Posts Tagged ‘Judgment

07
Aug
17

We Have Hope

Followers of Jesus are living for more than this life. We have a hope beyond the seventy or eighty years we get on this planet. We are living for the billions of years we will live in Heaven with Christ. Proverbs says that we should neither be afraid of those who seek to do us harm nor should we be jealous of those on whom God’s judgment will fall. Proverbs 24 says:

Do not fret because of evildoers
or be envious of the wicked,

20 for the evildoer has no future hope,
    and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out. – Proverbs 24:19-20 (NIV)

There’s no reason to be afraid because we’ve got nothing to lose. No matter what persecution may come, our hope is in Heaven. No matter how the wicked may prosper in this life, they have no hope of eternity. Don’t worry about the temporary pain or difficult circumstances of this life. Instead, keep your eyes on Heaven. Heaven awaits and the One who waits for us there keeps His promises.
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19
Jul
17

God Has The Final Say

God has revealed right and wrong in His Word. Whether it is the 10 Commandments or in the teachings of His Son, Jesus, or in the letters of Paul, God has set standards for life. People, for the most part, have a sense of right and wrong. There are things that we just know are right and wrong. So when someone does something wicked and despicable, it makes our blood boil with righteous anger. We want justice for the oppressed and the wronged. Do not worry because God will take care of it in the end. Solomon wrote:

Be sure of this: The wicked will not go unpunished,
    but those who are righteous will go free. – Proverbs 11:21 (NIV)

God will have the final say when it comes to those who perpetrate evil and wickedness. The wicked will be judged and punished for their sins and their crimes. In the meantime, let us pray that those who have done evil and wicked things may be convicted by God’s Spirit and brought to repentance before it is too late. Let us pray for their victims that they may know God’s peace.
06
Jun
17

We, The Wealthy

Good Tuesday morning to you! In James 5, he turns his attention to the wealthy who were oppressing the poor. He writes:

Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. 2 Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days. – James 5:1-3 (NIV)

It is easy to point our fingers at the wealthiest people among us and say, “A-ha! Now you’re going to get what’s coming to you!” What if WE are the rich who are hoarding our wealth? While we may not be living high on the hog, we’re certainly not living underneath it. You’re reading or hearing this on a high-tech communication device of some kind. We have so much more than billions of people around the world and even millions of people here in America. We need to be mindful of just how blessed we are before we fall prey to class warfare. Yes, there are super wealthy people who will be judged by God for how they handled their blessings. But so will we who are wealthier than we believe.
31
May
17

Who Are You To Judge?

We are often confronted with Jesus’ words of do not judge lest ye be judged. James repeats this command in his letter to the church. He writes:

Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. 12 There is only one Lawgiver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you—who are you to judge your neighbor? – James 4:11-12 (NIV)

When we speak ill of one another, we are acting like judges over our brothers and sisters in Christ. Whether it is slander, gossip or insults, we are judging people against our own standards. How quickly we forget that we are a people who have been saved by mercy and grace. Shouldn’t we extend that same mercy and grace to others? When we hold people up to our standards or even the standards of God’s righteous law, we are in danger of having to be judged by that same standard. Before you judge someone today, show them the same mercy and grace you want from God. Instead of judging them, love them. Instead of condemning them, encourage them. We are a people saved by grace in order that we might extend grace to others.
12
May
17

Those Who Teach

Good Friday morning to you! James gives a warning to those who teach the Word of God. They are held to a higher standard. He writes:

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. – James 3:1 (NIV)

The teaching and preaching of God’s Word is so very important to the life of the church and followers of Jesus Christ. Those who handle it must do so with great care. Not only are we to be concerned with the Word itself, but those who hear it and who sit under our teaching. Hebrews says that the Word of God is sharper than a sword. Many have had their faith cut to pieces because the Word was handled incorrectly and wielded recklessly. May God have mercy on those of us who teach. May God give wisdom and discernment to those who sit under our teaching. May we all honor God and obey His Word faithfully until Christ returns.
05
May
17

Mercy And Judgment

Since we’re all sinners and lawbreakers, according to James 2:10-11, how should we view one another? Through eyes of mercy. If we are all going to be judged by God, how should we treat each other? Let us treat each other mercifully. This is what James says:

Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment. – James 2:12-13 (NIV)

We are not going to help each other get better by  pointing fingers and condemning one another. We’re all working on our own stuff. God is merciful and He will show mercy to those who act mercifully. He will not show mercy to anyone who does not act mercifully. If we want mercy, we’ve got to show mercy. Author Dave Willis says, “Don’t treat people the way they treat you. Treat them the way God treats you.” God treats you with grace and mercy. Go and do likewise.
28
Mar
17

Judgment

God is our ultimate judge and we must remember what He says. The Apostle Paul wrote:

Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism. – Colossians 3:25 (NIV)

There are two aspects to God’s judgment. First, He sees everything that we do – right and wrong. God sees our good deeds as well as our sins and He will hold us accountable. No matter what sins we have committed, we all answer to the same judge.
Second, God is an impartial judge. Your race, gender, age, religious affiliation and economic status will not help you escape judgment. Whether you sit in the White House or live in the poor house, God will judge you on the same terms as everyone else. You will be held accountable. Everyone from the President to the pastor to the pauper will be judged by God. There is only one way to escape a guilty verdict and that is by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. God’s love and grace covers over a multitude of sins for those who follow Jesus. Trust Him and not your good deeds to save you on the day of judgment.



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