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God Judges the Intent of Our Hearts (Part 1)

On our last blog we saw that God judges everyone according to our deeds. If you did not get a chance to read it, click on this link https://spiritualgrowthforall.com/2019/01/12/does-god-judge-christians/. On this blog we look at God’s judgement of evil desires in our hearts. Before we begin to talk about it, there may be some who may say why is it necessary to write about God’s judgement? And my answer to that is so that we can gain a heart of wisdom, a heart that truly fears the Lord, and depart from evil. To know God is to know His love, mercy, kindness, faithfulness, greatness, and the most forgotten attribute of God, His judgement. A heart that knows God is a heart full of wisdom. And the Bible sternly warns us to be wise in these evil days. Being a believer is not enough, we must be actively seeking out God’s will so that we may not be deceived by the devil to receive God’s judgement.

The writer of proverbs says it this way,

1 My children, listen when your father corrects you. Pay attention and learn good judgment, 2 for I am giving you good guidance. Don’t turn away from my instructions. 3 For I, too, was once my father’s son, tenderly loved as my mother’s only child. 4 My father taught me, “Take my words to heart. Follow my commands, and you will live. 5 Get wisdom; develop good judgment. Don’t forget my words or turn away from them. 6 Don’t turn your back on wisdom, for she will protect you. Love her, and she will guard you. 7 Getting wisdom is the wisest thing you can do!And whatever else you do, develop good judgment. 8 If you prize wisdom, she will make you great. Embrace her, and she will honor you. 9 She will place a lovely wreath on your head; she will present you with a beautiful crown. 10 My child, listen to me and do as I say, and you will have a long, good life. 11 I will teach you wisdom’s ways and lead you in straight paths. 12 When you walk, you won’t be held back; when you run, you won’t stumble. 13 Take hold of my instructions; don’t let them go. Guard them, for they are the key to life.

Proverbs 4:1-13

To know God is to be wise. Learning the way of God is the key to life! I believe that God placed us on this earth so that we can find out what God’s will is and live by it. That’s it! We live on earth for God’s glory and our joy, peace, freedom, rest, and life comes from knowing and doing God’s will. Some people, thinking that God has robbed them of their freedom, try to live outside of God’s will and they end up in disaster because they don’t understand that it’s only the Maker who knows what’s good for them.

“There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death” Proverbs 14:12

Man can not live without God because he is an imperfect being who will always end up destroying himself, if he is not governed by God. God does not rule over us by force, He is our Lord because He wants us to get life –He knows that we can’t make it without Him. From the time of Adams fall until the time of Christ, when God the Son came to earth to bring us back to the original purpose of God, whereby we become His children and He our God and Lord, man had the power to govern himself and live whatever his heart desired, but we see that the outcome was nothing but death! The more man chose his own way, the more the evil that was done. And when God saw that man was in helpless state, He was kind enough to send us His Only Son to die on the cross for our sins, so that we may not suffer and die.

“But I came by and saw you there, helplessly kicking about in your own blood. As you lay there, I said, ‘Live!’ Ezekiel 16:6

I will not want to make this blog longer that this, so I will summarize what I’ve been saying here, and on my next blog I will continue part two. Unless we learn to fear the Lord, which is basically to learn about God’s judgement, we will not have the capacity to restrain ourselves from evil. Man needs God to live and God have us His Son so that we can know Him and receive His Spirit to lead us into all truth, by knowing Him and giving the honor that’s due to His name.

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Does God Judge Christians?

Judgement is the word that we almost never hear in churches today. No one wants to talk about judgment today because it’s going to offend people and hurt their feelings. In today’s world, where many churches have become seeker-sensitive, to speak of God’s judgment is considered offensive. Judgement preachers are often called judgmental, hateful, evil, and unloving. Lack of preaching about judgment in the church has caused many to become insensitive to sin. In fact, that is one of the reasons why sin is rampant in the church today. When there is no preaching of judgement, there is no need for discernment and fear of God, and this causes people to never feel convicted when they sin.

There are two types of judgements in the Bible. One is eternal judgement, where a person is judged to eternal punishment because of not believing in the Son of God, Jesus Christ. The other judgement is the judgement of willful sins. The Bible clearly says that God judges sin. Every sin will be judged and every sin that we do in the body will bring consequence. Jesus did not come to earth to erase the consequence of sin. He came to give us power over sin. But if we become believers and still keep on sinning the consequences will catch up with us. If a person becomes a Christian and says, “I have become a Christian and Jesus died for me so if I sin I’ll be forgiven” and then willfully fornicates is he/she going to escape the consequences of that sin? There will be pregnancy, disease, shame, guilt, and everything that resembles spiritual death. Jesus will forgive the person if they sin but they cannot escape the consequence. If a person commits murder, the judge is not going to free the person because he’s a Christian. That person will be judged according to what he did in the flesh. Therefore, we are spiritually pardoned from eternal damnation, but we pay the consequences of our sins here on earth. That means, we are free from the eternal judgement of God, but we are not free from God’s judgement in the flesh.

That’s the reason why, Apostle Paul, the greatest grace preacher that ever lived said in 1 Corinthians 11

“So then, my brethren, when you come together to eat, wait for one another. If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that you will not come together for judgment. The remaining matters I will arrange when I come.”

‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭11:33-34‬ ‭NASB‬‬

He was talking to the Christians in the church of Corinth. And he assures them that where there is no proper order there will be God’s judgement. If you read the verses above Apostle Paul assures them that it was because they disregarded the order of the Lord’s supper that some became sick and some died.

And in Hebrews 13:4 God says,

“Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:4‬ ‭NASB‬‬

This means, God has placed a proper order of marriage and all those who try to defile that law and fornicate will face God’s judgment. We cannot walk in fornication and expect to be blessed. There is judgment to those who walk in fornication. Those who think that they are saved and can live their life anyhow need to think twice because as a Christian, God will judge our lives. Whatever we do here in the body will be judged by God. Our lives here on earth will become blessed or cursed depending on how we live our lives.

Therefore, we need to know the fear of God even in the New Testament so that we do not become rebellious and wicked. We need to understand that although we do not see God with our necked eyes, God sees everything and He controls everything, and gives everyone according to their deeds. We cannot escape from God. Where can we go from God? We can escape people, governments, or even demons, but where can we escape from God? Who can hide from God and live in sin without consequences? As the Bible says, God is the judge of the earth and He sees everything. But if we fear Him, who can prevent us from getting blessed? What do we miss if fear Him? Isn’t his law for our own good? Why do we need to rebel against what is good for us? To Honor God is not bondage but freedom.

I will close with the word that Apostle Paul said to the Corinthians,

To know the fear of the Lord is to live in holiness. The fear of the Lord is still necessary today! We are now living in a generation where people have no regard for the law of the Lord! There is no fear of God. People do whatever looks good in their sight and the land is getting cursed. If we do not go back to the fear of God, the nation will go into more corruption, poverty, bloodshed, and chaos until what happened to other nations who did not fear God will happen to the nation as well. All nations that forsook God have been destroyed. Nations that did not honor God have been turned into dust. Some have sunk to the ground never to be seen again. But the nations that fear the Lord will be blessed.