Recently I have been put in a very difficult situation. My flesh attempted to take over. But the sermon that I last heard stated:” Do not fret!” I realized that is was going to be another lesson from my Heavenly Father .
God lead me to the scripture:
What I tell you in darkness(in prayer), that speak you in light(openly): and what you hear in the ear(what the Spirit reveals) that preach you upon the housetops.(publicly)
28)And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul(don’t fear man) but rather fear Him(God) which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
He was allowing me to know that He was in control and all I had to do was stand firm in Him and they may give me a difficult time but God is going to carry me through all my trials and tribulations. He then lead me to:
Mathew 10: 34-36
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth.(the entrance of Christ into the world brings shows the evil of the heart) I came not to send peace, but a sword.(the sword against the Righteous will be the response of religious reprobate[shameless person])
35) For I am came to set a man at variance(odds)against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother, and the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36) And a man’s foes shall be they of his own household.(speaks not only of immediate family, but at times, of one’s Church family)
So do not be surprised if you run into trials and tribulations that concern you and your Church family. It comes about and again if you are in the Lord you will listen to Him and not fret. What I am going to do is walk you through how the Lord carried me through this issue to get ready for a meeting where I was being removed as a recovery leader. Yes, I was hurt but again God strengthened me because I chose to follow Him and His word.Here is a verse that I live by daily and I wanted to share with you.:
18) Verily I say unto you, whatsoever you bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven and whatsoever you loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.
So if a believer conducts himself Scriptureally, the decision reached will be honored and ratified in Heaven.
Recently I went and asked someone to pray for one of the person’s in my recovery group. I was devastated because the person remark was not what I had expected. the person’s remark was: “You lie with dogs you get fleas.” So yes there was not a prayer for this young man who was coming up on his one year anniversary of being clean from his issues. I felt a type of hatred or anger coming from this person and instead of confronting the situation I choose to pray for this person daily. but God had lead me to some verses that really strengthened my prays for this person.
20) If a man say, I love God and hates his Brother, he is a liar(as James states in James 3:11 “does a fountain send forth at the same place sweet and bitter?)For he who loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?
So if a professed Christian cannot love a Christian brother who is sees daily. How can he love God? Whose image he bears, yet has not seen?
1 John 3:15
Whosoever hates his brother is a murder(absence of love proclaims the presence of hatred; where hatred is, there is murder) and you know that no murderer has Eternal life abiding in him.(comes back to absence of love)
Hatred stirreth up strife’s(strife/debate Greek eridos, from “eris”, rivalry, strife, exertion or contention for superiority, either by intellectual or physical efforts)
So in the end we need to follow 1 Corinthians 13:4-7:
4 Charity(love) suffereth long,(refers to patience) and is kind;(represents the second side of the Divine attitude toward human kind) charity(God’s kind of love) envieth not;(does not want what other’s have) charity vaunteth not itself,(never brags) is not puffed up,(is not prideful)
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly,(is forgetful of self and thoughtful of others) seeketh not her own,(is unselfish) is not easily provoked,(is not bitter from antagonizing people. or insult to injury)) thinketh no evil;(takes no act of evil)
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity,(never gossips of misdeeds of others) but rejoiceth in the truth;(proclaims that which the Word of God identifies as truth)
7 Beareth all things,(never complains) believeth all things,(takes the kindest view of all man) hopeth all things,(keeps believing for the best) endureth all things.
Recently I have been battling with this issue of with a church where an unmarried couple, living together and working as the head of a Children’s class. I know it does not follow God’s word. But God took me to these verses:
1 Timothy 3:12
Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children on their own.
1 Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit(Holy Spirit) speaks expressly (pointedly) that in the latter times(times in which we are in, the last of days, which begins the fulfillment of end time prophecies) some shall depart from the Faith(Paul is referring to the Cross; we are told here that some will depart from the Cross as the means of Salvation and Victory)giving heed to seducing spirits(evil spirits, i.e. “religious spirits” making something seem like what isn’t) and doctrines of devils(should have been translated “doctrines of demons”; the “seducing spirits ” entice believers away from Faith, causing them to believe and follow “doctrines inspired by demon spirits.”)
1 Timothy 4:7
7 But reject profane and old wives’ fables,(that which does not have the true character of the Word of God) and exercise yourself toward godliness.(Paul’s thought moves on immediately to a contrast between the discipline of the body and the discipline of the Soul.)
So as I read these verses I realized the ill feelings I was feeling about this issue where the correct feeling coming from God’s word. He then led me to this verse that He wants me to cherish and follow all the days of my life.
1 Timothy 6:11
11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.
This is the fruit of the Spirit or at least which the Spirit alone can bring about in our lives, which He does by the Cross ever being the object of Faith.
Now some people may think I am judging. But I am not I found these verses that pretty much can explain what is happening.
24 Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
What it is stating Judgement must be rendered according to the whole Word of God, and not only by taking part and perverting it to one’s own satisfaction)
There are actually two kinds of judgements.
Discernment: Kind of judgement God directs believers to use. As in the verse below Paul told the Christians in Thessalonica.
1 Thessalonians 5:21
21 Test all things;(when Prophecies are given or anything claims to be of the Lord, it should be put to the test; the test is, “is it spiritual?”) hold fast what is good.(This refers to the sifting process of accepting that which is definitely of the Lord, and rejecting that which is not.)
22 Abstain from every form of evil.(ask the question “Does it please God?”)
Here is something that A.W. Tozer stated:
“Among the gifts of the Spirit scarcely one is of greater practical usefulness than the gift of discernment. This gift should be highly valued and frankly sought as being almost indispensable in these critical times. This gift will enable us to distinguish the chaff from the wheat and to divide the manifestations of the flesh from the operations of the Spirit.”
1 Corinthians 2:15-16
15 But he who is spiritual judges all things,( portrays only the Spiritual person as capable of the proper discernment) yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.(refers to judgement which God accepts)
16 For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?”(answer no one: Isiah 40:14) But we have the mind of Christ.(they who have the mind of Christ sees all things as God sees them.)
So as reading these scriptures I have come to the conclusion that all Christians should exercise discernment at all times.
Judgement God condemns
Pride-filled criticism/ is the judgement God declares inappropriate.
9 Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves(self righteous) that they were righteous, and despised others:(the twin curse of self righteousness)
10 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, (only one would be heard by God) one a Pharisee( a man who claimed to believe the Bible) and the other a tax collector.(Publican, in Israel referred to as a traitor, thereby beyond salvation)
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself,9His prayer went no further than he. It may have been directed to God, but not heard by God) ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector.(placed himself higher than the publican. He asked for the Lord for nothing, and that is what he received)
12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’(VS. 11 is relative righteousness and this verse is work righteousness, both rejected by God)
13 And the tax collector, standing afar off,(did not feel free to come close too the temple) would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven,(he realized and admitted just how unclean he really was) but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’(brought instant results because the plea was based upon the Atonement and not self righteousness)
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified(declared a righteous man; there is no degrees in justification; one is either justified totally or not at all) ratherthan the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
Those who criticize others to make themselves look good , to justify their own sin, to slander someone they dislike or to attract attention to themselves are engaging in unrighteous judgement which God condemns.
So to finish God brought me to:
1 Peter 5:10
10 But the God of all grace,(God is the source of all grace) who hath called us(divine summons) unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus,(Jesus dying for my sins on the Cross) after that ye have suffered a while,(transition from “flesh” to “Spirit” which is not easy, fast or simple) make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.(on a firm foundation which cannot be moved, as the Grace of God comes to us in an uninterrupted flow)
So all in all God is making me stronger and firmly rooted by all my trials and tribulations of life. I will not falter when satan attempts to attack.
But I am comforted, believeing by my rough discipline God is Fullfilling my foundation to a very firm foundation and my roots are planted very deep.
We are not judging people when we discern behavior or beliefs that are clearly unbiblical. For an excellent passage on having a judgmental spirit versus a discerning spirit, read Paul’s teaching on the problem of doubtful or questionable things in Romans 14. Having an opinion is not judging.
Making an observation is not judging.We are commanded to exercise righteous judgment. We are forbidden to judge when we are not qualified to do so. We may not judge according to appearance (John 7:24). This means that we may not judge on the basis of insufficient, superficial information.John 7:24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment”
Praise God He has carried me through this trial and tribulation with mighty learning. God gets all the glory and only Him. Amen.