7/16 Total Wholeness means dealing with biased Judgements

Three of the most important strongholds associated with the heart are Judgement, Unforgiveness and Trauma.  These areas affect the heart’s ability to relate to the living God and its important for us to understand them for further freedom.  Let me encourage you to continue the journey of true Christian growth and wholeness.

A. The spiritual Consequences of Judgement

Because Adam and Eve ate from the ‘Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil’, judgement is at the core of the Old Nature.  The issue of judgement is closely allied with unforgiveness.

B. There are Three types of Judgement taught in the Word:

1.  God’s righteous judgement on humans, Deuteronomy 32:36, 1 Samuel 2:10, 1 Chronicles 16:33, Psalms 72:2, Acts 10:42, Romans 2:16, 1 Peter 4:5.

2.  Secondly, judging other’s fruit, (being a ‘Fruit Inspector’), Matthew 7:16-20 or assessing our own growth, Luke 6:37, 1 Corinthians 11:31.

3.  Then thirdly, our own personal assessment, opinion, or bias, Matthew 7:1-2, Romans 2:1-3, 14:4, 1 Corinthians 4:3-5.

C. We will be judged by the Measure we use on Others

One key principle is that whatever measure we use in life, God is willing to use for – or against us.  This is the first law in the Creation: Sowing and reaping.

Following are some very important examples:

1. “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.  Forgive, and you will be forgiven.  Give and it will be given to you.  A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.  For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:37

a. God will give to us in the same proportion we give out.  It is his desire, however to bless us abundantly with good things (Luke 6:38),

b. We will be judged according to the same measure we judge by.  This can be a very frightening possibility (Romans 2:1-4, Matthew 7:1-5).

c. Remember ‘The Lord’s Prayer’?  We will be forgiven in the same manner we forgive.  God will release us from our sins and trespasses just as we forgive others their sin and trespass against us.

We are not entitled to judge others in any sort of condemning way, because we are just as guilty of imperfection and faults as they are! It’s interesting that Paul didn’t even judge himself, 1 Corinthians 4:3-5, 18-25.  He allowed Jesus to be his Judge.  “For I care very little if I am judged by you or by any other human court; indeed, I do not even myself.  My conscience is clear gut that does not make me innocent.  It is the Lord who judges me.  Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait till the Lord comes.”

2. Spiritually, we get tied into whatever we Judge

Whatever we judge, we come under the ‘same spirit’.  If we judge alcohol, we can be just as controlled by avoiding alcohol – either not doing it or doing it – as those who drink to excess.  There are only three choices:  do it, fight it or forgive it, whatever ‘it’ is.

If we have unforgiveness and judgement in our heart, then God allows us to be afflicted by demonic powers, Matthew 18:32-35.  Jesus said God would hand us over to the tormentor (Satan), if we don’t forgive, Matthew 18:21-35.

As a result, many Christian lives are marked with long-standing pain because God is working to get the deep unforgiveness out of their heart.  He is very serious about this issue, because He loves us too much to leave this rotting stuff in our heart.

3.  His love helps us Clean House

A loving Father God does value us so much He does not want to leave the unforgiveness, rubbish or other junk in our Heart!  If we work with Him, He will help us do a ‘House cleaning’.

This eBook is very helpful when it come to dealing with these three stronghold and how to do this ‘cleaning house’.  Come visit us on www.thebookaboutyou.mentorsnotebook.com and our special section on our Personally written eBooks.

4.  Remember, The progression goes like this:

Hurt heart –> makes a judgement –> becomes an angry heart –> turns into an unforgiving heart (bitter) –> spiritual bondage results –> problems of all sorts, including physical illness begin to manifest.

D. From Observation, assessment to Judge…or ‘What would you have me do, Jesus?’

1. The wrong kind of Judgement can begin with Discernment

The sequence can go something like this: first an assessment, then a discernment that goes into intercession OR into personal judgement.  We have about 10 seconds to make that choice.

2. Let’s say I have observed (an observation) that David always wears his Gym shoes to work. I can say to myself, or others: “David isn’t very dress conscious with those horrible Gym shores.” (Assessment)   “He should know better!” ((Judgement)

…….Or the scene could go like this:

The scene begins with the same observation.  Next I might hear the Lord saying: “He has heel spurs and his doctor has received permission from the boss to wear the Gym shoes.” This is discernment, something I didn’t/couldn’t know in the natural.

At that point, I have about 5 to 10 seconds to catch my Heart before it jumps to judgement.  I can use intercession for David.  Please notice, there is no judgement with this choice!

One person put it this way: “Judgement is discernment with unforgiveness.”  If I don’t release David – versus Judge David – I have judged him and unforgiveness results.

3. Judgement is tied up with the Conscience, where we try and follow that list of ‘shoulds’, musts and ought to.  We are not entitled to judge anyone as the Lord is the Judge.  Besides that, is our perception of others 100% accurate? Remember our post on Sun Glasses.

The whole area of judgement is perhaps one of the most over-looked principles in Christian teaching.  More damage to others and to us comes from self-centred, prideful judgement than almost any other area of our walk as believers.

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

www.totalwholeness.mentorsnotebook.com/blog

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