Yesterday I wrote about sin and the fact that we must have a faithful witness in order to show others the Way. We must allow the Lord to examine and weigh our hearts to get rid of the impurities. However, please remember this:
“Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts. Then each one’s praise will come from God.” 1 Cor. 4:5
This verse tells us something wonderful…the Lord knows what satan does to each of us. We each have individual battles and temptations that we daily must fight and the Lord will “bring to light the hidden things of darkness.” He knows what satan is doing to us every day!!! Is that not reassuring to know?
We no longer have to live in condemnation. Judgment has not yet taken place. The Lord understands that satan comes in and offers “counsels of the hearts.” Do you not think the enemy whispers in your ear anything he can to distract and dismay you? Of course he does. He will stop at nothing to get your eyes off God. He will fill you with negative thoughts, regret, overwhelming guilt, and condemning thoughts about yourself.
Of course the Holy Spirit will examine our hearts and give us wisdom on how to live holy lives, but God knows our frames and ultimately He knows what battles we fight every day. Maybe you’re not a murderer, but maybe you overcome the temptation of lust every hour on the hour. Maybe you haven’t stolen millions from the fatherless, but maybe you have to make the choice each day not to harbor anger in your heart and to love your neighbor as yourself. Maybe you haven’t created a room in your home and filled it with idols, but perhaps you constantly fight the temptation to idolize something or someone and instead decide…one more time…to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and strength.
The Lord knows our battles and He knows what satan throws at us each day. Let’s let Him be the judge of us. Only He truly knows how we battle temptation each day in order to choose Him. Then on that day of true judgment our praise will come from God! 🙂
Thankful to truly be free,