July 1. 2020

Why, then, do you judge your brother? Or why do you belittle your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. It is written: “As surely as I live, says the Lord, every knee will bow before Me; every tongue will confess to God.” So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God. – Romans 14:10-12 BSB

So much to unpack in a few short lines. This is what the writer of Hebrews means when he says, For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12). First of all we must remember that each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. God is keeping score, God knows not only our deeds, but our hearts. That is why we are to live an examined life-because when this life is over God will go over that examination with us! The Bible encourages us to judge now, so that we can make adjustments and then God will not NEED TO judge us! “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.” (1 Corinthians 11:31)

Leader, Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you fail to meet the test! (2 Corinthians 13:5) We must be aware that we are in a fallen world, and the Prince of this world is doing everything he can to keep us from being used by God and bringing glory to God. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete. (2 Corinthians 10:4-6) This is why we must know scripture because the devil is constantly deceiving us, he is the father of lies. You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44)

Conduit, And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds. (2 Corinthians 11:14-15) Satan is the great counterfeiter of Jesus. Throughout the Bible we find that he has done this in a number of ways. God has sent prophets to proclaim His word, and Satan sends false prophets, Jesus is the LIGHT of the world and Satan appears as an “angel of light”, God gives us teachers to teach His WORD and Satan sends false teachers. Satan is a liar and a deceiver (Romans 12:9, Revelations 20:7-8,10). In the world of racial unrest, the destruction of the fabric of our family and our country we are seeing many believers bowing down and confess sins to men. We see people ‘take a knee’ to people in the BLM movement and confessing ‘sins’ of those who in the past looked like them? Things are getting crazier, angrier, and more ungodly- just like the Bible says it will in the end of days. But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!” (Revelation 12:12) How do we know what is of God and what is counterfeit? We must diligently read and study God’s word, and know it well, so that when we hear or see something that DOES NOT line up with the Bible, or is a COUNTERFEIT, we will know it instantly. If we DO NOT spend time becoming familiar with God’s word, as well as spending time with God in prayer, we are likely to fall prey to Satan’s deceptions. 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. (Ephesians 6:12)

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