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God's judgment

Updated on August 23, 2016

Accepting Gods judgment

TOPIC: ACCEPTING GOD'S JUDGEMENT

Text: 2 Samuel 12:7; 1 Kings 21:20

To accept means to admit, receive with consent or approve while judgment means conclusion, opinion, decision or reprimand.

  • God’s Judgment comes when His will/ words are not obeyed.
  • That is a reprimand towards disobedience

Accepting God’s judgment means;

v To admit God’s punishment for offense committed

v To admit God’s decision toward our wrong doings.

v To receive/ obey God’s decision regarding our sinful life


When we refuse to obey God’s command, God passes His Judgments on us.

When we are hiding from the repercussion of our sins then we are rejecting God’s Judgments.

When we refuse to obey the word of God in Jn13:34-35 {a new commandment I give to you;

These two passages 2 Samuel 12:7; 1 Kings 21:20 describe two incredible situations regarding two Kings of Israel (David and Ahab).

  1. King David have admirable qualities: strength, magnanimity, and he is forever known as the man “after God’s own heart” (Ac 13:22). However there within this good heart was a dangerous passion. The presence of this passion did not cause sin. Sin was caused because David did not control those passions.

The passions came at a time least suspected. In the evening; while his armies were involved in Spring maneuvers; when he was most vulnerable (cf 2 Sa 11:1ff).

The King’s actions illustrate the Lord’s warning in Matthew 5:27-30: you have heard that it was said do not commit adultery. But anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away.

Instead of controlling the legitimate passions, David gave them license. He found out who the woman was. Fed the lust and when he committed adultery he sent her away. All seemed okay (v. 4) until the next verse! The security offered by sin is momentary. The tragedy of sin is eternal! David was discovering this sobering Truth.

The King thought he could correct the problem. When his clever scheme failed (v. 8-10), the King’s passion blindly led him into greater folly. Uriah carried his own death sentence back to Joab. In the midst of battle Uriah was murdered by King David using an enemy archer as the executioner. It seemed that David had covered his sin.

Thou David’s sin is cruel and inexcusable, but he seemed ignorant of it. WHY? HOW could he do such things? A blinded conscience permitted this sin. David could not see, or estimate the consequences of his own iniquity

Judgment against King David- 2 Samuel 12:7-10, 13

7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man. This is what YHWH, the God of Israel, says: ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives into your bosom, and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that would have been too little, I would have added to you many more such things. 9 Why have you despised the word of YHWH, to do that which is evil in his sight? You have struck Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and have taken his wife to be your wife, and have slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon. 10 Now therefore the sword will never depart from your house, because you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against Lord

The prophet Nathan was sent to the King. He exposed David’s reckless passion. In the subsequent events David’s true “heart” is revealed. He saw the Truth. He expressed grief. The prophet pronounced a terrible judgment upon this King. The words left the powerful King crushed.

How did David respond to God’s judgment? - In 2Sam12:13 King David acknowledged that he has sin, “David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord”

After Nathan had gone home, the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife had borne to David and he became ill. David pleaded with God for the child. He fasted and went into his house and spent the nights lying on the ground. -----------and he would not eat any food with them

  • But did not change the mind of God, the child died. David has to live his life mindful of God’s judgment. Christians are therefore reminded of the judgment waiting sin. Is better to avoid sin than seeking for God’s forgiveness.
  1. King Ahab reigned over the Northern Kingdom and his character was completely opposite to David’s. Ahab was corrupt – spiritually, morally, politically, and socially! He wanted the vineyard of Naboth (1 Ki 21:1-25). Naboth refused because it was his family’s inheritance and by God’s Law the property could never be permanently sold (cf Lv 25:23).

Ahab had no regard for God’s desires. Rebuffed by Naboth Ahab went to the palace sullen and started pouting. He wanted his way. Jezebel was there to help (v. 7-14).

The sin of Ahab was just as cruel as David’s. The motivation was just the same as well. It is incredible to think that Israel’s best King and Israel’s worst King were this similar!

God sent a prophet to rebuke Ahab – Elijah. The prophet was greeted with contempt (v. 20).

JUDGMENT AGAINST KING AHAB VS 19

This is what the Lord says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property? Then say to him, this is what the Lord says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood.

Response to the judgment; vs.20 Ahab said to Elijah, so you have found me, my enemy! ---- Vs. when 27 king Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and went around meekly.

Both Kings ACCEPTED God’s judgment whether mildly as in David’s case or harshly as in Ahab’s case

We can be deceived and refuse to admit our sins! We may think we can succeed in hiding our sins from God.

  • God’s judgments are based upon the absolute Truth! We can deny Truth; ignore Truth; reject Truth; be deceived about Truth, but Truth will still judge all (cf Lv 24:22).
    • Courage is needed in God’s people so they will expose sin and restore sinners! Nathan and Elijah demonstrated intrepid courage, fearless wisdom, and, righteous anger because of self-centered choices

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us” (Romans 8:18). It is often difficult to see the blessings and good in any kind of suffering, yet we know from Church teaching there is redemptive power in suffering if we learn to give it up to God.

CASE STUDY THREE - GENESIS CHAPTER FOUR (CAIN AND ABEL)

VERSE3-5: In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as offering to the Lord. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord look with favour on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favour. So Cain was very angry and his face was downcast.

Cain response to God’s judgment: vs. 8….. While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.

  • Cain became envious of his brother which resulted to evil thought that is to kill his brother. This is because he refused to accept God’s judgment.
  • From the three scriptural examples cited we can see that God judges us only when we sin or fail to do things instructed by God.
  • When we are angry, envious or not happy that God is blessing others more than He is blessing us, we are not accepting God’s judgment and this can result to witch-hunting others.
  • I have seen brothers/ sisters kill one another because of God’s blessing
  • How do we treat other peoples success, good news
  • Probably you have been married for years without children, how you respond to news of new birth.
  • Or you are mature lady yet to get married while other of your younger siblings are getting married one after the other, how do you feel?

SIN AND REPERCUSSION

There are consequences for sin committed knowing and unknowingly. Today God want us to learn to accept consequence of offenses/ misdeed we committed. When King David was having the short passion with Bathsheba little did he know that it can lead to so many problems. Yes that resulted to unwanted pregnancy, Uriah death, death of innocent child, now therefore the sword will never depart from your house, because you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.

  • And it came to pass David did not blame Bathsheba for God’s judgment but deep in his mind sought for mercy. When we are suffering for the sins we committed we are expected to take the way of king David. Do not blame God for reprimanding us.

Consequences of Sin or Disobedience

1) Loss of Fellowship With the Lord. Known sin in one’s life causes a loss of intimate fellowship with the Lord with the consequent loss of His joy and peace (Ps. 32:3-4).

(2) Divine Discipline From the Lord Here in Time. We should not think of discipline as punishment. Discipline from God is the gracious work of a Father to train and develop His children. Sometimes this comes in the form of various kinds of testing, trials, failure, and predicaments which He uses to correct us, to train us, and, if we have been going our own stubborn way, to increase our misery. The goal, however, is always to bring us back to Him (Heb. 12:5-11). If the believer remains unrepentant, this can lead to the sin unto death as with Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5), and some of the believers at Corinth who were failing to confess their sin and get right with the Lord (1 Cor. 11:28f; cf. also 1 John 5:16-17).

(3) Loss of Power and Production. When we fail to deal with our sinful ways through honest confession, we grieve the Spirit’s person and quench His power in our lives. This means that rather than operating by faith in God’s provision, we end up operating in the energy of the flesh. We turn to our personal bag of tricks by which we seek to handle life (Gal. 3:1-5; 5:5-15; Jer. 2:12-13). This results in the works of the flesh and their awful and fruitless consequences (Gal. 5:19-21, 26). Without the abiding life, the life of faith and obedience to the Savior, we can do nothing (John 15:1-7).

(4) Loss of Opportunities. When we are in charge of our lives rather than the Lord, we become insensitive to people and opportunities of ministry—we lack vision. Carnal believers have no vision other than their own personal agendas and selfish goals (cf. Jn. 4:34f).

(5) Loss of Desire and Motivation for Service. Carnal believers are occupied and controlled by their own self-centered desires (Gal. 5:16f). Perhaps this is a good place to discuss the concept of selfishness and rewards for some see an appeal to rewards as selfish and therefore carnal.

Scripture does not teach us to be uninterested in our own happiness or well-being. The very desire to escape eternal damnation is a legitimate and urgent self-interest. The instinct to preserve our lives is the same. Nor are pleasure and enjoyment illegitimate experiences.

When God put Adam and Eve in the garden, He furnished them with “every tree … that is pleasant to the sight and good for food” (Gen. 2:9). They could enjoy themselves freely provided they abstained from eating from the one forbidden tree. Similarly, Paul tells rich people that “God … gives us richly all things to enjoy.” (1 Tim. 6:17, italics added).

Selfishness ought not to be defined simply as the pursuit of our own self-interest. Instead, it should be defined as the pursuit of our self-interest in our own way, rather than in God’s way. Since “love” is a preeminent virtue in Christianity, true selfishness often involves a pursuit of self-interest that violates the law of love.

Self-interest in God’s way is legitimate. Self-centeredness or selfishness is preoccupation with self at the expense of others and God’s will in one’s life. When Adam and Eve chose to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, they acted in self-centered independence which was idolatry and sin. When they enjoyed each other and the fruit trees and blessings of the garden, they acted in their self-interest but they did so in dependence on and in obedience to the Lord.

(6) Broken Relationships and Disharmony. Carnality causes broken relationships and pain to those around us—our families, friends, associates, and co-workers in the body of Christ (Gal. 5:15; Heb. 12:15b).

(7) Loss of Physical Health and Vitality. Of course all sickness, weakness, or suffering is not a product of sin, but it can be and often is (1 Cor. 11:29-30; 1 John 5:16-17; Prov. 17:22; 14:30).

(8) Loss of Rewards at the Bema.

1 Cor. 3:13-15: “each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it, because it is to be revealed with fire; and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. 14 If any man’s work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work is burned up, he shall suffer loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as through fire.”

Rom6:1-10 – what shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase?

GOD’S JUDGMENT COMES IN LOVE: Jn3:16- for God so love the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

  • Therefore is not God’s plan to condemn any of his creatures but to make us better being.
  • 2Kg21:29 – have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.
  • Whenever He judges us and reprimands us is to make us better. Cain felt otherwise, how can God look with favour to my brothers offering and disfavored mine?
  • God want Cain to offer best of his produce just as Abel and not rejected products.
  • God want Cain to consider him the first before every other thing.

Judgment of God disciplines His believing children as a loving Father and as the Vine Dresser who must prune the vine for production (Heb. 12:4-11; John 15:1-7).

  • Many times we suffer because we fail to accept God’s judgments- for a woman/man who committed several abortions in youth might find it difficult to accept God’s judgments when married for many years without children.
  • They have not recognized firstly that abortion is a sin against God and have not actually sought his mercy and forgiveness.
  • They only run to hospitals and prayer houses which are all to no avail
  • They concentrate on fighting wars which they believe is from wicked people from their villages.
  • Is time for such persons to take break, have a divine encounter just like David did seek the face of God, maybe he will reverse his judgment towards you.
  • God does not judge us for our sin in the sense of making us pay the penalty for that sin.

Scripture teaches that Christ’s death was all-sufficient, completely satisfying God’s wrath toward sin in the believer. The question of sin in regard to God’s justice has been forever satisfied in the mind of God by the all-sufficient sacrifice of His Son. The penalty for the believer’s sins has been fully paid for by Christ, the believer’s substitute. The Christian has been in court, condemned, sentenced, and executed in his substitute, Jesus Christ. God cannot exact payment for sins twice since payment has been fully and forever paid. The believer is seen by the Father as clothed in the righteousness of Christ. God can therefore find no cause for accusing the Christian judicially any more than He can find cause for accusing Jesus Christ. Therefore, at the judgment seat of Christ forensic punishment will not be meted out for the believer’s sins.

HOW DOES GOD’S JUDGMENT HELP A BELIEVER

  • bring a wayward child who refuses to judge himself back into fellowship (1 Cor. 11:31-32; Ps. 32:3-5).
  • It is part of the training process by which God’s children are brought into the experience of God’s holiness (Heb. 12:10).
  • It is an expression and a proof of God’s love (Heb. 12:6, 8).
  • It is designed to produce obedience and to protect them against untimely physical death (Heb. 12:9; Rom. 8:13; 1 Cor. 11:30).
  • It yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness (Heb. 12:11).
  • It is discipline designed to train and bring believers back to a walk with God.
  • They teach us the basic cause of discipline is failure to examine and confess known sins because that hinders our fellowship with God.
  • “Condemned along with the world” in 1 Corinthians 11:32 most likely refers to the judgment of Rom. 1:24, moral degeneration and the gradual breakdown in the moral fiber of men when they turn away from God. The same thing happens in the life of believers, but God brings discipline to stop the process.
  • It Helps us to accept what is best for us and make better decision.

WHAT TO DO AS TO ACCEPT GOD’S JUDGMENTS

  1. 1. ACKNOWLEDE YOUR SINS/ MISTAKES: VS13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against Lord. We must recognize our sins before we can repent from them. Read 1 John 1:9; Prov. 28:13)
  2. 2. REPENT: repent from the sin, and then turn away totally. Ask for forgiveness
  3. Forsake them. Let them go and do not go back

4: Live a new life; If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him Col3:1-2, 5-6, 8-10.

WHAT DO WE DO? - SURRENDER MY LIFE TO GOD?

"Surrender" is a military term which refers to ceasing resistance to an enemy or opponent and submitting to their authority. In the spiritual sense, we are in a battle between our will and the will of God. Since we are born sinful, we will always struggle with wanting to do the sinful thing (Romans 8:20-22; Romans 5:12).

When we reach the age when we can make moral choices, we must CHOOSE. We have to decide if we will follow our own sinful desires and impulses or to follow God's will instead (Joshua 24:15). God promises that when we seek Him with all our hearts, we will find Him (Jeremiah 29:13). When we find Him, we have a choice to make: do we continue following our own sinful will, or do we surrender to HIS will? Thus, giving up the fight against the sinful nature (Romans 6:13).

The First Surrender- If you have accepted Christ as your Savior, you have already begun to surrender to God (John 6:44; Acts 2:21). When you decide to stop doing things to earn God's grace and rely totally on Jesus's work for our salvation, then you've surrendered to becoming a part of God's family (John 1:12; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

As you continue your life as a new creation, you can continue surrendering parts of your life to Him, allowing the Holy Spirit to fill you with God's Glory instead (Ephesians 5:18). When we're filled with the Spirit, we start acting and talking more like Jesus (Galatians 5:22). The more we surrender to God, the more our old sinful nature is replaced God's nature (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Jesus told his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it" (Matthew 16:24-25). What He's saying is that if we follow Him, we WIN the struggle—we are victors in the battle against sin.

Surrendering to God in Day-to-Day Life

Surrendering to God is not exactly about giving up total control over every single little thing. Obviously we still need to make choices about our daily lives and plan for the future. Surrendering to God is more about aligning what you want with what God wants and being willing to follow Him as He guides you in your life.

When it comes to schoolwork, mending a broken relationship, obeying your parents, or whatever, it can be hard to visualize what it means to surrender these things to God. Think of it this way: When you're deciding what to do in any given situation, you must CHOOSE to allow God to take the lead on what happens.

Yes, study hard for your exam. Yes, take the time to speak in love to your friend. Yes, listen to your parents and respect them. But in the end, TRUST God with the results of those efforts. Proverbs 16:9 says, "The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps."

The Point of Surrender

Surrendering your life to Jesus is about choosing HIS way over yours. It's about TRUSTING that He is in control of the outcome. It's about deciding that your sin is not as important as fulfilling God's will. If surrendering still sounds scary to you, take heart—God’s plan for our lives will always benefit us (Jeremiah 29:11), unlike our own plans, which often lead to self-destruction (Proverbs 14:12).

"Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit' - yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.' As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin." —James 4:13-17

The whole goal of the Christian life can really be summed up by Galatians 2:20: "I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." God loves and honors a life that is surrendered to Him, and He rewards that life with the greatest fulfillment you could ever imagine (Luke 6:22-23).

Surrendering to God is not exactly about giving up total control over every single little thing. Obviously we still need to make choices about our daily lives and plan for the future. Surrendering to God is more about aligning what you want with what God wants and being willing to follow Him as He guides you in your life (Galatians 2:20). God loves and honors a life that is surrendered to Him, and He rewards that life with the greatest fulfillment you could ever imagine (Luke 6:22-23).

“Heavenly Father, I humbly ask that you grant me the gift of acceptance today. Please help me to understand the lessons and blessings hidden within the challenges my family and I will face and know that I am grateful to you for our lives and the incredible gift and sacrifice of your son Jesus Christ. Amen.”

Five manifestations of those who have believed in God for several years but have not truly accepted and experienced the judgment and chastisement of God

  1. They know nothing about the substance of their nature; much less do they know their devilish and satanic true self, their Satan-corrupted true self. They are not at all clear about the way of entering into life, but they think they are good and are better than all. They still bear the devilish arrogant, conceited, and unsubmissive appearance of Satan
  2. They do not even know whether they have a conscience and sense and by what they should conduct themselves, but they are arrogant and conceited and obey no one. They have done many evil deeds but still do not know themselves, and they are like spiritless animals.
  3. . They believe in God but do not know what it means to pursue the truth, much less know how they should believe in God so that they can be saved. They just hold to their religious notions and imaginations and are content with understanding letters and doctrines or keeping some regulations, or they perform some duty without being able to practice the truth yet, but they think that they can be saved. They believe in God in such a foolish way, but they think they believe well. They live in a dangerous state without realizing that.
  4. They are totally ignorant of the working of the Holy Spirit, much less do they know what is the stream of the working of the Holy Spirit. It seems that they can never discern what are good deeds and what are evil deeds, and they do not know whether they have the working of the Holy Spirit, much less know what way they should take in believing in God so that they will be saved and perfected. But they have the ambition to scramble for power and position and can even deceive and disturb God’s chosen people and stubbornly walk the way of antichrists. When they fail, they even want to stage a comeback.
  5. They do not have any knowledge of God’s work or God’s disposition and never know what it means to safeguard God’s work, to care for God’s will, and to have the fear of God in the heart, and they even act wildly and willfully and scramble for power and profit, disturbing the church work. They consider that they are faithful to God and are performing their duty. Actually they often disturb God’s work, but they do not know that; they have become false leaders and antichrists, but they still think they have made no mistakes. They do not obey God’s work or the work arrangements from the above at all.

All those who have experienced God’s judgment and chastisement have the following manifestations:
1. They have the fear of God in their heart and indeed feel that God’s disposition tolerates no offense, and they never again dare to resist God.
2. They have the will to obey God and swear never to disobey Him, and they also have the will to pursue to obey God unto death and love Him to the utmost.
3. They have seen God’s righteousness and holiness and feel that God is so lovely that corrupt mankind is not worthy of God’s love and they should only pursue to love God.
4. They feel that they must be faithful to God in performing their duty and that if they are not faithful, that is rebelling against and resisting God, and they will be unworthy to be called a man.
5. They can worship God with a true heart and can prostrate themselves before God and give thanks and praises to the true God.
6. They feel that they must perform the duty of a created being, otherwise they will be unworthy to be called a man, and that if they do not perform their duty, they will not be qualified to live.
7. They feel that it is their responsibility to safeguard God’s work, and if they do not do so, that is being unfaithful to God and rebelling against God.

How one should accept and obey God’s judgment and chastisement, and pruning and dealing, and thus it means he is truly obeying God’s work? The Benefits of God's Judgment

Romans 8:6 states that “the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace,” and Gal. 5:17 states that “the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit.”

The flesh) is very religious, full of deceit and lies; these lies have become its truth. It creates its natural man is ignorant of spiritual truth because he does not have the ability to receive it. In 1 Cor. 2:14 we read that the natural mind is UNABLE to receive truth.

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      princess chioma nwankwo 12 months ago from lagos -Nigeria

      O Lord tamper mercy with judgment.