Pastor’s Blog 3.8.18

This is not a “judgment free” zone…

Matthew 7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. NKJV

Last week we discussed the finality of judgement. So, in this scripture, Jesus makes the statement, “Judge not, that you may not be judged.” Most of the time I hear this quoted, it is in the context of someone passing judgement on whether something in someone’s life is good or evil. Let’s look at the context of this statement and see the full meaning.

Matthew 7:2-6

2 For with what judgment you judge , you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

3 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?

4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye?

5 Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

6 “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. NKJV

The context of the sermon on the mount was that the Lord was exposing the self-righteousness in mankind. He was exposing the hidden sin in all who believed that they were righteous according to the standards of the law of Moses. Read this verse from the passion translation:

Matthew 7:1-5

“Refuse to be a critic full of bias toward others, and judgment will not be passed on you. For you’ll be judged by the same standard that you’ve used to judge others. The measurement you use on them will be used on you. Why would you focus on the flaw in someone else’s life and yet fail to notice the glaring flaws of your own? How could you say to your friend, ‘Let me show you where you’re wrong,’ when you’re guilty of even more? You’re being hypercritical and a hypocrite! First acknowledge your own ‘blind spots’ and deal with them, and then you’ll be capable of dealing with the ‘blind spot’ of your friend.

I have purposed to live by the standard I impose upon others. I am also prepared to be judged according to the judgment I have toward others, and that is why I try to walk in a lot of mercy and forgiveness; and to double check my heart at all times for “dumb” judgments.

But notice what Jesus says in verse 6, “Don’t give what is holy to the dogs or cast your pearls to swine.” So how do I make that call without making a judgment? Every day, in leading the Church, I have to make judgments because I am representing the Word of God and the Spirit of God.

Matthew 18:15-20

15 “Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.

16 But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.’

17 And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church. But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be to you like a heathen and a tax collector.

18 “Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.

19 “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.

20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.” NKJV

The politically correct crowd wants to tell the church, “you have no right to tell me what I am doing is sin.” Well I’m afraid that is not the case. We are called to teach righteousness according to the eternal law of God, and as Jesus said:

Mark 13:31

31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away. NKJV

Salvation doesn’t mean evil is no longer evil, it means we have attained our status of righteousness as a free gift and now we have the responsibility to live in the righteousness of the person of Christ and manifest His love which cannot work evil! This is not always easy, but it is possible! We must stay in step with the Spirit of God.

We will continue next week! Be Blessed!

Be Blessed!
Pastor Dave

Pastor’s Blog 3.2.18

Judgment, sounds final doesn’t it? I guess in many ways it is, but there is a difference between judgement and final judgment. The final judgment, or the Great White Throne Judgment, is spoken of in the book of Revelation.

Revelation 20:11-21:1

11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.

13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works.

14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. NKJV

The society of American culture have changed the way people look at judgment in the last decade. Many cry “don’t judge me” or say “you don’t have a right to judge me”. That may or may not be true depending on the situation and circumstance. Tell a Circuit Court Judge he doesn’t have a right to judge you and see how that works out. I may not have the authority to judge someone, but I can judge good and evil, if the motives are clear and circumstances are truly revealed. There are many Biblical references that tell us we must, at times, pronounce judgments on certain people to protect the flock of God.

It seems a little ironic to me that many who cry out don’t judge me, have themselves, had no problem with judging God Himself. How does the cliché question go? “If God is such a good God, why does evil exist in the world?” The immoral majority of American culture has indeed passed judgment on God, His Law, AND His motives.

What about us in the Church? How do we judge God and His word? I want to judge that God is faithful and His word is true, don’t you? I was thinking about this as I combat doubt and unbelief in my life daily. Daily, I gaze at the promises of God and have to decide if I will continue to confess that I believe they are true. Circumstantial evidence seems to contradict the promises of God almost daily! Thank God, for the supernatural power, of the gift of faith that the Lord has given to us! When pain screams you’re sick! Faith answers, “By Jesus stripes I am healed!” When my bank account screams, you’re broke! My faith answers, “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus!” When my flesh fails to be holy and my conscience condemns me, my faith cries out, “I am the righteousness God in Christ Jesus!

I could go on and on but I hope you got the point. The accuser of the brethren is also the accuser of God, and tries to get us to through circumstantial evidence, to side with him and judge God as unfaithful to keep His promises. Job, is said to be the oldest book in our Bible, and he got it right in the end.

Job 42:1-10 The Message

42:1 (JOB WORSHIPS GOD) I Babbled On About Things Far Beyond Me Job answered GOD:

2 “I’m convinced: You can do anything and everything. Nothing and no one can upset your plans.

3 You asked, ‘Who is this muddying the water, ignorantly confusing the issue, second-guessing my purposes?’ I admit it. I was the one. I babbled on about things far beyond me, made small talk about wonders way over my head.

4 You told me, ‘Listen, and let me do the talking. Let me ask the questions. You give the answers.’

5 I admit I once lived by rumors of you; now I have it all firsthand — from my own eyes and ears!

6 I’m sorry — forgive me. I’ll never do that again, I promise! I’ll never again live on crusts of hearsay, crumbs of rumor.”

7 GOD RESTORES JOB I Will Accept His Prayer After GOD had finished addressing Job, he turned to Eliphaz the Temanite and said, “I’ve had it with you and your two friends. I’m fed up! You haven’t been honest either with me or about me — not the way my friend Job has.

8 So here’s what you must do. Take seven bulls and seven rams, and go to my friend Job. Sacrifice a burnt offering on your own behalf. My friend Job will pray for you, and I will accept his prayer. He will ask me not to treat you as you deserve for talking nonsense about me, and for not being honest with me, as he has.”

9 They did it. Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite did what GOD commanded. And GOD accepted Job’s prayer.

10 After Job had interceded for his friends, GOD restored his fortune — and then doubled it!

Job misjudged God for 41 chapters and got it right in the end. See, it matters not if you started wrong, as long as you finish right. Take some time, reflect, and ask Holy Spirit to show you any wrong judgments you have or have made towards God. Examine your heart and repent. Then, determine that no matter what the accuser says or who he uses to speak through, you are set on God’s word and He is faithful and true!

I just take it by faith God is Good!!!

Be Blessed!
Pastor Dave

Pastor’s Blog 2.21.18

Last week, we ended on the point of “you present yourself out of a mindset of who you believe you are.” Who you believe you are will change as you reflect more on the word of God and adapt to his ways.

Our Christian experience was designed by God to be spiritual, but the flesh wants to make it intellectual. When the church becomes more intellectual than spiritual, we have returned to the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Knowledge is intellectual but wisdom is spiritual…therefore, one of the key parts of scripture that has given me wisdom over the years, is what I call the Ephesians Prayers. Taken from the Apostle Paul’s letters to the Ephesians, these words have changed my life. I have been praying them daily for over 35 years, and because of this, I live in Revelation, and my entire being, spirit, soul, (mind, will and emotions) have been transformed from death to life and I have an identity rooted and grounded in Him. Praying these scriptures daily, have been key in my transformation.

Let’s take a look:

Eph 1:15-2:15
Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints,
16 do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers:
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,
19 and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
20 which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places,
21 far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.
22 And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church,
23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
NKJV

Eph 3:14-21
14 For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man,
17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,
18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width nd length and depth and height —
19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
NKJV

These are prayers that I pray, not only over myself, but others as well, and I know they are working His purposes in my life and in the lives of my family this very day.

Here it is in a “prayer form”

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, _______ (name names) making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our/my Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to me/ _______ the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of our/my understanding being enlightened; that I/you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

Eph 3:14-21
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,
that He would grant me/us, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith; that I/we, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width nd length and depth and height — to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that I/we may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

I encourage you to commit these verses to memory and pray them daily. Also, check out the Passion Translation. It is a great translation in today’s vernacular. It WILL make a difference and produce results in yours and others’ lives!

Until next week,

Pastor Dave

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