‘Brothers, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against his brother or judges him speaks against the law and judges it…. there is only one Law-giver and Judge, the one who is able to save and destroy. But you- who are you to judge your neighbour?’ – James 4:11-12.
Don’t You Dare!
Don’t you dare judge me;
you’ve no idea what I’ve been through.
Don’t you dare judge me;
you have no idea who I would become
to conclude on my present.
Don’t you dare,
don’t you dare judge me…
This stigma has eaten us deep enough. People need to stop feeling better than us even if they think they are. We all need to stop intimidating others by reason of the grace (through Christ) that we’ve attained; this grace that others do not have the knowledge of yet. Without complete knowledge or absolute understanding- they need to stop condemning me, no matter how bad I’ve become, for even Christ himself, never came to condemn me (John 3:17), though He is our Chief Judge (Psalm 96:13, Ezekiel 18:30, 1 Peter 1:17).
‘Do not judge or you too will be judged… you hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eyes, and then you will be able to see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eyes…’
‘You therefore have no excuse, you who pass judgement on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself… so when you, a mere man pass judgement on them and yet do the same things, do you think you would escape God’s judgement?…’
We are asked to ‘examine ourselves to see whether we are in the faith. To test ourselves’ to realize Christ is in us (2 Corinthians 13:5). If Christ is in us, then we are a representation of Him here on earth. This implies that our actions as Christ-like people, Christians and God’s creation; should be in line with the Image and Person of Christ Jesus.
‘Do not judge and you will not be judged. Do not condemn and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you would be forgiven’– Luke 6:37
‘For (even) God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world though him’- John 3:17
The concept of judging entails having a strong opinion about something- trying to evaluate that thing. To be able to accomplish this task one would need to be on the absolute- So as to gain total understanding of all perspectives and motive.
Now, because man is limited by reason of knowledge- only God is fit to judge the heart of man. However, man is allowed to judge the character of man, for by this; we are absolute by the word of God- the living word of God.
(1 Corinthians 6: 2, 4-5, 2: 15)
In doing the above, we judge (rebuke, correct) the sinfulness of man. We do not judge (condemn) the sinner. We put into perspective a careful and exact attitude of Christ (Romans 5:8). Every judgment a man makes must be backed-up by the word of God, because man judges based on preference, perception, mind-set and in totality; the knowledge he has acquired. This alone can be the foundation of all errors because like a writer puts it:
‘That you are strong in someone’s weaknesses, does not mean you are not weak in someone’s strength’– Double_ST *sst*
This is why God in His word asked us not to judge by human standards (John 8:15-18), and appearances (John 7:24, James 2:1-4). We are asked instead to be carefu,l for we judge unto the Lord (2 Chronicles 19:6). For this understanding to make meaning in our daily living, obedience to the word of God and principles is key and a necessity, as this unlocks its potentials (Zechariah 3:7, 1 King 3:9-13); for by ourselves, we can do nothing (John 5:30).
The place of judging people is in the hands of God- for he is all-knowing. We are admonished by Apostle Paul in Timothy to preach the word, be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction (2 Timothy 4:2). Nowhere- nowhere in Scripture are we asked to judge (condemn) anyone!
Food for Thought-
‘The saint and the sinner- who is more likely to make heaven? If the Saint- who then is he, but one that was once a sinner. If this is true; what then makes you so sure that this sinner too won’t make it to heaven? Not as he is off-course, but as he would be when you correct and not condemn him; thus allowing God’s grace to work in Him’- Double_ST *sst*
They will sing before the Lord
for He comes
He comes to judge the world in righteousness
and the people in his truth- Psalms 96:13.
So if you want to judge me and you are not God- DON’T YOU DARE!!!
Feel free to correct me though… God Bless.
Oluwatosin S. Olabode SST
You know you were once better,
You know you want to be better,
You know you need to be better,
But you know you ain’t getting any better…
You know there is a zeal,
You know you’ve broken the seal,
You know you desire to heal,
But you know you ain’t committed to the deal…
You have suddenly forgotten the communication called ‘prayer’,
You have even lost touch with patience in that area,
You worry but never work to become better,
But when you get ‘to thinking’-
you always remain bitter…
You are neither hot nor cold,
Neither here nor there,
Neither weak nor strong,
You are walking in grace-
when your life, to Him, speaks disgrace…
You could be better, but you’re not,
Even worse- you do not know ‘where you’re not’,
You perceive and assume to be safe,
But your thoughts are far from the truth-
as the south is from the north.
If you were a better christian/believer/person,
Yesterday than today,
And your words are louder than your lifestyle,
Then, you’re in a Spiritual Coma,
In this state, the only city is known as ‘Sleep’–
Don’t you think we need to wake up?
Oluwatosin Olabode (sst)
A study of Genesis 2:8-17
… If heaven were an eatery and she’s taking orders; I would have one plate of praise, two spoons of thanksgiving and a bottle of prayer to go with it. Kindly serve it while it is still worship because only then can the satisfaction be given to God…
“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is
Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates. And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die”.
My first line “I’M HUNGRY” would better have been put as “I HAVE NOT EATEN”, because vs 8 of Gen 2 says before he put the feeling of hunger, he had already put food; before he asked you to worship him, he had already created the worship to which you will use to praise him. It says “And the LORD God planted a garden (where the fruit to be eaten will come from) eastward in Eden; and there he put the man (the person for whom the fruits were made) whom he had formed.
Vs 9 “And out of the GROUND made the LORD God to GROW every TREE that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil”. Remember vs 7 of this same Gen 2, ” And the Lord God FORMED MAN of the dust of the GROUND, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul”. This really shows the greatness of God; whatever you hunger for, is actually the same thing you were created from (l’m talking to those that have said Yes to Jesus ).
Again vs 9b says, the tree of life was also in the midst of the garden and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (this is were those that haven’t said Yes to Jesus come in). It was important to differentiate this because whatever you hunger for is what you were created from; that’s why the desire and work always match (for instance, someone with absolute passion for sports, cannot be found more hungry for politics…). It is possible to hunger for the things of the world and the lust of the flesh, but does this mean you were created from lust? Or the things of the world? NO! But it does mean you eat from them ( that is why giving your life to Christ is important). This hunger comes with great benefits…
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled”. Matthew 5:6 … So for you to be eating worship, you must have been created from worship (God) and for worship.
Vs 10- When the hunger is in the correct place, you will know because true hunger comes without you being thirsty ( thirst used here in the context
that the most important material required for the growth of your food, as in this case worship, will be provided). As against the wrong hunger in which you have to look for what will keep the hunger and what will keep the food as well, as it says “… A river went out of eden to water the garden!”
Vs 11-14 talks about how good the material that aided the growth were; what aids the growth of your worship? For clarity, worship is not just a song sang, but a life we live and it’s in this context that I’ve been speaking….
“Figure out what will please Christ and then do it,”- Ephesians 5:10 msg… What pleases God is worship (because those that worship in truth and spirit offer an acceptable service unto him, John 4:23-24 ). So therefore, anything a person does that glorifies God and makes him happy is a form of worship. Since we had water springing forth from the four corners of the garden to help in the growth of the fruits, we are going to study four materials meant for watering our worship, they are:
The Bible, Praise, Prayer and Lifestyle.
This is God himself (John 1:1 ). In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God. It’s important to remind us that God honors his word over his name, because while his names are what we think of him which is even the least of who he is (little wonder in Exodus 3:14 , he said I AM THAT I AM is my name, which means anything beyond great could be attributed to him), the word can be honored more because he’s the word, remember John 1:14 , “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us…”, WE ALL KNOW, only God in the form of his son Jesus became flesh. So with this stated, what other form of worship growth stimulator could a person ask for than THE BIBLE ( Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth)! The rules on how to eat worship are clearly and boldly written there.
God inhabits the praises of his people (Psalm 22:3 ) . The presence of God is the greatest form of worship one can give to God. His coming down to join you in worshiping him cannot be compared to anything, no wonder, when praises go up, blessings come down (a popular saying, attributed to a paraphrase from Psalms 67:5-7).
This is a means of communication with God. During this process, you talk to God and he talks back to you. God is always happy when you give him the opportunity in your life to talk to you. David knew this so well, that’s why he spoke to God about everything thus becoming the man after God’s heart (Acts12:13 ).
“Prayer gives you an opportunity to receive feedback on your worship status with God”-SST.
Christianity existed long before religion, so it’s naturally not possible for Christianity to be ONLY a religion. Remember, the people were called Christians (Acts 11:26 ), because, after a time of careful (careful because those that called them weren’t Christians themselves) observation, they people were called Christians since they behaved like Christ. It is important to note that FOR YOUR WORSHIP TO GROW, IT MUST FIRST BE ACCEPTED (that’s why John 4:23-24 , tells us how to worship). Therefore, for your lifestyle to be accepted, you must be like Christ; simply put BE CHRIST-LIKE (a christian is someone like or
in the image of Christ). This leads us back to the beginning, Gen 1:26, when God created man in his image; this is the true origin of Christianity, so for a growth in worship which is eaten with Christ, STOP THE FALSE RELIGION ONLY CONCEPT YOU’VE BEEN TAUGHT AND START A RELATIONSHIP INCLUSIVE ERA WITH CHRIST!!!
A look at the 10 commandments will give a clearer picture into the significance of a relationship with Christ as it concerns Christianity… Exodus 20:1-17 … Vs 1-8; the first four commandments talk about a relationship between God and man, while the last six, vs 9-17, talks about a relationship between man and man. When Jesus was put to test as to which was the greatest commandment, he responded, LOVE with God
and with your neighbors all this boils down to having a relationship.
Vs 15, The Lord did not just prepare the garden and leave it, he did not just prepare worship to leave it; he said TEND and KEEP it. This is very direct, it means tend and keep worship; let it become part of you as you grow in it.
Vs 16-17, Our study doesn’t just end without a WARNING!!! Since there was already two world views when man was created, he knew that even within creation, something might go bad, so he warned to abstain from anything evil, you will certainly know its evil because the signs are usually very clear; the only reason you will be going for it will be for your own glory when all glory must be given to God (Isaiah 42:8 ). So even though
worship is large, there is a specific kind of worship He wants from us; meaning, if its not in that nature, then its not accepted. Eating as worship means being in God’s will, taking heed to his warnings and eating in a kingly manner. Phaphers you’ve been hungry (the only reason you are hungry is because you haven’t eaten), its sure time to change that
statement to… I haven’t eaten (meaning the food is there), so you can now go and eat realizing the water he will give you to quench your thirst would be eternal (John 4:14).
“When eating becomes a true act of worship, we will no longer worship food”.
“When food becomes our god, our appetite for the Bread of Life is diminished” Julie Ackerman
Olabode oluwatosin (Sst)
(Coauthor of ‘The Big One’
Author of the soon to be released ‘The Ideal Being’)