Lifted from Unworthiness

July 18, 2012


Lifted from Unworthiness


John 10:10-11
When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?
She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

There are many who won’t come to Christ because of strong feelings of inadequacy, sin and failure in their lives.  Condemnation and judgments, from themselves or others, have left them feeling like, for them; there is no hope, no salvation or redemption.  Perhaps, if you are that person, you have had a “past”.  There has been sin that you don’t think God would ever forgive you of, because you might not even be able to forgive yourself.  You may be on a self destructive course, because you feel there is no hope, no more purpose to life and no more reason to live.
There is a word of hope and life for that person today.  Jesus tells us in John 3:16-17 the plan of God for us, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”  What we must never let the devil rob from us is that no matter how deep our sin, God’s love goes deeper still.  His purpose is not to condemn and judge because you missed it, His purpose is to restore you to life, to lift you up from your unworthiness and cloth you with His garments worthiness and righteousness.
What a beautiful example of this we have in the story where the woman was caught in the act of adultery.  The Law, the Commandments said she should die.  Her accusers surrounded her and demanded Jesus judge and condemn her.  Jesus, with just a few words of divine wisdom showed that mercy is greater than the law, forgiveness is more precious than judgment.  When He told them, “Let the one that is without sin cast the first stone”, He allowed their own conscience to judge themselves rather than the woman.  Now instead of the finger pointing at the adulterous woman, they were confronted with the other three fingers pointing back at their own lives.  None had the right to judge and condemn, but Christ.  As our passage for today says, there was not a man that found place to condemn her based on their own righteousness. The mercy and love of God speaks to her and says, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”  That is what He is speaking to you and me today.  The Lord’s mission was not to judge us for our sins, but to deliver us out of them, to forgive us and set us free from the power of sin.
If there are things in your life that you haven’t been able to forgive yourself of, if there are things others won’t forgive you of; then know that there is one greater than your conscience.  There is one greater than the judgments of yourself and others.  It is the blood of Jesus that paid that price and there is no sin so deep and dark that the blood can’t cover it if it is simply brought to the Lord in sincere repentance.  The Lord wants to put purpose, joy and hope back into your life today. He wants to lift you out of that place of despondency and despair that you have been living in.  He is the doorway to that new life of righteousness that we can only have as we put on Christ Jesus by faith.  And when you bring that sin to the altar and you lay it before Him in true repentance then do as the woman was told, “go your way and sin no more.”  Don’t take that trespass up again and keep condemning yourself with it once it is repented of.  Then you grieve the Holy Spirit, because you have not really released it and left it under the blood.  As far as God is concerned that sin is cast as far as the East is from the West.  1 John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
He will wipe the slate clean for you today if you will let Him.  With your repentance you no longer have a “past” that was filled with sin and failure; you have a future to no longer be a slave to sin, but rather a slave of righteousness as we live our lives, by the power of God unto obedience to Him.  He has lifted you out of your unworthiness and clothed you with His righteousness.

Blessings,
kent

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When Men Cry Out

July 5, 2012

Psalms 14:1
The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are sinful and their actions are sinful. There is no one who does good.

When Men Cry Out


Wisdom, salvation and the knowledge of the Lord comes to him who seeks for light and truth.  The man that opens his heart and listens with a spiritual ear will hear the truth and it will bring him into liberty and life.   ‘It is a fool who says in their heart there is no God’ when all around all of creation bears testimony and witness of His existence and divine wisdom.  The order and delicate balance of the universe and life on this planet aren’t a matter of chance.   Only a fool would believe and embrace such a concept.  The Word says if we had no other witness than the creation itself, that would be enough to bear witness to God.
Even though the truth of God is self–evident all have turned their hearts from Him.  Psalms 14:1 goes on to say, “They are sinful and their actions are sinful. There is no one who does good.”  Sin and disobedience to God has been the fault of all men, even those who were His chosen people.  Romans 2:9-12 says, “What about it then? Are we Jews better than the people who are not Jews? Not at all! I have already said that Jews and the people who are not Jews are all sinners. 10 The Holy Writings say, “There is not one person who is right with God. No, not even one! 11 There is not one who understands. There is not one who tries to find God. 12 Everyone has turned away from God. They have all done wrong. Not one of them does what is good. No, not even one!”   Have we not all foolishly turned from the God of our creation and salvation?  God gave the law that we might know the error of our ways and that we might know what sin is, but even in that knowing, none of us could honor, obey and fear him as His holiness required.  The law could only reveal our sin, but it could not justify us before God, because we would always fall short of the law.  Romans 2: 21-26 says, “But now God has made another way to make men right with Himself. It is not by the Law. The Law and the early preachers tell about it. 22 Men become right with God by putting their trust in Jesus Christ. God will accept men if they come this way. All men are the same to God. 23 For all men have sinned and have missed the shining-greatness of God. 24 Anyone can be made right with God by the free gift of His loving favor. It is Jesus Christ who bought them with His blood and made them free from their sins. 25 God gave Jesus Christ to the world. Men’s sins can be forgiven through the blood of Christ when they put their trust in Him. God gave His Son Jesus Christ to show how right He is. Before this, God did not look on the sins that were done. 26 But now God proves that He is right in saving men from sin. He shows that He is the One Who has no sin. God makes anyone right with Himself who puts his trust in Jesus.”
When men are faced with their sin and they come to really face and acknowledge the depravity of their souls, then God has made a way of reconciliation and the way is Jesus Christ.  When men cry out to Him in repentance and desire to change from their wicked ways, God has heard and answers them through the love of Christ.  We have all played the fool with our sin and our disobedience, but the God of all wisdom and love has taken pity upon our low estate.  He has provided the way for us to be lifted up, know Him and come into fellowship and relationship with Him.  It is not a hard thing, all it requires is the simple understanding that ‘God so loved you He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever should believe upon Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.’  It simply requires that we bring back to Him what He gave us in free will, our hearts and our souls.  In exchange we receive His eternal life, for our current life of sin and death.  Only a fool would refuse such a trade.
When men cry out, God will hear their cry and answer them in the face of Jesus Christ.  ‘If He be lifted up, He will draw all men unto Himself.’

Blessings,
kent

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