Daily Devotional – November 16th (Look For The Light! Part 3: “Judging Others”)

By admin On November 11th, 2013

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NOVEMBER 16th

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Look For The Light, Part 3: “Judging Others”

To read part 1, click here…April 12th (Look For The Light At The End of the Tunnel! Part 1: Judging Others!)

 

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In Part 1 (click here) of this topic, it was discussed about how there are many different lifestyles and philosophies which appear to be pathways to happiness.

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Yes, the Devil is so much like that spider who weaves his web, in hopes of catching simple-minded insects, who believe they are entering a tunnel that leads to a desired haven.

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Yes, that little fly is fooled by that optical illusion which the spider weaves!

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And though it looks like a nice pathway to travel down, it really only leads to his (or her) destruction!

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Therefore, beware O Christian!

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This world is the Devil’s spider-web!

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And that web has many silken cords!

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A WORLD OF MANY DANGERS!

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Yes, there are so many things that, “the god of this world”, has set in place, in order to trap the simple-hearted and unlearned among God’s people.

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The Bible says… “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” Hosea 4:6.

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And in today’s very busy world, it is easy to get so involved in seeking after the pleasures and pursuits of life, that we do not pray and contemplate the Bible through our day.

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And that’s all Satan needs, to get a foothold into the life of a Christian!

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And there is one great big part of this world-wide spider web that so many of us fly right into!

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FINGER-POINTING!

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And the trap to be discussed today is one which involves judging others.

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You see, the Devil loves to have his kingdom filled with all sorts of inequities. Isn’t it true?

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Yes, there are many things in this modern-day world that can be criticized. 

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It’s true! Satan loves to raise up people who are easy and fun to hate! From world leaders, to renowned evangelists, to even a neighbor or family member! 

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And it is so easy to get caught up in finger-pointing and criticizing and gossip!

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MANY FINGER-POINTING PROGRAMS!

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Just think how many radio and television shows are dedicated to criticizing others!

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Yes, in this high-tech world, a person can literally choose to watch or listen to any one of hundreds of critical television, radio, or Internet programs designed to criticize, mock or listen to malicious gossip about people, both small or great!

 

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But the Bible clearly warns us… “Speak not evil one of another, brethren….but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge. There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?” James 4:11, 12.

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Yes, the Devil knows how much God hates our proud judging!

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And so Satan purposely creates a society conducive to doing just that!

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“BUT I’M JUST DOING A PUBLIC SERVICE!”

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Well one very big problem is that such criticism and condemnation may just bring God’s condemnation on me!

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Listen to Paul… “Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.” Romans 2:1

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What I do not realize is that the very same sins that I see in others, also exist in my own heart!

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Listen again… “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9.

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So my heart is desperately wicked and deceitful above all things! That’s a pretty bad indictment, wouldn’t you say? But it’s true! Whatever sins I may see in others, are also lying down deep in my own heart! “…for thou that judgest doest the same things.” Romans 2:1

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THE TONGUE: EXTENSION OF THE HEART

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Yes, in my own heart, exists a world of evil! And my tongue is merely an extension of that evil!http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Germany_Singelfingen_Gossips.jpg

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Listen again… “And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of Hell.” James 3:6.

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WOW! What an indictment! My tongue is a world of iniquity, set on fire of Hell!

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MOCKING & SCORNING OTHERS!

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Well, there are so many Bible passages which reveal the wickedness involved in judging and condemning, and gossiping about others.

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But sufficed to say, the Devil has purposely created this evil world-system, in hopes of catching Christians in one way or another.

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And it is no accident that there are so many persons who are “lightning rods”, so to speak, for criticism! Yes, this world is filled with those who are magnets for scorn and criticism!

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Just walk through any big-box store and look at all the “fat” people! Or the “foolish”! Or the odd! Or the “lazy”! Or the “stupid”! Or the “selfish”! Or the “proud”! Or the “rich”! Or the “poor”!

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TURN THE EAR FROM THE HEARING OF EVIL

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Yes, and so the Christian needs to constantly be studying, contemplating, and praying for Bible-wisdom to escape this great spider-web of sin called “judging others”!

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Oh yes, there is a time to warn people of a false teacher. And yes, we need to reveal the sins that the Church seems to be ignorantly committing! But even here we really need to be careful to not judge the heart of that erring individual.

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But we certainly need to avoid listening to all those critical TV, radio, and Internet programs that make a career out of finger-pointing.

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That would be the very first step in overcoming this very captivating sin!

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ABOVE PICTURE: television & the image of Satan

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THE GOOD NEWS!

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And the really Good News is this: if I overcome this great sin of proud finger-David's sorrow wikigallery public domainpointing, God has a wonderful promise… “If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger (finger-pointing), and speaking vanity…And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.” Isaiah 58:9, 11.

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Yes, as this passage promises, if we put away all of our finger-pointing, and return to the Lord, in sorrow and repentance, God will lift us up and restore us to His favor,

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TO READ PART 4, JUST CLICK HERE… OCTOBER 25 (Look For The Light! Part 4 Confessions of a Political Junkie!)

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Steer me away from all the critical programs, lest I catch that critical spirit…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read…  JANUARY 16 (How a Joke Killed! Part 4: Mocking Others! Not Good!), or you can also read… “September 30th (How To Spot The Biggest Sinner!)”

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WINTER CONSTELLATIONS LOCATION

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The sketch to the right shows this constellation group as they are seen in early winter, as they rise in the eastern skies. The Woman is in the north. The Dragon and Orion are farther south from the Woman.

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WINTER CONSTELLATIONS-SEEN IN FALL: This sketch to the right is how this constellation group appears in the eastern sky in fall. This is the four primary constellations of the Winter Constellations. They can be seen in this position, in the late fall above the eastern horizon. The Woman of Revelation 12 is commonly called Ursa Major or The Big Dipper and appears in the north. Orion the Soldier is the at the bottom is to the south of the Woman. The The Dragon of Revelation Constellation’s mouth isThe Hyades Cluster, and the tip of his tail is Pleiades, and his Wave of Water is primarily the Auriga constellation. The Glorious Horse Constellation head is of Perseus Constellation and his rear end is Cassiopeia Constellation.

(Editor’s note: It is impossible to make this chart accurate, and visually correct, because the dome effect of the sky makes these constellations look different than they appear when placed on flat paper.)

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