JUDGE NOT

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Apostle William T. A. Olubiyi, ThD, DMin., is a teacher of the word. A speaker at churches, fellowships and several conferences. A vibrant preacher in Revivals and Crusades. He is the man of multiple grace, whose passion straddles both his professional calling, EDUCATION and his divine calling, DISCIPLESHIP. He engages in ministering and counselling among the youths across various fellowships. He had saved many straying youths through his numerous Revival and soul touching messages. A passionate deliverance minister, Christian Education facilitator, trainer and a seasoned rural rugged mission- research strategist. He is an advocate of personal development education and uses every opportunity to talk on the need to encourage the growth of the whole person: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

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"JUDGE NOT"

BY

William T. A. Olubiyi
presiding apostle & revivalist,
Sword of Fire Revival Ministries Int'l
Nigeria, West Africa
 
 
 
God takes sin serious and so should you. As the return of the Lord draws near, the world is growing darker and darker. People are sinning freely and willingly with no regard to the fact that a day of judgment will soon be upon them. A stern warning is given in Heb. 10:31, "It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God." Yes, God is loving and kind and generous but He is also holy and just. He is the great Judge of the universe who is angered by injustice every day (Ps. 7:11). Still, in the midst of these threats of judgment and wrath comes a generous offer of grace and mercy. Ps. 103:8 says, "The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy." God loves the people of the world so much that He sent Jesus to die on a cross for them and to take upon Himself all the wrath and indignation reserved for sinful man. God gives sinners warning of what's to come and a chance to prevent it from happening. When a person receives Jesus into their heart, He becomes their Advocate and in turn the great Judge declares them not guilty of their sin.
 
Since you have not been judged of your sin, be careful not to judge others of theirs. There is only one judge in the universe and it's not you. Ps. 50:6 says, "Let the heavens declare His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge." A verse that all Christians should pay close attention to is Matt. 7:1 where Jesus said, "Judge not, that you be not judged." Almost all believers know this verse, and a lot of non-believers as well. Everybody knows you're not supposed to judge another person and, at the same time, nobody will admit they're doing it. The truth of the matter is that people are judging others all the time but they're calling it something else. They're denying the fact that they've taken on the role of judge and jury when it comes to the actions of other people. Jesus is telling you not to do this. The Amplified Bible says, "Do not judge and criticize and condemn [others unfairly with an attitude of self-righteous superiority as though assuming the office of a judge], so that you will not be judged [unfairly].
 
It matters if you get judged or not. Many ministers preach today that it's not possible for a believer to be judged, but Jesus said you would be if and when you judge another person. It is a serious thing to be judged and you do not want this to happen to you. Matt. 7:2 says, "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you." The Amplified Bible says, "For just as you [hypocritically] judge others [when you are sinful and unrepentant], so will you be judged, and in accordance with your standard of measure [used to pass out judgment], judgment will be measured to you." God will deal with you the way you deal with other people. This is just and fair although many people may not think so. They want others to be condemned but want mercy for themselves. God says differently. The NLT says, "For you will be treated as you treat others. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged." Be careful what you think and say about other people.
 
Most Christians don't believe they're in a position to be judged. If they did, it would change the way they treat other people immediately. They act like they're caring for people when they point out their faults when the truth is they are judging them. Matt. 7:3 says, "And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye?" It is wrong to point out and magnify the defects in other people, especially when you life is in worse shape than the person you're pointing your finger at. When you see the wrong in other people the first thing you should do is check up on yourself and make sure you're not doing the same thing. This is what prevents judgment from coming. Examine yourself and be honest about it. Vs. 4 says, "Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck out of your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye." People always want to straighten out the lives of others when their own life is in a mess. They want to correct others when they have serious problems they won't deal with themselves. Jesus calls these people hypocrites.
 
"Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye" (Matt. 7:5). Doing this will give you a different attitude about other people and the things they're dealing with. It will motivate you to help them and not judge them. You won't be harsh and judgmental if you've gone through the same thing. And, if you don't judge others, you yourself won't be judged. Your problems will be solved and you'll be spared from going through many of the difficulties of day to day living. This is why 1 Cor. 11:31 says, "For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged" The Amplified Bible says, "But if we evaluated and judged ourselves honestly [recognizing our shortcomings and correcting our behavior], we would not be judged." This is some of the best news you'll ever hear in your life. You can prevent judgment in your life by simply judging yourself and not judging others. James 2:13 (ASV) says, "For judgment is without mercy to him that hath showed no mercy: mercy glorieth against judgment."
 
The NIV says, "Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment" (vs. 12,13). Judgment is coming and, if you expect to receive mercy on that great day, it is only right that you show mercy now. It is hypocritical for God to show mercy to you and then for you to turn around and be harsh and critical to someone else. You must show mercy to others for, if you don't, God will not show mercy to you when you are judged. But the one who shows mercy can stand without fear before God on that day. What do you want? Mercy or judgment? What you do for others is what God will do for you. Jesus said in Matt. 6:14,15, "For if you will forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." This is serious business. What you say and do does matter.
 
Job 1:7 says that Satan is continually "going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it." What's he doing? He is seeking whom he can devour and destroy. Sad to say, there are many Christians who are being devoured and their lives are being destroyed. This is not the will of God and there are many other believers who are not experiencing the same destruction. Those who think this is not fair better be careful for what they're doing is judging God. This is what Job did. He judged God for not being fair because of the supernatural destruction that came on his life. Job did not know what was going on behind the scenes but still he judged God for being unfair and unjust. You need to trust God with all your heart because everything He does and does not do is righteous, just, and fair. If you don't understand what's going on in your life then there is something wrong with the way you're looking at it. Job later repented for his judgment of God and as he sat in dust and ashes his life got turned around.
 
Paul said in Eph. 4:27 to not give place to the devil. One way to do that is to judge other people. It is a reality that you have been and will be tempted to judge. Before the day is out somebody may want to talk to you about somebody else in a negative way. If you join in that conversation then you are guilty of passing judgment on the person you're talking about. Make a decision right now to walk away from such conversations so you won't fall into the devil's trap of judging other people. Remember, how you judge others is how you will be judged. There is more involved here than two people having a conversation. The devil is listening to you and he's looking for a way to come in and destroy your life. He will try to influence you and get you to do and say things that are judgmental against that other person. He is trying to build a case against you so he can get you judged. He is looking for a door to get into your life so that he can bring calamity and destruction to you and your family. He is a despicable foe and this is how he operates.
 
If you don't show mercy, it's only right that you don't receive mercy. If you judge, it's only right that you get judged. If that happens, the destroyer will come in and devour your life. You need to close the door on being judgmental and give the devil no place and no access into your life. It doesn't matter what the other person did wrong and how obvious it is, it still isn't your place to pass judgment on them. You don't know all the facts about their situation, you don't know how much light of God's Word they've been given, so don't allow yourself to have a negative opinion about that person. Remember, there is only one judge and it's not you. If you want mercy, show mercy. Even if that other person did you wrong and hurt you in a bad way, show mercy and be kind to them. Don't grumble and complain and pass judgment. This is when you show what you're made of, a time to reveal who and what is on the inside of you. If it's God, then show mercy and act accordingly.
 
Judging is everywhere and most people can't go a day or a week without saying something bad about another person. Why is there so much judging going on? The enemy, the god of this world, will tempt you every day to judge somebody because he wants you to be judged. The only way he can gain access to your life to hurt you and destroy you is to get judgment passed against you. The devil accused Job before God and the man got judged. The judgment against Job is what gave the devil access to his life. Before judgment came there was a hedge of protection around Job and the enemy couldn't touch him (Job 1:10). After Job's life went into a tailspin his friends came to comfort him but ended up judging him as well. In the midst of all this, Job got mad and began to judge God believing it was unfair what happened to him. Thankfully, Job later repented and God had mercy on him, and when he prayed for his friends they were forgiven also. Be careful who you talk about because they may be the person you need something from later on.
 
If you're a Christian you can't judge without being hypocritical. Some people judge every day but cover it up by saying they're speaking the truth in love. Who do they think they're fooling? God knows what they're doing and so does the devil. These people then wonder why their life is in the mess it's in. They judged and they got judged. A door was opened and the devil gained access to their life. James 2:4 (NLT) says that people who judge "are guided by evil motives." When you judge somebody, you are not showing love toward that person. If you can't say something good about somebody, don't say anything at all. This is how you keep from being judged. If you show mercy, you will be shown mercy. If you don't, then you will forfeit the mercy provided for you at the cross and will fall back into judgment. James 2:13 (ERV) says, "Yes, you must show mercy to others. If you do not show mercy, then God will not show mercy to you when He judges you. But the one who shows mercy can stand without fear before the Judge."
 
If you're standing in faith over what Jesus did for you, if your sins are washed away by the blood of the Lamb, then you won't have to worry about what will happen once this life is over. You won't have to be afraid when judgment comes on all people. You can be bold because mercy has triumphed over judgment. Determine today to never judge again. Open your heart and mind and be quick to recognize the temptations to judge that come your way. James 4:10 says, "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up." People who judge are proud and full of themselves. You have to be prideful to judge another person. Vs. 11 (NLT) says, "Don't speak evil against each other, dear brothers and sisters. If you criticize and judge each other, then you are criticizing and judging God's law. But your job is to obey the law, not to judge whether it applies to you." The Message Bible says, "Don't bad-mouth each other, friends. It's God's Word, His Message, His Royal Rule, that takes a beating in that kind of talk. You're supposed to be honoring the Message, not writing graffiti all over it."
 
James 4:12 asks the question, "Who are you to judge another?" The Amplified Bible says, "Who are you to [hypocritically or self-righteously] pass judgment on your neighbor?" Who are you to set yourself up as the standard by which everybody should live their life? Who do you think you are? This is what this verse is asking. People who judge are fault-finders. This means they're actively looking for things wrong in other people. You can't find a fault unless you're first looking for one. In order to stop being a judge you've got to stop looking for the shortcomings in those around you. What's going on with them is none of your business. There are enough deficiencies in your own life to keep you busy where you won't have the time to look at the speck in your neighbor's eye. James 5:9 (BBE) says, "Say no hard things against one another, brother, so that you will not be judged; see, the judge is waiting at the doors." Titus 3:2 says, "They must not slander anyone and must avoid quarreling. Instead, they should be gentle and show true humility to everyone."
 
4:29, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearer." Gossip and critical words don't minister grace to anybody. Don't speak evil about other people and at the same time don't allow others to say bad things about other people to you. Your ears are not garbage cans so don't allow others to fill them with rubbish. Walk away from such talk and don't you talk this way either. People are not helped when you talk about them behind their back. Instead of judging them, pray for them and go out and buy them a love gift. Tell them how special they are and that you and God thinks they're important. Do this because if you judge them you're taking the devil's side who is trying to take them down. And, while he's at it, since you're walking in judgment, the devil will turn around and take you down also. Nobody wins when you talk bad about other people so don't do it.
 
If you don't want to be judged there are two things you must do: stop judging others, and start judging yourself. If you are full of pride and are unwilling to humble yourself and repent, you will not be able to judge yourself. It takes humility to admit you've missed the mark and done something wrong. If you're walking in pride, the devil doesn't have to yield to you because you're yielding to him. You must humble yourself in order to resist the devil. 1 Peter 5:5,6 says to be clothed with humility for "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." When you humble yourself you are willing to repent and this is what it means to judge yourself. This is God's will for your life. 2 Peter 3:9 says He is "not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance." Judging yourself is what stops the devil from gaining access to your life. It's what allows you to come boldly to the throne of grace. It's what allows you to live a rich, full life and, more importantly, it clears the roadblocks and allows you to fulfill your destiny.
 
1 Peter 4:17 says, "For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not believe the gospel of God?" This verse clearly says that a born again believer can be judged in this life, in the here and now. Acts 4:32-37 tells how a great multitude of those who believed went and sold their possessions and brought all the proceeds and laid them at the feet of the apostles who then distributed to each as anyone had need. This is what happens when people are walking in the light and are being led by the Spirit of God. They're full of love and faith and are generous givers. All was well but little did the people know that judgment would soon fall in the house of God. Acts 5:1,2 says, "But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession. And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles' feet." These were Christian people who were part of the church, so much so that Peter knew him by name.
 
"But Peter said, 'Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?" (Acts 5:3). You can try to fool man but you can't fool God. He is everywhere and He sees and hears everything you do. The thoughts of Ananias and Sapphira were not on God but instead was on how they could fool the leaders in the church. They disrespected God by disrespecting the leadership who was there. God takes it personally when people do this. Vs. 4, "While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to man but to God." In the midst of this great move of God this Christian man stood up in church and lied in front of everybody. Now was the time to repent but this he did not do. Judgment came and it came immediately. "Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things. And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him" (vs. 5,6).
 
three hours later (vs. 7-11). This is not to say they went to hell for 1 Cor. 11:32 says, "But when we are judged, we are judged by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world." The Message Bible says, "Better to be confronted by the Master now than to face a fiery confrontation later." Ananias and Sapphira got judged that day in church but they're not going to be judged with the rest of the sinful world at the great judgment to come. It's better to be judged now rather than later, it's even better to not be judged at all. This is what happens when you judge yourself. You'll receive grace and mercy and you won't be judged. In Acts 8 Simon the sorcerer wanted to buy the power to lay hands on people so they'll receive the Holy Spirit. Peter rebuked him for this evil thought and said in vs. 22, "Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God if perhaps the thought of your heart may be forgiven you." Simon repented (vs. 24) and judgment was avoided. He judged himself and did not get judged.
 
Before you try to help somebody else with their shortcomings, Jesus said to first take the plank out of your own eye. This is another way of saying you've got to judge yourself. The Lord told you to do this so it must be important. The question is, are you doing it? Daily you need to prayerfully examine yourself and your relationship with God. Check up on your motives and test your heart to see if you're doing things for the right reason. Doing this shuts the door on the enemy and stops him from coming into your life. If you will judge yourself and not make a practice of sinning, 1 John 5:18 says "the wicked one does not touch him." This is the only verse in the Bible which contains such a declaration. Stopping the devil from hindering your life depends more on what you do than on what God or anybody else does. You must judge yourself. Luke 6:36,37 says, "Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven." This is the key to continual happiness.
 
Jesus said in Luke 6:39, "Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch?" If you've got a plank in your eye then you cannot see and Jesus is asking, "How can the blind help the blind?" They can't and this is why you have to judge yourself so you'll be able to see clearly to help the other person. It all comes down to honesty. You need to look at yourself in the mirror of God's Word and be honest about what you see. Sin is violation of light and you must be honest about what you know and how much light has been revealed to you. Don't say you didn't know something was wrong if the light has been revealed to you in that particular area. Not admitting the truth about what you know is pride. You don't want people to know you missed the mark so you make excuses and plead ignorance. This is a failure to judge yourself and now judgment has come on you. This is why you need to humble yourself and, in honesty, judge yourself and repent. When you do, God will give you grace and mercy and wash your sins away.
 
How do you judge yourself? It's not complicated. You acknowledge that you knew better but you did it anyway. You missed the mark so humble yourself and make no excuses for doing so. Be honest about what you did. 1 John 1:8 says, "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us." If you're walking in darkness and aren't honest about it, John says you're deceiving yourself. This ties in with James 1:22 that says, "But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves." There is a danger in not being honest with yourself because in time you will come to believe that the wrong you're doing is acceptable in the eyes of God. You've been deceived and this will pull you farther away from the light of God's Word. You won't judge yourself because you don't think you need to and now you will be judged. There is, however, good news to be found in 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
 
Nobody likes to be judged and it's for your benefit that Jesus told you not to judge other people. Even if people are judging you, you can't judge them for doing that. Two wrongs don't make a right. You need to judge yourself and consider whether or not you're doing the same thing they are. Yes, you will be supernaturally persuaded and tempted to judge other people. It is no accident that this will happen because the enemy is forever looking for an open door into your life. On a regular basis you have to watch what you think and say or else you will fall into the same trap other people are falling into. The enemy will actively bring thoughts and feelings to you in an attempt to hurt you and bring you down. He wants you to get judged and, in order for that to happen, he's got to get you to judge other people. Don't let this happen. Take your eyes off them and put them on yourself. Rom. 12:2 (NLT) says, "Don't copy the behavior and customs of the world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think."
 
In humility you need to be honest about who you are. Paul said in Rom. 12:3 (NLT), "Don't think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us." You can and should think highly of yourself, just don't think more highly than what is actually true. This is where pride comes in. It's when you believe things about yourself that are not true. Pride and deception always go together. Obadiah 3 says, "The pride of your heart has deceived you." Judging people will cause you to think you're better than they are and this is called pride. Don't do it. In like manner, you can't separate humility from honesty. Paul continued to say in Rom. 12:14-16 (NLT), "Bless those who persecute you. Don't curse them; pray that God will bless them. Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with each other. Don't be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don't think you know it all!"
 
Don't carry on your shoulder an attitude of superiority where you think you're better than other people. You're not, so never put yourself so high on the scale that you're always looking down on those around you. Having a spirit of humility is what will cause you to not judge them. Yes, your life may be more blessed than some folks but this is all because of the grace of God and not your own doing. Living a good life does not give you the right to judge those who aren't. Don't look at their circumstances because, if you do, you won't see the value God places on them as people. Jesus ate with sinners and these people knew He cared about them. He didn't come to condemn the world but to show people the love of the Father and the road to eternal life. Rom. 13:10 says, "Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." The Amplified Bible says, "Love does no wrong to a neighbor [it never hurts anyone]. Therefore [unselfish] love is the fulfillment of the law."
 
When you love somebody you don't want anything bad to happen to them, and this includes them being judged. If you're judging someone, you're not loving them. It is not your responsibility to point out every speck-sized problem they have. What should you do? Rom. 14:1 (MSG) says, "Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don't see things the way you do. And don't jump all over them every time they do or say something you don't agree with - even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently." If your life is going better than others, don't judge them but rather be an example to them. Show them the scriptures you used to get you to where you're at today. Don't look down on people but build them up and show them how to see the same goodness of God that you see. Judging people will only make matters worse, especially for yourself, but always remember that love covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8).
 


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