Stop judging me!!
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. Matthew 7:1-2
As “good church-going Christians”, with all heard that we should not judge others.
But what does this really mean? Can I not have my own opinion? Is it wrong to label something “bad” even if the Bible clearly says that another's actions are wrong?
If you attended Gateway Church this last Sunday, you heard John Burke speak beautifully what it means to love others by not judging them.
But again I ask, what is a judgment? In trying to find the answer to this question I began thinking about the question itself. In my in my research, I found that the better question to ask is what is an “inner vow”?
An “inner vow” you might ask? Exactly!
An inner vow is a determination set by the mind and heart deep into a person’s being, usually made early in life with deep emotion in response to a person, experience, or desire. It is a vow to ourselves (not to God or another person).
Most often this vow is not spoken aloud but is an inward response of the heart in which we decide to control our future.
Inner vows are based on judgments that we make, most often as children, against our parents, caregivers, teachers, or others in authority.
Once made, such valves are soon forgotten. However, an inner vow resists the normal maturing processes and you do not just grow out of it. Inner vows may lie dormant for years until the right situation acts as a trigger.
Often buried in the past and forgotten, these inner vows bind us to a mind–set or course of action, which is fleshly, and prevents our emotional or spiritual development. When we become a believer and the Holy Spirit filled us,
He is prevented from penetrating the area because we have not broken the vow. We are still operating, in that area, as if we are fully in control of our lives.
But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. – Matthew 5:34-37.
Child abuse, alcoholism, addictions, anger and a host of other ungodly characteristics and character flaws can be traced back to the making of vows and is repeated from generation to generation because it is almost impossible for the abused child not to speak of vow of judgment against his or her abuser.
The sin is locked-in to be perpetuated by the next generation and so forth-unless the vow is broken. This, my friends, is why Matthew 7:1–2 is so very important. Welcome to the power of a vow! For more information, continue the Bible reading in Matthew 5:33–37.
Even a seemingly good vow will bind you to track, a fleshly course of action, you cannot escape until the vow is broken. The power of the Holy Spirit cannot be released into the situation because of the vow, which is based on the strength of the flesh!
Men struggles with intimacy with his wife because he made a vow against his mother that betrayed him.
Barrenness sometimes comes upon a woman because she made a vow against her mother or family.
Alcoholism, abuse and other tragedies befall families from one generation to the next because the victim makes a seemingly good vow, “ I would never do this to another child”.
Financial blessings are withheld from valves such as “I will never be poor like my parents.”
Single life is perpetuated and extended because a young woman vows, “my husband will never treat me like that!”
“I will never” or, “I will always” are often the mark of a vow.
“But Robin”, you may exclaim, “ this is a good vow, I really don’t want to be like my father (mother, brother, friend, etc.)” Then I will ask…WHY Do you not want to be like them? Why does it matter and feel forced to give that judgment an energy?”
You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. ~ Romans 2:1
For more, read Romans 14:4
Friends, inner valves come from bitterroot judgments that often involve relationships, money, pain and God. Even the valve that seem to be “good valves” need to be broken for the release of the Holy Spirit can come to that area of our life rather than “will–power” example: I will never be a drunk.
If you find or the Holy Spirit reveals that you have made judgments and vows against others, then say this prayer below out loud that you may be healed.
Heavenly father, I confess that my judgment of (name the person) was sin. I now repent from the judgment and from making of the vow. Please forgive me and cleanse me from all the vows and judgments. I renounce all of these vows. In Jesus name I break the vow of (repeat whatever you vowed).
I speak to my spirit in which all the words spoken. I call back the assignment in the heavenlies and cancel the words. I cast the words at my feet and break their power over my spirit, my health, my finances, my ancestry, my marriage, my relationships, my thoughts, my emotions, my decisions and my body.
Any darkness assigned to carry out these vows are now find dry places. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for breaking the vows and restoring my relationship with you, Heavenly Father, and (name the person(s). Praise you, Lord Jesus, that I’m free from all of the effects of these vows as I pray right now, Amen!
Friends, may we continue to love and commune with each other not just as brothers and sisters, but as Prince and Princesses of a great inheritance…we are royalty!