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Proverbs 14:34

34 Righteousness [tsadaqah] exalteth [ruwm] a nation [gowy]: but sin [chatta'ah] is a reproach [checed] to any people [laom]. KJV-Interlinear

34 Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a disgrace to any people. NASB

We saw in our study of 1 Jn, that sin was virtually any opposition to God. That even includes indifference. Basically when you ignore God in your life then you will have a tendency toward sin. Arrogance being the cornerstone of all sin. Ignoring God means that you do not need Him. Thus arrogance.

Righteousness is mutually exclusive of sin. There is no righteousness in sin and no sin in righteousness. In order to be free of sin you have to follow Gods commands and live your life in fellowship. As a soldier standing guard at his post, you also have to be constantly on the alert and watch for sin in your life so you can avoid it or correct yourself through confession to God the Father.

When functioning inside of your spiritual life there is an open pipeline so to speak, to God. Through that pipeline comes all blessing and support from God. With blessing comes prosperity, growth, contentment, etc., etc., etc.

Living a life out of fellowship means that you have no blessing directly from God. What you do have is blessing by association with those who do have a relationship with God. Thus unbelievers receive some forms of blessing which we call common grace, simply because there are believers in this world who are in fellowship and who are receiving blessings from God.

This includes everything in life. Even the air that you breath is a blessing of support.

The more relationship you have with God, the more blessing. It is just that simple. When a collective group of people function in their spiritual lives, be it a married couple, a family, or a nation, then that group has intensified blessing. The blessings for the group are exponentially greater, if you want to use the mathematical term.

Why does our nation, the USA, have so much prosperity even though we represent only 4% of the worlds population? Because there is a huge Christian base living here. Why does a country like the Congo have so much trouble? Very little Christian base.

Go to any country in the world and where you find a Christian base you'll find prosperity. The Christian base of people have to be legitimately advancing in their spiritual lives naturally. Just being a Christian (having believed in Christ) is not enough. Those folks who are advancing in their spiritual lives are the recipients of blessings from God, not the negative ones.

Here in the USA, the numbers of people who are actually positive toward God and advancing legitimately in their spiritual lives is probably a small number of folks. And still we have huge prosperity here. Imagine what it would be if the majority of folks, if not all, were advancing in their spiritual lives. The poor would be billionaires.

Tremendous prosperity (beyond imagination) will exist in heaven when the entire human population will be in resurrection bodies and all sin will be absent.

The greatness of people or nations is not in their conquests, not in their physical or artistic skills, not in their philosophies, not in anything but in their advancement to spiritual maturity.

Those who do not advance in their spiritual lives as we have already seen, are classified as fools. They are a disappointment, they are disapproved, they are criticized by the Word of God.

They are a disgrace primarily because they know or are aware of Gods wisdom, yet they ignore it or reject it or try to modify it through some form of compromised belief or attitude which is more convenient to their lives or life style.

Whatever the arguments or excuse against God, against the spiritual life, or against the mechanism of attaining a spiritual life, there is overwhelming evidence and proofs of Gods wisdom which discount and render useless those arguments.

Arguments against God only serve the sin nature and its selfish self centered and biased and prejudiced desires and motives.

Many unbelievers as well as negative believers who are prosperous in this world, presume that it is because of their luck, or their intellect, or their ability. They are wrong. To pursue any belief which goes against Gods principles of life will lead to disgrace as well as wrong conclusions. And it is dumb too.

So why does anyone pursue such a course?

End Of Lesson

Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.

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