“If you would judge rightly, I wouldn’t need to….” That’s what I heard Him say. As I was pondering the ongoing debates and feuds in this nation, I was thinking of God’s judgment and how many are longing for Him to come and set things right. In our frustration of seeing endless corruption, rampant deception, and the lack of any true justice, surely God could just come to deal with our enemies and put things back in order! And yet, until God’s final day of judgment comes, He looks to us to render right judgments on His behalf – now. This admonition from the Spirit was a reminder that we shouldn’t expect Him to do something that WE’VE been told to do.
Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment. (John 7:24)
Yes, we have been called to judge. Where God is the only judge of men’s souls, our judgments are against the forces of darkness. The problem is, we don’t always recognize them. We haven’t always judged rightly, and this is the challenge.
That Greek word “judge” is packed. It means “to distinguish, decide (mentally or judicially); by implication, to try, condemn, punish: — avenge, conclude, condemn, damn, decree, determine, esteem, judge, go to (sue at the) law, ordain, call in question, sentence to, think.” This is no mere opinion! This is a command to make right decisions based on the right information. To think before we react.
If we are to judge properly, we must do our homework. We must use our heads, not just our hearts. Righteous judgment will not work if we allow personal preferences, emotional connections, or familiar mindsets to muddy our perceptions. Right judgment can only occur when we die to self, sever unhealthy soul ties, and renew our thinking according to Kingdom standards and not the world’s.
Let’s make it practical. If we are so focused on wearing masks for the sake of others without seeing the demonic political agenda behind the propaganda, we are not judging rightly. If we are tied to the Democratic party because of generational loyalties or social causes, and yet blind to their godless platform, we are not judging rightly. If we are so focused on seeing all the flaws of the President without seeing his extraordinary advances for conservative values, we are not judging rightly. Regardless of our personal feelings, right judgments must be based on factual truth and not presumption or persuasion.
We cannot afford to let our emotions lead us. Yes, we must love without condition and serve others in humility, but we must embrace the truth, even when it’s costly and even uncomfortable. If we want to see a righteous standard raised across the earth, we must rid ourselves of any soulish filters that will cloud our judgment, deny the devil’s agenda, or misinterpret the times.
As I’ve written before, we are not in a time of peace, but a time of war. We must understand the spiritual battles that are being fought in the unseen realm. Otherwise, we will address inequities with limited vision, resulting in devastating consequences. It’s like telling someone to just give a hug to a helpless victim struggling with life, while totally missing the snake around their neck. Without eyes to see the devil’s work in our midst, our mercy-minded solutions will manifest no power to break the enemy’s grip and everyone will pay the price. Where the love of Christ can shape our hearts, it is right judgments that should compel our actions.
God’s judgment day is coming. But, until that day comes, He has called us to stand in the gap and render right verdicts against the Kingdom of darkness. Through our right judgments we are supposed to expose the works of the devil, illuminate the truth, and shift the atmosphere from death to life. If we would judge rightly, God wouldn’t need to come rescue His people from tyrannical rule. Rather, He will come because we have set the stage and made ready a people prepared for the Lord.
People are ordering this book in bulk to share with their friends and small groups. The first prayer guide presented is a 12-Day Devotional for praying for the government.