I’ve noticed quite a few things about shadows. For one, if the sun is lower in the sky, and thus farther away, a person’s shadow is longer. The closer that the sun gets (which is also the higher that it goes and the brighter that it becomes), the smaller that the shadow becomes. If you could get even closer to the sun and the light is intensified even greater and greater, there will eventually become a point where you no longer see any shadow because the light and its reflections will eventually dispel all of the darkness.
Now think of how this applies to you as a believer…
Yeshuah (Jesus) is the son of God and the Word shines brightly as the sun. As the light (Word) shines on your life, your shadows (sins, weaknesses, sicknesses, etc. – all elements of darkness) are cast to the ground. The further you are away in your heart from the Lord, the more darkness is in your life, and the larger of a “shadow” that is cast to the ground when exposed to “the light.”
Isaiah 60:19 – The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.
The closer you get to the light, however, and the higher you seek it (even to the point where you are completely submitted beneath it, fully exposed by it, with nowhere to hide), the smaller and smaller of a dark shadow you cast. In fact, you can get to the point where the only possibly shadow left is that which is hidden under your feet.
Romans 16:20 – And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.
So seek the Lord diligently. Let there be no more room for anything to be hidden. Let there be nothing left to be cast down. Be in His presence. Peace be unto you!
“Only God can judge me…” ~Tupac, and almost every other wannabe gangsta rapper after.
Well, you are right! Only God can judge you, and He promises in His word that He will. This is why, though it may feel better to say this phrase because it bothers you for other people to call you out on your mess, it is more dangerous to flee good advice.
People used to say, “well God knows my heart.” That is scary! For if God knows my heart, He knows that I knew I needed to go to worship Him, but were just too lazy to get up and go do it. He knows that though I know I was doing wrong, my desires to do it were just stronger than my desires to do right. And so though I am making myself feel better before man by saying that, I am actually condemning myself more before God, for I am acknowleding that I FULLY understand God’s awareness of the wickedness and spiritual neglect that I willfully participate in.
Indeed, God is the only one who can judge you, and telling those who genuinely care about you enough to remind you of God’s own Word about the wrath that you are bringing upon yourself with your copout about “judge not, that ye be not judged,” is actually a huge mistake. The wise one will actually welcome correction that is done in love, for it is written, “it is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to haer the song of fools (Ecc 7:5),” and “open rebuke is better than secret love (Pro 27:5).”
But, you’d rather have the support of your destruction, the song of fools, who tell you that it is okay, or even good, to continue in wickedness, despite you, yourself, proclaiming that God can judge you.
God not only can, but His Word promises that He WILL judge you! Jeremiah 11:20 states, “But, O LORD of hosts, that judgest righteously, that triest the reins and the heart, let me see thy bengeance on them…” Yes, not only is God judging our hearts, but shall execute his vengeance for that which is unrighteous! Just the same, “every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment (Matt 12:36).” So, in other words, all of that foolish talk, all of that vulgarity that He is not pleased with (Eph 5:4), all of that unrepentent sin, all of the voluntary wickedness, all of the hateful treatment of others, all of the covetousness, all of the sexual immorality, all of the stealing, all of the idol worship (money, celebrities, etc.)… all of the sin, surely shall be judged, by God and God alone.
But… shouldn’t you do everything you can NOW to get right before then, and actually take correction and suggestions for improvement wherever you can get it???
Whereas none of us may be perfect, as we all strive, we can help each other do more together than we ever could alone… Yes, only God can judge you, but if the people who care about you can at least try to help by pointing out areas to fix now, that is one less thing to be held against you in that day of judgment. Only God can judge you, and only He can save your soul from the disease of sin which results in eternal death and damnation, but maybe, just maybe, through the help of those He uses, that judgment doesn’t have to be so bad.
So, before being so quick to be so defensive to those who care about you and throw up scriptures like “judge not, that you be not judged” – all out of context of the full meaning of that scripture – and to copy a common phrase like “only God can judge me,” consider what that truly means… God is the only one who can judge you for your eternity, and you can rest assured that He shall!
“Salvation is the greatest miracle!”
This is what they shout from the pulpit in the corporate modeled church, but where is the scripture to acknowledge this?
A miracle is an act of divine, unnatural, or unusual type of event. It is something that is performed by someone. Jesus/Yeshua’s first miracle was turning water into wine.
Show me in scripture where following Jesus, or accepting salvation, is considered a miracle! Out of all the people who became disciples – even the boisterous Simon/Peter – the Bible does not refer to their conversion as a miracle.
Where does this statement come from then?
I’ll tell you where… This is a statement made to validate weakened faith. Normally this type of statement is made in churches that seem to not really believe in the full power of the prayers where they are praying.
I’ve been to the churches where though they read the scriptures and even pray, they act like they don’t believe in what the scriptures say about divine healing, casting out spirits, prophecy, gifts of tongues, restoring life from death, and so on…. despite that these are things that the very scriptures attest.
These churches will address medical science procedures as miracles.
Why? Because, by calling something they know is common as a miracle will protect them from the let down something bigger not happening. In other words, it is playing it safe and basically saying that, “if this is all I can get to prove my faith, I’ll take it.”
God’s miracles, however are REAL miracles. God’s miracles are things like: bringing someone back from death, healing leprosy with the restoration of lost limbs, multiplying food massively, casting out vile spirits, and causing a plant to die from just speaking it. God’s miracles are not figurative, but they are REAL.
When we are ready to truly walk in faith, we will no longer call the non-miraculous as miracles, but believe in true miracles. Yes all these other things are great, but God is truly able, and we don’t have to weaken our expectations of faith to help Him out!
Far too often you hear where people say things like “the Bible says ‘don’t judge'” when responding to correction or teaching on something that they are doing wrong. It is one of the most misused scriptures of all. The rest of the scripture says, “lest you be judged,” which means not to judge or YOU WILL BE JUDGED by the same manner. The scripture about “removing the beam out of your own eye before attacking the speck in mine” is indicative of being hypocritical.
But what if the person is simply reading scripture, God’s Word? Is that him/her being hypocritical, or is it teaching from the Word?
What if the person who is sharing what is wrong, or cautioning, is doing so out of genuine concern of your soul? What if he/she is fully ready to be “judged” by the same manner?
Too often, this attitude and statement is used to try to either scare or guilt the person into walking away from declaring the truth because the person on defensive just doesn’t want correction, even loving correction. Proverbs actually declares the person who hates correction as “stupid” and also states that the person who hates correction will die. (And NO, this is not threatening, or saying that we want anyone to die, just teaching scripture… it is sad that I must say that because there will be some person out there trying to twist this for more than what it really means.) In other words, the person who refuses correction is dangerous to him/herself and destroys his/her own life.
On the “flip side,” I bet you that if you approach those same people with comments about their blessings, how they must have been doing something good, or how their blessings are a testament to them being good people… they won’t throw “judge not, lest you be judged” at you! If you’re recognizing them for good things, they won’t say anything of the sort about “don’t judge me” which if it’s judgement one way (and a bad thing) then it is judgement the other way.
Ultimately, it is kind of like with a young child. A young child wants to act up all day long and only be rewarded, but as soon as you get to the punishment side for his/her wrongdoings, the child will say you are being mean.
So, to conclude, the point is this… Someone saying that something you are doing that is wrong, which really is wrong, is not JUDGING! It is a FACT! Now, if you say, “it’s none of your business” that’s another thing. But if you say that, you must don’t want true friends, because true friends are going to try to help you if they see you going the wrong direction. True friends are going to tell you you’re wrong if it will help protect you from dire results. And likewise, if you go to a church or hear a sermon of someone preaching what the WORD says is wrong and take offense, then it sounds more like the “hit dog will holler” situation than anything judgement, and if offended then you are offended by God, not the messenger!
Ultimately, the only true judge is God, whom we shall all face. Iron does sharpen iron though, and we are expected to look out for each other, including correcting or advising each other of dangerous paths. And the Bible is not so much saying you are “bad” for judging anyone, but that you will be held by the same standard that you hold others, so really, shouldn’t we all seek to raise our standard and that of the entire body of Christ?
Judge? Maybe so.