Isaiah 61-64, Psalm 120
We know from 2 Corinthians 5:21 that, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” We who have repented and accepted His free gift are now declared righteous, not by what we do, but by what He did. Paul describes this so clearly in Philippians 3:8-9, “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.”
Unfortunately, most studies on those who claim to be Christian show that statistically we look more like the world than Christ. Many studies have shown that divorce rates, pornography rates, etc are high among Christians. In Isaiah 61:10, he says, “…For He has clothed me with the garment of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness…” God has given us all we need to live the righteous life we and He desires of us. But, we who are saved, must decide if we are going to put this robe of righteousness on daily. We can be saved, but live a life of despair and unfulfillment. We have to ask ourselves that if our lives were represented by a pie, are we giving God a small piece, or are we allowing Him to be the filling which permeates every area of our lives. The sanctified and fullness of life can only be experienced if we choose to abide in Him and His Word continuously (John 8:31-32, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free). James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Jesus says this so beautifully in His beautiful prayer in John 17, especially concerning us Verse 20-23. He wants us to be one with Him, as He is one with the Father. So important is our decision to decide daily to put on this garment or robe or breastplate of righteousness that Paul says that the “breastplate of righteousness” in Ephesians 6:14 is part of the armor of God to withstand the attacks from Satan and the rest of the demonic world.
Contrast this with the world’s righteousness. In Isaiah 64:6, he says, “But we are all like an unclean thing, And all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags…” The word for filthy rag used here refers to a used menstrual garment. Isaiah, a tremendous prophet of God realizes that in his own strength, in his own power, all of his “good” deeds amount to nothing. God sees our hearts. God knows the motives behind our do-gooding, our volunteering, our giving, etc. God’s solution to this dilemma is in Isaiah 64:8, “But now, O Lord, You are the Father; We are the clay, and You are our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.” God doesn’t need us, but He loves us and can use us if we would empty ourselves of our own righteousness, and be that clay or that empty vessel that God can use and pour His righteousness into. The world needs revival, and we can be His instruments for this if we allow Him to use us in His strength.
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