October 1, 2010

All of God’s Judgements Are True!

Posted in Christianity tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:09 am by Lisa Ritchey

God will bless who He chooses to bless and curse whom He chooses to curse.  So many people have been taught that the Old Testament is a thing of the past, that we now live under grace and mercy.  Yes, Jesus’ sacrifice means that we are able to obtain mercy and grace, but it certainly did not do away with God’s judgements.   Sin is still sin, and continued, unrepented sin will bring judgement. God does not necessarily do this, though. It is a spiritual law.   Things that God does pass judgment on are touching His prophets and His anointed[1], and speaking against, or doing harm to Israel or a Jewish person (people) [2], and lying to[3] the Holy Spirit.

What is judgement, though?”  A verdict, sentence, or penalty.  Think of a courtroom.  When a person is found guilty of a crime, the judge passes a judgement, or sentence.  “Twenty years and a day!”  That person is going to jail for twenty years.  When the judge said, “and a day”, that insured that the full twenty would be served, no parole.  Had he just said “twenty years”, then after part of the term had been served, they would have been eligible for parole.  If they seem truly repentant, they may  be released early, debt paid and forgiven. 

With sin it is just a little different.  You can not hood wink God like you can man.  When we sin, He knows it.  If we continually repeat this sin, He will bring us to task, as it were.  (There is an old saying, “God will knock you on your back to get you to look up!”)  We will start seeing the consequences of sin in our lives. When someone truly repents of sin, asks forgiveness and turns away from it, they receive forgiveness and it is forgotten, never to be remembered again.  

So often Satan is blamed when we start having problems – illness, money problems, relationship problems, loose our job, things just are not going like they should – and it is really the consequences of something that we have done.  We bring problems on ourselves, even those that are caused by demonic forces.  Yes, Christians can do this, and they do. Sin punches holes in our covering of salvation, so to speak.  

This is just another reason that we must keep our flesh put under and truly walk in the spirit[4], having the discernment to know if someone is having a hard time just because of circumstances, or if they are under judgement.  It is very dangerous to curse what God has blessed, but also to bless what God has cursed.    

 [1]  Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets no harm. (1 Chronicles 16:22)

[2] God to Abram:  And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  (Genesis 12:3) 

Isaac to Jacob, who later became Israel:  Genesis 28:3-4 And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people; (4) And give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham. 

1 Chronicles 16:21 He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he reproved kings for their sakes

[3] Acts 5:1-10

[4] Please see my earlier posts Fasting: What is it? Who should do it? Why do it? How do I do it? and Out Of Control Christians.

©Copyright 2010 Lisa Ritchey and Bare Bones Gospel


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