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

Out of the Wilderness A Word from the Lord

Wilderness

I will indeed lead you out of the wilderness. The wilderness experience of these past years have been hard for you. Many of My people have been wounded and lost hope, and some have even lost faith. But, I say that in this season you shall regain all. You shall recover all that you have lost, and you shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. This I declare that I will bring blessings to you to demonstrate not only My goodness, but it shall be a sign that what I have spoken to you is true and shall come to pass. Encourage yourself. Encourage yourself! Forget those things that are behind you. Get ready for the great crossing-over, for you about to cross over into a new level of anointing, power and glory. There will be a greater demonstration of My kingdom, says the Lord. All that is required of you is to rise up and say, “I’m going! I’m going with the Lord. I’m going to cross over into the goodness of the Lord.”

Reflection on Romans 1-8

In Romans, many answers about human life, the natural world and mankind in relation to God can be found. Paul wrote this letter to build the case for the deadliness of sin and the absolute necessity for true righteousness, the righteousness that comes by faith through Jesus Christ.

The people in Rome were on two ends of the spectrum. On one end you have the utter depravity of the heathen and on the other side you have the religious man, represented by the Jew in this text. Paul reveals the truth that the human race as a whole is guilty before God whether pagan or religious.

Romans chapters one and three give a clear description of the state of the natural world. God created the Earth for man to enjoy in abundance and for mankind to be in direct and intimate fellowship with Him. He created man with a conscious whereby we could discern God’s presence and handiwork in everything including our own selves. “God made sure in His wisdom that everything that could be known about Him was revealed in man because God Himself has shown it to man” (1:19).In this way God says that man is without excuse.

When mankind sinned through the disobedience of Adam, we were separated from God. This caused the natural world and mankind to spiritually die and exist in a state of sin. This state of sin brought about every manner of wickedness.

Being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. (1:29-32)

These very attributes directly affect human relationships: Children disobeying their parents, so called “friends” gossiping about one another; meanwhile inciting hate and possibly even murder. In this day and age we see that the majority of marriages end in divorce. Sexual perversion and abuse are at an all-time high. Drug addiction and crimes are commonplace all throughout the world today. There is nothing good that comes from the flesh!

During the time that this letter was written to the Church in Rome, the culture was heavily Hellenized. In other words the pagan worship of “gods” and “goddesses” was a huge influence. At the same time there were many Jews residing in Rome who were practicing the religious rites of their ancestors. The Church in Rome itself was a dense mixture of converted Jews and Gentiles. The Jewish converts were having a hard time wrapping their minds around the fact that the Gentile believers were equally righteous, even though they had never kept the Law of Moses or even tried to hold to any of the traditions the Jews held as sacred. Paul made sure  to settle all manners of strife or misunderstanding  when he wrote , “ As it is written, There is none righteous no, not one: There is none that understandeth , there is none that seeketh after God; they are all gone out of the way , they are together become unprofitable ; there is none that doeth good, no, not one”( 3:9-13). He further expounds on this by stating, “For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God” (3:23).

 

The teaching in this letter helps me to see the true condition of this world. We all are truly in need of Jesus and his Redemptive work on the cross. We cannot do anything religious or good enough to provide our own righteousness.  I used to think that people needed salvation because of whatever sin they were committing at the time. Reading Romans helped me to see that sin itself is a state that we are born into and what we do is a result of that. I now see that this sinful state keeps us from enjoying the original intention of intimate fellowship and communion that God had for his beloved children from the beginning. God in His great mercy and compassion for us, provided a means through which we could be restored back into this fellowship with Him. Although it is  clear to me that Christians may still struggle with sin, it is even more clear that  we are still the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus and sin is no longer our master.

 

Life and Love and Pain

Life and Love and Pain…

Bleeding for righteous judgement or protesting in vain.

Letting go of control that you never possesed

Simply implying,without Christ …there’s no rest.

There’s a pain that’s precious, that has a pricy tag

Can you allow Him to cleanse your filthy rags?

He draws us with Love…which is “the Life”

Out from under anger, bitterness and strife!

Life and Love and Pain…

Bleeding for righteous judgement or protesting in vain.

Letting go of control …that you never possesed

Simply implying without Christ …there’s no rest

Love

Day 1

God is Love

1 John 4:16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

In order for us to operate in our daily walk as a Christian we must first understand that God=Love.
You see Love is what motivated God to send His only son as a sacrifice in our place so that we could be in fellowship with God once again and so that we could obtain eternal salvation. Here are a few things to meditate on.

1. You cannot seperate God from His Love.
2. Love is the foundation of God’s Power.
3. To show Love to one another is to show God to one another, this gives God the opportunity to work through you.
4. Faith won’t work without it!
5. Love is how others will know that we belong to Him.

Prayer,
Lord help me to search myself and reveal to me the areas where I need to show your Love. Help me to realize in my heart, just how much you Love me Lord and help me to understand the sacrifice you made just for me.