Thursday, August 29, 2013

A Note To The Image Of God Called Woman 2

By: Adom Ofori-Asenso
Monday, 26th August, 2013.

Woman! Take the speck out of your own eye before you take the log out of someone's eye. When your loved ones in Christ rebuke you, you refer to them Matt 7:1 (Don't Judge me) but you are rather guity of Matt 7:1

The topic is not a quotation of Matt 7:5 (You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye). By God's grace, you will understand why the topic is this way. The main text is Romans 2:1-16 which is given below this note for reference.
The world we live in has its standards, you as an individual have your own standards and the Almighty God has his standards. When you are in Christ, you live by only one standard and that is the standard of the Almighty God and you die to the standard of the world and that of yourself. The sad story is that, many believers in Christ, live by the standards of this world and that of theirs.
Between these latter categories, the more dangerous category are those who claim they are not living according to the worlds standard and that they are living according to the standards of the Almighty God when in actual fact, they are living by their own standards.
All sin is sin. There is no big sin or small sin and the end of all sin is one ie death (Romans 6:23). The fact that you are doing something in moderation does not make it right. Rom 2:1 tells us clearly that you comdemn yourself when you rebuke someone of the very thing you are engaged in. And the overall judge who is the Almighty God will judge every soul based on one thing; TRUTH (vars 2)and will not show FAVORITISM (vrs 11).

You call yourself a christian and you frown  or even think of others as prostitutes when you see them with three or more earrings in one ear. You counsel them to change their ways and put on only one earring. Likewise, you see it ungodly to pierce and fix jewelries in the nose, tongue, navel, lips etc but acceptable to pierce the ears and fix jewelries. Aren't you being a hypocrite? The same way you have pierced your ears and fixed earrings is the same way another person has pierced the nose, tongue, navel etc and fixed jewelries and God will not judge with favoritism. When you see someone with five rings on the same hand, you see it as ungodly, yet you have one or two rings on your hand. When someone puts on an anklet, the first thought that registers in your mind is 'ungodly'. You may even try to counsel the individual to repent from wearing the anklet.
Meanwhile, you the sister in Christ has bracelets and bangles dangling around your wrist. The fact that you have put it on your wrist does not make it right either. Do you realise you are being a hypocrite and setting your own standards? You see someone who has dyed the hair red, green, yellow or even multicolored and it registers promptly to you that such have missed the way to church. Yet you sit in the pew with highlights and its ok.
You may probably have dyed your whole hair black or put in a few highlights and labled it ok. You hate to see tatoos on others, yet, you occasionally make temporary designs on your body. Because yours is not permanent, it is accepted.
Many are those who have condemed the actions of Micheal Jackson for bleaching his skin. Yet, you have in your closet all the 'claires', 'fade outs' and the '2% hydroquinone'. Your complexion today is different from your childhood pictures. And satan has succeeded in decieving you with the twin sister of 'bleaching' called 'toning'.
You hear of a politician who has embezzled a huge amount of money and you quickly sentenced him to jail in your apartment,  when he has not even made his first appearance before the court. Yet, you see nothing wrong with picking a pen which does not belong to you and keeping it forever. Aren't they all stealing?
When you hear someone listening to Wayne, Jay Z, Lady gaga etc, you tell them that is wordly and does not please God. Yet you have a list of RnB, 'cools', hiplife, all the Whitney Houston, Celine Dion etc and thats ok.
Don't you know God has a standard for believers when it comes to music? Keep on living by your own standards and you will meet the ONE whom you have professed to live by His standards.

Ephesians 5: 19-20
19 Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Our God is not a God of double standards. Therefore, if someone who has been transformed by the Word of God in order to escape God's judgement and stands on the authority of the Word of God to bring you to the knowledge of the truth, he is not judging you. On the other hand, when you see everything wrong with an exaggeration of what you are also engaged in, then you are passing judgement on the same things you do and you will not escape the God's judgement because His judgements are without favoritism (Romans 2:3, 11). Repent before its too late.

Sometimes you may think you are right with God because you have answered prayers, good health, good academic achievements, speak in tongues, prophesy, heal the sick ect. This is where you need understanding of the God you serve.
Romans 2:4 (see below) makes us understand that God is rich in kindness, tolerance and patients to the sinner, not because he endorses his evil ways but for only one reason and that is to lead the sinner to repentance. Luke 6:35 also tells us that '......he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked'. So when you enjoy these riches from God, examine yourself to find out if these blessings are ones God intends to lead you to repentance or blessings as a result of being transformed into the righteousness of God through the submission of your will to the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Psalm 91). Whiles these blessings lasts, God requires that you repent before you reach His throne of judgement.

Romans 2:5-6
5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.
6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”

Romans 2:1-16 New International Version (NIV).
1 God’s Righteous Judgment.

1 You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.
2 Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth.
3 So when you, a mere human being, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment?
4 Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?
5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.
6 God “will repay each person according to what they have done.”
7 To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life. 8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger.
9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile;
10 but glory, honor and peace for everyone who does good: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.
11 For God does not show favoritism.
12 All who sin apart from the law will also perish apart from the law, and all who sin under the law will be judged by the law.
13 For it is not those who hear the law who are righteous in God’s sight, but it is those who obey the law who will be declared righteous.
14 (Indeed, when Gentiles, who do not have the law, do by nature things required by the law, they are a law for themselves, even though they do not have the law.
15 They show that the requirements of the law are written on their hearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts sometimes accusing them and at other times even defending them.)
16 This will take place on the day when God judges people’s secrets through Jesus Christ, as my gospel declares.

Glory be to God. Thank you Lord Jesus. Thank you precious Holy Spirit.
By God's grace, the next topic will be Woman! know that satan has secrets upon which his deception thrives but God reveals them all to those who diligently seek the Lord.
The specific issues on jewelries, make up, fake hair, alcohol etc will be tackled in due course as the Holy Spirit leads. It is important we build an undersatnding and thats exactly what is going on.


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