17 For the time has come for judgment to begin with God’s household, and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who disobey the gospel of God?
There are times discernment shows you the good. There are times discernment will show you the bad, the traps, the set-ups, and the dangers. Thank God for both! When we see the good, we are able to walk into a blessing, be a blessing, or know how to pray so that the particular thing we have seen can go through to fruition if it hasn’t already.
When in discernment we see the plan the enemy has set up for us or others, we again know how to pray, answer, or stand still and see the victory of God! Recently, this was the discernment I experienced and I thank God for it! This was the second time in two weeks satan had used a particular person to try to trap me into saying something they could take to others as gossip with motivations I didn’t mean or feel.
I was shocked who this came through to some level because this person had been dear to me. I knew she had crossed over into a dangerous game of “run and tell”. I knew she had done it with others and I should have known my time would be coming. Momma always says, “If they will talk to you about someone else, they will talk to someone else about you.” How sadly true this has proven to be.
I made my words few and I waited to respond trying to choose my words wisely. No matter what you say in a situation like this, you just cannot win. As I went to the Lord about it, He impressed some things upon me. Many people think their day of dying and judgement is not coming or won’t be coming for some time. Heaven is full of surprised people! As Christians, the Bible says we won’t be judged but our works will be tried by fire. In other words, we can lose eternal reward for things we say and do, or we can gain a reward according to what our heart’s motives are.
When this person played this ungodly game with me, the Lord spoke to me and said, “Keep your attitude and thoughts and words where you will not be found lacking when you stand before Me, for no man knows when that time will be!” Was God pronouncing a death sentence on me? Of course not! But, He was saying if I were to answer to Him unexpectedly, would there be anything in my life I would regret coming up between us?
I ask you, dear reader, if you were to meet God unexpectedly, is there anything you would hang your head for, make excuses for, or be ashamed for others to know? On that day when we stand before God, all excuses will be stripped bare! All reasoning will be proven foolish and there will be no escape. God says for us to judge ourselves while there is still time! When we stand face to face with Him, it will be too late to rectify what He gave us every chance to correct in this life. Don’t be caught lacking! Nothing in this life is worth the permanence of loss with Him!
1 God is indeed good to Israel, to the pure in heart. 2 But as for me, my feet almost slipped; my steps nearly went astray. 3 For I envied the arrogant; I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
4 They have an easy time until they die,[a] and their bodies are well fed.[b] 5 They are not in trouble like others; they are not afflicted like most people. 6 Therefore, pride is their necklace, and violence covers them like a garment. 7 Their eyes bulge out from fatness; the imaginations of their hearts run wild. 8 They mock, and they speak maliciously; they arrogantly threaten oppression. 9 They set their mouths against heaven, and their tongues strut across the earth. 10 Therefore His people turn to them[c] and drink in their overflowing words.[d] 11 The wicked say, “How can God know? Does the Most High know everything?” 12 Look at them—the wicked! They are always at ease, and they increase their wealth.
13 Did I purify my heart and wash my hands in innocence for nothing? 14 For I am afflicted all day long and punished every morning. 15 If I had decided to say these things aloud, I would have betrayed Your people.[e] 16 When I tried to understand all this, it seemed hopeless[f] 17 until I entered God’s sanctuary. Then I understood their destiny. 18 Indeed, You put them in slippery places; You make them fall into ruin. 19 How suddenly they become a desolation! They come to an end, swept away by terrors. 20 Like one waking from a dream, Lord, when arising, You will despise their image.
21 When I became embittered and my innermost being[g] was wounded, 22 I was stupid and didn’t understand; I was an unthinking animal toward You. 23 Yet I am always with You; You hold my right hand. 24 You guide me with Your counsel, and afterward You will take me up in glory.[h] 25 Who do I have in heaven but You? And I desire nothing on earth but You. 26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength[i] of my heart, my portion forever. 27 Those far from You will certainly perish; You destroy all who are unfaithful to You. 28 But as for me, God’s presence is my good. I have made the Lord God my refuge, so I can tell about all You do.
1 God, give Your justice to the king and Your righteousness to the king’s son. 2 He will judge Your people with righteousness and Your afflicted ones with justice. 3 May the mountains bring prosperity[a] to the people and the hills, righteousness. 4 May he vindicate the afflicted among the people, help the poor, and crush the oppressor.
5 May he continue[b] while the sun endures and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. 6 May he be like rain that falls on the cut grass, like spring showers that water the earth. 7 May the righteous[c] flourish in his days and prosperity[d] abound until the moon is no more.
8 May he rule from sea to sea and from the Euphrates to the ends of the earth. 9 May desert tribes kneel before him and his enemies lick the dust. 10 May the kings of Tarshish and the coasts and islands bring tribute, the kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts. 11 Let all kings bow down to him, all nations serve him.
12 For he will rescue the poor who cry out and the afflicted who have no helper. 13 He will have pity on the poor and helpless and save the lives of the poor. 14 He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are[e] precious[f] in his sight.
15 May he live long! May gold from Sheba be given to him. May prayer be offered for him continually, and may he be blessed all day long. 16 May there be plenty of grain in the land; may it wave on the tops of the mountains. May its crops be like Lebanon. May people flourish in the cities like the grass of the field. 17 May his name endure forever; as long as the sun shines, may his fame increase. May all nations be blessed by him and call him blessed.