Ro 14:13 Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.
The word “judge” in this passage tells us in the Greek that it means to have no opinion of right or wrong or to be of an opinion. The Holy Spirit talked to me in this area in a way I had not considered.
Often we look at a person and have an opinion about them. This is judging them. If we stick to our opinion then we are actually serving that opinion rather than finding out what God’s opinion is and serving that one. I know that this sounds strange to some, but when we do this we are actually playing God over them. We are saying that what we think is right and that they should do this or that. The Word says that God is a jealous God and that he will not serve with other God’s. Did not the Word say that he would perfect that which concerns a person?
Ps 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.
If in fact the person is in God’s hands and He promised to perfect them, then what they do is not of our concern except the Holy Spirit lead it to be. When we are judging or holding to an opinion over a person we are trusting in our knowledge instead of God’s.
Jesus laid down His will. He did only what the Father showed him or told him. If we are crucified with Christ and it is only Him living in us, then all opinions that we get must come from the Lord as we are to be dead to our own. A dead man can't have opinions or judge. The problem is that most of us have never really died to self.
The Holy Spirit told me this as I had some situations where people had done some things that I almost felt in shock over. I felt sick inside over them. I could not figure why I felt this way. The Holy Spirit then revealed to me that I had to give up my expectations, opinions, desires etc. for the people and take on only what he wanted me to take on. Though I hadn’t realized it, I was judging them, not intentionally, but was the same anyway. I had to realize that I was not to carry my opinions over things. My opinion does not matter. It is my job alone to just do like Jesus; what I see Him do I do, what I hear him speak, I speak. That has to be my only job. The Holy Spirit then told me that the enemy was trying to use these things to get my focus on individuals rather than on something higher that the Lord wanted to do. I still so love this scripture:
Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.
The word that is used is the word “easily” besets us. It may seem so right but be so wrong. That is why weights come on us as it seems right to carry them. Yet, a weight is a weight, and is designed to overload you with things that should not be carried. Jesus told us to cast our cares upon Him!
Pr 16:25 There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.
1Pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Jesus said that:
Mt 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The burden that God gives is light. It will not weight us down. It will be something that we can pray through and find release in our spirit over it. A weight cannot be prayed through. A weight must be laid down or taken off.
When we hold to our opinions we are making judgements and putting ourselves into a position as God over a person. It does not matter that it may seem so noble and grand, but we must lay down those opinions. Otherwise we are carrying weights that weight us down and keep us from really drawing near to the Lord. God will not serve with other gods. He is a jealous God. We must learn to allow our emotions to die and have his mind and desires for a person.
We are being fine-tuned by the Lord when we are seeing this differentiation. We must be led only by His spirit and what He says: not by what we think. What we think is an imagination that is against the knowledge of God. God’s thoughts are higher than ours.
The word that the Holy Spirit had said to me was this:.
“What other people do is not your concern. Just do what I tell you to do and leave the rest to me”. Do we really trust God? If we did then we would be able to give these people over to the Lord and just trust Him. He may use us to pray for them at times, but other than that we must believe that God will perfect all that concerns them. It is not our responsibility to “fix” or judge others. It is only our job to listen to His voice and be obedient to what he would tells us. This is walking the straight and narrow way that few find. This is being single-minded, his-minded.
Are we going to allow the Holy Spirit to fine-tune us so we can walk free and follow Him or are we going to carry weights and play god over people. The choice is ours.
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