A Lesson From Judas Iscariot

We are going to hear from someone who seems to be the least likely of anyone in the entire Bible to have anything to say. He is the one who betrayed Jesus … Judas Iscariot. Yet, God took the life of Judas and put it in the Bible so that we could learn.


How to Deal with Others’ Faults


I think that if Judas could live his life all over again, he would do it differently. If Judas could speak, he would give us an indispensable life lesson on a topic that every single one of us experiences — how to deal with other people’s faults.


Whether they are perceived or very real, when faced with another’s faults, how do you deal with it? And what does it do to your spirit?

Judas Iscariot saw something he didn’t like in Jesus and it caused him to fall prey to an insidious disease called self-righteousness. It is insidious because it is invisible and often fatal. And it struck Judas so deeply that he justified himself in slandering Jesus’ reputation and plotting His murder.


Problems are Inevitable

One of the common elements of growing churches is problems. Problems will mount as the church grows. These problems are simply a result of God answering prayer.

It’s funny how when God answers our payers, we have to be ready for problems. There are problems, but the way we respond to them is absolutely critical and that’s what Judas fell prey to. It wasn’t his problems; it was his response to problems.


How We Respond

We are not going to deny that problems arise, but we will be faithful to courageously face them. That way, we can solve them in a way that glorifies God and builds biblical character without sacrificing relationships along the way.

It is so easy to sacrifice relationships when there are problems. But that cannot be an option! Click To Tweet Look what it did to Judas!


Find a Faithful Lightning Rod



If you go to the Midwest, electrical storms are common and lightning strikes often. Because lighting strikes the tallest point in the area, you will usually see a rod sticking up out of tall buildings and houses. That rod is grounded. It connects from the top of the houses to the ground. That way, when lightning hits the house, this rod conducts the thousands of bolts of electricity down into the ground and it becomes harmless. It neutralizes the shock.


Neutralizing a Bad Situation

We need to find people in our lives that can serve as our lightning rod. That means that when I am upset about something and I want to verbally lash out or attack someone, I instead turn to my lightning rod.

Otherwise, do you know what we do most of the time? We start telling people everything we’re going through, bombing them with every nasty thing that we’re thinking and feeling. Finally, when we feel better, everybody else around us stinks because we’ve vomited all over them! And, not only that, but now they’re either ruined, fried or hurt just as much as you.

Don’t do that! Instead, just take it to a faithful lightning rod, someone that is stable enough to ground it and draw you back to Jesus. A lightning rod must be someone who will help you walk it out and help you to process it before the Cross, not a “yes” person who agrees with you and spreads the offense.

They have to love Jesus and love you in that order. Then they’ll always love you back to Jesus, especially when you need it most.



Be Known for Your Understanding


Be known not for your quick draw or fast conclusions, but for you understanding. That is so important and we see it time and time again throughout the Word of God.

“He who is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who is quick-tempered exalts folly” (Prov. 14:29).

Until we resolve things, there seems to be this static state that we’re held in. A state where we can either get bitter and start talking or we can start a jihad. During this state, God is going to test your heart! In fact, there are going to be three tests of the heart that happen during this time.


The Test of Integrity



Integrity is protecting the reputation of those not present in order to gain the trust of those who are. Click To Tweet

Hold on until you have enough information! Do some reason. Ask that person for their side of the story. Otherwise, to come to a conclusion about someone’s reputation, motives, heart or spirit would be wrong.



Recognize Buried Personal Issues


When something upsets me, too, often it has more to do with something that already resides in me. It is a buried personal issue I haven’t resolved yet. Something triggers it and it flares up.

Isn’t it true sometimes that the problem is not the problem! The problem is actually in our hearts. God uses problems to surface personal issues we haven’t dealt with in years. We have refused to deal with is and now it’s time we do.

If we don’t, we will continue to hit a ceiling in our growth with the Lord and we will never get beyond that, simply because we are too quick to be indignant with everybody else. Too many times, the problem isn’t the other person; it’s me.



Am I a Rebel or a Reformer?


A rebel is someone who sees a problem and uses it as ammunition to justify why he can talk about and sabotage other people. A reformer sees a problem and moves to see how he can resolve it. A rebel is a problem-finder; a reformer is a problem-solver.

A reformer rejoices when something is resolved; a rebel is not happy even when the problem is resolved. Rebels will destroy the fabric, thread by thread. Reformers will work diligently to piece things together, to weave separate parts with one another smoothly and to mesh everything as best they can.



You Can Choose What Role You Will Play in the Kingdom of God!


There are a lot of roles to play in the Kingdom of God; there’s room for everybody! But you get to choose what role you are going to play in the Kingdom.

“For the Son of Man is to go, just as it is written of Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed” (Mark 14:21).

It was written that Jesus was going to be betrayed; it was written that He was going to the Cross. It was written that someone would betray Him. All of those roles were available, but woe to the person who chose to betray Jesus.

The same choices are still open to us today. Some will follow, some will un, some will support Him, some will believe, some will slander and plot His death and some will pray. Which of these roles do you want to play?

If you choose to be great in the Kingdom of God, you will be great. If you choose to be a neutral part of the Kingdom, you will be neutral. If you choose to be a spectator, that’s what you’ll be. Choose the great parts; He will give them to you, simply for the your asking!

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