August 24

Today's Bible Reading
            I Samuel 16
            Romans 14
            Lamentations 1
            Psalms 32
 
MEMORIZE TODAY
''...For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: 'As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.' So then each of us shall give account of himself to God." (Romans 14:10b-12)
 
WILL BELIEVERS BE JUDGED?
The Word of God makes it very clear, in this passage and others, that the believer's works will be judged at the “Judgment Seat of Christ.” The term “Judgment Seat of Christ” is found only twice in the Bible. It is referred to many times. We find it here and in II Corinthians 5:10.
            Only believers will appear at the Judgment Seat of Christ. It is a time for the judging of our works, and not our sins. We've already seen that the sins of the believer were judged in Christ on Calvary. Our sins are settled “out of court”when the blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin. There is now no condemnation for those of us who have been to the Cross. (Romans 8:1)
            I Love the story of a group of men on a dry prairie out west. They noticed the dry grass all around them was on fire and the fire was approaching them. There was nowhere to run. One man was wise enough to light a fire at their feet, then he said “Come with me into the ashes.” The fire cannot come where the fire has already been. Judgment on our sin has already been to the Cross and we are now secure in the Cross. Only believers will be at the Judgment Seat of Christ, but there will be judgment for our works. 
            This judgment will take place in Heaven following the First Resurrection. After the resurrection of the saved, one thousand years will pass before the resurrection of the unsaved, so there will be one thousand years between the Judgment Seat of Christ when only the saved will appear, and the Judgment at the Great White Throne, where only the unsaved will appear. (Revelation 20:11)
            At the Judgment Seat of Christ, the believer will give an account of himself to God; therefore, we should look at our own works and not judge the works of others. (Romans 14:10-13)
            It is a most humbling thought to know that someday the believer will face all his works - good or bad. Some believers will be ashamed and suffer loss - not the loss of salvation, but the loss of awards. 
            The most thrilling thing about the Judgment Seat of Christ is that the crowns we receive there will be cast at the feet of the Lamb of God who, alone, is worthy to receive them. It should be your desire today to lay at His feet, the brightest and best of all the crowns that can be received.  He alone is worthy.
 
PRAY FOR THE WORLD
            Pray today for a special need in the European country of Belgium. The nation was shocked in the 1990's by the exposure of murderous pedophile rings, some with Satanist practices that reached into the top levels of society. Christian churches were even affected.  These have led to a deep distrust of political and religious leaders.  There is a rapid rise in neo­ paganism and the occult.  Pray that these work's darkness might be bound, exposed, and routed out, and that many might be set free in Jesus.