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2nd May  2013

About Judging Others!

There are warnings against judging people. Matthew 7:1- 2 ’Do not judge or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.’ So it is not safe.

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Matthew 7:3-4 and John 8:7 say we are not qualified to judge. ‘Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? Jesus said, ‘let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her’ (woman caught in adultery, which by law was punishable by stoning to death).

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Romans 14:4 tell us that it is not our business to judge. ‘Who are you to judge someone else’s servant?’ 1 Corinthians 4:5 tells us not to judge because it is not relevant ‘Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes.’

How are you doing when it comes to judging and not judging?

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9th May 2013

Concerning Discernment!

If you listened to last weeks Thursday Ponderings about judging, you will have heard some strong warnings against judging others. However we are encouraged to judge in the sense of using discernment.

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Luke 12:57 “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right?” John 7:24 “Stop judging by mere appearances, instead judge correctly!” and 1 Corinthians 2: 15-16 “The person with the spirit makes judgements about all things, but such a person is not subject to merely human judgements, for who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

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Jesus tells Simon that he has judged correctly in Luke 7:43. Hebrews 5:14 says that solid food is for the mature Christian who by constant use have trained themselves to discern what is good and what is evil. Discernment is listed as a gift of the spirit in 1 Corinthians 12:10, so it is clear that judging in a discerning way is supposed to be part of a Christian’s life.

So what is the key? It is the help of the Holy Spirit. Jesus had the delicate balance. He knew what was in people and was realistic about sin but He did not come to condemn. John 3:17 is clear about that. Jesus said God did not send his Son to condemn the world, but to save the world. His motive in discerning sin in people was always one of love. So next time you go to judge, ask for guidance from the Holy Spirit and wisdom as to whether you should open your mouth. If you have a judgmental though which is condemning ask for forgiveness.

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16th May 2013

No Separation from God!

Sometimes, when I’m going through a very hard time, I get concerned that if it came to the point in England where we were persecuted for our faith that I might not be strong enough and might deny my faith. I am not afraid of dying but I definitely am afraid of being tortured. At other times I have been close to not believing in a God of love. However I should not worry Gods word is clear on both subjects. John 10:28 says “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand.” How reassuring is that?

Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

That means that nothing I do or say can separate me from the love of God. I find that so comforting and so should you. God loves you and He has no intention of letting you go.

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23rd May 2013

G’day and welcome to Pauline's Thursday Ponderings!

Ephesians 6: 10 – 17 - Finally, receive your power from the Lord and from his mighty strength. Put on all the armor that God supplies. In this way you can take a stand against the devil’s strategies. This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world. For this reason, take up all the armor that God supplies. Then you will be able to take a stand during these evil days. Once you have overcome all obstacles, you will be able to stand your ground. So then, take your stand! Fasten truth around your waist like a belt. Put on God’s approval as your breastplate. Put on your shoes so that you are ready to spread the Good News that gives peace. In addition to all these, take the Christian faith as your shield. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Also take salvation as your helmet and the word of God as the sword that the Spirit supplies.

Christians are to put on the armour of God for we are in a spiritual battle at all times. Let's look briefly at each piece!

  • It talks about the belt or girdle of truth or sincerity. If we are not sincere in our faith we may fall.
  • The breast plate of righteousness is talking about the righteousness we claim from Christ dying for our sins. It is important to keep short accounts with God, when we sin we need to say sorry fast and turn from our sin otherwise we cannot rely on Christ’s righteousness as our breast plate. Any sin drives a wedge between us and God and leaves Satan a space to get a foothold in our lives.
  • On our feet should be the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. Are you renowned as a peace maker? Does peace follow you? Do you forgive easily and let go of wrongs?
  • The shield of faith is essential, satan continually attacks our faith and our thought life. We need to stand strong in our faith,resist the devil and he will flee.
  • The helmet of salvation covers our mind and protects it. Rest in Gods salvation, we did not earn it He gave it to us freely because He loves us.
  • The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, is a brilliant way of standing up to the devil. Quote scripture at Him, He will run so fast. That is what Christ did when He was led to the dessert for 40 days and nights to be tempted. Of course to quote scripture you have to know it so if you don’t know lots make sure its a goal to learn some handy ones such as: He who is in you, is greater than he who is in the world! Nothing can separate us from the love of God and there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus! Isn’t that the best news for the Christian?

Come back tomorrow for more on Partakers! Why not leave me a comment below to let me know your thoughts! Thank you!

(You can find a more about the Spiritual Armour on this site by clicking here: http://davegroberts.podbean.com/2010/09/07/add-spiritual-armour/

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30th May 2013

G’day and welcome to Pauline's Thursday Ponderings!

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James 5:1-6 Now listen, you rich people, weep and wail because of the misery that is coming on you. Your wealth has rotted, and moths have eaten your clothes. 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. Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter. You have condemned and murdered the innocent one, who was not opposing you.

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These words from the book of James contain strong warnings. But what has this to do with me I hear you ask, I am not wealthy. If you wear shoes and have access to clean water, that makes you rich comparatively. And I believe with that comes responsibility as a Christian. I believe we have a responsibility to buy fair trade food when it is on offer. We need to buy our clothes from companies that have well respected ethical policies. Get informed through Tearfunds Lift The Label campaign. We should not want to buy clothes that have been produced in a sweatshop.

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Another practical thing you could do is join the Micah challenge to lobby governments about the promises they made to alleviate global poverty and to attain the Millenium development goals.

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Review your charity donations and work out exactly what proportion of your income you are giving away. Pray to see if God wants you to give away more or less.

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I hope these suggestions will help you deal with your wealth responsibly and in a Christ like way.

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Let me finish with some words from the prophet Micah . Micah 6:8 “He has shown you O man what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God."

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