WHY WE NEED TO REPLACE THE WORDS ‘BLAME’ & ‘FAULT’ WITH ‘RESPONSIBLE’…

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We need to learn to replace the words ‘blame’ and ‘fault’ with ‘responsible’.

Blame and fault are negative; Responsibility is positive.

Blame shifts responsibility or refuses to accept it.

Fault encourages one to pass the buck to protect themselves.

Have you ever blamed someone else when you were responsible?


Telling someone ‘I blame you’  or ‘it’s your fault will likely make them defensive.

But, telling them ‘It’s your responsibility’ or ‘we all make mistakes’ is more will likely make them be accountable.


The enemy is always looking for opportunities to provoke us to sin so he can blame and accuse us.

Revelation 12:10 (NKJV)

10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

Romans 14:11-12  (NKJV)

11 For it is written:

As I live, says the Lord,
Every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall confess to God.”

12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

Galatians 6:5 (NKJV)

For each one shall bear his own load.

God expects us to hold one another responsible and accountable, sometimes with rebuke…

Proverbs 27:17  (NKJV)

17 As iron sharpens iron,
So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.

And, sometimes in gentleness…

Galatians 6:1-2  (NKJV)

Brethren, if a man is [a]overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

But always in wisdom. Remember, responsibility brings accountability and blame brings shame.

 

BE BLESSTIFIED!

WHEN JUDGING ANOTHER ‘BELIEVER’ COMES BACK ON YOU…

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Let me first quickly say this. Warning people of consequences of sin is not judgement. That’s our responsibility. Judgment is deciding what’s in their heart and deciding in your heart that they aren’t worthy of God’s grace and mercy.


Telling someone “you can go to Hell for that” isn’t judgment. Telling someone “you will go to Hell for that” is judgment.


Judgement takes place in the heart, but is always ‘pronounced’, stated, verbalized.

How many times have on looked on in joy when something unfortunate happened to someone thinking, “That’s what you get”?

How many times has someone confronted you and you had to ‘eat your words’?

In the book of Isaiah God makes promise to those who love Him…

Isaiah 54:17  (NKJV)

17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,”
Says the Lord.

Here’s the Amplified Version…

Isaiah 54:17 (AMP)

17 
“No weapon that is formed against you will succeed;
And every tongue that rises against you in judgment you will condemn.
This [peace, righteousness, security, and triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And this is their vindication from Me,” says the Lord.

God promises to give us vindication when people ‘put their mouths on us’ and say  that we are deserving of ‘judgement’, the wrath of God, getting what you deserve…for whatever reason. God also promises that WE will be the ones who condemn those who rise up and open their mouths in judgement against us, and that condemnation comes from Him. So…

Be careful when you say someone is getting what they deserve.

Be careful in when you say that someone is not worthy of forgiveness for what they have done.

Be careful when you say that someone doesn’t love God because of their particular weaknesses with which they may be struggling.

Be careful when someone asks for forgiveness, says they’re sorry, or even accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and you say, “They don’t really mean it”.

Be careful when you say what someone else has in their heart…

Especially when they too are a part of the Body of Christ.

We all HAVE sinned and WILL CONTINUE to short of the glory of God…

Romans 3:23  (NKJV)

23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

Because just as much as God has promised to vindicate His children when people rise up in judgment against them, this promise also works among His children too. We must be very careful how we carelessly or with forethought open our mouths in judgement against one another within the Body of Christ.

We as Christians are going to have different political, social, economic and spiritual views. Those views can ignite passionate disagreements and feelings that lead to judgment of peoples’ faith and love for God.

Just as much as you may cling to this promise when someone has judged you, God will hold you accountable too when you judge someone else. God promises justice.

Be very careful how you talk about fellow believers, even when they are wrong because you are wrong sometimes too.

If this blessed you, you may also enjoy this post, SO YOU THINK THEY GOT WHAT THEY DESERVED…REALLY???

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY ENTERTAINERS & ATHLETES SHOULD NOT STAY OUT OF POLITICS…

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How many times have you heard someone say that actors, singers, athletes…those whose job is to entertain us should remain silent with it comes to American and world politics and social issues?

They say they are unfairly taking advantage of their platform and influence in matters that they do not know? They say they are using their notoriety to push their own personal agenda. Wow! How arrogant is that?

Doesn’t everyone use their notoriety, influence, platform, connections to push their own agenda?

Isn’t everyone in America supposed to have a voice no matter what their occupation?


I contend that any entertainer or actor who is a member of the Body of Christ has the responsibility to use their platform, influence and notoriety for the cause of Christ.


How better can you leverage your talent to entertain or athletic ability than to use your influence for any political or social cause that has godly implications?


Anyone who doesn’t use their God-given platform responsibly is wasting it.


God gave 12 unknown men notoriety and the platform to change the world and only one of them wasted it (Judas). Then comes Saul/Paul, who was well-known, a religious elite superstar in his fight against the church.

Philippians 3:4-5 (NKJV)

though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;

Once converted by Jesus and appointed apostle to the Gentiles, he used his influence to build the kingdom of God instead of fight against it. Of course it got him in trouble with those in authority. He took his fight for the cause of Christ all the way to the political capital of the Roman empire by appealing to Caesar while on trial.

Acts 25:10-12  (NKJV)

10 So Paul said, “I stand at Caesar’s judgment seat, where I ought to be judged. To the Jews I have done no wrong, as you very well know. 11 For if I am an offender, or have committed anything deserving of death, I do not object to dying; but if there is nothing in these things of which these men accuse me, no one can deliver me to them. I appeal to Caesar.”

12 Then Festus, when he had conferred with the council, answered, “You have appealed to Caesar? To Caesar you shall go!”

I may not agree with every entertainment and athlete activist, but they would be wasting their fame if they didn’t use it for what they believe in…especially those who call themselves Christian.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

 

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