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Judge Yourself

July 24, 2017

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Psalm 32:3-5 NIV

When I kept silent,
    my bones wasted away
    through my groaning all day long.
For day and night
    your hand was heavy on me;
my strength was sapped
    as in the heat of summer.

Then I acknowledged my sin to you
    and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
    my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
    the guilt of my sin.

Good Morning Men. The mercies and compassion of the Lord are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23)

This Psalm is written by King David following the great sin involving Bathsheba and Uriah (2 Samuel  11). The King thought he could bury his sin, he thought no one had noticed. Unfortunately men he could not have been farther from the truth.

This psalm describes the emotional, physical and spiritual torment he was going through with unrepentant sin. It all started with those first four words; “When I kept silent”.

I read a commentary from Dr. McGee and I love what he says: ” If you are a child of God, you can sin, but you cannot get by with it. That is the difference between the saved and the unsaved man. If you are a man of the world, you can get by with your sin temporarily, but a child of God cannot.”

 

If your desire is to grow in your relationship with God then we must attack the sin in our lives. We must call it what it is, we must learn to judge ourselves. Let’s look at a simple two step plan to freedom in Christ.

1 Corinthians 11:31-32

31 For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.

Step 1. Judge Yourself

In our society we often hear people say I’m not here to judge anyone, or I don’t judge anyone and so forth. Most of that is a bunch of baloney anyway when people talk like that. We will leave that for another day, but what we do need to learn is that we must judge ourselves.

Just remember though, all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, none are righteous (Romans 3:10,23). Don’t use that as a cop-out, remember God still wants our best.

Men the only way to judge yourself is to line yourself up against God’s Word, that is the measuring stick. Spend time in God’s Word, learn about who God is. How much He loves and cares for you. Most importantly learn how God has called you to be separate to live your calling and find your purpose in Him.

1 John 1:9 NIV

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.

Step 2. Confess your sins

Men that has to be the second greatest news in the whole Bible behind John 3:16. If we only could fully understand the power, and the key to remove all the junk, all the pain, all the shame and all the burdens with verse 9.

It really is tragic how we think keeping silent on sin will make it all go away. Like God really doesn’t know.

If you are a child of God your bones grow old, you groaning will be constant, the hand of the LORD will be heavy upon you, also known as guilt. Is that really worth it?

If your like me, and you’ve tried that route of staying silent. You know it’s not worth. it. Men lets learn to live a life worthy of the Lord. So that when we end up face to face with Him. We will hear Him say: “Well done good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23)

If you don’t know the Lord today, and some of this is tugging on your heart but doesn’t quite make sense then just talk to God.

Call on Him, He promises to answer you. Seek Him with all your heart, He promises you will find Him.

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