Weekly Word Definition – Judgement

Judgement (or US spelling judgment) is also known as adjudication which means the evaluation of evidence to make a decision. Judgement is also the ability to make considered decisions. The term has at least five distinct uses. Aristotle suggested we think of the opposite of different uses of a term, if one exists, to help determine if the uses are really different. Some opposites will be included here to help demonstrate their uses are really distinct.       Wikipedia

What is the difference between Judgement and Verdict?

In context terms, the difference between judgment and verdict is that judgment is the legal act of determining, as in courts of law, what is conformable to law and justice; also, the determination, decision, or sentence of a court, or of a judge, while verdict is the legal decision on an issue of fact in a civil or criminal case or an inquest.  Wikidiff

What does a judgement mean?

The act of judging. Judgment (Noun) The power or faculty of performing such operations; especially, when unqualified, the faculty of judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely; as, a man of judgment; a politician without judgment.

It has been my observation that most politicians are short on morals but are abundant in their need to judge others.

True Christians on the other hand are quick to use moral thoughts when confronting or advising other Christians as well as the world.

Judgement is not a tool given to Christians; we are given eternal life instead. (John 3:16)

Why are there two spellings?

Many think that the difference between judgement and judgment is that the longer version is the British spelling, whereas the shorter one is the US convention. While some claim that Noah Webster first recorded the spelling of judgment in his 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language, both sides of the pond have used the spelling judgment since the late 1600s.

Though judgement (with an e) has risen and fallen in popularity in British English, judgment remains the preferred spelling in British legal proceedings and appears more frequently in written work. Today, judgement is an accepted spelling in British English. But, if you stick to judgment, you will not be judged in the UK or the US.

Romans 6:1-6 (NKJV)

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.  Our sin nature no longer exists. We are dead to sin!! There are those who spend their lives twisting the word of God and fighting for their right to sin. What will their judgment from God be?

2 Peter 1:2-4 (NKJV)

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. Those who surrender completely to God and allow the Holy Spirit to lead their lives daily will remain free of sin. The True Christian can have only one verdict from God’s Judgment. “Not Guilty.”

What will your verdict be?

Weekly Devotional – June 26, 2021

You Will Know Them by Their Fruits

Matthew 7:15-20 (NKJV) “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.”

When trying to find a new church, always talk to the preacher and your teacher away from other people, before you attend their church if you can. Ask them why they started preaching or teaching. If their answer is not, “God called me to do so” then always challenge anything they do that involves the receiving of money.

There are wolves in sheep’s clothing in the church now. Ask God for guidance and be careful.

By the way, “God called me to teach/preach His word.”

Judgement is not within the scope of our duties as Christians, that is God’s job and his only. However, that does not mean we can’t see someone that is using God’s word or service for their own gain.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

There is nothing that happens here on this earth that is not covered in the bible, you just need to find it. And make sure you understand it before using it on someone else. Why do you think ministers and teachers have to study all their lives?

The scriptures are a living thing that will change with the situation. In March 2020, this world became united in a way they would have never expected. It was the start of Covid 19. It was so bad we had to stop gathering in the church building for over a year. However, the church went on and still thrives today. Christ is the head of the church, not some preacher or teacher.  It is God that keeps our spiritual spirit alive, not some singer or music director. The church belongs to God, not some association or religion.

As I have said many times, Christianity is a way of life, not a religion. Christians know how to listen and follow God’s guidance. No matter what is going on in this world, the Holy Spirit will help us study God’s word and use it to lift up our hearts and keep us doing God’s Will.

A Christian will always use the bible to navigate their day. Religions do anything they want to do and misuse the scripture to twist it until they think it makes them look good.

How about you; do you use religious beliefs to make you soul look Good to God. Do you have the Holy Spirit living in your heart? Are you someone who studies the bible daily and you walk in a way that everyone can see Christ in you?

Religious people display the same fruit as the world. Christians display Christ in their actions at all times.

Which are you, religious or a Christian?

You will know them by their fruits!!

Let God be Magnified

Let all those who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified!”

Psalm 70:4 (NKJV)

One Friday night you were at a bar downtown and you saw one of the church’s deacons and another man sitting with two women that you knew were not their wives, As the night went on the two men got loud and vulgar in their speech.

As the night progressed, you saw the deacon laughing and talking to the young lady he was sitting with. At the end of the night, the deacon escorted the young lady out of the bar. As you followed them, you saw the young lady get into the deacon’s car and they drove away.

It’s 2 a.m. and it’s time to go home. Why was the deacon there and who was that other man? I guess all these answers can be found tomorrow because at this point it’s time to get some sleep.

The next day you just keep thinking over and over why was the deacon there? Were the deacon and his wife having problems and no one knew? What about the other man, he wasn’t a member of the church or you would’ve seen it? Why did the deacon choose to not say hello?

You have a lot of things to think about over the next few days. I guess the main thing was whether to trust your instinct or to trust your feelings of anger and betrayal? Should you tell the pastor what you saw, or should you confront the deacon himself? This Friday night out had proven to be something of a dilemma.

How could you let everyone know what you had seen without putting your own participation in the eyes of the public? Perhaps if you went to the pastor and gave him a hypothetical situation. Perhaps he could use the guise of saying he was asking for a friend. No that wouldn’t work. The pastor would want to know what you was doing at the bar.

That Sunday the pastor preached about deception. The pastor talked about how deception can eat a person from the inside and work on their nerves. What were you to do? If you didn’t do something soon, you felt like you were going to go crazy.

Finally, you decided. You were going to talk to the pastor about the whole incident. When you arrived, there he was, it was the deacon. Now, what were you to do? There had to be a resolution to this dilemma that would glorify God. It was just a matter of finding it.

It wasn’t long until the deacon and that other man left. The deacon didn’t see you and after they left, it was your turn.

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

1 John 1:9-10 (NKJV)

When you saw the pastor, you suddenly decided it would be better if you confessed of your sin and received forgiveness than to rub someone else’s name in the mud. Perhaps the deacon was there to confess his sins also. You decide to get yourself back in good stead with God and receive God’s forgiveness and love.

 After all the stress and anxiety, you had gone through, you decided to tell no one what you had seen and just move on with your life. By doing so, one of God’s children would receive forgiveness and love and God would be magnified for His grace.

A couple of days later, you picked up his newspaper and there it was. There was a front page spread about the bust of a drug gang and the woman’s face was on the front page. You had not known the deacon was a police officer. God was magnified again.