, but do we define ourselves by our old nature (sinners) or as new creations in Jesus Christ (saints)?

Keeping in mind,

“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Cor. 5:2

Apostle Paul often addressed those who are in Christ Jesus as Saints, but

*I’ve noticed we often refer to ourselves as sinners.

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints,….

So what does “saint” mean,

The word translated the Greek “ἅγιος” (hagios), which derives from the verb ἁγιάζω (hagiazo), which means “to set apart”, “to sanctify”, or “to make holy”. Wiki.

In Christ, our sins have been washed by the blood….

.…. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God. 1 Cor. 6:11

Sin is now outside of who we are in Christ.
Jesus answered, “Those who have had a bath need only to wash their feet; their whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.”

So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Philippines 3:9
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. Isaiah 61:10

And to stand, it is by His rightouseness. It is part of our armor.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

The accuser likes to remind us of our sins, trying to keep us living under the Law of sin and death.

But Faith in action says…

Our sins have been washed by the blood. We are no longer under the law of sin and death, but under the law of Grace. We have become new creations in Christ and our righteousness is of Him!
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD. Isaiah 54:7

Our identy is in Him!

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

How often do we submit to the manipulation of other people? And when we do, we are doing just the opposite of this verse.

Manipulation is a form of witchcraft. We know the enemy works through people. Never allow other people to control you. We are to be led by the Holy Spirit. Don’t drinking the Kool-Aid; It’s a slow fade. Question everything you hear and read. Don’t assume others “know” better than you. Don’t assume they feel and think the same a you. Watch for red flags..fear, guilt, shame, belittling, controlling…

A good test …Do they respect your “no?”

Trying to prove yourself –

“If you are really a Christian you would”…

Remember this

“If you really are the Son of God”…

Don’t try to prove yourself to people. By doing so you are submitting to their judgement…you are putting them in the position of god over you.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

No one likes salt in their wounds or to stand in the light of another.

However neither were put into place to condemned, but bring about the healing.

The use of salt water can be traced back to the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians, all of whom used it to treat cuts, wounds, mouth sores and skin irritations.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.