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Judging

A little slow on the draw this morning, Father, but I am here and ready to roll. Enable me to be productive today in ways that would show my love for You and my love for others. Help me to be the person You want me to be. Amen.

Matthew 7:1-2 (<<click the green)

Judging. Just the word by itself makes us bristle a little. The culture in which we live doesn’t help any for the mantra we embody is “Don’t judge me.” After all, “If it feels good do it!” We have this mentality that we can do what we want, when we want and others have no place to tell us otherwise. Mind your own business and keep your nose out of mine…don’t judge me! The Bible even says it, “Do not judge…”

But is that what it is really saying? It does say “Do not judge…” and, Lord, they are words from Your own mouth. But how we choose to interpret it, is that what You meant? No, it’s not.

The footnote in the Amplified Bible makes it very clear.

This is not a prohibition of judgment, nor is it a command to stop using godly wisdom, common sense, and moral courage together with God’s written word to discern right from wrong, to distinguish between morality and immorality, and to judge doctrinal truth. There are many judgments that are not only legitimate, but are commanded (cf John 7:24; 1 Cor 5:5, 12; Gal 1:8, 9; 1 John 4:1-3; 2 John 10); however, you cannot judge another if you are committing the same type of sin.

That is where the point is driven home. We are in no place to judge if we are committing the same types of sin.

Lord, You state very clearly,

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. NIV

Today and every day, Lord, may I keep You and Your precepts at the forefront of my mind. May I take care of my issues and leave other’s issues for You and them to take care of. But may I also, again with You and Your precepts at the forefront of my mind, with common sense and moral couragediscern right from wrong and clearly distinguish between morality and immorality. May I be Your true representative to the world. Amen.

Feb 1st, 2018, Thurs, 8:26 am

Fuzzy on the Edges

Good morning, Father, I pray that my time together with You will be productive. I know that You have much to share- may I be attentive. Amen

2 Timothy 3:6-7  (<<click here)

Lord, it is surely important that we be eager to learn about You and how You would have us live. But it is also important that we are very careful from whom we learn. Especially in our information saturated world, it is easy for us to latch on to all kinds of teachers. Some are rock solid – sitting squarely in the center of Biblical truth and inspired by the Holy Spirit. Others are mostly on target but a little fuzzy on the edges, proclaiming ideas of their own (or someone else’s) creation. They may sound good but are things that are not of You.

May I be able to wisely discern – with the Holy Spirits active involvement – what I take in. I pray that it will be in the heart of Your truth. I know there have been times where I have read books, recommended by solid brothers in Christ, that have just not felt right. Then later on I would find out that the authors were a little “fuzzy on the edges”

“Guide me in your truth and teach me, for You are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long.” Psalm 25:5

Lord, as a proclaimer of the truth, may I be rock solid – eliminate any and all fuzziness in me.

Dec 8th, Tues, 4:50 am

Valiant Warrior

Armor of God

Father, so much has transpired since we were last together in this setting. Thank You for all of Your guidance and I am profoundly grateful for Your presence, especially in my time with Beth following the sudden loss of her husband. I could not have done it on my own. Thank You, for helping me get through work yesterday and for Your presence at Bible Study last night. I would ask for Your blessing on our time together this morning.

Colossians 2:1-5 (<< click here)

Lord, humanity likes to think that we are so smart and that we have everything figured out. Things that the Church has held to for centuries are now being questioned. As a pastor, and more importantly as Your child, I need to be planted firmly in my relationship with You. Truth does not change. We cannot tweak it because it not P.C. or because it no longer fits the mind set of society. Only a very small percentage of society is yielded to following Your directives, so it cannot be trusted. Our selfish desires do not build up Your kingdom. We claim great wisdom and knowledge but only in You, Lord, do we find “all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” v3. We are deceived if we think otherwise. We are only strong when we place our faith in You.

Lord, strengthen my faith; fill me with Your wisdom. I would ask that You would enable me to discern Your will in all aspects of life. Help me to remember that we do not fight “against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12 Help me to be valiant warrior of LOVE. To be strong and courageous, to not give up or give in but to fight bravely and to love mightily!

June 9th, Tue, 10:32 am