Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Practicing Evil

January 27, 2015

Verse of the Day

For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
John 3:20-21 NKJV
When I read this verse this morning it reminded me of what I had read earlier in Deuteronomy 1.  Moses is retelling the story of the journey from Egypt and in verse 26 Moses tells about those who rebelled against God by complaining through fear.  
People today are not not that much different than the children of Israel as we find very easy to complain rather than have faith.  Fear is the opposite of faith and in God's eyes those who cannot trust Him are practicing evil.  Read the following verses from Deuteronomy 1 and pay particular attention to the verses that are highlighted in blue:
Deut 1:29-Deut 1:33 NKJV 

“Then I said to you, Do not be terrified, or afraid of them. The Lord your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.’ Yet, for all that, you did not believe the Lord your God, who went in the way before you to search out a place for you to pitch…
When I read this chapter this morning these words highlighted in blue jumped right off of the page to me.  I sense the Lord is telling us as believers to not be afraid as He goes before us and He fights for us in ways we cannot see.  He is our Heavenly Father and He loves us any carries us as a father would care and protect his own son.

I am reminded of a dream, or perhaps it was a vision I'm not sure which.  The Lord came to my bedside and as I opened my eyes and looked up He said to me, "Do not worry, everything will be alright."  I believe the Lord goes before me and He fights the enemy for me.  He protects me and carries me when I am weak and tired just as my Dad did when I was a little child.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Woman Caught in Adultery

The following is a comment I posted on YouVersion about an encounter a woman had with Jesus after being accused of adultery.

Woman Caught in Adultery

At first glance we assume this woman is some whore that seduced a married man and that she deserves to be stoned to death according to Jewish Law. The scriptures do not reveal much about this woman except that she is accused of a sin worth death.

We do know that this woman was being used as a tool to try and trick Jesus into breaking the Jewish law by not to stone her, therefore giving the Pharisees the right to Jesus executed. If He had said, "Stone her!" he would have been contrary to Roman law which would have given legal ground for the Roman law to condemn Him.

Jesus knew they were trying to set a trap for Him, but He did not let that bother Him. He diverted His attention from them by writing something on the ground. He ignored them, but yet they pressed Him again. Jesus did not fall for their trap by throwing the trap back on the Pharisees by saying, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first." The accusers were convicted because of their own sin and started leaving beginning with the oldest until they were all gone.

Now we assume that the woman was really caught in the act of adultery, but that may not have been the real truth. We only know she was accused. We also assume that Jesus did not know this woman, but it is possible that He did know her and it is possible that she could have been a believer that strayed.

I know I am assuming a lot here, but what makes me think this is the way Jesus spoke to her. He did not give her a sermon, as we would, to repent and be saved. I suspect she was already saved because Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

I think Jesus knew her heart was already changed and did not need the sermon of repentance.  Sometimes we get too hung up on what must be done outwardly when the real change is done inwardly.

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God

January 26, 2015

Verse of the Day

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 
James 1:5-6 NKJV

Sunday, January 25, 2015

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January 25, 2015

Verse of the Day

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. 
I Peter 5:8-9 NKJV