I Have Moved!

All,

First and foremost, I thank everyone who visits my site, you are a blessing.

Second, Royal Musings Blog has officially moved to my combined devotional/author site, and that can be found at:

Official Site of Timothy King

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God bless, and stay safe!

Timothy

Judge Not!

Many people today, both Christian and non-Christian, state the Bible says that we are not to judge one another; they even go so far as to say this was a commandment from Jesus.  For some of these people, they will actually quote Matthew 7:1 and say something akin to, “judge not or you will be judged.”; to this I say they need to read all of Matthew 7 where Jesus speaks of judging others.  In Matthew 7:1-5, Jesus says,

Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged.  For with the judgment you use, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the log in your own eye?  Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a log in your eye?  Hypocrite!  First take the log out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
Matthew 7:1-5 HCSB

We must use the Scriptures in context, not just a verse here or there.  When you read what Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:1-5, you will get the entirety of His directions.  Jesus does not forbid judging others, Jesus warns us not to judge others if we are in the same sin; he warns against hypocritical judgment.  For example, a drunkard is not to rebuke his child for going out and partying; not until he himself ceases drinking and repents of that sin.  Or, a person who is having sex out of wedlock is not to judge homosexuals; sexual immorality is a sin no matter how it is done and must not only be stopped, but the heart must change before that person can be born again.  Or, a person takes long breaks at work while surfing the web cannot judge a thief; they are both stealing from others and must repent.

When we read the Scriptures, we see where Jesus allowed judgment all around Him: He was judged by the Sanhedrin, the Jewish court system that came about through God’s command to Moses to establish a court of judges who would preside over all of the people of Israel.  Nowhere in the Scriptures do we see where Jesus says the courts must be abolished; on the contrary, He went to Jerusalem to be judged for all of our sins by the courts.

Jesus gives us directions in judging our siblings in Christ in Matthew 18:15-17, Jesus says, “If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private.  If he listens to you, you have won your brother.  But if he won’t listen, take one or two more with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established.   If he pays no attention to them, tell the church.   But if he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like an unbeliever and a tax collector to you.”
In Galatians 6:1, Paul gives direction in judgment, “Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted.”
Paul states what Jesus said; if someone is doing something wrong and you who are spiritual (not in sin, not being hypocritical), you are to rebuke them so they stay on the narrow path.
One key thing to note in these Scriptures, they are written for how we address our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, not unbelievers.  We are to lead others to Christ while we are to help our brothers and sisters in Christ grow and stay the course; we are to do this in two ways: 1) give yourself to the Lord fully and accept His loving gift so that you will be born again as a child of God, and 2) judge your brothers and sisters in Christ justly and rebuke gently, but be guarded that you do not fall into a prideful trap of indignation and haughtiness.

Accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour; accept His gift of Salvation under His terms, not yours; accept His gift and be born again as a child of God!

1 John 1:5‭-‬10

Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.  If we say, “We have fellowship with Him,” yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth.  But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.  If we say, “We have no sin,” we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  If we say, “We don’t have any sin,” we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.
1 John 1:5‭-‬10 HCSB

We all have sinned and need the cleansing salvation that can only come from the blood of Jesus Christ. 
Once we have accepted the gift of Salvation from the Son, we must walk the righteous walk and stay away from the darkness that befalls the world; we must confess our sins and repent; we must abstain from sinful ways and desires; to do all this shows we accept the gift on His terms.  When darkness overtakes our walk with Christ, it shows that we are not truly walking with Christ, means we do not truly believe in Him.  To truly believe is not just to say we believe; true belief is by actions.
We must believe in all that the Scriptures say, for what we do not understand now will be understood later; we must learn the Scriptures by letting the Holy Spirit fill and guide us in our learnings; we must repent of all our past sins and ‘sin no more’; and we must walk in Christ, always.
Accept Jesus Christ on His terms and eternal life is yours!

Orlando Shooting is not the Wrath of God!

I have heard of a lot of people saying that the Orlando attacks were the wrath of God coming down onto the homosexuals because they were sinning against God, that this was the same as the wrath that came down upon Sodom and Gomorrah; for this I simply say two word – hockey pucks.
When God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, everyone KNEW it was God’s judgment that befell the towns of Sodom and Gomorrah; the heavens opened and fire and brimstone fell upon the cities and totally devastated them. If God had sent His wrath onto the Orlando bar, all of the inhabitants in the bar, and the bar itself, would be gone; there would be no question on whether this was the wrath of God or not.
So you might ask what this was if it was not the wrath of God; very simple, it was the act of the devil. The man who did this was acting out to please his ‘god’, a god that demands all non-believers to be killed if they do not worship him; a god that leaves the selection and disbursement of his wrath to his followers; a god that does not guarantee eternal life for all who accept him; a god that demands repetitious prayer; a god that demands hatred of others; a god that welcomes sin if it is to bring him glory. What type of god would demand all of this? This ‘god’ is the prince of this world; this ‘god’ is the devil.
This man was not the devil, but he was possessed by one of his minions, he was possessed with hatred that had no bounds; but he could have been saved, he could have given his life to Christ and been reborn. When the devil took the mind of this man, he did not do it overnight; he took years to twist his mind, to build him up for this moment. The devil is a master manipulator; he will twist who he can to further his agenda.
When the devil opened fire in that bar, he not only robbed 50 people of their lives, he robbed many of their chance for eternal life; I pray and hope that those in the club asked Jesus into their lives before they perished. This was not an attack against homosexuals or the ungodly; this was an attack against humanity.
We must offer our prayers not only to the wounded and to the families, we must offer our prayers to those who let the devil into their head; we must pray for world salvation.