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Listen to His Voice{Word}!

From Acosta Ministeries

Rhema Word for the Day, Monday, May 14, 2018: Resolve to go continually to God’s Word for your heart’s peace and your alertness to His voice!

John 10:27-30–My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.

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Place of Refuge

From Acosta Ministeries

Rhema Word for the Day, Monday, May 7, 2018: God has provided a place of shelter for you in the face of your trials; by faith, move in!

Psalm 91:1,2–He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. KJV

Accept God’s Peace in Battle

From Acosta Ministeries

Rhema Word for the Day, Monday, February 26, 2018:
Accept God’s peace in the midst of trials, and victory will be yours!

Deuteronomy 20:4–For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.

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Rhema Word for the Day, Tuesday, February 27, 2018:
God is greater than our circumstances!

1 Thessalonians 5:16–Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Related:
In the Midst of Battle — Do Not Be Afraid!

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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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}