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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Our Christian Pilgrimage, #35
And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts. (Malachi 4:3)
And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. (Romans 16:20)
Nothing further can be accomplished in establishing God's Kingdom, His will, on the earth until the saints come to maturity and unity in the Spirit of God. First came the Lord Jesus. Then will appear the Lord and His "mighty men of valor," His trees of righteousness. The Kingdom cannot be established on the earth by sinful, rebellious, self-centered "believers" who are trusting in ascribed righteousness to shield them from God's judgment on their behavior.
The mature saints, made so by the anointing, by tribulation, and by all the other aspects of God's grace through Christ, will then march throughout the whole earth treading wickedness under their feet. They will lift the curse from the creation. They will release the saved peoples of the nations into the liberty of the glory of the children of God. They will be the light of the world. They will bring eternal life—the Life of God in Christ in the saints—into dead nature. They will cause Heaven and earth to sing with the joy of the children of God.
Out from their personalities will flow rivers of living water.
And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh. (Ezekiel 47:9)
The Lord's "trees of righteousness" will go into all areas of the earth and repair and rebuild all that has been destroyed by sinners.
And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations. (Isaiah 61:4)
A very important part of our inheritance consists of the fulfillment of the promises that God has made to us individually. As we journey through the wilderness we experience hunger and thirst. God keeps us going by setting joy before us, and we endure the cross by gazing at that joy. Apart from the hope of future joy we cannot possibly endure the cross.
We know from the Scriptures that God never breaks His promises to us. Therefore we keep on pressing forward, realizing that everlasting joy will be ours.
Some of God's promises are fulfilled in this life. We grow faint if we do not believe to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Some of the promises made to us personally may not be realized in their fullness until we enter a future age.
God does not change. He has fulfilled and yet is fulfilling the promises He made to Abraham personally, and He will fulfill the promises He has made to each of us. He shall give us the desires of our heart!
Egypt typifies the world—life lived in the attempt to obtain security, pleasure, and achievement apart from the Presence of the Lord God of Heaven.
To be continued.