Daniel Fast 2023

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Message Text

Matthew 7:1-5

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Message Notes

1. Judge, but not that way.

“Do not judge, or you too will be judged.2For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
Jesus uses the reaping and sowing symbolism to illustrate that the way you judge others will be the example that others will use to judge you.

The Bible gives us clear expectations for what a Godly life looks like.

The emphasis is not on the abolition of judging right and wrong but in the manner, we do the judging.

2. Never look over your thing to see someone else thing.

Jesus is using hyperbole to illustrate the absurdness of Judging others with a different standard than you use to judge yourself.

James 1:22-25 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it-not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

To lead someone else, deal with your thing first. Hypocrites get the order wrong.

3. Surgery requires clear sight and a steady hand.

Galatians 6:1 6 Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.

Never overlook your pain to point out someone else’s.

Be the example of how to deal with it not cover it up to point it out in someone else. We need to have clear consciences and clear heads when making disciples. People will follow as long

Phil 4:8-9 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.