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Summary: It is not our job to judge.

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Judge Not

Based on Francis Frangipane’s Holiness, Truth, and the Presence of God

Introduction

A Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matt 11:29 (KJV)Voice of creation describing Himself as meek and lowly.

1 Holiness doesn’t happen outside of humility.

2 Holiness is a product of grace, & grace only comes to the humble.

B Jesus didn’t condemn sinners, but He did condemn hypocrites.

1 Defining hypocrisy is difficult, but we’re going to go with the definition of anyone who excuses his/her own sins while condemning the sins of another.

a “Two-faced” doesn’t quite get it, because we all struggle with single-mindedness at times.

b A hypocrite refuses to admit that (s)he is at times two-faced, therefore pretending to have a righteousness that (s)he fails to live.

2 Hypocrites usually don’t think they’re hypocrites (immature believers fail to realize they’re immature, because they’re immature).

a Because they don’t see their own corruption, sin, they don’t seek God’s mercy.

aa Why should I seek God’s mercy when I’ve done nothing wrong?

bb Not under mercy, always under judgment, so judging is what comes through him/her.

b We can’t be hypocrites & be holy.

aa The first step to being holy/sanctified is to admit we’re not as holy as we’d like to appear.

bb Called humility

C You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.1 Peter 5:5 (NASB)

But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, "God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble." James 4:6 (NASB)

1 God resists/opposes the proud, but comes running to show grace to the humble.

a Humility is when we see our lowliness, low estate, that we’ve missed the mark.

aa Humility brings grace to our need, & grace alone can change our hearts.

bb Humility is the substructure of transformation.

b If we’re not humble, we’re not of any good to God.

2 At times in our life we are all faced with impurities in our heart.

a The Holy Spirit reveals our sinfulness not just to condemn us/make us feel rotten, but to...

aa Establish humility in us

bb Deepen the fact that we need God’s grace.

b The Holy Spirit constructs a crossroad, point of decision.

aa Saints & hypocrites both breed at this spot.

bb Admit sin/brokenness/flaw/faults & seek deliverance, become holy.

cc A hypocrites sees his/her sin & makes excuses. Sin remains & they hide the true condition of their heart.

c Sanctification/holiness doesn’t begin with rules & laws, but rather with the forsaking of self-pride, & humility gives birth to holiness.

3 If we as Christians do not fully grasp the depravity of our old nature, we run the risk of being “Christian Pharisees” (hypocrites, full of contempt & self-righteousness).

a And He also told this parable to some people who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and viewed others with contempt...Luke 18:9 (NASB) Jesus warned about those guys!


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