I am all about leading people to Jesus. Now more than ever, we need to see the kingdom of God advance like never before. There are still a lot of people on the Earth that have not asked Jesus into their hearts compared to those who have. We need to be bringing in the harvest.
Some Christians, however, think that they have an idea of how someone who loves God should carry themselves. They think they know how they should live, act, and behave. Unfortunately, if a person doesn’t fit inside their idea of what living for God looks like, they’re usually not welcomed into their church.
Christians Can Be Judgmental
Ask most Christians, and they will say that they’re all about saving the lost. They talked like they wanted to see unbelievers in the church. However, when someone shows up that doesn’t exactly fit their idea of what a churchgoer should look like, they get judged.
Now, this person will usually greet the person they don’t agree with an unsuspecting hello. But the moment that person leaves their presents, they are gossiping about them to someone else.
The bottom line is that acting like that is being very judgemental. I personally believe that judging others is one of the most heartbreaking things a Christian can do. The truth is, it’s not so much the Sinners that are judging, but the Christians that are doing it.
We are not called to judge because we cannot see someone else’s heart. God is the judge of all. Our job is to look for the good that is in every person. It’s usually best to give a person the benefit of the doubt rather than assuming the worst. Although challenging, it is the way to go.
People Left The Church
Many people have actually left the church because they were judged. Many have experienced not being welcomed because they were from the world. Maybe they didn’t look the part or sound the part. Perhaps they weren’t wearing the clothes that some Christian thought they should.
Instead of judging them, we should be willing to love them just as Jesus loved us.
Christ didn’t judge sinners. He wrapped his arms around them. He loves them and shows them. It was his goodness that in fact, brought many into the kingdom who gave their lives to God.
The Life Of a Christian Is Hard
We don’t have to look very far to remember someone who chose salvation but had a difficult time walking it out. It usually begins with us not seeing them at church or coming to bible study. They start spending time with the wrong people and, eventually, disappear.
When we see them again, we should welcome them and encourage them to come back around. We should remind them that God loves them and be kind to them.
The truth is people who have fallen away from the church because they were judged don’t want to come back because they don’t want to experience it again. The Christians who act like they are Holier are waiting at the doors for them, and they don’t want to see them.
Forget The Past
The Bible is clear that we are to forget the past and press forward to the future. Even God himself forgets our sins when we have sought him for forgiveness.
God doesn’t love when a person falls into sin. However, he loves the person. He sees beyond where they may be falling short and missing the mark.
Even Jesus caught a woman in the middle of adultery and showed her love. His kindness let her allow God into her life. Her story became a great testimony.
The Devil Is a Liar
The devil is a liar, and one of his lies is that when you make a mistake, God is mad at you. If you trip, God stops loving you. I truly believe that many Christians think this is the truth. You can hear it in how they talk and their attitude when they come across someone who has made a mistake.
God loves everybody. He sent his son to die for all of mankind, and we need to remind people of that. Judging them does not help them. Loving them makes all the difference.
We don’t have to go very far and will come in contact with many who are praying for the end-time Harvest. What we have to remember is that these new Christians will likely not fit into the mold we think they should. Now is the time to make the decision to refuse to judge them.
We don’t want to get to heaven only to realize that a number of people never came back to God because of something we did or said through being judgmental. Our job is to tell the good news, and that is that God loves people no matter what they have done.
Every single person desires in one way or another to improve their life. Perhaps they want to be a better baseball player, a better student, a better spouse, or they want to serve God better.
There are many ways we have tried to make this happen. We confess affirmations, read the Bible, and even pray for an hour straight in some cases. We’ve read books and sought out people who could help us change an area of our life that we wanted to be different.
All of these things have their place, but we often overlook the most important means by which we can experience change. Lasting change comes from the presence of God. It comes from spending quality time with the Master.
God’s Spirit Changes You
It’s true. The spirit of God can move in your life and change any number of situations. He can even change you in a moment.
When we take time to study and read the Bible, we get to know God better. The thing is, in his presence is when we get to really know him.
In God’s presence, there is something supernatural that happens. The cares of this world seem to melt away. Stress, anxiety, and worry cannot stick around. They make a mad dash for the exit.
Squeeze a Ball
If you have ever held a tennis ball in your hand and squeezed it, the ball would conform to how your hand is shaped. However, the moment you release the ball, it jumps right back into its original form. This happens without fail. Every time you hold something that puts pressure on your hand, upon releasing it, the original shape comes back around.
This is exactly how many Christians experience their walk with God. They experienced an amazing time of worship and conformed to the image of God like never before. However, over time they resort back to how they were. They right back to the same old habits and experiences before they experienced God.
Here’s the key difference. Imagine holding something soft in your hand. A ball that is pliable. When you squeeze it and then let go, it holds the shape of your hand. This is what it’s like to be in the presence of God. It’s life-changing and forever alters you in a beautiful way.
Spend Time With God
When we spend time with the Lord, in his presence, he can actually shape us and make us more into the image of Jesus. My challenge for you is to go Beyond seeing what needs to be changed and to Simply become a surrendered vessel in the hands of the Potter.
Allowing the word we hear preached and Desiring to see change is a good thing. But go a step further and allow your relationship with God to mold you and transform you.
Don’t be like so many Christians who know about God but don’t really have a relationship with him. This actually causes more damage than we know.
Choose to spend time in God’s presence, get to know him more, and develop your relationship with him. Then whenever the scriptures enter your ears and your heart, they will bring about lasting, transformational change.
God desires that his children not only do his will but know what his will is in every situation. He isn’t looking to confuse us. He doesn’t want his plan for us to be a mystery.
When I was growing up, I didn’t know that it was possible to have a relationship with God and know his will.
When I gave my life to Christ and finally discovered that I could know the will of God for my life, I realized that his will was not something that just happened. I wasn’t going to just stumble upon it. After reading the word for a number of years, I learned that the will of God often ties into taking some sort of action.
Christ Carried Out God’s Will
Jesus himself said that he came down from heaven to do the will of God. He also told his disciples that doing the will of God is taking action on what God instructs. Doing the will of God is, in essence, being in the will of God.
The truth is we need to be doers of God’s will. We are the hands and the feet of Jesus here on Earth. Although many Christians asked if they are in the will of God, a better question would be are they doing the will of God? Is there something that God wants me to do today?
It’s Waiting To Unfold
God’s will is something that is waiting to unfold in our lives every single day. And as his ambassadors, we bring with us God’s will into every situation.
There really is nothing more satisfying and fulfilling than being a part of an answer to prayer. To be the agent that God uses to bring change into someone’s life is amazing. It’s such an honor to be able to bring God’s living will to people. We get to bring his Heavenly light Into Darkness.
When we drive by a car accident or see someone crying, we should recognize that God wants to bring his will into those situations. We should check inside our hearts and see what the holy spirit is leading us to do Beyond just praying.
Apart From God We Can Do Nothing
Jesus was right when he said apart from him, we can do nothing. But the good news is that we are never apart from him. When we show up, he shows up.
God, who worked through Jesus, is also working through us to bring about his will on Earth. When we go into situations, the miraculous of God can flow through our life.
It is about walking hand-in-hand with God. We take action on our faith, and God moves. Our job is to simply show up with the full intention of seeing his will done. When we cast out devils and heal the sick, his will is being done.
Walk In The Will Of God
Walking in the will of God means that he comes in and brings our circumstances into alignment with his will. Now it may not be instantaneous, but it will come to pass.
Now is the time for Christians around the world to see ourselves as God sees us. We are in Christ, and that is who God made us to be. We are on the winning team.
So always remember, every time you walk into a circumstance, you’re carrying God’s will with you. When you carry out those plans, the battles are one in Christ, and God gets all the glory.
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