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Who is The Judge? September 12, 2008

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Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.” (Luke 6:37)

“You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.” (Romans 14:10)

As believers and followers of Jesus Christ, we may come into conversations where “you are judging me” can be directed at us as we proclaim the Gospel. I have really had to pray at times when this attacking verbage has been thrown my way, because sometimes I want to waiver and apologize. But if I stop and consider the motive of my heart, the answer becomes clear. I am not judging, in fact, I’m really not even criticizing. Any time these words have come on me, it’s because of my confidence and obedience in God’s Holy Word. I see people around me that only find joy in temporal things…things that waste away. While finding joy in things of this earth can be okay, depending on what it is, it shouldn’t be the only joy. I don’t judge them for that, but I try to encourage them in (the spirit of love) about the joy that is eternal and everlasting…. Jesus Christ. I can be extremely empathetic because I was there just a few years ago. I understand when people complain about life, gossip and slander others…(maybe even loved ones), and live without hope. I UNDERSTAND. So, I would never dare judge someone’s life. I believe the journey that God allowed me to go through was for a specific purpose. And the people God is constantly placing in my life have this same reoccuring theme that was the theme of my former self. It makes sense to me. He knows someone like me can relate to them, share my testimony and radical transformation. He has given me the burning passion for evangelism. He knows how excited I am to share the Gospel. He also knows I’m still a baby Christian, and I am learning how to use my spiritual gift in a way that is MOST edifying. It’s a process of growth….sanctification…..and one day I will be perfected in Glory when I am standing on the golden streets in heaven. But because I am part of the fallen human race, I will stumble along the way. I am learning more everyday through God’s amazing and life changing Word…and I am always grateful that I worship a God of grace, not of law!

Lord God, thank You for Your Word. It encourages me and guides me more than anything I have ever known. Thank You for filling me with Your Holy Spirit. Empty my heart of any selfishness, pride, personal gain or agenda, and in exchange place humility(godly wisdom), patience, self-control, love, joy, peace, and above all to do everything in life for Your glory. Keep drawing me closer to You. Thank You for a week that’s been filled with clarity, growth, forgiveness, humility, and perserverance. Thank You also for giving me my husband. I know You are working something awesome in his life and mine. Thank You for filling the desire in his heart to be such a rock of support and love to me. He is a tremendous gift from You. Praise You! Amen.


Resting in Him September 11, 2008

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I’ve got a lot on my mind today. It’s easy to get burdened, depleted, defeated, and overall drained from the things of this world. But in the midst of my storm, I will rejoice because I know the freedom to be resting in Him.

¬†“Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works.” (Psalm 73:25-28)

Life is hard, but GOD is good. That was Pastor Byron’s sermon title that tied in with this passage. He went on to give us a list of mistakes we make in life. First,¬†that our focus in life can become escaping from our circumstances instead of benefiting from them. We MUST make room for pain in our lives so that we can be taught and grown by GOD. We turn into bitter people if we don’t allow trials to be what they are intended to be by God. We MUST examine our hearts. Bitterness removes our usefulness, our tenderness, and our ability to serve God and others. We become self-absorbed. Every conversation becomes about us, our pain, our problem. We are constantly looking for pity, validation, attention. We should be ONLY worried about the glory of God. We need to remember that it’s not about our circumstance changing (because it very well may never change), but about us(our heart) that changes.

Dear God, I thank you for the comfort and Truth Your Word provides. You are my rock, my refuge, my hiding place. Jesus, I am resting, …in the joy of what Thou art. I am finding out the greatness of Thy loving heart. Heavenly Father, I have a teachable heart….You are the greatest life teacher there is…..teach me! Take my heart and prune out my sin, mold me in Your image. O Lord I am eager to see you, to not be in this world anymore….but as long as You will have me here Lord, guide me on in true righteousness. Tonight my sweet God, I am resting in You, and relying on Your perfect counsel. Guide me in a manner that is worthy of You. You are ALL I need, You are all I have. O God, You are precious to me. I am grateful to be Your daughter. You are forever my resting place. Amen.