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Righteousness, Peace and Joy


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Righteousness, Peace and Joy

Romans 14

Romans 14:17  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink;

but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

 

The 14th Chapter of Romans brings up the issue of judging one another over “meat and drink,” matters that are not about standards.

-- Whether to eat meat and drink wine that was offeblack to idols

·        The real issue was whether to offend other Christians with our liberty/righteousness.

·        Some believers were not offended, Others were.

·        So as to not offend the weaker Christian, they shouldn’t eat the meat.

 

But, our text verse says that the Kingdom of God is not meat and drink,

            But, righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

 

Righteousness – is not here the righteousness of Christ received at Salvation.

            It is the righteousness of Christians living separated lives for the Saviour.

Romans 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

 

Peace – is the certainty that comes over those who are saved.

·        It is the peace of God that comes to our heart when we have made peace with God.

Philippians 4:7  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

·        It comes over us when we suddenly realize that we no longer are destined to spend eternity in Hell!

·        It comes over us when we begin to fathom the delight and glory of Heaven, our new home.

·        It doesn’t come from owning vast amounts of land, houses and wealth.

·        It doesn’t come from becoming the president of the United States.

·        In fact, there is nothing else on earth that can give “peace.”

·        It comes to us

o       When we realizing that we are lost and undone,

o       Turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for help,

o       And get ourselves adopted by God,

o       With our names written down as His very own Children!!!

·        Then we get a peace that passeth all understanding.

 

Joy – is something that is given to those who get saved.

Psalms 5:11  But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.

 

·        It is given to those who get close to the Lord.

Psalms 16:11  Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.

 

·        It is given to those who are chastened by the Lord and turn from their sin.

Psalms 30:5  For his anger [endureth but] a moment; in his favour [is] life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy [cometh] in the morning.

 

·        It is given to those who have been witnesses and win souls.

Psalms 126:6  He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves [with him].

 

But, I believe, Righteousness must come before peace and joy.

            I believe this is found to be true:

In our Lives

In our Homes

In our Churches

            I believe that we must please the Lord before He will give us peace and joy.

 

I.                   We must please Him in the matter of a clean life.

2 Corinthians 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean [thing]; and I will receive you,

1.              At salvation there should be a turning from sin.

2.              In prayer there should be a confessing of sin.

a.                1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

3.              Sin should not find a home in the Christian’s life.

a.                If there is sin, un-repented of, God will not give peace and joy.

b.                God will chasten until the sin is gone.

c.                Revelation 3:19  As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

4.              Peace and Joy fill the heart when there is a right walk.

a.                Psalms 1:1 ¶ Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

b.                Psalms 1:2  But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

c.                Psalms 1:3  And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

 

II.                We must please Him in the matter of attending church.

Hebrews 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is]; but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

1.              We gather for preaching and teaching

a.                Ephesians 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

b.                Ephesians 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

2.              We gather for fellowship

a.                As in Heb 10:25 for exhortation.

3.              We gather for serving God.

a.                Acts 4:31  And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.

 

III.             We must please Him in the matter of giving.

2 Corinthians 9:7  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, [so let him give]; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

1.              It is the Lord’s money.

a.                Malachi 3:8  Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

2.              It should be given weekly.

a.                1 Corinthians 16:2  Upon the first [day] of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as [God] hath prospeblack him, that there be no gatherings when I come.

3.              It should be given at the Church.

a.                Malachi 3:10  Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that [there shall] not [be room] enough [to receive it].

 

IV.              We must please Him in the matter of witnessing.

Matthew 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world.

1.              Because it brings joy

a.                Psalms 126:6  He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves [with him].

2.              Because it brings fruit

a.                Matthew 9:37  Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly [is] plenteous, but the labourers [are] few;

b.                Matthew 9:38  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

3.              Because it is a shame not to

a.                1 Corinthians 15:34  Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak [this] to your shame.

 

Conclusion:

The greatness of a Christian is not determined by the size of his house, or the prominence of his career.

            But whether he has the peace and joy of the Lord!

The greatness of a church is not determined by the greatness of their buildings.

            But whether they have the peace and joy of the Lord!

This peace and joy comes at the expense of a surrendeblack life.

 

 

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