Last week, as Dr. Don G. Pickney began the first teaching in this series, He declared, “Before this series is complete, I will prove more clearly than I have ever done, that riches do not corrupt righteousness, and that true righteousness is even more glorious with riches!”
Now, in this week’s ministry, he begins expanding this concept of truth. Beginning with Psalms 112, he lays the foundation for “rich & righteous.”
Psalms 112:1-10 “Praise ye the LORD. Blessed is the man that fears the LORD, that delights greatly in his commandments. (2) His seed shall be mighty upon earth: the generation of the upright shall be blessed. (3) Wealth and riches shall be in his house: and his righteousness endures forever. (4) Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. (5) A good man shews favor, and lends: he will guide his affairs with discretion. (6) Surely he shall not be moved forever: the righteous shall be in everlasting remembrance. (7) He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD. (8) His heart is established, he shall not be afraid, until he see his desire upon his enemies. (9) He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever; his horn shall be exalted with honor. (10) The wicked shall see it, and be grieved; he shall gnash with his teeth, and melt away: the desire of the wicked shall perish.”
Pastor Don says, “Do you see any concern on the part of God’s Word concerning the “Christ-adoring,” “Word-centered” believer with regards to great wealth?” He concludes the reason is because the goodness of this wealthy believer’s heart as it is constantly conditioned by his “reverence of the Lord, coupled with his love for God’s Word” guides his wealthy lifestyle, creating a life of righteous deeds. The riches aren’t controlling him, rather he is controlling his riches.
Psalms 112 speaks of the “righteous.” This word in the Hebrew is “just” (צדּיק tsaddı̂yq ). In its meaning it takes on the character of its “Hebrew root” ( צדק tsâdaq ) which denotes “a life spent with a propensity towards being morally just and equitable.” No one can stand up to the “righteousness of God” when judging his earthly deeds. Everyone falls short of the glory of God. There is a difference between the “righteousness of man” and the “righteousness of God.” The two are held to different standards, and man cannot without Christ find the “righteousness of God,” which is a free gift of God’s grace given for believers in Christ, enabling them to come to God’s throne without any sense of guilt, condemnation, or inferiority – for fellowship with our “Abba Father” God. The “righteousness of man” is judged, not by his perfection of innocence, but by his intent and desire towards that which is “right.”
It is this for which every man will be judged, including the righteous judgment of the Christian believer at the judgment seat of Christ (not to be confused with the judgment seat of God, called in scripture “the Great White Throne Judgment,” which is God’s final judgment of the wicked and those who reject Jesus during this life. At the judgment seat of Christ we will be given our rewards (note the word “pay” in the following scripture) based on our intent (the propensity for doing good):
2Corinthians 5:9-10 AMP “Therefore, whether we are at home [on earth away from Him] or away from home [and with Him], we are constantly ambitious and strive earnestly to be pleasing to Him. (10) For we must all appear and be revealed as we are before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive [his pay] according to what he has done in the body, whether good or evil [considering what his purpose and motive have been, and what he has achieved, been busy with, and given himself and his attention to accomplishing].
This is not a judgment of “punishment” that comes at the judgment of God of the wicked at “the Great White Throne Judgment” seat (Revelation 20:11-15). We, who have accepted Christ, will never stand before God’s throne of judgment. We will appear at another judgment (not a judgment seat), but stand before Christ, our Master, the Lord Head of the Church, to receive our eternal reward. This reward will be based on the deeds done in this life based on how our lives have pleased (or not pleased) Him, as shown in 2 Corinthians (above).
When we receive God’s grace (which is free), we are directed to follow the instructions given to us through the apostles of Christ (the New Testament teachings). These teachings hold the title of the “word of His grace.”
Acts 20:32 KJV “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”
In this teaching Pastor Don deals with the "righteous" part of Rich & Righteous. Get ready to receive revelation.