1 Corinthians 5:12 Who Is To Be Judged?

What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 1 Corinthians 5:12

Nearly every city, county and state in America has a judge that sits on a seat to make judgements about various situations. Rules are put in place and are expected to be followed. The judgement occurs when those rules are not followed correctly.

Judgements also occur inside of many organizations and just among people in general. They are made when a norm or a rule is not followed correctly. The challenge comes in as to who makes the rules or what rules are to be followed.

After talking about expelling a believer living in sin, Paul tells the people that they are not to focus on judging those outside the church, but those in the church.

It is very common to hear people quickly say that no one is to judge anyone, that all judgement is to be left up to God and God alone. This belief is only partially true.

Believers are not to judge those outside the church, because those people do not know or understand God’s commandments. People outside the church are living just like their character, not according to God’s character. They cannot be expected to live any other way.

However, those inside the church are expected to live according to God’s commands. Too often people who consider themselves believers, live in purposeful sin, refusing to repent or change, while still calling themselves a follower of Jesus. It is these people inside the church that Paul tells the believers to judge and expel.

As one does judging, he must take into consideration whether the sin being committed is one on purpose or by a slip up. One who tries to not sin, may slip up and does not need to be judged, but guided.

Start judging by looking at your own life. Are you purposefully living in sin or are you striving to stop all sin?

Once you have judged yourself, do not be afraid to look at other believers around you. If one is living in sin, find out if he is striving to stop the sin or not. If he is trying to stop sinning, then guide him and build him up in the Lord. If he is not trying to stop, warn him and then expel him.

Always remember that those outside the church are living like their leader Satan.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will strive to live by God’s commands; that God will guide you in leading others in His ways; that God will give you wisdom on what to judge by His standards; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.

Matthew 7:21 Are You Doing God’s Will?

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of the Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 7:21

Words are easy to speak. People can say that they will do something, but then not do it.

Every day contracts are drawn up by people agreeing to some type of agreement on what they will do. Promises are made and papers are signed. Shortly afterward, many of those contracts are broken. One side or the other does not do what was agreed upon.

Jesus makes a statement that just because people call Him ‘Lord’, does not mean they will get into heaven. Only those who obey the Father will get into heaven.

Just as it is easy to sign a contract, people can claim to believe in Jesus. They can claim to be a follower of Jesus with just a few words. On the surface everything looks and sounds good. But under the surface, in the heart of the person, it may be a different story.

Many claim to believe in Jesus, go to church and can even quote the bible, but very few actually obey God’s word to them. God calls people to be His witness, and very few actually work at being His witness. Many refuse to actually flee a life of sin, by purposefully living in a sinful way.

To call Jesus “Lord” is to actually make Him controller of one’s life.

God has a job for each person to do, each day. He will reveal that to the person who is open, listening and obedient to His word. As soon as one says ‘no’ to what God is telling him to do, he is sinning against God and being disobedient. That person is not going to enter heaven.

The true believer will do whatever God tells him to do immediately.

If you claim to be a believer in Jesus, you must ask yourself if you obey God’s word to you. Are you willing to do everything that God commands immediately and without question? Or do you pick and choose what you will do?

Your actions determine whether you are a true believer, or just a believer in word only. God is looking for people who will follow Him in every area of his life, not just in words and mind.

Are you a true believer? Are you doing God’s will?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God commands of you; that you will do whatever God tells you to do; that God will be the master of your life; and that God will be able to say of you that you are a good and faithful servant.

Revelation 14:1 How Are You Identified?

Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. Revelation 14:1

Having a way to identify people is very important for many businesses. They will have their own uniform and some form of identification tag.

Each business will have a slightly different way to identify their workers. This helps the employer and the customer know who are the workers. Without a mark of identification, there would only be chaos and confusion among everyone.

In a vision, John sees Jesus and 144,000 people standing on Mount Zion. These people had the name of Jesus and God marked on their foreheads.

The world likes to identify itself by what one has or what one does. Temporary physical things are what identify those who have not chosen to follow Jesus.

Believers are to be marked as belonging to God and are different from the world. They have a mark upon them that is completely different and separate from the world’s way of marking a person. The mark of a believer is one of supernatural peace, one of being different, one of striving to be holy, one of being guided by an eternal perspective, one of knowing that this world is not his final home, and more.

Every person who is marked as belonging to God, will be set apart from the world. His manner of talking and acting will be different, because he is guided by God’s Holy Spirit with God’s word as the rule book on how live. He will not look like or act like the world, but strives to be more and more like Jesus every day.

Being different will give reason for the world to ask why there is something different. It will give the chance to be a witness of who Jesus is.

Allow God to mark you with His mark. Live your life as God would have you live it, separate and different from the world, full of peace and life. You are set apart as holy and dedicated to God in this dark and fallen world.

As you live by God’s standards of love and holiness, you will be identified as different in this temporary world. God knows who are His and sees His mark upon their foreheads and hearts.

How are you identified today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have God’s mark upon your life; that you will live your life by God’s holy standards; that the world will see that you belong to God; and that you will be a witness for Jesus in this world.

1 Corinthians 3:1 Are You Still Worldly?

Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly–mere infants in Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:1

When a person speaks to some other person about some technical information, he must be assured that the other person can understand it. Often, the other person cannot understand technical information, unless he works in that field on a regular basis.

When this occurs, the one speaking must break down his information as though explaining it to a child. The extreme fine technical details must be left out, due to not being able to be understood.

Paul wanted to give the Corinthians some close details of the way God works, but was unable to do so. The people were still living by the world’s standards, not God’s Holy Spirit.

Being led by the Holy Spirit will bring a person to a new level of understanding of worldly events and how God works. Sadly, many believers do not like to attain that new level. They are content to stay at the lower levels of maturity.

There are a lot of believers who are still living like the world, refusing to grow in the Lord and change. Some will say that they do not need to change, because God still loves them as they are and is saving them. Others will not change, because it is costly and painful.

People like this remain infants in God. They refuse to grow up and become more mature. If a child does not grow and change, there is a problem. Parents and doctors become worried and try to seek out why they are not growing, it is not normal.

For a believer to not grow, there is a major problem. Every believer must grow more mature in God’s word, being able to take on greater things of God and understanding more.

Examine your life and see how well you are maturing in God’s word and ways. Look back over time and see if you have changed for the better, gotten worse, or stayed the same.

If you have not matured, seek God’s Holy Spirit to help you grow. Be led by the Holy Spirit in how to live for God and turn away from all sin. Do not allow yourself to stay as an infant, being led by the world and its ways. Become a grownup in Christ.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be led by the Holy Spirit; that you will learn to turn away from sin; that you will grow in being more like Jesus; and that you will do as God wants you to do.

Romans 11:21 Be A Live Branch

For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either. Romans 11:21

Those who grow fruit trees keep a close eye upon the tree. They are looking at the branches to determine which branches are producing fruit and which branches are dead and not producing fruit.

Any branch that does not produce fruit is cut of and thrown away. This is done to give the good branches more nutrition to produce even more.

Many businesses do this with their workers. Any worker that does not produce is often let go after a warning to produce correctly.

After describing Israel as the natural branches of a tree that was cut off by God because of unbelief, Paul describes believers in Jesus as branches grafted into the tree. These new believers need to believe and produce fruit, or they will also be cut off.

It is common to hear of people who have become believers and refuse to give up sinful habits. Many churches teach that people can stay as they are, preaching God’s grace and love, but not talking about what He requires of His people, to live holy lives.

Some will state that once a believer, one cannot lose his salvation, that it is for eternity, no matter how he lives.

Belief in Jesus is what saves a person, however, God requires that the person become a new creation, to turn away from sin and produce fruit. The producing of fruit is not to save a person, but to show gratefulness for the salvation God has given him.

If God was willing to cut off Israel from His salvation, because of their unbelief and refusing to live for Him, He will also cut off people today for the same reasons.

Every believer must strive to live for God and turn from sin, producing fruit worthy of what Jesus has done for them.

If you consider yourself a believer in Jesus and are saved, examine your life. Ask yourself if you are producing fruit or if you are a dead branch. This can be seen in your life if you are turning away from sin.

Make progress on a regular basis to change sinful habits and be His witness. Be who Jesus has saved you to be, a new creation that produces fruit for God’s kingdom, not a dead branch that will be cut off.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will do what God has called you to be; that you will produce fruit for God’s kingdom; and that God will not have to cut you off.