Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, THAT your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 THAT ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till (with a view toward being ready for) the Day of Christ. 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Free of Offense in the Day of Judgment
SIN REMAINS A PROBLEM IN THE LIVES OF MANY
BELIEVERS. Does this mean some will
fail to pass in the day of Christs judgment?
shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
Rom 14:10-13a But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou
set at naught thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment
seat of Christ. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee
shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every
one of us shall give account of himself to God. Let us not therefore judge
one another any more...
· LORD,I am laying my life before You. Deal
with everything in me that will not pass Your judgment. I am ready for
the secrets of my own heart to be revealed so I can become pure before
You. Search me. Try me. Know my thoughts. Cleanse me.
If we confess Christ before men, He will confess
us before His FatherMt 10:32; Lk 12:4-10
DAY 2In the Day of
Judgment everything, both good and evil, will be revealed.
Lk 12:2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither
hid that shall not be known. Eccl 12:14 For God shall bring every
work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether
it be evil.
· FATHER, please show me Your mercy. There
are things in me that I do not want revealed, but lam too weak spiritually
to deal with them. Let Your grace and Your power come over me. Cleanse
me, not for my shames sake, but for Your Kingdoms sake.
If we come into the light of truth now, we can
stand in the day of judgmentJn 3:17-21
DAY 3God has given
the Lord Jesus authority to execute judgment at the end this age.
Mt 16:27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of His Father with
His angels; and then He shall reward every man according to his works. Jn 5:26,27 For as the Father hath life in Himself so hath He given
to the Son to have We in Himself; and hath given Him authority to execute
judgment also, because He is the Son of man.
· DEAR FATHER, I trust in the power of Your
grace for the final day. I have no hope outside of it. Please increase
the desire in me for what is right. Let Your holiness enter all my inner
parts and work its way through everything that I think, and say, and do.
There will be no place to escape Christs Great White Throne judgmentRev 20:11-15
DAY 4If sin remains,
it will be found in the day of judgment and we shall be saved as by fire.
I Cor 3:15 If any mans work shall be burned, he shall suffer
loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. Rev 3:18 I
counsel thee to buy of Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be
rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame
of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that
thou mayest see.
· GRACIOUS LORD, I thank You for convicting
me now about the sin in me. I know You want me to stand through the fire
of judgment. And too, I want to stand without fault in front of Satans
accusations. Indeed, I want to be pure and clean for Your Kingdom.
The early church followed a severe line with regard
to sin among its membersI Cor 5:1-8
DAY 5We stand in
danger of judgment if we defile ourselves after receiving Gods grace.
I Cor 3:16,17 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the
Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile ("mar") the
temple of God, him shall God destroy ("mar"); for the temple
of God is holy, which temple ye are.
(Both defile and destroy are from the same Greek word, phtheíro, which means "to corrupt to the point of uselessness."
Bullinger suggests the best translation might be "to mar." I believe this
conveys the meaning well. Think of it!)
· FATHER, I see my holiness is not for man
to behold, but that my life might be acceptable for Your use. I can hide
some sin from others, but I cannot from You. Please continue with mercy
upon me. Search out every dark thing in me until I am clean in Your eyes.
We must not use the grace of God as a license
to sinGal 5:13; I Pet 2:16; Rom 6:1,2
DAY 6There are those
who take the grace of God and defile it to their own ruin.
Jude 4,5 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before
of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of
our God into lasciviousness ("sensual and perverse practices"), and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. I will therefore
put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having
saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed ("brought
to naught") them that believed not.
· FATHER, let me stand in fear of sins
power. I see it can be a destructive force in my life even though Ive
trusted Your saving grace. Let me count no sin as small and insignificant.
Convict me of anything I dont consider as sin but that is offensive
The true grace of God teaches us to deny ungodlinessTitus
DAY 7Some who walk
among the redeemed will be judged unworthy of Gods Kingdom.
Mt 13:27-30 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him,
Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath
it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said
unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? But he said, Nay;
lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I
will say to the reapers, Gather ye toget her first the tares, and bind
them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
· DEAR LORD, it is an awesome and fearful thing
that some in our midst may be unworthy of Your Kingdom. Please bring a
spirit of repentance upon us all. Bring to us the powerful revelation
of what Your grace can do in us. And please, Lord, draw these particular
ones I hold before You to know the power of Your grace.
Our works cannot save us; only Gods grace
canRom 3:20; Eph 2:8,9; Titus 3:5
WE MUST KNOW GODS GRACE IN ALL ITS
POWER. LEST WE BE HOPELESS IN THE DAY OF JUDGMENT.
How far will His grace reach to make us ready for the day of Christ?
DAY 8There is an
abundance of His grace ready now to work in us.
Rom 5:17-19 For if
by one mans offence death reigned by one (that is by Adam); much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of
righteousness shall reign in life by One, Jesus Christ. Therefore as by
the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so
by the righteousness of One the free gift came upon all men unto justification
of life. For as by one mans disobedience many were made sinners,
so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous.
· LORD, thank You for taking my sin upon Yourself
What mercy! What grace! Forbid it that I should now prostitute Your love.
lam ready for the Holy Spirit to bring to light everything in me that
is an offence to You and that would defile Your Kingdom on earth.
The grace that has begun its work in us now
will reach even into the ages to comeEph 2:4-7
DAY 9The power of
grace revealed in Jesus can set us free from the power of sin.
Jn 5:14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him,
Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto
thee. Jn 8:llb Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee:
go, and sin no more. Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over
you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
· LORD, show me and these I hold before You
the greatness and the power of Your grace. Help us discover its glory
and majesty. Show us how far it will reach. And here are some who have
no hope apart from Your grace. Bring conviction upon them to repent and
believe so they can know Your grace.
It is when we confess our sins that we find
deliverance from their strongholds in usI Jn 1:8-2:2
DAY 10If we trust
in Christs redeeming blood, we can find cleansing from ALL sin.
I Jn 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have
fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth
us from all sin. Eph 1:7 In Whom we have redemption through His
blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace...
· FATHER, what grace! You received even me!
Sometimes I felt like the chief of sinners. But I see Your love is greater
than all my sin. And, I see the redemption in Your Son is powerful enough
to deliver me from the stronghold of every sin that has held me.
Gods wrath against sin can be satisfied
only in the death of His Only Begotten SonJn 3:16; Jn 2:1,2;
I Pet 1:18,19
DAY 11We still have
the hope of a grace to be revealed at the end of this age.
I Pet 1:13-16 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and
hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation
of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according
to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as He Which hath called you
is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written,
Be ye holy; for I am holy.
· HEAVENLY FATHER, teach me, and these I hold
before You, to be sober minded and full of hope for the final day and
the grace it will bring. Our ability to be good has been hindered by the
sin in our hearts. But now Your grace is reaching that sin in us. Oh,
let conviction continue upon us as we move toward the day when Your Son
will stand as Judge on earth. Bring us forth in that day fit for Your
Gods abundant mercy has given us a living
hope that extends to the day of ChristI Pet 1:3-7
DAY 12When we bring
our sin into the open, we can find the way of deliverance.
Pro 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth
and forsaketh them shall have mercy. Jas 5:16 Confess your faults
one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual
fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
· DEAR LORD, raise up in Your church honorable
believers to whom those who struggle with sin can go with their confessions.
Show us all the power of repentance and the power of praying one for the
other. Bring honor and awe upon us who deal with the delicate matter of
confessed sin. Show us the power of grace and deliverance.
Jesus teaches how to deal with those who sin
against us and then confess their sinLk 17:3-5
DAY 13We are blessed
when we can lay all our sin before the Lord and receive forgiveness.
Ps 32:1,2,5 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin
is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no guile. ... I
acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said,
I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and Thou forgavest the
iniquity of my sin.
· FATHER, Im glad now for the pain sin
brought me. It has made the blessing of Your forgiveness all the sweeter.
Thank You for convicting me and for not letting me go on with hidden sin.
Help me never forget what sin did and what Your grace is now doing.
Paul became a martyr because he dared preach
the word of Gods forgiveness for allAc 26:14-23
DAY 14We find an
example of Gods end-time grace in His selection of Noah.
Gen 6:6-8 And it repented the LORD that He had made man on the earth,
and it grieved Him at His heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man
whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and
the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth Me that
I have made them. But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.
· LORD, strengthen me within so I can resist
the sin that is spreading in the earth. Ive experienced Your grace.
Now let me know how you detest sin. Teach me to hate what You hate and
love what You love so I can be, like Noah, a fit vessel for Your Kingdom
in the final days.
As in The days of Noah, so shall it be in The
days of The Son of ManMt 24:37-39; Lk 17:26-30
THERE IS NO PLACE IN THE WORLD WHERE CHRISTS
JUDGMENT WILL NOT REACH. Does this
mean His redemption also will become known to every person?
DAY 15The power and
the glory of Gods Kingdom will be known in all the earth.
I Chron 29:11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the
glory, and the victory, and the majesty:for all that is in the heaven
and in the earth is Thine; Thine is the Kingdom, O LORD, and Thou art
exalted as Head above all. Hab 2:14 For the earth shall be filled
with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
· LORD, I feel You want to make me a vessel
fit to bear Your glory in the day when the knowledge of Your Kingdom fills
the earth. I know it is only Your grace that can bring this forth in me.
With strong desire, I long to know the greatness and power of Your Kingdom.
I yearn to see its glory and discover its majesty. Help me exalt You as
my King today.
Let our prayer be that His glory will fill
all the earthPs 72:17-20
DAY 16The righteous
government of His Kingdom will extend over every nation.
Isa 2:2,3 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain
of the LORDS house shall be established in the top of the mountains,
and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto
it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the
mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach
us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go
forth the law, and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
· LORD, I want to be free to stand before You
in Your day. But, I know I still hold ways of thinking and responding
that will hinder me in Your Kingdom. Please let the conviction of Your
Spirit increase in me. Let Him come upon me like afire to consume all
that offends You. I want my life to give praise to Your grace.
It is Gods will that all people come
to the knowledge of the truth in Christ JesusI Tim 2:1-6
DAY 17The earthly
rule of Gods Kingdom will be manifest under the headship of His
Dan 7:13,141 saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son
of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days,
and they brought Him near before Him. And there was given Him dominion,
and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should
serve Him: His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass
away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed ("brought
to a place of corruption").
· FATHER, instruct my heart with awe
for the Kingdom of Your Son. Show me the extent of its glory and splendor.
Let its rule be made firm in my inner man as we approach the day when
its Government will reach over all the earth.
There shall be no end to the increase of Christs
DAY 18Every knee
shall bow to the Lord Jesus.
Isa 45:23 I have sworn by Myself, the word is gone out of My mouth
in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto Me every knee shall
bow, every tongue shall swear. Phil 2:10 That at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and
things in earth, and things under the earth.
· FATHER, this is awesome. I cant begin
to imagine what it will mean for every knee to bow to You. But, I receive
Your Word that it is so. Oh, prepare us for that day! Remove dread from
us. Bring forth in us great honor for Your Kingdom so we can meet that
day with rejoicing, and peace. Do this in these I bring to You.
The Holy Spirit has come to prepare us for
The day of judgmentJn 16:7-11
DAY 19In the light
of Christs final judgment, we must be careful how we judge others.
I Cor 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come,
Who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make
manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise
of God. II Cor 5:10 For we must all appear ("make our appearance
and be laid bare") before the judgment seat of Christ; that every
one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath
done, whether it be good or bad.
· FATHER, Im one who has been quick to
judge others. I repent of this. It has arisen in me because of the haughty
attitude of my heart. Rid me of this fault. Teach me to be compassionate
toward those I think are wrong. Let them see Your light in me so they
will want to respond to the righteous rule of Your Kingdom.
How we judge others will set the standard as
to how we are judgedMt 7:1-5
DAY 20The Word preached
with long-suffering will prepare people for the final judgment.
II Tim 4:1,21 charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus
Christ, Who shall judge the quick ("the living") and the dead at
His appearing and His kingdom; preach the word; be instant in season,
out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.
· FATHER, let faith come in the church. Let
understanding come for these dark days. Bring a spirit of supplication
upon us as a body of believersin this area, and in this area, and
in these people I love so dearly. Help the preachers in the land bring
a clear and anointed word. May Your Spirit bring repentance to people
everywhere who hear Your word.
And many people will submit to the Kingdom
of the LordIsa 2:1-4
DAY 21With the fear
of the Lord and wisdom, we minister the Gospel in the final days.
II Cor 5:lla Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade
men... Col 1:25-28 .. I am made a minister,
according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to
fulfil the Word of God; even the mystery which hath been hid from ages
and from generations, but now is made manifest to His saints: to whom
God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among
the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach,
warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present
every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
· FATHER, help us who minister to understand
what You are bringing to pass for this hour. Bring forth in all of usand
in all who praya conviction that is right for this time. Let it
come over upon all Your people that we may stand pure before You in the
final day. Make us right for Your Kingdom.
As servants of The Lord, we must remain meek
and patient as we help prepare a people for Christs KingdomIl
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