Sowing in Righteousness
In last week’s article we saw that we are in the season of the establishment of the Kingdom, which implies the establishment of righteousness, and that the Kingdom is established in our lives by judgement and justice.
This week we will see that to be established in righteousness we must sow in righteousness in our daily conduct. When we sow in righteousness we will reap in mercy.
Hosea 10:12(KJV): Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the LORD, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
We sow in rightstanding by being quick to confess and forsake sin (Pro. 28.13) and reap mercy that will triumph over the judgement (Ja. 2.13) that the sin would have set into motion.
Proverbs 28:13(KJV): He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
James 2:13(NIV): because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!
We sow in rightdoing by daily prayer to receive the life of God and prayer in the Spirit to release a sufficient amount of the life of God into our souls and bodies (Rom. 8. 10-13), causing us to supernaturally walk in righteousness and holiness. When we do this we reap mercy to be faithful (1 Corinthians. 7.25).
Romans 8:10-13(NIV): But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation– but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,
1 Corinthians 7:25(KJV): Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.
Remember that judgements bring tribulation which puts patience to work. Patience or consistency causes our faith to produce the physical manifestation of God’s promises in our lives.
Romans 5:3-4(KJV): And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
James 1:2-4(KJV): My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Hebrews 10:36(KJV): For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
So use every trial or circumstance of irritation, worry and resentment as an opportunity to pray: acknowledge the Holy Spirit as a person asking Him for mercy to be faithful to overcome the trial or tribulation.
So, the judgements God allows to come into your life will not be stumbling blocks of offense but rather stepping stones of establishment in righteousness.