Lord, thank You that we can worship You – You are altogether beautiful. Thank You that we can gather together to worship You. We love You – we ask that You would help me to speak effectively – that we could hear Your wisdom and instruction. Thank You for this day – we pray in Your name.
Mike teaching – Judge Not, lest you too be judged…
We need to learn to judge effectively – judging – to take facts and make some sort of decision about those facts. Too often, we have an idea about something and then try to gather the facts to support it.
Envy – wanting something someone else has.
I think sometimes, I might not have wanted it until I see someone else who has it. Covetousness is one of the ten commandments.
Romans 12: 3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. – don’t think more highly of yourself than you ought.
We sometimes reach a point where we are ‘self-sufficient’ – and feel like we don’t need God.
On the flipside, we should not think more lowly than we ought – that is insecurity.
All these feelings stem from a misunderstanding of Who God IS and who we are.
Sometimes we think God is interfering, stern, impatient – we think we are the only one who will care about number one.
Last week, Mike finished the talk on Jonah. He was an interesting guy – but he didn’t understand God’s grace. I thought about it – if I were on that boat, it is all about me, throw me in the water.
Jonah 4:2 – I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, and one who relents in the face of calamity.
1 Tim. 6: 17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
Ephesians 1: 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.
I’m not supposed to use extreme words like always, never, etc – but those are the only words to describe God – He is always the same; He never changes. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
That doesn’t mean we always get everything we want - I’ve always wanted a ’62 Cobra (car) – my wife gave me the Matchbox model of it.
We have every spiritual blessing – that is the God we serve.
Who am I? I was pausing – think of that – my first thought – I am God’s beloved. I am not worthy of that title. Even though God has blessed us with all these things – sometimes it is easy to see something we want and to be covetous of it.
If we truly believed we had everything we needed, why would we ever judge someone else?
Dennis Knable used to say – we are in a battle, and we are warriors in that battle. If we are not battling and warring against the enemy, we often are warring against each other.
The problem is, there are differences between people. The natural thing – I look at the person to see how we are different. Does his different make him better than me? Or am I better than him? There are 6 Billion people in the world, and each is unique – that would be a lot of judging to do.
John – what about this guy or that guy – Jesus basically said, consider yourself. Don’t worry about him.
We need to learn to accept these differences.
I was thinking of Peyton Manning. If all of the football players were like him – every set of downs would be 4 and out – if there are only passers and no receivers…
The goal is not to make everyone like you. I like who I am and where I am – and if someone doesn’t wear the same baggy pants or drive the same car as me, there must be something wrong with them! We can be different in speech, music choices, food, etc.
1 Sam. 16: 6 When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” 7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
– Saul was the king – head and shoulders above everyone else. But it didn’t turn out right – he was self-centered and God told Samuel to find a replacement. Then he went to Jesse’s house – and the first son comes out and Samuel thinks – certainly this is the one – but God says no… - Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart.
What I saw of this – it was a rebuke!
Continued at gracesummit.org/Messages/entry/10132013
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