Judgmentalism in the church by David Loveless
Discussion or journaling questions:
1. Who are the groups or types of people I am most prone to judge?
2. Who have I offended Lord, with my judging? What would You have me do to make this right with them?
3. Lord, help me understand: what is the real need inside me that makes me want to appear better, smarter, more godly than someone else?
4. What can I do to cleanse this wound that drives me to think and behave like this?
5. Lord, I have sensed the judging eyes and tongues of these people on me…. ( List them here) They have hurt me Father, please heal my pain and give me Your power to forgive them for the wounds they have caused in me.
6. Bless each person- one by one -and see yourself release each of them to God to deal with when and how He determines.
7. Now spend the last few minutes thanking the Lord for the incredible worth and value He placed on you with His fathomless love.
Many of us are more intentional about monitoring the well being of our cars than monitoring the well-being of our souls.
What are the warning indicators that your soul is not doing well? I’ll tell you mine: you can use them or modify them to run a little test, assessing your soul 1-5 on these scales:
–Lack of motivation. When nothing seems to be worth doing, when I find myself ‘not caring’ about people, or suffering, or my work, I know my soul needs attention.
–Irritability. When other people increasing feel like a bother rather than a brother, its time for some maintenence work.
–High vulnerability to discouragement. When the soul is strong, it finds obstacles and challenges to be part of the task assigned it, to make it stronger.
–High vulnerability to temptation. When my soul lacks satisfaction from the right sources, it will look for satisfaction from the wrong ones. No ones’ soul can go for long without satisfaction.
–Loss of gratitude. The soul stretched thin loses its receptors for beauty and joy.
There is help for the hurting soul, and God knows best what yours needs: solitude or fellowship; encouragement or conviction; new challenge or rest.
But healing always starts with awareness.
Check the dashboard.(by John Ortberg)
Does your life look like a Christian life should?
Are we courageous enough to admit our hypocrisy?
How often have you offered to pray for someone and never followed through?
Do you know what God wants you to do but still do whatever you want to do?
Belief in God is not the same as personal knowledge of Him.
Is a personal relationship with God unlikely, unrealistic & unattainable?
Is your experience of God found only in your memories?
Are we cultural Christians?
75% of our country claims to be Christian but neither our country nor our churches reflect this stat.
So this indicates that we indeed are Christian atheists!