God’s Power Is Revealed In The Righteous

id-10039778“God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Behold, I have received commandment to bless: and he hath blessed; and I cannot reverse it. He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the Lord his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.” – Numbers‬ ‭23:19-21‬

It is a true saying that “if God be for you, who can be against you“. Yes the enemy, the world he rules, and all his minions will rise against you but they will not be victorious against one who’s trust is in the Lord unto obedience. In the above mentioned passage, King Balak begged Balaam to curse God’s people so that they might be weakened and he be able to destroy them from off the land. Though Balaam desires to do so for reward, he could not. Why not? The passage states, “because God did not find iniquity amongst them“. In other words they were obedient to the word and will of God unto righteousness. Therefore, the devil had no power against this holy people, for the King of kings was among them.

As long as they obeyed God’s instructions and commandments they walked in righteousness, and God walked with them therefor no one could come against them. Even when their enemies tried to curse them it turned around to bless them instead. However, the story takes a turn a bit later as the Israelites are enticed to partake in the sins of the land. They continued to go through the motions of serving God but also justified the sins of the land and the incorporation of them into their lives, and even into their worship and houses of God. When they chose to immerse themselves in the pleasures of the world, being part of it rather then being separate from it, they lost their righteousness (or right standing with God). God no longer stood with them for He will have no part with sin or the unfruitful works of unrighteousness, and since God was no longer with them, the enemy could now come against them.

“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” – 2 Corinthians‬ ‭6:14-18‬ ‭

Because the Israelites in this historical account chose to lay down their holiness for worldliness, they fell and many were destroyed. So yes, if God be for you no one can stand against you and prosper. However, God will only stand with those who stand for Him. Therefore, make no excuse for sin, seek God daily that you may know His righteousness and walk uncompromisingly in it, and in all things and in all situations stand for holiness, and a Holy God will stand with you.

“As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” – 1 Peter‬ ‭1:14-16‬ ‭

“The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.” – Proverbs‬ ‭15:29‬ ‭

“Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the Lord is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” – Psalms‬ ‭34:14-19‬ ‭

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