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Ezekiel 14:12-21… “The word of the LORD came again to me, saying, Son of man, when the land sinneth against me by trespassing grievously, then will I stretch out mine hand upon it, and will break the staff of the bread thereof, and will send famine upon it, and will cut off man and beast from it: Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD” (vv. 12-14, KJV). Four times this is said by the Lord (vv. 14, 16, 18, 20). These three men overcame the world, the flesh, and the devil. They were delivered by their own righteousness. Israel was exhorted to repent for their sins. Because they did not, four types of problems hit them: famine (unfulfilled desires, v. 13), beasts (demons, v. 15), sword (v. 17), and pestilence (v. 19). These are end-time problems. The world is full of perplexities. Righteousness delivers people from these four things. We must look at the acts of these three men…
Genesis 6:8-9… Noah overcame the world… He found grace in the eyes of the Lord. The world that he lived in was filled with violence, sin, demonic activity, and immorality. The imagination of man was inclined towards evil. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God” (KJV). The word “just” means “righteous.” He was declared righteous by God. He was perfect (i.e., there was no mixture of good and evil in him). He walked with God. Hebrews 11:7 teaches how Noah believed the word God gave him and that he prepared an ark to save his household. God has said to Noah that He was going to destroy the world by a flood. Noah and his family did not die when God destroyed the earth. He overcame the world. Noah was a righteous man and he became an overcomer. He was alive and well in an evil society. Righteousness saved him, covered him, and protected him. Righteousness will save you too.
Daniel 1:3-8… Daniel overcame the flesh… Daniel lived in times of great pressure. The Babylonian system was running the then known nations. Daniel purposed in himself that he would not defile himself by eating the king’s meat. “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself” (v. 8, KJV). Daniel overcame the flesh. He was a man with no blemish (v. 4). He would not eat that which was offered to idols. He was not going to drink the liqueurs of Babylon or partake of its pleasures. He overcame Babylon’s temptations.
Job 29:14… Job exercised a priestly ministry in his household… “I put on righteousness, and it clothed me” (KJV). The devil was after a man such as Job. He told God that he could take Job, and that Job would curse God after he got through with him. Job said that in the test and trial that the devil put him through, “My righteousness I hold fast, and will not let it go: my heart shall not reproach me so long as I live.” (Job 27:6). Believers will face increased demonic activity in the end times. Job trusted God in dark times, even though he couldn’t understand what was going on (Job 42:3). The devil had attacked God’s laws of preservation when he said that Job would give God up to save his life. The Christians in the early church suffered great persecution, and the devil used the same tactics that he had used on Job.
Ezekiel prophesied, “Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness” (Ezekiel 14:14, KJV). The New Testament teaches that the world, the flesh, and the devil are our enemies. The devil is in the spirit world, the unseen realm. 1 John 2:16-17… “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
Proverbs 10:1-32 gives us 14 blessings of and advantages of following righteousness…
V. 2… Righteousness delivers from death. V. 3… The Lord will not allow the righteous to hunger. V. 6… Blessings are upon the head of the righteous. V. 7… The memory of the righteous is blessed. V. 11… The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life. V. 16… The wages of the righteous is life. V. 20… The tongue of the righteous is as choice silver. V. 21… The lips of the righteous feed many. V. 24… The desire of the righteous shall be granted. V. 25… The righteous have an everlasting foundation. V. 28… The hope of the righteous is gladness. V. 30… The righteous shall never be shaken. V. 31… The mouth of the righteous flows with wisdom. V. 32… The lips of the righteous brings forth what is acceptable.
There are great blessings in righteousness. It starts with an acceptance of Jesus Christ in your life. In Genesis 15:6, Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness. Paul writes in Romans 5:1, that we are declared righteous (just) by faith, and it brings us peace with God through Jesus Christ. Renew your love for righteousness. Align yourself with heaven’s righteousness and you will not go wrong. Learn to love righteousness and see what it will do for you.
Pastor George Belobaba
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