THE NAME JUDAS is synonymous with betrayal. The funny thing about Judas is that the disciples who walked with Judas for three years were fooled by his spirituality. For he had cast out demons and healed the sick right along with them. Only Jesus knew his heart. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, But the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.” Proverbs‬ ‭27:6

‬ ‭Judas said and did all the right things, but subtly undermined leadership. When the woman with the oil washed Jesus’ feet, Judas was perturbed and spoke, “for it might have been sold and given to the poor” an inappropriate comment towards Jesus. It’s recorded that he did not really care for the poor, but was concerned for the money he was stealing.

He was a thief, stealing not only money but affections; and a liar, deceiving his closest confidants. You can’t recognize a Judas until he makes himself known. There is always a Judas in the making, maybe you are the next Judas. Betrayal is a part of the Christian walk.

Our church has been taught to examine ourselves when we take communion and ask, “Is it I?”It would behoove you to remember that “we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual wickedness in high places”. Judas allowed a demonic spirit to infiltrate him by a crack. In Judas’ case, it was selfish ambition. He was a thief.

Confrontation reveals character. Judas is always right at any cost and cannot be corrected, it would wound his pride. Yet, he may lie and cover up his bitterness, for a season. Unless there is a heart change, God will reveal his character. You don’t have to hang a Judas, he will hang himself. Here’s the caution: NEVER let Judas change who you are called to be in Christ!

Be aware that betrayal can be a huge stumbling block. It is an offense and can create bitterness and resentment. “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled;” Hebrews‬ ‭12:14-15‬You still have a race to run. You still have a work to do. You still have a field to plow. One day, you will answer to the Lord for your life and “but they did this to me” will not be a valid excuse. Love Judas as Christ did, but realize that not everyone who kisses you is a friend. #runyourrace

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