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November 14, 2018, 10:00 AM

TO JUDGE or NOT TO JUDGE.....that is the BIG QUESTION??


TO JUDGE or NOT TO JUDGE…that is the BIG QUESTION??

To all my brother’s and sister’s in Christ, I first want to preface this teaching by saying…I love you and truly believe that you have SOOO much VALUE to GOD that he sent HIS only son because of the LOVE HE has for you and me, so that we do not have to “stay stuck” in our sin and bondage…that JESUS came to MAKE us FREE!!! I also know that we are all in our own timetable of transformation and sanctification…however…please let us not become complacent about where we are and where GOD wants us to be…by using excuses and trying to justify this place of compromise.  If we truly LOVE and KNOW HIM, we will OBEY HIS commands….it doesn’t mean we are perfect…it just means we want ALL that HE has for us!

I wanted to address what I hear SO MANY TIMES coming from “Christian’s” that say…”Don’t judge me, God doesn’t want us to judge”…and then they throw out a “PARTIAL SCRIPTURE” taken out of context of the whole chapter or what the rest of the meaning is.  So today…I want us to DIG IN to the scriptures and look for the COMPLETE and WHOLE meaning of what is being communicated!

If we can…let’s look at first WHO the “righteous JUDGE” is…

2 Timothy 4:8-Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

There is only ONE RIGHTEOUS JUDGE and that is the Lord.  But there will be a JUDGE we face at the end of our lives.  Jesus is full of grace and truth (John 1:14), and judges with right judgement (1John 4:8).

In that…God has given us not only HIS WORD to live by and obey, has put HIS HOLY SPIRIT within us to “quicken” our mortal body and bring us conviction to keep us on the right path, but has also equipped and called us to hold each other accountable (submit to one another in the fear of the Lord).  HIS word will be used to bring reproof, rebuke and correction when needed, but in love, gentleness, and humility.  I am grateful for all the leaders, elders and brethren HE has put in my life to help me see my own blind spots of where I have gotten off track, and have not been walking soberly with HIM.

The scripture I hear most quoted in the “DO NOT JUDGE ME” mantra, comes from… Matthew 7:1-- "Do not judge so that you will not be judged.  If we stop right there…it really looks like…we should NOT JUDGE.  However, let us read on to complete the whole “context”…

Matthew 7: 2 "For in the WAY you judge, you will be judged; and by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. 3 "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do NOT notice the log that is in your own eye? 4 "Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' and behold, the log is in your own eye? 5"You hypocrite, FIRST take the log out of your own eye, and THEN you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.  I don’t believe we are to JUDGE with a HYPOCRITAL PIOUS JUDGEMENT, but we are to judge the brethren with a RIGHTEOUS judgement…NOT SELF-RIGTEOUS!

So the context is pointing out what JESUS always hated….PRIDE….self-righteous hypocrites that do not humble themselves first…and think that they are ABOVE others..that have a spirit of religious piety that think they are not equal to others because of their educational degrees, titles, royal robes and membership to their religious organizations of Saducess and Pharisess, and they have put themselves on a very HIGH pedestal or even physical platform.

I do believe Jesus gives us each other and gives GIFTS to HIS BODY for the process of transforming the way we think and becoming more so like HIS IMAGE…not the image of man’s righteousness.  These scriptures do say FIRST take the log out of your own eye, and THEN you will see clearly to TAKE THE SPECK OUT OF YOUR BROTHER’s EYE!  So…it doesn’t say…DON’T EVER JUDGE?? 

 I believe when we teach and or correct as a leader, we always have to examine our own heart’s first—and continue to constantly die to ourselves daily!!  Die to the need to be “like God”…high and lifted up!  I want to continue to move into a place of self-growth, sanctification and walking in holiness and righteousness so that I can become a WITNESS of the GOODNESS of GOD!
 

In continuance of this thought…that we are to look at our brethren and see where they are STUCK in bondage…let us take a look at the next few chapters…

 

1 CORINTHIANS 5:1-13--

1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. 2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? 13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

Here I have highlighted some parts of this Chapter that I want you to see.  The Apostle Paul was writing this to the Corinthians at the close of this three year’s residence in Ephesus.  Paul was bringing correction of error brought about by the carnality of believers at Corinth, they were in an immoral condition.  So FIRST Paul had to JUDGE their condition in order to bring gentle correction.  There was a man that slept with his father’s wife, and they were compromising and he accused them of being proud and not mourning over this sin among them, and had allowed the man doing this  not be corrected or “taken away from among them”.  He reminded them that this can affect the whole body…just like leaven (yeast).  He reminds them they “become who they associate with” (not to keep company with fornicators among brethren).  He reminds them of a previous letter he wrote that they will be in the company of fornicators of this world, or with covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters, because they cannot go out of the world.  But he reminds them that if  any man that is called a brother, (Christian in your church) be a fornicator, coveteous, idolater, railer, drunkard, or an extortioner, with SUCH AN ONE, NO NOT TO EAT!  He also says God will judge those that our without (on the outside of the brethren in the world), but asks the question, do not ye JUDGE them that are within??

So we see here that a LEADER is correcting the CHURCH to hold the BRETHREN accountable within themselves…and not to become complacent to the sin among the body of Christ.

If we DO NOT say anything to our brother’s or sister’s about where they are “STUCK’ in their SIN—we become “INDIFFERENT” and I would have to beg the question…is this really LOVING THEM??  Or is this enabling them to continue in their bondage because of our lack of courage and fear of gentle confrontation—which is a self-ish motive for not confronting? 

IS the OPPORSITE of LOVE…..”INDIFFERENCE”??

Or….can love grow with the right amount of gentleness correction…and allow these brethren to become ALL that GOD intended??

We see Paul continuing this subject…as you can even hear maybe his complete frustration with them going to law against each other in 1 Corinthians 6…

1 Corinthians 6:1-8 1 Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? 2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 4 If then ye have judgments of things pertaining to this life, set them to judge who are least esteemed in the church. 5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among you? no, not one that shall be able to judge between his brethren? 6 But brother goeth to law with brother, and that before the unbelievers.7 Now therefore there is utterly a fault among you, because ye go to law one with another. Why do ye not rather take wrong? why do ye not rather suffer yourselves to be defrauded? 8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

We see here where Paul is asking them in regards to this particular issue , “are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?”.  He reminds them that “we shall judge angels…and asks again if there “is not a wise man among you? No, not one that shall be able to JUDGE between his BRETHREN?

So in these two chapters…we see where “holding the BODY of Christ, the brethren accountable amongst themselves…is RECOMMENDED by the Apostle Paul himself!  Paul is correcting them for NOT JUDGING amongst themselves those caught in sin.

Galatians 6:1--1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

We are to help RESTORE in the spirit of meekness (gentleness and humility).  We can only RESTORE and bring correction if we look and judge where a person is struggling within their life.

We again…are to NOT have this self-rightous judgment, and we are definitely NOT to JUDGE by APPEARANCES, by what is on the OUTSIDE. 

John 7:24- Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.

Let us be slow to pronounce guilt based on hearsay...and let us presume innoncence until sufficient evidence can prove guilt beyond reasonable doubt.  Let the goal be restoration (2 Corinthians 13:11).   We must be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave us (Ephesians 4:32). 

But I do believe we are called to help bring RESTORATION to our brother’s and sisters in Christ by speaking LIFE and TRUTH into their lives...righteous judgement.

THIS ……….IS……..CORAGEOUS………..LOVE!!




November 14, 2018, 8:56 AM

DON'T LOSE YOUR VOICE....


DON’T LOSE YOUR VOICE

So….this year I have been volunteering in a position that helps get people into substance abuse treatment.  This has been very rewarding, while some have victories, others continue to struggle.  I volunteered to do this to simply help people, but because of the “political arena” that I am in, it has challenges.  Too many are doing this to advance their political platform, or for their own business or financial agenda.  I did not get into this volunteer position to be a part of that, but just simply to help set the captives free and point them to Jesus.  In some things that we do that are GOOD, we can get distracted by what GOD has originally called us to specifically.  So I hear the Lord remind me to “NOT LOSE MY VOICE”, and to “STAND for TRUTH and RIGHTEOUSNESS”, and that I need to “STAY IN MY LANE” so to speak.  On that note, I am getting back into my lane of writing and teaching the truth about what God’s WORD says--I WILL NOT COMPROMISE TRUTH.  I have only written on this blog twice so far this year….time to “PICK IT BACK UP” again and “RUN with the VISION of being a REFORM-lutionary!!  A person who wants to point people to Jesus and continue HIS Reformation HE began from the beginning in HIS BODY, the church, and to bring a REVOLUTION to our Nation to get those that are lost back to HIM!

SO….I will be continuing to MOVE FORWARD in whatever DOOR HE ONLY OPENS for ME!!

Stay tuned….GOD has so much planned for his REMNANT of those who will be obedient and take up their cross and follow HIM ONLY!!!




September 9, 2018, 3:29 PM

JESUS IS ENOUGH......


JESUS IS ENOUGH!!

About a year ago my husband and I revamped our Private Facebook Group called Hungry Hearts…with teachings that POINT PEOPLE BACK to JESUS!!  Our goal should be to always point people back to Christ….and not to point them to a man, to a philosophy, to a theology, to a man-made self-help doctrine or to a building…but to get them to FOLLOW JESUS ONLY!!!  Today, I attended a service where the visiting Pastor said he had an encounter with Jesus that confirmed this word…and that he felt he was supposed to point people back to Jesus. 

I LOVE when JESUS confirms the words he speaks to you...even a year later!!

I believe when the Lord started speaking to me about getting back to the “simplicity of the gospel” and what it actually meant to FOLLOW JESUS, He was just confirming what He came originally to do.  We are meant to be reconciled back to our place IN HIM. 

A while back I started writing and sharing on my blog articles titled, “Jesus Said It”.  The reason I felt to do this is that we in the Body of Christ have started to listen to other words than the words of our Lord Jesus.  I’ve asked my Christian friends that if Jesus were to walk through the wall where you are today, and look you eyeball to eyeball, with those “fiery eyes of love” and say “This is what I want you to do, and this is what I don’t want you to do” ….would you DO IT?? 

Are we TRUE disciples of JESUS?  Or are we disciples of men?  What WORDS are you listening to?  Whom are you following?  And…are you obeying?

John 8:31-32 - 31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

At the end of my life, when I stand before my Father in the most crushing words that I DON’T want to hear are…

Matthew 7:21-24 -

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Do you “KNOW” the Lord?  We see here in these words that those who HEAR the words of  the Lord and obeys them is a wise man.  We also see how we define those that “KNOW HIM”….

1 John 2:3-6 -

3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

We are to HEAR what Jesus said, and DO what He says.

It is not even about if you prophesied, cast out devils, and done many wonderful works (Matthew 7:22).  Are you HEARING the words of  Jesus??

I suggest we get back into our BIBLES (the TRUTH) and REAL WORDS of the Lord, and just READ IT for what it actually says, and not try and twist and turn the words to fit some sermon or 3-points we are trying to make, to not take HIS WORD out of context or interrupt the complete context of a letter HE was writing…but to actually READ the WORD for what it says!!  And then, you or I do not get to pick and choose to believe or do what WE want…but to actually FOLLOW CHRIST and DO what HE SAYS for us to DO!! 

Jesus Christ already gave us ALL the ministry of reconciliation and commanded us to GO….so….did you actually HEAR???

2 Corinthians 5:18-21 -18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 

Get back to the “words in red”, so to speak, START THERE!! Start in the Gospels of Jesus and READ IT, not to sermonize or point people to you… but to SEE and HEAR JESUS!!!  To KNOW HIM!!

This…..is….really….pretty simple.  Jesus already did the work for you….HE has already conquered death, hell and the grave….you just get to POINT others back to HIM….to JESUS!!!!!  How glorious and preach the “simplicity of the gospel” to those around you!!

Be a TRUE DISCIPLE…be a GOD-PLEASER and NOT a Man-Pleaser today!!

JESUS…………..IS…………ENOUGH!!!




May 2, 2018, 11:17 AM

JESUS SAID IT.....


I have noticed that I have not written on my BLOG for about 4-months...WOW!!  I have been so very blessed and honored to be asked by a prominent member of our city to be a part of a program that helps those get into treatment recovery programs....instead of putting them in jail...we offer help.  This has had so many different and rewarding days and it takes the complete love and strength of Jesus for me to accomplish any of it.  Without Christ...I can do NO THING!!

I wanted to share one area of study in the Bible that really moved my heart ...and it is in Matthew 25:31-46.  This speaks of what will happen at Christ's return.  As we begin to read the opening of the story, JESUS is SPEAKING and  it goes as follows:  

Matthew 25:31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

So we see here that Jesus comes in all his glory and all the holy angels and as the nations are gathered before him...Jesus seperates them and on His right hand he sets the SHEEP...and on His left hand he sets the GOATS.

Then as I've said before, if JESUS speaks we ought to listen...

34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

So we see here where JESUS SAID...to the SHEEP..."Come and inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world"....and Jesus also said they were BLESSED.  

So we have to really want to be not only in a mode to receive a blessing from Jesus but also to receive our inheritance.  

The sheep also known as "the rightous" in verse 37..were confused and asked Jesus when they had fed the hungry, gave the thristy a drink, took in a stranger, gave away some clothes, and visited the sick and those in prison...and Jesus again SAID:....

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

So here is a VERY life-impacting verse...that WHATEVER we do to others, we DO TO JESUS.

I have to ask....are we really grasping the enormity of this statment?  When we are ugly to others, or choose not to give to those in need, or put others on the street....do we get what we have just done??  WOW!  

Jesus also goes on to say to the GOATS...

41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Jesus cast these GOATS from his presence into "everlasting fire"...and he also called them "CURSED".  Again these GOATS were confused as to when the had NOT GIVEN to JESUS food, water and had not gave hime shelter, or clothing and did not visit him while sick or in prision....and Jesus reminded them....

45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

So again...let us remember to take very seriously where our "HEART MOTIVE" is....are we giving to all those that are in need?  And let us remember that we are called to "BECOME LOVE" to all those within our sphere of influence.  Jesus did not really put any conditions on WHOM we feed or give something to drink.  

Let us NEVER be guilty of turning away anyone that has even the simplest need for food, water, clothing or shelter....because there was also a FINAL statment from JESUS....and HE said to these GOATS....

46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

LET US ALWAYS REMEMBER....when "you have done it unto of of the least of these my BRETHREN", you have done it to JESUS!!

WALK IN LOVE....give to those in need.

BECOME LOVE!




December 31, 2017, 7:20 AM

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018!!


We WELCOME IN the New Year 2018!!!

My WORD for this year is simply...."GENUINE"!  I long to be completely sincere and GENUINE in my personal relationship with Jesus and with my family and friends.  There is noting that I love more than people who are REAL and themselves around me, so I hope to be that to others!

As I continue to HEAR the WORDS OF JESUS...and let them resonate in my heart...it brings me to such a place of PEACE and REST.  I have found that in the season , I am seeking to grow personally and really listen to the Lord.  I feel that I will continue to trust in the "SIMPLICITY of the GOSPEL"!!  We (myself included in the we) have made this SO MUCH MORE complicated than it has to be, and in the desire of making ourselves seem so much more "super spiritual" and "knowledegable" we have turned to eating from the "Tree of KNOWLEDGE of Good and Evil" instead of the "Tree of LIFE" (JESUS CHRIST)!!!  I am on a journey to really HEAR and OBEY the WORDS OF JESUS...because if I am to "KNOW HIM" I believe this is CRUCIAL in my personal walk with HIM!!!  My Heart's Cry is "OH, that I may KNOW HIM"....even deeper than ever.  

I once looked one of my very dear friends in the eye and said, "IF JESUS HIMself were to WALK THROUGH THAT WALL, and look you dead in the eye and say your name and say I want you to DO THIS, and to NOT DO THAT, would you do it?"  Her answer, as she is a mighty woman of God, was "Of course".  I said, "But unfortunately WE are NOT DOING THAT!". We have his words to us already in the four Gospel's and the entire BIBLE.   I have been on this quest to RE-READ the words that "JESUS SAID"...and really "HEAR THEM"!!! Not filter those words through my denominational mindsets, organizational 'articles of faith', or other beliefs that I have picked up on by listenting even to the wrong Christian leaders that say alot of things that tickle my ears through their teachings, conferences or books....but READ WHAT The Bible is saying from even Genesis to Revelation.  The HOLY BIBLE--ALL of it POINTS to CHRIST!!! So let us stop putting other IDLE words and things on the throne of heart--and REPLACE it with JESUS CHRIST who should ALWAYS HAVE FIRST PLACE on the THRONE OF OUR HEART!!  IDOLATRY in any form is still a sin.  Let us become GOD-pleasers and NOT man-pleasers!  Let us ALWAY PREACH JESUS CHRIST and the Kingdom--and stop preaching all those other things that only tend to make people SO DEPENDANT upon US and MEN and not UPON JESUS CHRIST!!  Let us stop preaching things that DO NOT POINT PEOPLE TO JESUS!!

JESUS died to redeem us back to our rightful place as sons and daughter's of GOD!  HE is our AUTHORITY OVER US...let us allow JESUS to take his rightful place and be our Apostle and HIGH PRIEST.  There is only one mediator between GOD and Man, that is JESUS CHRIST.  If Jesus is sitting at the right hand on the throne making intercession for us, why do we feel that man can usurp that position?  It bogles my mind how we have taken SOOOO many things out of this gospel and twisted it to fit our own plan and agenda, to promote ourselves and we have stopped promoting JESUS!!!

My prayer for this NEW YEAR is that we allow JESUS back into HIS BODY, HIS BUILDING, not built with man's hands, we are the TEMPLE...and allow HIM to REIGN in HIS rightful place once again!!

LET us HEAR and OBEY the WORDS OF JESUS....and NO OTHER!!

Let us LOVE GOD and LOVE PEOPLE ....the two GREATEST COMMANDMENTS we can keep!!

Let us STOP all the showboating, perfomance and grandstanding so others think we are so spiritual!

Let us STOP all the backbiting and devouring HIS BODY!! If you do it to "the least of these" you've DONE IT TO JESUS!!

Let us be a WITNESS of the LOVE and LIGHT of GOD wherever we go and to whomever we come in contact with!!

Let us not be guilty of sowing division and strife, but walk in UNITY with our brothers and sisters in CHRIST!

Let us TRULY be "GENUINE" in our LOVE for others and FOR HIM!

I pray THIS YEAR will be the YEAR we ALL PRESS IN to KNOW HIM.....JESUS CHRIST!!


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