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Judge Yourself
And You Will Not Be Judged

July 26, 2000

Hi John:

The Lord has been giving me some insights which I believe are an answer to my prayers for You Sunday about your battle with perversion. For a start I encourage You to read the chapter in Section four of the Textbook titled "Do Not Allow the Sins of Yesterday Keep You From Serving Jesus Today." This will add and complete my comments here.

Let me start with a quote from Francis A. Schaeffer I read today in his book "Death in the City":

"The third of the three repetitions comes in [Romans] 1:28: ĎAnd even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over [or God gave them up] to a mind void of judgment." The King James translation ("a reprobate mind") misses the point. Itís a mind void of judgment, a phrase referring back to 1:21 and 22, "they became vain in their reasoning," religiously but also intellectually foolish. These people do not understand what the universe is, and they do not understand who they themselves are. That sounds very modern indeed."

The Lord showed me that what Francis Schaeffer is talking about here is what your problem is. And what is your problem? Your problem is that you are not judging yourself, you are not judging, scrutinizing, your thoughts. The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 11:31 "But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged." What does that mean? It means that just because a thought comes into your mind does not mean it is the Holy Spirit leading you. We are not to do whatever comes to our minds, we are to judge every thought. This means we need to ask ourselves, "Did that thought come from God." For example, you make a commitment to God to spend a certain amount of time in your day to work on the textbook. I think you told me to work on it at 5pm. So 5pm comes around and someone calls you and says, "Hey, lets go see this movie right now!" Judging yourself is to ask yourself, "Is that what God wants me to do right now? Did that thought come from God? No, because God already has told me I need not only spend this committed time working on the textbook, but more time!" That is judging yourself.

What happens when we do not judge ourselves. Well, for example, when you were overseas because you did not judge yourself when you got involved with those girls, what happened? God stepped in and judged you. Note what Paul says In the very next verse in 1 Corinthians 11:32 "But when we are judged we are disciplined by the Lord in order that we may not be condemned along with the world." If the Lord had not judged you with the lung problem, you would not have repented and you eventually would have died. That is not Godís desire for you, so He judged you.

However, Godís will for you is to judge yourself. John the main reason you get into trouble is because You are not seeking the Lord about his will in your use of time during the day. I dare say you are probably not keeping up your daily morning quiet time. This is the whole purpose of a morning quiet time: it is to line yourself up with the Lord, to get into the Holy Spirit, and to find out His will for you in your use of time. If you are using your time during the day according to Godís will, you will not have any problems with lust because your mind will be filled with doing Godís will. John, it is only when we do not obey the Lord in our use of time, when we become idle, that our mind becomes open to whatever the enemy wants to throw into it, then temptation comes and we fall into sin.

"Let no one say when he is tempted, ĎI am being tempted by Godí; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and he Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death." (James 1:13-15)

So what is Godís solution for you? To seek Him about what His will is for you in your use of time during the week and then to obey Him in that use of time. When you read the chapter I mentioned above, this will become more clear to you. Anyway, the Lord has shown me that your problem is your not obeying him in your use of time, so your mind is idle and Satan is then able to come in and fill your mind with what it doesnít need to be filled with. An idle mind is the playground of Satan. This is Godís answer to my prayers for you and what you need to do.

You may say, "Well Dale, even when I am doing what God wants I am being attacked with lust!" John, this because when you got out of Godís will you opened yourself up to these unclean spirits when you sinned and they attached themselves to you. How do you get rid of them. First do what the chapter I suggested for you to read above tells you to do. Second, realize that just because now you are determined to do Godís will doesnít mean these unclean spirits will give up automatically without a fight, so at first as you choose to do Godís will, they are going to be present trying to get you to NOT do Godís will by trying to distract you. However, as you continue to choose to do Godís will today and tomorrow and the next day, eventually they will see that their efforts are of no avail, and they will finally leave and you will be at peace in the Lord.

"Submit therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you." (James 4:7)

There is no other way to get rid of them except through obedience to God. As you obey God, God will make you stronger in Him and give you more power over them and they will leave.

"And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him." (Acts 5:32)

"But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one." (2 Thess 3:3)

"And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you." (1 Peter 5:10)

Jesus showed me this is the only solution to Your problem which is to obey Him in your use of time and in what He wants you to do; and that as you do this, these problems will go away.

Sincerely in Jesus,

Dale P. Kruse
Pastor Evangelist

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