Sermons on Righteousness

The Armor of God Part 2

THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS Ephesians 6:11-17 (NIV) Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes . . . that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place. The Breastplate of Righteousness is to protect your heart. Satan…

Written On Your Heart Part 3

THE LAW OF THE SPIRIT God’s law was never the standard for salvation. God’s law is the standard for personal freedom. Romans 13:8-10 (LBP) If you are loving others you are measuring up to the standard that God’s law has always been seeking . . . . If you really love, you will measure up to the whole law without even thinking about it. Jesus saves us, the Holy Spirit fills us, the Father’s love frees us. Romans 5:5 (CEV)…

Breastplate of Righteousness Part 3

THE SOURCE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS The purpose of righteousness is to put us in a relationship with God that: Inspires confidence. Removes fear. Makes available all God’s blessings and promises. John 3:19-21 (CW) What condemns people is not the fact that they’re in darkness but that they don’t accept the light. People don’t want to be told that their natures are evil [thanatos vs zoe], so they don’t come to the light, because they’re more comfortable with darkness than with light.…

Breastplate of Righteousness Part 2

THE PURPOSE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS The Breastplate of Righteousness produces peace, rest, confidence, security, boldness, no fear, no terror, no oppression. Romans 8:30 (LOVETT) God called those whom He fore-ordained. He also justified them, making them as righteous as Jesus. Easton’s Bible Dictionary—Justification: “The judicial act of God, by which he pardons all the sins of those who believe in Christ, and accounts, accepts, and treats them as righteous . . . . In addition to the pardon of sin, justification…

Breastplate of Righteousness Part 1

THE BLESSINGS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS Proverbs 28:1 (NIV) The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion. Isaiah 32:17 (NIV) The fruit of that righteousness will be peace; its effect will be quietness and confidence forever. . . . the effect of righteousness is rest and security for ever. – JUB The Breastplate of Righteousness produces peace, rest, confidence, security, and boldness. Isaiah 54:14 (TLV) In righteousness you will be established. You will be…

What Matters Most Part 2

OUR LOVE WALK (GOD, SELF & PEOPLE) Philippians 1:9 (CP) This I pray: that your love [agape] may keep growing until you have such understanding and keen perception that you can sort out the truly important matters. Only agape love can bring clarity to what matters most! Matthew 22:36-40 (NLT) “Teacher, which is the most important commandment.” Jesus replied, “’You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the…

Sin No More Part 3

LEAVING SIN BEHIND—The Spiritual Side 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (JOHN) When anyone turns to Christ, the veil is removed . . . . This is God’s Spirit at work and wherever the Spirit of God operates, he sets persons free. With the veil lifted from our eyes we see the ultimate purpose of God [sons and daughters] reflected in Christ, and as we keep this vision before us we are continually transformed by it. We move from one area of fulfillment…

Sin No More Part 2

LEAVING SIN BEHIND—The Natural Side 2 Peter 1:3-5 (NIV) His [God’s] divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:5-8 (NIV) For this very reason, make…

Sin No More Part 1

FORGIVENESS AND FREEDOM John 8:2-3 (TPT) At dawn Jesus appeared in the temple courts . . . in the middle of his teaching, the religious scholars and the Pharisees broke through the crowd and brought a woman who had been caught in the act of committing adultery and made her stand in the middle of everyone. . . . The Scribes and Pharisees dragged in a prostitute whom they had tricked into adultery so they could use her to confront…

Identity & Relationships Part 3

Forming the Right Identity 1 John 3:1-2 (NIV) See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are . . . . We are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. There are four main building blocks of identity:…

Cross To The Throne Part 3

The Laws of Identification In Jesus’s earthly walk He was our example. Jesus revealed what a man spiritually alive unto God could do. However, in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus changed roles. He became our substitute, stand-in, and agent. Romans 4:25 (FD) When we acknowledge God as the awesome power who restored life to Jesus, we recognize He made His Son our stand-in and agent; as our stand-in he paid the death penalty due us by law for our crimes.…