Tag: Proverbs 1:32-33

Judging inside Christ’s church

Scripture reading for August 7th: 1st Corinthians 5, Psalm 6, Proverbs 1

1st Corinthians 5: 9-13 “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people–not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler–not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.””

The Word of God makes it clear that sitting in the place of God and judging others is not right. Only God is righteous and knows how to judge each person as He knows their hearts perfectly and sees all facts. He has given all judgment to His Son, Jesus Christ. However, God has given limited judgment to His people to purge evil from His Church. This judgment is to be exercised based on facts of two or more witnesses. Opportunity to repent and ask for grace is to be given. If there is a refusal to repent, the unrepentant person who claims to be a believer must be put out of the church and association with them cut off. This is to bring them godly sorrow in hopes of repentance and restoration. Sin, like leaven in bread, can infect the whole church if not dealt with. Lord give us grace to hear and obey!

Psalm 6:8-9 “Depart from me, all you workers of evil, for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping. The Lord has heard my plea; the Lord accepts my prayer.”

Prayer: Father God, it has been with weeping and pleas for repentance that I have obeyed this passage in Your Word. Thankfully, I have seen fruit of repentance in some but others turned away. I am thankful that all final judgment is given to Jesus Christ, the righteous Judge. Help me and Your church leaders to follow Your instructions to purge evil from Your church and see Your grace draw many to the cross.

Proverbs 1:32-33 “For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

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No more delay!

Scripture reading for December 12th:  Revelation 10, Psalm 123-24, Proverbs 1

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 10:4-7 “And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”  And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by Him Who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, that there would be no more delay, but in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as He announced to His servants the prophets.”  

After the sixth angel blew his trumpet, John saw another angel with a small scroll come down from heaven and call out with a loud voice.  This angel’s voice was answered by seven thunders.  John was about to write down their message, when a voice from heaven told him not to write.  Some surprises will remain for those on earth during the judgments.  There would be no more delay and every prophetic Word of God would be fulfilled during the seventh trumpet call.  What God has said He will do!

Faith Confession:  I am thankful for God’s Truth and the revelation of prophesy.  I believe that every Word of God will be quickly fulfilled in its appointed time and my God will keep me safe.

Proverbs 1:32-3 “For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to Me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”  

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Take time to be Holy!

Scripture reading for September 17th:  1st Thessalonians 4, Psalm 36,, Proverbs 1

Key Scriptures:  1st Thessalonians 4:3-8  “For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.  For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness.  Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives His Holy Spirit.”  

Our sanctification, or the process of being set apart for God and made holy, is progressive.  We should be learning how to control our body and its appetites.  We come to understand the law of love which recognizes the worth of each person and how wrong it is to take advantage of another person sexually in adultery or fornication or any form of sexual perversion.  Paul stressed that God Himself was the avenger of these sins.  That should make each of us take note.  God demands holiness for anyone to see Him when He returns.

Faith Confession:  I understand that God is the avenger of sexual sins.  Sexual sin hurts the other partner and brings impurity into our lives.  Lord, help me to control my body and appetites and to be holy set apart for Your use.

Proverbs 1:32-33 “For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to Me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

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Weeping over the lost!

Scripture reading for March 28th:  Luke 19, Psalm 63, Proverbs 1

Key Scriptures:  Luke 19:41-44 “And when He drew near and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace!  But now they are hidden from your eyes.  For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you.  And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.”  

Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem as He came into it for the final week of His ministry on earth.  He had taught in the streets and healed many among the citizens.  He had called for repentance and preached the good news of the kingdom of God.  But their rejection of Him and God’s Word brought darkness and judgment.  They failed to recognize their time of visitation and would suffer eternal loss.

Faith Confession:  Lord, help me to see with Your eyes and have Your compassion for people and their cities.  Let me weep over the lost and share the Christ’s good news.  May none miss the time of their visitation!

Proverbs 1:32-33 “For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them; but whoever listens to Me will dwell secure, and will be at ease, without dread of disaster.”

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