Rebuke and Condemn Evil!

open rebuke is better than secret love

There is a strong difference between judging and rebuking.  The distinction is that rebuking seeks to CORRECT the offender rather than condemning them. Unfortunately, many offenders take issue at being corrected and prefer to turn it around and accuse the rebuker (or victim) of wrongdoing rather than admit they were wrong and change their own behavior.  Although the Bible does tell us not to judge one another, it also instructs us very clearly to rebuke those who do evil, as well as those who hurt us.

Another way of looking at rebuking vs. judging is that rebuking involves facts, while judging involves assumptions. Here is an example:  when you disapprove of/protest/confront an abuser for behaving in ways that hurt other people (fact), and he responds by accusing you of not being a good Christian (assumption) (because you are confronting him, not honoring him, or for whatever reason), then you are rebuking him, but he is judging you.

Jesus and the Apostles were very bold and rebuked and condemned evil. They even openly rebuked people in the church for doing evil, in order to strengthen the church… a few examples…

1 Timothy 5:20 Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 2 Timothy 4:2 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Titus 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.”
If we don’t warn someone in error to turn from evil, we are partly responsible. “Ezekiel 33:8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”
Jesus was VERY bold openly!…
“Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.; O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things?; Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?; Thou hypocrite, ye have made it a den of thieves; Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.; Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified.”

It is a grave injustice to see a brother or sister entangled in sin and not address it in Love. Being politically correct or neutral when it comes to sin is not what God has called us to do.We must not be afraid of people or the backlash that comes from speaking the truth, when GOD is the one we must answer to.

Prayer:

Heavenly Father I thank you for helping us to understand that rebuking and condemning evil is a Kingdom command to strengthen your Bride. Help us to come into Unity of the faith Lord and stand firm against the onslaught of the enemy. Thank you for giving us the strength to humble ourselves to receive correction and instruction when it is necessary in our own lives. In Jesus name…Amen

Even if…

taking-the-leap

Do we really think about how Sovereign and awesome God is? Do we really think about how Holy and powerful He is?

God of the whole universe who is seated on this amazing throne in heaven cares about….US!

I am guilty of not always acknowledging the majesty of God or His Lordship over all things. As a matter of fact I tend to make the problems in my life bigger than God, not only this but I also tend to think about what I am facing more than the ONE whom I must face one day.

As I have been examining myself, I have found that I have been disappointed about the trials that I have had to face in my life. They seem repetitive and constant, which can be down right discouraging. As I was praying last night, the Lord said to me… Even if you never see the manifestation of the things that you have asked of me…would you still follow me?

This question ignited a dormant feeling of love and humility from the depths of my being.

I cried out with massive tears filling my eyes…..Yes God I LOVE YOU from my heart!

I felt as though it was one of my parents essentially asking…Do you love me? Can you trust me?

You see, God…this same Majestic God that is seated on a throne where angels are constantly worshipping Him, thought enough of me, this little woman from Marietta Georgia; to send His Son as a sacrifice to loose me from my bonds and pull me out of a pit, by dying on a bloody cross.

How could I not be touched by this act of sacrifice? How could I not love this God? How could I not follow this God?

This is my public response and declaration to MY God! My loving Father and Savior! My precious Holy Spirit!

Even if I do not see the things I have asked for

Even if I lose all that I have

Even if loved ones walk away

Even if I am persecuted

Even if I walk alone….just you and me

I will follow.

But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,…Philippians 3:7

I love you daddy God!

I’d rather have power than stuff!

Phillipians 3:7-14

7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

12Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

 

 

I am feeling the tug of the Holy Spirit today to lay down many things I have begun to put my trust in …OTHER than God. For the people who are close to me … you know the things I have already suffered through as well as the things that I continue to lay down before the feet of Jesus. Yet somehow this is a new requirement that God is asking of me that goes along with a timeless principle…. dying to self!

Many people will not and cannot understand the call that God places on each of us and what He asks us as individuals to do… they make no sense to our limited human mind. But in this wilderness season in my life I am learning that patience is necessary to make it to the next promise. The things that this world offers are temporary, including the things we think we “need” to survive. And God has commanded us not to love the things in this world, even those things we think we need, simply because He is our true source of life and our sustainer!

This past year for me there has been a cutting away of things and people…God how that hurts.Sometimes it could be God telling you to walk away from a relationship but then it could be something like Genesis 12:1 leaving your hometown and all your family behind to go to a place that He will show you. I have been stripped of everything I put a value on. Yet I know in my heart that God has taken the familiarity and comfort of such things out of my life to show me yet another level of truly trusting in Him. The wilderness is a place where even the very food you are to eat to sustain life is handed down by God in His timing which may not necessarily be when you “think” you should eat… and it requires faith that worketh patience to quietly trust that He will.

See…what good would it do to have all the material possesions  and comforts you desire but then a sickness hits your body and you have no power through faith to command it to leave your body and it obey you? Faith isn’t an easy walk… it draws every ounce of patience inside of you out to walk in… until the promise is fulfilled. But it is fulfilling. I want God to use me and the power of His Spirit operating through me to bring about healing and deliverance to others that are lost and hurting. It hurts and brings water to my eyes because of what I must go through to see it manifested, however it is a small price to pay considering what Jesus endured for me plus the lives that will be changed as a result of it. Romans 8:18 says For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

I count it all loss that I may intimately know Him and the POWER of His resurrection!

Still Holding on! Thank you Jesus!

FATHER

I just want to say thank you today. Thank you Lord for your love and abundant grace.  Lord I thank you for taking this mess of a woman; these filthy rags  and transforming me into the image of your Son Jesus. Lord I thank you for helping me to hold on to your hand. Lord I thank you that you hear me and you listen to all my ramblings, my so-called secrets and my cry yet you do not condemn or criticize me. I thank you for never leaving me or forsaking me. Thank you for wiping away every tear from my eyes, that so desperately long to see your face. Thank you Jesus for SHOWING me what it is to be loved completely and unconditionally, I would never have known it except for you.  Thank you Lord for strengthening me to love others the way that you do. I can’t do this thing called life without you oh God, I can’t walk this thing out without you in my life, I need you Lord! Thank you for delivering me out of the pit and placing me on a firm foundation Lord. Thank you for not leaving me in my mess. Thank you for your precious Blood. Hallelujah! Lord I thank you for your presence, My God what can I say about your presence, how can I dare to describe it? There is no other locale, position or place I would rather continually be. Lord I want to thank you for healing my body, hallelujah! Thank you for supplying all of my needs. You are so wonderful God. Thank you for being my Best friend, my Master, my Teacher. There is no life without you oh God. Lord I thank you for helping me to hold on to your hand. Your hand is so strong and merciful, full of strength and compassion. I thirst after you Lord and I am hungry for you, only in your presence am I satisfied! Thank you for your purposes and your plans, they are so good for me! Lord help me to be a blessing to your people. Help me Lord to get out of myself and into the needs of others. What a Wonder you are Lord, there is  No one! like you God! So gentle and kind, full of mercy and forgiveness. Thank you for restoring to me the joy of my salvation! I love you so much My Lord, help me to show you more and more every day.

Your Daughter,

Carman