Friday, August 9, 2019
Confrontation . . . or Condemnation?
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24–25 NLT)
In using the word church, I’m not speaking of a building; I’m speaking of people. The church exists for three reasons: the glorification of God, the edification of the saints, and the evangelization of the world.
When you’re walking with God, you’ll want to be with God’s people. And if you find yourself out of fellowship with God, then you’ll also find yourself out of fellowship with other believers. You’ll find yourself saying things like, “I don’t really know if I want to go to church today. Besides, there are so many hypocrites. When I go, I feel judged.”
An often-quoted verse is Matthew 7:1, which says, “Judge not, that you be not judged” (NKJV). This could be translated, “Condemn not, that you be not condemned.” We are not to condemn other people. But evaluation is something we should do for one another, helping one another, encouraging one another, and, if necessary, correcting one another.
I reserve the right to confront, if necessary, a fellow Christian who is on the wrong track. As Hebrews 10 says, “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching” (verses 24–25 NKJV).
God wants us to be holy people—not holier-than-thou in the way someone looks down at another with condescension. Rather, it means living a life that is honoring to God and wanting to become more and more like Jesus every day
Day 9 Theme: Names of God
The most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will– Daniel 4:32
Some religions believe in millions of gods. Some believe that everything is god. Others believe that we are gods. But in a world crammed full of gods, the God of the Bible stakes this supreme claim – He is the most High God.
And He has proven it repeatedly through history. In the ten plagues that God sent against Egypt in Moses’ day, God was showing himself to be far superior to all the gods the Egyptians worshiped (Exodus 12:12). When the ark of God was placed in the same house with the Philistines’ imaginary god Dagon, the statue of Dagon fell on its face before it (1 Samuel 5:4).
And, again, here in Daniel, the mighty ruler Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon learns by hard experience that God is the most High, and that He is the one ultimately ruling in every place, giving power to whomsoever He will. There is no king, or employer, or powerbroker that has power outside of God’s dominion.
What a peace and pleasure comes with knowing that God rules, even in the greatest kingdoms of men, and that He dispenses power and influence and authority to whomsoever He will. God is the most High in every place on earth.
Does your life reflect an accurate view of God as the sovereign over your life? Do others see in you a joyful and willing submission to God as the most High? May it be said of us, as it was truly said of Paul and those with him, that “these are the servants of the most High God” (Acts 16:17).
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