MINI BIBLE STUDIES
Cor. 3:17 NIV
the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
freedom can only be found in the Spirit.
We cannot walk in true freedom outside of Christ.
True freedom is not being free to do
whatever you want. True freedom is
walking at liberty and ease in Christ. It
is dependence on Christ and freedom from self.
It is freedom from trying to be good enough to get to heaven and good
enough to keep God "happy" with you.
It is living a life of confidence in Christ, not ourselves. We can know that we have a home in Heaven
because we have received what Christ has done for us. We can know that God is happy with us because
of Christ. When we know these things we
are free from self-effort and free to enjoy the goodness of God.
Real freedom can only be found in
the Spirit. Where is the Spirit of the
Lord? Jesus told us that He would send
the Holy Spirit to us and the Holy Spirit would live in us (John 14:16-17). The Spirit of the Lord is in us and we walk
in that Spirit when we connect with the Word of God. When we ignore the Word of God we forfeit the
freedom that God provides.
When we ignore the Word of God we
are prisoners of our flesh. We cannot overcome
our flesh and escape its power without the Word of God. We are hopeless outside of Christ. We need Him to rescue us and He is the
Word. Through the Word of God we will live
a life of freedom – freedom from sin, freedom from fear, freedom from guilt,
freedom from failure, and so on!
Walk in freedom -
walk in the Word
and experience all that Christ has set you free from!
2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV
And we all, with unveiled
face, beholding the glory of the Lord,
are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.
For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
We're to behold His glory and we're to do so with
an unveiled face. To behold is to see reflected as looking in a glass
(mirror). Do you see Christ when you
look at yourself? Do you see who you
are in Christ when you look at the Word? If you don't, then you need to make a
change! We need to go with an unveiled
face - we need to go without disguising ourselves. Too many times we try to look at the Word as
something we can conquer, but it's our mirror - not a challenge. We disguise ourselves by pretending we can be
good enough apart from Christ. The Word
shows us who we are in Christ and we will see that manifested in our lives if
we'll remain focused on Christ instead of on ourselves.
next time you read the Word, view it as promises rather than something you must
live up to. For example, when you see
that the Word tells you not to gossip, see this as a promise - if you walk in
the Spirit you will not fulfill the flesh's desire to gossip (Galations 5:16). We cannot conquer the flesh apart from Christ.
The more we focus on Christ,
the more we will be transformed into His image!
We will mirror Him because we are focused on Him! We will be transformed into His image -
little by little - from one degree of glory to another!
Exodus 23:16 NIV
Celebrate the Feast of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field. Celebrate the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.
Celebrate! Celebrate God’s goodness in your life! Celebrate the harvest His Word produces in your life! Celebrate all that you are blessed with!
God has blessed us in so many ways and there are too many times that we fail to remember to celebrate His goodness. We can even overlook His goodness when we allow our minds to focus on the things that appear to be negative in our lives. What are you focused on? Are you focused on your problem or God's promise concerning the problem? Focus matters!
Celebrating is an important part of life. Too many times celebrating gets put on the back burner. We get entangled in the day-to-day and we endure life instead of celebrating it!
How can we incorporate celebrating into our lives? We can set time aside on purpose. We make our schedules; we choose what to do with our time. It is true that we make time for what we deem as important – we need to see celebrating as important.
David knew how good God was and he wasn’t afraid to celebrate (2 Samuel 6:21; Psalms 145:7). Are we? We need to abide in His goodness; we need to focus on the Word of God that declares all that God has done for us and celebrate. He has made us righteous in Christ – that is something that should keep us celebrating for life!
John 11:1, 3 (NIV) Now a man named Lazarus was sick…So the
sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one You love is sick."
This verse says so much in so few
words. Two sisters were calling on Jesus
to help their brother and all they said was, "Lord, the one You love is
sick." They did not beg Jesus to
heal him; they did not list all of the reasons Jesus should heal him; they
didn't scream and shout. They simply
told Jesus that the one He loved needed Him.
Do we understand how much He loves
us? Do we go to prayer as
"the one He loves," or do we go as a beggar desperately seeking help? When you know someone loves you, you can go
to them without fear or doubt. Some days
it seems hard to believe that God loves us, but He does! We need to fill ourselves with verses that
declare His love for us so that faith will be produced in that area. We let others tell us that they love us daily
- we need to let God do the same.
Go to God based on His love for
you. He helps us because He loves us!
Romans 8:37 ESV No, in all these things we are more than
conquerors through Him who loved us.
Christ loves you! He loves you so much that He wants to make
you more than a conqueror. He wants you
to be triumphantly victorious! Do you
believe that? Faith works by love
(Galatians 5:6); God's love for us is the foundation
every promise is based on so surround yourself with His love for you and
receive from Him.
Galatians 3:1-3 NIV
You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched
you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as
crucified. I would like to learn just
one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by observing the law, or by
believing what you heard? Are you so
foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your
goal by human effort?
Our lives in Christ begin with faith and
they must end with faith – and everything in-between must be done by faith.
begin our lives in Christ by receiving the free gift God has given us. We receive His payment for our sins. We do this by faith – we hear what the Word
has to say and faith is produced. That
faith then leads to the action of receiving.
many of us have no problem believing that we are saved by the work Christ has
done for us, but when it comes to every-day life we ignore what Christ has done
for us. Instead of depending on Christ,
we continue to depend on ourselves.
effort will never accomplish the Spiritual.
We cannot produce Spiritual fruit in our flesh. Our goal should be to mature in Christ and
that only happens as we continually focus on the Word of God.
are foolish when we believe we can do anything Spiritual on our own. One of the definitions of foolish is
“sensual;” foolishness is of the flesh.
Foolishness is dependence on man rather than on God. We must begin and end focusing on Jesus
Spiritual lives cannot be realized outside of Christ. He authored our faith and He will complete it
2 Cor 5:14
For Christ's love compels
Christ’s love compels us. What exactly does that mean?
compel means to compress or arrest, to preoccupy, hold together, to constrain
(to bring under control), to perplex.
love of Christ compels us; it keeps us in the Word of God. If we are in the Word for any other reason, then
the Word will not produce the Spiritual fruit God intended. Some read the Word out of duty or out of
fear, for example; this is not the way the Word is to be received. The Word is God’s love letter and it must be
received that way. God's wants His love
to preoccupy His children.
love of Christ is useful; it holds us together!
As we abide in the love letter of the Word we will find that God is
holding us together. The Word will keep
us from falling apart in the midst of trials and problems. The Word induces faith and faith produces
Spiritual actions that will overcome our carnal reactions.
love brings us under control – it keep us in the Spirit and out of the
flesh. The love letter of the Word is
our Spiritual weapon. If we ignore the
Word, we ignore our Spiritual power!
love can even sometimes be perplexing.
Christ’s love is the catalyst for
change in us and we cannot even explain exactly how the transformation
takes place. All we know is that the
Word works – and it works because Christ loves us! The
Bible is God’s love in word form and we can never completely understand it's
worth, but it compels us!
Never in Need
Philippians 4:11-13 NLT
Not that I was ever in need,
for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have…I have learned the
secret of living in every situation…For I can do everything through Christ, who
gives me strength.
How many of us can say with Paul that we were
never really in need? We can when we're
walking in the Spirit. This may sound
like a harsh statement but it's true. In
the Spirit we ARE blessed with every blessing there is. It's our flesh that leads us to feel that we're
lacking. Jesus is the Good Shepherd; He
provides for and takes care of His sheep.
He is not slacking. We must
understand what we really have in Him.
For example, we may feel like we're in need because of a financial
situation, but the root of that problem cannot be solved with more money. The real root of the problem is doubt, fear,
anxiety, and a lack of peace. We are
afraid we will lose our home or we are disquieted because we do not have what
someone else has or we doubt that we'll ever get out of debt. More money will only provide a temporary
bandage. What we really need is already
ours in Christ - we simply need to receive it.
The love, peace, hope, and joy of God is ours for the taking. He wrote His Word to us to supply us with it. What are we doing with it? Paul learned over time that what he really
needed he already had and he learned it by focusing on what he had in Christ
rather than his situation. He had
everything he needed in Christ and so do we!
Faith is a Fight -
to help you win the victory
The Love of God
1 John 5:3 KJV
For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.
The love OF God is that we keep His commandments – not love FOR God.
The love of God is displayed in our ability to "keep" God’s Word; He enables us to keep His word because He loves us. What does it mean to “keep” the Word? The word “keep” means to focus on, to keep your eyes on, and to hedge about as with thorns. God loves us so much that He gives us the ability to focus on His Word. He gives us His Holy Spirit and because we have His Spirit we can understand and connect with His Word; we can protect it in our lives.
It is important that we do not misunderstand this verse and believe that if we love God we will do no wrong. If we think that, we will find ourselves very confused; we may even begin to doubt our salvation. We will be placing the focus on ourselves rather than on God – where the focus belongs.
Peter believed that he loved Christ enough to never forsake Him, but Peter was met with the truth when he vehemently denied Christ three times. Jesus warned him that he would deny Him, but Peter did not budge. He repeatedly declared his love for Christ instead of crying out to Him for the help he needed to avoid the denial. We must understand that nothing good dwells in our flesh; we are desperate for Christ – we cannot even love Him apart from Him.
The love of God provides us with everything we need to participate in our Spiritual nature. God loves us so much that He gives of Himself – we have His Spirit, we have His Word.
His commands are not grievous – they are not a burden. We are not supposed to try to live up to them; we are to live through them! The Word is meant to be our place of rest; we are supposed to abide in the Word and rely on God to do His work in our lives. This is the love of God.
God's Word is His love letter to you!! Read it!!
Get Lost – IN GOD’ S LOVE!
Song of Sol 1:4
Take me away with Y--let us hurry! Let the king bring me into His chambers. We rejoice and delight in You; we will praise Your love more than wine. How right they are to adore You!
*take me away, Jesus, & take me quickly! Let Him take you in His presence –abide in the Word! Go to that place of shelter & love!
*when we get alone with God & let Him love on us something happens – we rejoice! We’re overwhelmed with His love & all we can do is rejoice!
rejoice: brighten up. To cause or make to be full of glee (delight, hilarity, excitement, joy). Cheer up. Very.
delight / be glad: to spin around because of aggressive emotion (usually the emotion of joy).
*what definitions for what the love of God can do for you! There are too many of us running low on God’s love for us!
*praise or remember His love more than wine!
praise / remember: to mark so as to be recognized. consider, mention, be mindful of. Think on. Make to be remembered.
more than: among. A part of. Because of. Above.
wine: intoxication (under the influence, to make intensely excited or overjoyed). Effervesce (to be lively; high spirited or excited). Banqueting.
*we can mark His love by the intense feelings it produces! If we are feeling beat up, depressed, guilty, etc. then we can know that we are not under the influence of His love! His love is found among extreme joy and liveliness!
*wine can mean banqueting.
Song of Sol 2:4 KJV He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me [was] love.
*the word for banqueting is the same Hebrew word for wine.
*according to the Hebrew spelling we see that we get to this place of being under the influence of His love by humility & when we find ourselves in this place, this is real life – this is Spiritual living!
Jude 1:20 MSG …staying right at the center of God's love, keeping your arms open & outstretched, ready for the mercy of our Master, Jesus Christ. This is the unending life, the real life!
Jer 31:3-4 The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: "I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness. I will build you up again & you will be rebuilt…
*during the off-season you need to be rebuilt.
build: to repair. Obtain children. Make; set (up); surely.
*the Hebrew spelling shows us that we need the Seed (the Word) if we’re going to be repaired, put together, fruitful, & secure. The Seed is the center of having Jesus as the Master & receiving His power; It is the center of producing fruit & praising God for it.
*his love is everlasting – nothing we can do & nothing we go through can change that!
*remember that God loves us! He’s not angry with us – look at what the Word says about anger – does it describe God’s relationship with you??
*also remember that God’s anger is righteous but it is for the unsaved – not us!
*the Word tells us that God has love for us! What is love?
*if love is patient, then God is patient. If love does not keep a record of wrongs, then God doesn’t keep a record of wrongs…
Lam 3:21 Yet this I call to mind & therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
*His great love is what keeps us going – it gives us hope (the ability to wait, trust, expectance)!
*we never have to worry about what happens next when we are abiding in His love!
*if we ever feel like we lack faithfulness then we need to focus on His faithfulness! if we ever want to love God more then we need to focus more on His love for us! Spiritual love & faithfulness are not about us!
1 John 4:10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
*when we are told to “love” God it is the Hebrew word “ahab.”
*this word means to have affection for; love; like. It is masculine (it is not fruit producing!).
*the Hebrew spelling tells us that love is the connection between God & man. We’re connected by grace – the Word & its influence in our daily lives. Connecting with God this way makes Him the Master of our house & releases His power!
*when the Word talks of His love for us it is the Hebrew word “ahaba.”
*this word means the same thing as “ahab” except it is the feminine form of the word – it is fruit bearing!
*our love for God does not produce Spiritual fruit!! It’s HIS love for us that produces the fruit! It’s all about HIM! He deserves all the praise! We deserve no credit for loving God!
*one extra letter “hey” is in this word – GRACE!! God loves us through the Word! The Word is the key! It is the ONE thing!
The one thing important enough to mention twice in the spelling of the Hebrew word for God’s Love for us!
*now is not the time for you to try to earn from God – there is never a time for us to try to earn from God! If we get this twisted & try to produce more love for God or try to make ourselves more faithful, we will fail. Our ability to love God & produce Spiritual fruit are only found in Christ!
What Are You Trusting In?
Psalms 147:6, 10-11 AMP The Lord lifts up the humble & downtrodden…Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving…He delights not in the strength of the horse, nor does He take pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently & worshipfully fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy & loving-kindness.
*many times when we look at words like “humble” & “downtrodden” we think of a person who is in demeaning & oppressive circumstances – but that is because we are not looking at this Spiritually. Being humble & downtrodden from a Spiritual perspective is a good thing! It means that you understand who you are apart from Christ! That is why you are singing to the Lord with thanksgiving! You realize that any good or Spiritual gift that you have is from Him! You realize just how much you really have to be thankful for!
-understanding who you are apart from Christ catapults you into total dependence on Christ!
John 15:5 AMP I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me & I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.
*a real understanding of this verse will keep you from trying to do something Spiritual on your own~ & as a result, it keeps you from producing works of the flesh that count for nothing!
*too many Christians feel like THEY are doing something for the Lord! They feel like they are coming to church because they love Him, they are giving sacrificially to Him, they give up their time to do something for others for Him, & so on!
Isa 57:12 I will expose your righteousness & your works, & they will not benefit you.
*we cannot continue to live like WE are doing God a favor!
Job 35:8 Your wickedness affects only a man like yourself, & your righteousness only the sons of men.
*all of the “righteous” things we THINK we are doing mean nothing as far as God is concerned! If there is any reward or acknowledgment of what we’ve done it is only by man! OUR righteousness only affects other men like us – men in their flesh; it is not a Spiritual action!
*God is not concerned with “the strength of the horse” or the “legs of a man;” God is concerned with what we are doing THROUGH HIM, NOT on our own!! What we can do on our own outside of Him is nothing but filthy rags in God’s eyes (Is. 64:6) – it needs to be filthy rags in OUR eyes, too!!
*open your eyes to what you are doing & WHO is really doing it!
Psa 40:10 I do not hide Your righteousness in my heart; I speak of Your faithfulness & salvation. I do not conceal Your love & Your truth from the great assembly.
*hiding His righteousness does not mean that you do not reveal others’ sin to them! It means you try to take credit for the righteous things that happen in your life ~ you hide His righteousness by taking the credit for yourself! How many Christians talk more about themselves than God! Well, I go to church because I love God, I went to the homeless shelter to help out, I go to Sunday School faithfully, I always give – even when it’s a sacrifice, & so on! Instead, we should be saying, “I am blessed with the ability to come to church because God loves me!” “Praise God for the homeless shelter & the work HE is doing there.” “God’s Word is so amazing & He teaches me so much & it sets me free!” “God is such an awesome Provider!” and so on!! We are concealing God’s faithfulness when we take the credit for being faithful!! We cannot be faithful without HIM!! We are hiding His salvation when we take credit for the deliverance He brings into our lives – how many times do people turn a victory over a habit into an idol?! We conceal His love when we claim it is our love for Him that motivates us!! We do not do things because we love God – we do what we do because HE FIRST LOVED US (1 John 4:9)! We couldn’t even love Him if it wasn’t for Him! We cannot even take credit for our love we have for God! Now that is humbling!! We cover up His truth when we put our lies on the forefront! We MUST take the focus off of us!!
Heb 12:2 KJV Looking unto Jesus the author & finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, & is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
*my focus needs to be totally on Christ! He is the AUTHOR AND the FINISHER of my faith – He is my EVERYTHING! I have nothing outside of Him!
“The Lord takes pleasure in those who reverently & worshipfully fear Him, in those who hope in His mercy & loving-kindness. “
*what is the only way to please God?
Heb 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God…
*you need faith to please God! The source of faith is the Word (Rom. 10:17). When we are dependent on the Word that is when faith is produced!
Our dependence on the Word is a lack of dependence on ourselves!
We fear Him – which means we are in awe of Him; we know it is ALL about Him!
*our hope needs to be in HIS mercy – not our righteousness but His love that reaches out to meet our needs in spite of us! It is His love that changes us! Faith works by love (Gal. 5:6)
1 John 2:1 NIV
My dear children, I write
this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who
speaks to the Father in our defense--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.
Word was written to us; it is God’s gift to us.
The Word is our weapon against our flesh and the sin our flesh produces. David said that he hid the Word in his heart
to keep him from sin (Psalm 119:11). Sin
can be avoided through our consistent intake of the Word; unfortunately, sin is
never avoided entirely. We are in a
Spiritual battle and we decide which nature controls us based on what we do
with the Word. Will we keep our focus on
the Word or will we focus elsewhere? There
will be days when we ignore the Word and sin will reign – what happens on those
John tells us that when we sin we
have a defender. Jesus Christ is
speaking in our defense when we sin.
Wow! How many of us truly believe
that? Many times we believe that we
cannot go to God when we yield to our flesh; we believe that He is against us. Some Christians believe that they cannot go
to God when they sin because it seems like some verses communicate that
assumption. They look at verses that
speak about sin separating us from God, but forget that Jesus Christ took care
of all of their sin. Our sins are as far
as the east is from the west and they cannot keep us from God any longer
because of what Christ has done for us.
He paid the price for all of our sin completely. There is no balance due by us. Our sin can only keep us from God if we let it! We must see our sin as an indicator. Our sin should open our eyes to a need in our
lives – a need for more of the Word. You
should never let your sin keep you from God, because you will never prevail
over it without Him!
When we find ourselves in sin we can come boldly to the throne
for the help that we need because Jesus is our righteousness; He earned our
right to come to God because we never could. Apart from Christ we can do
nothing of Spiritual value; we are Spiritual impoverished on our own. We need Him!
Our flesh should open our eyes to our need for the Word in our lives; it
should lead us into the open arms of Christ!
If your flesh is keeping your from God, then it’s being perverted. Your sin should emphasize your need for
Christ and lead you to your Defender! We
cannot overcome sin without Him!
2:13-15 When you were dead in your sins
& in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with
Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its
regulations, that was against us & that stood opposed to us; He took it
away, nailing it to the cross.
And having disarmed the powers & authorities, He made a public
spectacle of them, triumphing over them
by the cross.
*the cross - do we realize the many facets of it? Just in these 3 verses alone we see 5 things accomplished by the cross:
1. the cross gave us life.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one & only Son,
that whoever believes in
Him shall not perish but have eternal
*what Christ did for me on the
cross enables me to have eternal life!
*I need to accept what He did for me if I
want that life! I need to believe in Him and receive His free gift!!
that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.
2. because of the cross our sins are forgiven.
Acts 13:38 Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.
*through Jesus I have forgiveness of sins!
Through Jesus & His sacrifice for me on the cross!
blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies
us from all sin.
3. the cross did away with the law & the rules
& regulations that were against us.
Eph 2:14-16 For He Himself is our peace, who has made the
two one & has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by abolishing in His flesh the law with its
commandments & regulations. His purpose was to create in Himself one new
man out of the two, thus making peace,
& in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which He put to death their
used to be separated from God because of our sin, but thanks to the cross I am
now in relationship with God! The
barrier was my sin - my sin that the law pointed out.
5:13 for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law.
*the law gave sin life. The law was in itself good, but sin is
not. And now this
law made our sin visible! It was always
there, but the law made it evident.
*Jesus Christ destroyed that barrier of
sin. He did it by abolishing, in HIS
flesh, the law.
He made the law void - it could no longer separate me from God because of what Christ did! It has zero power over me as a
*now, in Christ, I am a new creation - a new
person, a Spiritual person! I am at peace with God through Christ! Through what He did in His body for me! *through the cross He destroyed the
hostility that the law created between me & God!
He took the punishment I deserved for my sin!
Cor 5:21 God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us,
so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
4. the cross disarmed the powers & authorities -
the evil ones.
John 16:11 …
the prince of this world now stands
Since the children have flesh & blood, He too shared in their
humanity so that by His death He might destroy
him who holds the power of death--that is, the devil--
the cross, Christ disarmed
satan -- he is no longer a threat to the Christian, to the Christian who is
walking in the Spirit - focused on who they are in Christ!!
5. the cross brought triumph or victory over the
powers & authorities for us.
Luke 10:18-19 He replied, "I saw Satan fall like
lightning from heaven. I have given you
authority to trample on snakes & scorpions & to overcome all the power
of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
*because of the cross I have
power! Power that destroys the enemy!
Rom 16:20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be
*soon here means speedily! I do not have to live under satanic
attack! If I put my focus where it belongs, on Christ, He
will crush satan speedily!!
But Paul shook the snake off into the fire & suffered no ill
*we can go through trials, we can go
through problems, we can have satan come against us, but we do not have to
*because of the cross I have the victory!
With God we will gain the victory, & He will trample down our enemies.
1 John 5:4
for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that
has overcome the world, even our faith.
1 Cor 15:57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
*victory is certain through Christ! Because of what He did for me on the cross I can walk in victory! But remember how the victory comes - by
faith, through Christ!
Rom 10:17 Consequently,
faith comes from hearing the
message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.
*our victory was bought & paid
for on the cross, but we need to be in the Word of God if we want to walk that
*everything that the cross purchased for us is
released to us through the Word of God!!
Matthew 7:1 KJV
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Matthew 7:16 NIV
By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes
from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
People freely throw out
the phrases, “Christians are judgmental,” and “Don’t judge me,” but I am not
sure that they really understand the true meaning of these phrases. To refrain from judgment does not mean to
live blind to the sin that is in the world.
We recognize a tree by its
fruit. If a person is involved in anything
sinful, we recognize that – it is obvious.
The acts of our sinful nature and the acts of our flesh are contradictory.
If a person is walking in the Spirit,
they will recognize the difference. If
we see a fellow Christian indulging in the flesh, then we will want to help
them understand that sin is destructive and we will want to see them make a
change. Paul even instructed us to restore
our brothers and sisters who are involved in sin (Gal. 6:1). To restore is to repair, to adjust. A person cannot be restored without first
recognizing that the actions they are involved in are not Spiritual. We need to be able to talk to each other; we
need to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15). The
truth is the Word.
To judge another is to
pass sentence on them; in other words, it is trying to do what only God has the
right to do. To judge is to condemn; it
is to determine a person’s motives, their love for God, and their worth. When we are involved in judgment, we are
lacking love. Love covers a multitude of
sins – the Hebrew word for “cover” includes the definition to overwhelm. Love will swallow
up sin because love is of God. The power
that is in the love of God is greater than any sin!!
“Don’t judge me,” is man’s
lame attempt to ignore the sin problem.
We must receive our brother’s recognition of the sin that is in our
lives if they are speaking
in agreement with the Word in love. If
we do not, then we are clearly more comfortable in our flesh than we are in the
Spirit. Therein lies the problem.
We must receive the truth
in love. We can know that anyone who
loves us wants what is best for us. Sin
is destructive; it is fatal. As they
give us the Word and we receive it, we will see a change. The Word is the Seed we require for Spiritual
fruit. We can defeat sin through the
power of the Word – and He is the Word (John 1:1).