Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.
Proverbs 14:34

Sin brings a curse; righteousness brings blessings.

Psalm 112:1-3 tells us:

Praise ye the Lord. Blessed is the man that feareth the Lord, that delighteth greatly in his commandments. His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever.

Everywhere you see God blessing, righteousness is in place.

While the wages of sin is death, the wages of righteousness is life more abundant. There is a lot more pleasure in righteousness than there is in sin.

Prosperity! Promotions! Honour!!

But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. Mine eye also shall see my desire on mine enemies, and mine ears shall hear my desire of the wicked that rise up against me. The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.
Psalm 92:10-14

No matter the drought, the righteous shall flourish, his leaves will remain green. Job flourished by righteousness, everyone that practises righteousness, will flourish the same way.

There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil. And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters. His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
Job 1:1-3

Righteousness was the root of the height that Job got to. Evil must die in your life, so that the glory that God has mapped out for you will come out. Job became the greatest man; not through crookedness nor perverseness, but through uprightness and godly perfection.

He was scared of evil, he never touched it. He never played with it.

Look at Job 1:5

And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.

That he avoided evil suggests that he was living in the days of evil. But he never partook of it. Yet he became the greatest man in the east! You will not sell your birthright for a morsel of meat!

Righteousness announces promotions for the righteous. Who is righteous? Whosoever doeth righteousness. Joseph fled from sin! His trouble became his triumph. The prison yard became his palace. Even in the prison, he prospered!

Righteousness holds a guarantee for your prosperity. That prodigal son said, I will arise and go! And he arose and went. And every devil was looking at him go. He walked his way back into liberty and honour.

It's time to get back into honour. All the righteous I read about in my Bible were honoured. Potiphar's wife would have ended Joseph's ministry as a steward, but righteousness paved his way to the throne.

The king's rich food would have defiled Daniel and made him just a civil servant in that country, but righteousness exalted him. He wouldn't deny his God. No! Not even in the face of death! He walked gallantly into the den of lions, and righteousness preserved him (Proverbs. 11:3)! He ended up in the high places of the government of his time!

Honour has its root in righteousness.

See what Daniel 12:3 tells us:

And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness, as the stars for ever and ever.

So righteousness causes men to shine as stars. Oh yes!

If you truly desire honour, then wisdom demands that you also desire righteousness with a greater intensity. Let your desire for righteousness be more than your desire for honour. When righteousness is in place, honour is automatic.

All who stood for God in the scriptures, God stood by them! Daniel would not defile himself, God made him the king of the land. Joseph would not touch Potiphar's wife, God made him a king and a ruler in the land.

Friends, honour is guaranteed when practical righteousness is in place! Desire righteousness, honour will follow suit. It is automatic! No matter how many principles you put together, until righteousness takes its place, honour is not in view. Righteousness is the root of honour. When it's out of place, honour is out of the question.

Holiness is the cheapest way to the topmost top. You don't need to be crooked to become great. No! Job was a perfect man, he became the greatest in all the east. You don't need financial perversion or immorality to gain access to the throne. Whatever throne unrighteousness places you on, it is so it can bring you to utter shame at the end. Don't do it!

Listen, there shall be such magnetic, enviable liftings coming into the Church on the pedestal of holiness! We're on the lookout for testimonies of deliverances from corruption in these days we're in.

Friends, Righteousness exalts, but sin is a reproach to any people . Until we get out of sin, honour is not in view.

Every accomplishment in the Kingdom is borne of a desire. The lack of desire for righteousness is the reason for the captivity of sin. Where there's no desire, there's no accomplishment (Mark 11:24).

I want you to be wise. Since honour is an offspring of righteousness, then desire righteousness. Honour will locate you if you make your choice for righteousness and holiness.

The eyes of the Lord run to and fro through all the earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of anyone whose heart is perfect towards Him. So, God's eyes can enter any prison and pick up any man. God's eyes found Joseph. While he was in prison, God was organising promotion for him. Pharaoh in his dilemma asked:

...Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?
Genesis 41:38

See what happened:

And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck. And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
Genesis 41:41-44

Friends, when God's eyes find you, they will put you where He wants you to be. Righteousness is the shortest way to the topmost top. Stop that sin now, so it doesn't stop you tomorrow!

Beauty

Purity gives birth to beauty.

Let's look again at that Tommy Hicks' prophecy:

Slowly, this great giant began to rise and as he did, his head and hands went into the clouds. As he rose to his feet he seemed to have cleansed himself from the debris and filth that was upon him, and he began to raise his hands into the heavens as though praising the Lord; and as he raised his hands, they went even unto the clouds.

Suddenly, every cloud became silver, the most beautiful silver I have ever known.

Friends, nothing glorifies, nothing beautifies like holiness!

It says, The cloud became silver... When the Church will rise in holiness, rise in righteousness, there shall be beauty, heaven–decked beauty upon Zion! When men will come forth with a covenant oath - If I perish, I perish! I will live for the truth!

Having cleansed itself from the debris, that giant emerged in beauty — the cloud over her head became silver. The most beautiful silver I've ever seen , said Tommy Hicks. Oh yes! Purity gave birth to beauty!

Purity is the mother of beauty. Psalm 149:4 says, He will beautify the meek with salvation. And what is salvation?

Talking about Jesus, Matthew 1:21 says, He shall save his people from their sins.

So when you are saved from sin, your beauty emerges, your true colour, your covenant colour emerges. Your authority, your dominion is established. We will go for purity, because it will surely deliver our beauty to us. When sin goes, beauty emerges. I see your beauty emerge in a most powerful way!

I'd like you to know also that God's faithfulness is stronger than any attack that the quest for righteousness may bring your way.


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