Comforted to be a Comfort!

From Acosta Ministeries

  • Rhema Word for the Day, Tuesday, October 17, 2017:
    God has chosen you to accomplish a measure of His purpose. Because others will come to you to relieve their distress, a weight of sorrow on your part is necessary to achieve the strong you that God will need for you to lead others to comfort!
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    2 Corinthians 1:3-5–Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.
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  • Rhema Word for the Day, Sunday, October 15, 2017:
    When it feels like you are climbing a steep mountain because your feelings have dipped to the valley, Rest in the assurance that you are being strengthened by God as you climb so that you may help others in their own ascent!
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    2 Corinthians 12:9–My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.
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Closer Than You Think!

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From: Acosta Rhema

  • Rhema Word for the Day, Saturday, November 4, 2017:
    When your trial seems insurmountable, consider this simple fact: God understands!
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    Exodus 14:14–The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.
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  • Rhema Word for the Day, Monday, October 30, 2017:
    As you navigate your day, keep in mind that God is responsible for your enjoyment of the day–and He is as close to you during the screaming busyness of your workday as He is during the blissful, quiet, pin-dropping moments!
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    Isaiah 41:10–So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
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  • Rhema Word for the Day, Saturday, October 28, 2017:
    Just when you’re feeling as though God is far away, be assured that He is closer than you could possibly ever imagine!
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    Deuteronomy 31:6–Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.
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Shell Playlist: To Know You

Jesus Came to Save NOT Judge!

John 3:17 NASB … For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

John 8:15 NASB … You judge according to the flesh; I am not judging anyone.

John 12:47 NASB … If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.

When questioning false teaching I’ve often been told “Jesus came to earth to save, not judge! We should do likewise. As long as we focus on salvation and saving the world we are doing what Jesus commanded.” Is this true? Let’s look at where the above verses appear.

John 3:18-21 NASB … He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. 21 But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.

Jesus’ mission is salvation, this is why He came. Those who believe are saved; however, notice that those who do not believe ARE under judgement. Also notice that those who are saved come to the Light by practicing truth.

John 12:44-48 NASB … And Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me, does not believe in Me but in Him who sent Me. 45 He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me. 46 I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.

Notice that it’s the teachings of Jesus that “judge”. Rejecting Jesus’ teaching{accepting false teaching} causes judgement.

What about John 8 – Jesus did not “judge” the woman caught in adultery; therefore we should not judge!

John 8:11 NASB … And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”

Jesus did not condemn this woman caught in adultery –> does this mean that He did not “judge” her? That He does not judge us?

From NetBible Jn 8:11

  • condemn[2632] = to give judgment against, to judge worthy of punishment

From NetBible Jn 8:15

  • judge[2919] = to preside over with the power of giving judicial decisions –> to condemn, punish or vindicate, set free

*What is the meaning of Jesus’ statement “I do not judge anyone”? It is clear that Jesus did judge (even in the next verse). The point is that he didn’t practice the same kind of judgment that the Pharisees did. Their kind of judgment was condemnatory. They tried to condemn people. Jesus did not come to judge the world, but to save it (3:17). Nevertheless, and not contradictory to this, the coming of Jesus did bring judgment, because it forced people to make a choice. Would they accept Jesus or reject him? Would they come to the light or shrink back into the darkness? As they responded, so were they judged – just as 3:19-21 previously stated. One’s response to Jesus determines one’s eternal destiny.

Jesus stating “Neither do I condemn you” indicates that He did judge the woman caught in adultery and decided not to punish her. As the footnote in v15 indicates – Jesus did not practice the same kind of judgement as the Pharisees.

John 9:39 NASB … And Jesus said, “For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.”

John 8:12 NASB … Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

Jesus commands the following.

John 7:24 NASB … Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.

 

Summary of Refusing to Judge(apply God’s word)

  • A log remains in your eye causing you to see unclearly -Mt 7;3
  • You can not help your brother remove the speck from his eye  -Mt 7:3
  • Your hearing becomes dull -He 5:11
  • You do not mature -He 5:12
  • You need someone else to teach you basic principles in God’s word -He 5:12
  • You need some one else to help you discern good from evil -He 5:14
  • You will not know who or how to present God’s word -Mt 7:6
  • You are building on sand and in danger of being swept away -Mt 7:24-28

Related:
John 8- Jesus as Judge?{blog}
Refusing to Judge – Judge Not!{blog}

Shell Playlist: All in All

 

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Exodus 33:14-23 NASB
14 And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.” 15 Then he said to Him, “If Your presence does not go with us, do not lead us up from here. 16 For how then can it be known that I have found favor in Your sight, I and Your people? Is it not by Your going with us, so that we, I and Your people, may be distinguished from all the other people who are upon the face of the earth?”

17 The Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing of which you have spoken; for you have found favor in My sight and I have known you by name.” 18 Then Moses said, “I pray You, show me Your glory!” 19 And He said, “I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the Lord before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.” 20 But He said, “You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!” 21 Then the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock; 22 and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen.”

Exodus 34:5-9 NASB
5 The Lord descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the Lord. 6 Then the Lord passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth; 7 who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations.” 8 Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship. 9 He said, “If now I have found favor in Your sight, O Lord, I pray, let the Lord go along in our midst, even though the people are so obstinate, and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your own possession.”

1 Corinthians 10:4 NASB
4 and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ.

Declaring/knowing/’seeing’ The Lord’s glory, mercy, grace, longsuffering {slow to anger}, goodness, truth, forgiveness, greatness, justice and righteousness are part of  “standing on the Rock of Christ” proclaiming/knowing/’seeing’ His name!

Related:
Proclaim the Name of the Lord{blog}
Presence{article}

Shell Playlist: Hungry

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2S4mspzrEOHjM9NZX6UIfSlxtOzQ_qF_

We come to the Lord hungry and find that He is more than enough to satisfy us… The Lord is so good, we cannot keep from singing His praises!  We sing to Him because He is a great God and we find comfort and salvation in Christ alone… We ask Him to cleanse us and give us pure hearts so that we can go with Him into eternity, laying all we have at His feet.

Scripture:
Psalm 24;Rev 5

The Gamaliel Approach

Usually if a ‘move of God’ is questioned or if someone with the gift of discernment raises concern about the spirits behind the move, ‘The Gamaliel Approach’ is often quoted: do not assess it or criticise it or take action about it, and if it is not of God it will die out by itself in time and fail. Do not ‘judge’, wait to see the results.

Is this biblical?? Lets look at where this occurs in scripture.

Acts 5:33-42
Gamaliel’s Counsel

33 But when they heard this, they were cut to the quick and intended to kill them. 34 But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the Law, respected by all the people, stood up in the Council and gave orders to put the men outside for a short time. 35 And he said to them, “Men of Israel, take care what you propose to do with these men. 36 For some time ago Theudas rose up, claiming to be somebody, and a group of about four hundred men joined up with him. But he was killed, and all who followed him were dispersed and came to nothing. 37 After this man, Judas of Galilee rose up in the days of the census and drew away some people after him; he too perished, and all those who followed him were scattered. 38 So in the present case, I say to you, stay away from these men and let them alone, for if this plan or action is of men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is of God, you will not be able to overthrow them; or else you may even be found fighting against God.

40 They took his advice; and after calling the apostles in, they flogged them and ordered them not to speak in the name of Jesus, and then released them. 41 So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name. 42 And every day, in the temple and from house to house, they kept right on teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.

Does this councel line up with the rest of scripture?

  • Notice that this councels to “judge” based on results instead of the word of God.

    We as christians are commanded to test under the direction of the Holy Spirit using the word of God, the sword of the Spirit (1Jn 4:1;Acts 17:11;Eph 6:17).

    The King’s sword, the word of God is a basic tool of discernment. (1 Ki 3:24; He 4:12)

  • Also notice who Gamaliel was – a Pharisee => is his councel really directed by the Holy Spirit?  Notice v4o – the disciples are ordered not to speak in the name of Jesus.

Related:
The Gamaliel Approach{foxes}
Twisted Scripture Refuted