Apostle Grace Lubega
Isaiah 54:17(KJV); No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord.
Every man of God ought to understand the doctrine of righteousness.
It is this very understanding that will cause you to stand in those moments when men have turned against you; when they condemn you and deem you unworthy.
In our theme scripture, God calls this righteousness the heritage of His servants, it is their portion and privilege because they serve Him.
This is very important to God because when a man of God falls, it is not just him that is affected. When you smite the shepherd, the sheep are scattered (Zechariah 13:7).
Where do some of the sheep scatter? There are those Christians who go back into the world because a man of God was not able to stand.
There are some who are drawn back into destructive habits because their pastor was not able to stand.
The man of God is not their God, however, not everyone is mature enough to understand how personal salvation is.
It is not the desire of God to see sheep scattered without a shepherd because that shepherd felt too condemned to stand before Him.
That is why in Romans 14:4 Paul asks, ‘Who are you to judge another’s servant?’
He answers this question and says, ‘To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.’
This does not mean that God condones wrongdoing and pampers evil. God wants His servants to stand regardless of their mistakes.
In the day that the accusers turn their tongues against you and the critics sharpen their pens with glee, an understanding of righteousness will be your shield as a man of God.
FURTHER STUDY: Romans 14:4, Zechariah 13:7
In the day that the accusers turn their tongues against you, an understanding of righteousness will be your shield as a man of God.
PRAYER: Loving Father, I thank you for this knowledge. Thank you for the righteousness that you have imputed upon me. I have received and embraced it as my portion in Christ. I walk in the confidence of one who is loved and forgiven by God. In all things, I choose to stand before you because it is you that holds me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.