The Kiss of Judas

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Why do we think it so strange when the people we are closest to turn their backs on us? We are living in a time where things are NOT gray, they are black and white, light and dark, the lines are not blurred. We are in a time when people call good evil and evil good. Why do we find this strange when the Bible tells us this is going to happen?

I am writing this post because my heart is heavy and feeling broken. I wont go into details, but suffice it to say, because of the truth of Gods word, I am losing people that were once so close to me. I am no way claiming to be perfect or super spiritual, but I do know Gods word and there are some thing that are non-negotiable. Does this mean I love them less? No! But, listen to me, no matter who it is that is challenging your belief and faith in Christ, you must NOT waiver!

Lately, the persecution is stepping up it’s game. To believe in the word of God you are given a label, and it is not a nice label. You can try to be as loving as possible and explain and defend yourself until you are blue in the face, but the truth is… the time has come to separate the sheep from the goats.

Look, I want to be real with you. This is not always easy, because it is coming from people we love and care for. We may struggle and hem haw around because we do not want to “offend” them or “hurt their feelings,” but I have to tell you, there is something much more at stake here.

We cannot walk around on our tip toes, because if you are a follower of Christ, then you must learn to see as He sees. He did not love people unto their grave and death because He didn’t want to hurt their feelings. He didn’t tip toe around and sugar coat things because He was afraid they would reject Him. He met them where they were (His goodness), ministered to them, and then told them to go and sin no more. He was not afraid to call it out, because He didn’t look at the temporal, He looked at the eternal.

We must look beyond the flesh, beyond the person, and recognize it for what it is. It is an attack from the enemy. Do NOT take it personal! The person through who the attack comes from is being deceived. Have pity on them, have compassion, but do not waiver, stand on the truth!

Think about Judas; he walked with Jesus. He was in the inner circle. He heard the Word through God Himself. He sat at the table with Him. But, he was deceived and betrayed the very One Who held eternal life in His hand. He betrayed the very One Who laid His life down for us.

Why?

Luke 22:2-4 says: The chief priests and the scribes were looking for a way to put Him to death; for they were afraid of the people [who listened devotedly to His teaching, and who respected His spiritual wisdom]. Then Satan entered Judas, the one called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve [disciples].  And he went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers how he might betray Him and hand Him over to them.

The devil saw the weak link and took advantage of it.

The enemy will come at us through the people we love. We think because we are Christian things should be easy. We think if we love someone enough they will see the truth.

But…

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I like how the Amplified says it: Do not think that I have come to bring peace on the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword [of division between belief and unbelief].  For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;  and a man’s enemies will be the members of his [own] household [when one believes and another does not].

His Word is offensive to those who do not believe. Because His Word speaks truth and it convicts of sin. Not to torment, but to show a better way, to lead to repentance and salvation. But, for those who are comfortable in their sin, they will reject the truth. The world will tolerate you as a Christian as long as you keep silent. But, we are NOT called to be silent. We are called to be the salt and the light. When someone is in darkness, the light will blind them; they will either adjust their vision to the light, or they will reject the light.

What I am trying to say, is do not be afraid, do not back down. Do NOT beat people up with the Bible, but DO continue to speak the truth. Do NOT back down or sugar coat the truth. Their eternity is far more important than your feelings and what they think about you.

Stay close to Him, my friends. The day is coming to an end. His return is close. Pray for them and give them to God. You are only responsible to speak the truth, not for if they receive it or not. And for pete’s sake, do NOT let the enemy wreak havoc in your mind with accusations of your past, do NOT let him tell you you are disqualified! You are called and chosen. Now GO!

When you are being “labeled,” and when you are being accused, hold fast, even if the accusation is coming from someone as close as Judas.

Be Free & Stay Free

 

Author: Crooked Places Straight

Stacey Kessler lives in the soy and corn capital with her husband, James, and their little four legged ball of cuteness, JJ. Together they minister the love of Jesus Christ through Prophetic and Evangelistic ministry. Crooked Places Straight exists to share God's love and truth through the written word to people who seek healing, encouragement, and hope. It is my hope and prayer that through sharing testimonies, stories, and teaching, His Holy Spirit will lead you into a deeper relationship with Him; so you may know and grasp your inheritance in His glorious riches of salvation through Jesus Christ. From glory to glory... I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron. Isaiah 45:2 To contact Stacey at Crooked Places Straight, email crookedplacesstraight@gmail.com

8 thoughts on “The Kiss of Judas”

  1. I believe God is preparing you for something that some of the others may not be able to be a part of…it does not make them bad people…it just means that maybe the purpose of your lives intersecting has been fulfilled.

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    1. Yes, and we continue to grow. Still, it is sad when those who are close are being deceived. I worry for them and their eternity. Today’s world screams political correctness, but remain intolerant to God’s truth. Truth has been labeled as hate, because they don’t understand Truth came in love.
      Thank you for taking the time to comment. It’s encouraging and appreciated. Blessings to you as you continue to share His redeeming love.

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  2. Amen…there is one who is unseen and that is who attacks. Remembering this and using the eyes of the Spirit keeps us able to continue to share the Word of God. Put on the armor of God…stand, shielded, mind filled with scripture, sword in hand and stand protected, ready and able to resist the devil and watch him flee. The arrows will not get through to wound the inner core of the believer. Stand strong. God bless you. This is needful encouragement. May I reblog?

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    1. Thank you for your encouraging comment, Gracie. Yes, reblogging is appreciated.

      You are right, it’s not flesh and blood we wrestle against. We will do well to remember this and be continue to be about the Father’s business. He has already won, the victory is ours. These are treacherous times. To Him be the glory. Be blessed and pass it on.

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  3. “His Word is offensive to those who do not believe.”
    Great post. The above line is the root of it all. As society drifts further and further from God’s word, God’s word becomes more and more offensive. I think the temptation to compromise on God’s word, is much of the deception of the last days that Christ warned us about.

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    1. I agree with you. We have been warned this will happen, so many falling away from the truth. 2 Timothy 3:1-9 is a message and warning to the church, about the church, it was true then and it is true now.

      The devil is very clever, he weighs us down with all this “political correctness” the church (institution) has been rendered weak. The false gospel that has creeped into the church is unbalanced, teaches of Gods love and forgets He is also a Just God. Goodness, I could go on a preach. 🙂

      Thank you for commenting. Be blessed and stay strong in Him.

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