Judge Not

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Luke 6:37 (NLTse)  [37] “Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven.

There is a significant difference between judgment and discernment

…God commands us not to judge others, but He does want us to be discerning. Jesus said we would know people’s spiritual condition by the fruit of their lives (Mt 7:16). He said grapes are not produced by thorn bushes. If a person’s life produces thorns, we can assume that person is not a grapevine! Are we being judgmental? No, we are being discerning. Scripture commands us to avoid associating with scoffers or fools (Pr 22:10;17:12). Unless we are able to identify scoffers and fools, we cannot obey God’s command. That is not being judgmental; it is being discerning. As Christians, we have been instructed to observe the lives of others so that we can help them while avoiding any sinful influence

Matthew 7:16 (NLTse)  [16] You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?

 Proverbs 22:10 (NLTse)

[10] Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too.

Quarrels and insults will disappear.

 Proverbs 22:10 (NLTse)

[10] Throw out the mocker, and fighting goes, too.

Quarrels and insults will disappear.

Christian Anger

Posted by admin on February 23, 2017 in Bible, from Experiencing God Day-By-Day with Comments closed |
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Ephesians 4:26 (NLTse)    [26] And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry,

…   We must be careful not to justify our anger with Scripture. Ep 4:31 commands us to put away all anger. That does not mean that we cease to have strong convictions or lose our desire for justice. It does mean we refuse to allow the sins of others to cause us to sin. Anger does not bring about God’s redemptive work; far more often it hinders what God is working to accomplish.

If you feel that you have a righteous anger because of something that has happened, see if you are holding anger in your heart without sin. Is your anger turning into bitterness? Is your anger causing you to speak in an unchristian manner to someone or to gossip about them? Is your anger causing you to make excuses for your own ungodly behavior? Is your anger preventing you from acting in a loving, redemptive, and Christlike way toward someone? …

Ephesians 4:31 (NLTse)    [31] Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.

Wisdom Justified

Posted by admin on February 6, 2017 in Bible, from Experiencing God Day-By-Day with Comments closed |
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Luke 7:35 (NLTse) [35] But wisdom is shown to be right by the lives of those who follow it.”

 

The world is full of “experts.” There are people everywhere who want to convince you of the wisdom of their opinion. Yet God says that it is not the one who declares his viewpoint the most loudly or vociferously who is the wisest, but the one who is vindicated over time.

 

Wisdom is not proven by argument or debate. Wisdom is proven over time. Some people adamantly proclaim that their opinion is best. Regardless of how convincingly these people defend their viewpoint, time is the best judge of their wisdom. The result of a practice proves its validity, not how loudly it is promoted…

 

Spiritual Enemies

Posted by admin on January 27, 2017 in Bible, from Experiencing God Day-By-Day with Comments closed |
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Ephesians 6:12 (NLTse)

[12] For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

…When you meet opposition to your faith, your first reaction may be anger toward your antagonist. This may divert your attention from the deeper, spiritual dimensions of your conflict. Your adversary may be hopelessly in bondage to sin. Rather than retaliating, you should immediately and earnestly intercede for that person. Your opponent’s hostility is your invitation to become involved in God’s redemptive work to free him or her from spiritual bondage…

Your hope lies in the reality that “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1Jn 4:4)

Spiritual Optimism

Posted by admin on November 22, 2016 in Bible, from Experiencing God Day-By-Day with Comments closed |
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…  It is impossible to stand in the presence of God and be a pessimist! …

[13] For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.   (Philippians 4:13 (NLTse))

Prayer is not a substitute for hard work —

Posted by admin on April 19, 2016 in from Experiencing God Day-By-Day with Comments closed |
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Prayer is not a substitute for hard work — prayer is the work! God does things in and through our lives by prayer that He does in no other way. As we pray and as our attention is turned toward God, we become more receptive to aligning our lives with His will. God will not equip us with His power while we are racing off to our next appointment!


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Another Self Reminder

Posted by admin on October 20, 2015 in Bible, from Experiencing God Day-By-Day with Comments closed |
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An Imperishable Crown

 

1Co 9:24-27(NLTse)   [24] Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! [25] All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. [26] So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. [27] I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified.

…If an athlete will labor day after day in order to receive glory from others, how much harder ought Christians to work for the “well done” of their Master? Are you striving to bring your body into subjection for the glory of God? Are you training your mind to think the thoughts of God rather than thoughts of the world? Are you disciplining your life in prayer?…

More that I need to work on:

Posted by admin on August 13, 2015 in Bible, from Experiencing God Day-By-Day with Comments closed |
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Every Careless Word

 

[36] And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.  ( Matthew 12:36 (NLTse))

…Idle words are things we say carelessly, without concern for their impact on others…

[18] But the words you speak come from the heart–that’s what defiles you. ( Matthew 15:18 (NLTse))

…We are in much less danger of saying something offensive when we are listening than when we are speaking! …

[29b] … Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. ( Ephesians 4:29 (NLTse))


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The Agony of Prayer – from Experiencing God

Posted by admin on August 7, 2015 in Bible, from Experiencing God Day-By-Day with Comments closed |
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(Editor’s Note:  I post this as a reminder to me, not to preach to others.)

The Agony of Prayer

And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
Lk 22:44

Prayer is not difficult to understand. It is difficult to do…

…Most Christians operate on the shallowest levels of prayer, but God wants to take us into the deep levels of intercessory prayer that only a few ever experience…

… How do we become mature in our prayer life? By praying. When we do not feel like praying is precisely the time we ought to pray. There are no shortcuts to prayer. There are no books to read, seminars to attend, or inspirational mottoes to memorize that will transform us into intercessors. This comes only by committing ourselves to pray and then doing so…

A Noticeable Difference (Exp God)

Posted by admin on July 28, 2015 in Bible, from Experiencing God Day-By-Day with Comments closed |
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…As you walk with Jesus daily, let the witness of the changes taking place in you come from others and not from you.  If you have to prove to someone that God has really changed you, He has not

Acts 4:13 (NLTse)  13 The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men with no special training in the Scriptures.   They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.

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