Before we move on to see what we must do in order to avoid the abortion of the tender child of righteousness conceived in our hearts when the will of God, which is expressed through His word meets faith in our hearts, let us first of all, in express and clear terms answer the question, “what is righteousness?”
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. …for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. …Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ ”….“Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.”… (Matthew 5:6).(Romans 14:17).(Luke 4:4).(James 2:23) (NKJV)
Righteousness is believing God, taking God at His word. It is investing enough conviction and trust in the will of God to let it replace your own will. Righteousness is first of all about how we think, for as a man thinks in his heart, so he is. That is why God made sure that righteousness lives within us, in our heart, so that from there it can affect every other aspect of our life, for out of the heart flows the issues of life.
The reason scripture says it is impossible to please God without faith is simple, if a “christian” doesn’t have the tendency to believe God, then where will the persons words and actions, dreams and ambitions come from? What will inform the persons decision and convictions? Even if he manages to find a way to “appear” godly in all these things, they will be fake. They will not be true to his heart, and God looks at the heart. For their hearts were not right or sincere with Him, neither were they faithful and steadfast to His covenant. [Acts 8:21.] (Psalm 78:37 AMP)
Righteousness is the quality of being fundamentally, perfectly and completely right. God alone has that quality. To be right in your character, for the state of your business to be right, for your health to be right, for your relationships to be right, for life to be right for you, you must agree with God through faith in all of them. That is righteousness. By the time our conversation gets through peace and to joy we will fully understand how to live as gods. But it begins with agreement with God, for two cannot walk together except they agree.
YOU ARE CHRIST.