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JUDGE NOT BY APPEARANCES
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JUDGE NOT BY APPEARANCES STUDY

WHAT DOES JUDGE NOT BY APPEARANCES MEAN?

HOW DO WE JUDGE NOT BY APPEARANCES?

Oft times, we tend to look on the outward appearance of a matter and fail to discern the TRUTH which may be hidden beneath the surface.

This is a concern as we have been taught in God's Word NOT to judge by appearance.

John 7:24
Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment …

Jesus made this statement right after He was being accused (Yet again) of violating the Hebrew Pharisee’s INTERPRETATION of the LAW:

John 7:23
If a man on the sabbath day receive circumcision, that the law of Moses should not be broken; are ye angry at me, because I have made a man every whit whole on the sabbath day?

In other words …

Jesus was healing someone on the Sabbath and the Pharisees started accusing Him of violating the law and He put them in their place, by sharing the HEART of the law:

Matthew 23:23
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

Jesus taught us that we are NOT to judge by the appearance of a matter, but rather to check the fruits …

Matthew 7:20
Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

Soooooooooo ... Are we to understand that it is ONLY by the words and deeds that we are to discern a matter?

Okie dokie … I have a scenario for ya.

JUDGE NOT BY APPEARANCES TRUTH ON JUDGE NOT BY APPEARANCES WARNING OF JUDGE NOT BY APPEARANCES DANGERS

What if we see a Christian man sneaking into a strip club looking very suspicious looking around as he enters.

That is pretty obvious huh?

What are we to say to him the next day?

Do we remain silent or are we to correct him?  

Now, before you discern based only on an apparent deed ...

Please add in one more hidden factor ...

What if … This man had received a call from his Mom who told him that his sister called her and told her two guys that she met took her to that club without her consent and would not allow her to leave and the Christian man was going to get his sister out of danger and the reason he was looking both ways was to see if he saw his sister in the parking lot?

My friend, we must choose to PROVE ALL THINGS before we do our Spiritual math on a matter:

1 Thessalonians 5:21
Prove all things ...

Remember that Jesus was seen in some pretty unsavory places and people judged Him:

Matthew 9:11-13
And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto His disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, He said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Jesus had to go where the lost and troubled souls were to be able to reach them.

God is looking to get His children IN to Heaven ... NOT keep em out.

In particular the lost souls.

Here is how Jesus explained it …

Luke 15:4-7
What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in Heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

God IS seeking the LOST souls and uses Christians to do so.

This brings us to a question …

How far would you go to reach a sheep?

What if they were in an “unsavory” place? 

Paul shared something with us that I would like to share with you …

1 Corinthians 9:19-23
For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you.

 Paul was a chameleon lizard of sorts, in that he would blend with his surroundings as to gain souls for the Lord. He became as the APPEARANCE of the lost sheep to make them comfy with him as to bring them to the Lord. He built bridges so that they could easily cross from their existing worldly lifestyle to the Lord’s Christian walk.

Paul added  a VERY important statement after this …

1 Corinthians 9:27
BUT, I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway …
 

Paul is saying that he had to keep himself in check, as not to be overcome by the darkness that he was in as he was reaching for these lost souls.

2 Peter 3:17
Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.

In other words ... BEWARE being lured into their world when trying to bring them to the Lord.

IF you feel called by the Lord to reach and teach lost souls ...

Do not try this at home kids unless you are wearing ALL of your armor.

Ephesians 6:10-18
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints
...

Do you believe that it is possible that God uses our past choices and circumstances to have us better equipped to reach lost souls who are walking in the same darkness that we were once in seeing as we KNOW HOW to escape that darkness?

If so ...

What experiences do you have that can help others in the same darkness and what are you doing to help others?   

Ponder on that a bit ...

Our Father wants His children back …

What limitations do you believe that He has placed upon us as to reach them?

JUDGE NOT BY APPEARANCES DISCERNMENT AND JUDGE NOT BY APPEARANCES GIFT

We are to use EVERYTHING that we have to reach the lost. From past experiences to talents we obtained in our lives to Spiritual gifts. Please consider making a list of what you have that could reach a lost soul and apply it in your day to day lives.

To those called to reach for these lost souls, we have been taught well …

Matthew 10:16
Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves …

Then Jesus said … 

Matthew 10:17-19
But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.

There will be those who will judge you as you reach for lost souls as they did Jesus. They WILL accuse you of being LIKE them because you are hanging out with or talking with lost souls, but God judges the heart and knows WHY we do what we do.

What of this statement that Jesus said …

Matthew 10:17-19
“But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.”

Luke shared EXACTLY what was meant …

Luke 12:11-12
And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers,  TAKE YE NO THOUGHT how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.

We are to use our past experiences, talents and Spiritual gifts to reach the sheep … But, the absolute best Spiritual gift that we have is the comforting presence of the Holy Spirit within us. We are to listen for HIM to respond when we are whispered against for merely doing our job. We must not allow our own emotions to be the reaction. IF we learn to do this, we will respond as Jesus did when confronted, as His Words too … Were inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Let us no longer discern by the appearance of ANY person or matter … But, rather seek what the LORD sees.

Cuz HE sees the HEART of every matter.

Pray to have God give you His eyes as to TRULY see.


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