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Where are we in here?

Scriptural Readings: John 8:3-11,15

As Christians our spiritual status is of utmost importance. In our Christian life our faith should not be hanging on a thin line. It should be anchored on a strong foundation. Our faith plays one of the biggest part in our spiritual life. Once we compromise it we let and give the enemy a foothold on us.

John 8:3-5

v.3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

v.4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

v.5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?


Are we going to pick a stone like others did? Are we going for the headshot? or are we going to ask ourselves in faith?

v.6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him.

When God breathed His spirit in us the soul was produced and so with it are our emotions and intelligence. Our decisions and actions are mostly based on what we feel and think. Temptation treats our emotions very well and upon basing our intelligence in it we make our conclusions, accusations, judgement and many more.

Our conscience is one of the many things produced in our soul. It tells us what is right or wrong but on the other hand our faith should tell us if our endeavours would make and justify Jesus truly as our Lord affirming the finished work on the cross and lift Him up. The Holy Spirit on the other hand will do the confirming.

But Jesus stooped down, and with [his] finger wrote on the ground, [as though he heard them not].

Morality can be confusing. A person can be morally upright. A person maybe spending a whole lifetime of doing moral deeds for salvation but we are saved by grace not by works. This is a case where our conscience tell us to be morally upright but faith tell us that we are in need of a savior the Son of God Jesus Christ and His finished work at the calvary as the ultimate sacrifice.

Jesus could have answered them with a flash but why He didn’t and instead stooped down and started writing with His fingers? What was the reason why He delayed His response? The people and the Pharisees had the (morally)right reason why they should stone to death the woman caught in the very act of adultery. A sin that everyone knew in the community. The Son of God knew that their endeavour was inutile and He has given them time to think about it but hatred was burning and consuming their hearts. Jesus knew that they do not believe(did not have the faith too)in Him so He gave them space to think of their foolishness, sat down write using His fingers on the ground.

v.7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

This attitude today is still strongly at work. If we cannot get what we want at once we look for others to join us. The more the merrier. The more the better. Right? The word “asking” used in this verse in Greek is “erotao” meaning to interrogate. Jesus was continually interrogated so that we can turn Him into a criminal. Now, here is the twist. The tables were turned. Time for humanity to know how cruel we are when it was His time for Him to respond. God knew everything in us. For the word of God is quick and powerful….(Hebrews 4:12). The evil things in their hearts were exposed.

v.8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

v.9 And they which heard [it], being convicted by [their own] conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, [even] unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

This is the necessary scenario. Jesus went down again and continue to write on the ground. This is the time that we should accept that we are wrong and without God’s approval at the end we see ourselves on the opposite side where God does not want us to be. We could have never reached in that place ready to condemn someone if we could have only asked ourselves by faith. Jesus Christ has become the answer to our enmity to other humans and God Himself. He is the one to reconcile us to the Father and not to divide us( Matthew 12:25).

v.10 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?

v.11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.


There was too much hatred for that woman and it did not stop there. They turned their hatred to Jesus. When we come finally to our(spiritual)senses, we will only arrive on one thing and that is turning to Jesus. He came to this world teaching us not to hate but to love not to kill but bring the dead back to life, forgive and not to judge.

v.15 Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man.

Where are we now? Are we having stones in our hands and ready to go for the head and give our best shot? Are we in a place and become the judge and executioner as well. We should always ask ourselves through our faith in God. For we walk by faith not by sight(2nd Corinthians 5:7). Jesus is not writing anything on the ground anymore but writing down names in the Lambs book of life. Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me(Revelations 3:20).

Why it’s….sacrifice.

Scriptural Readings: Matthew 6:33 ; John 3:16

Time and again we’ve failed and fallen into a wrong way of sacrifice. We might have taken the right path but along the way only to find out that we have to stop because we had the wrong choice.

Sometimes it is a gray area when we Christians try to understand what sacrifice really means. Most of the time we have based our conclusion on what we believe is God’s will and sometimes we came up with something and only at the end it isn’t reliable(most of the time). Again the question is always how to know God’s will.

Why do we seek His kingdom?

Matthew 6:33

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

We get lost. We are always in need and this is why we have to seek the kingdom of God and if this becomes an attitude, we’ll be having blessings. Our prayers will be granted because it is His will we are asking and looking for and not of our own. This is the big change we are after for.

When we accepted Jesus Christ into our hearts and lives. We start a new life. A sacrificial life. A continuing life of denying ourselves all for the glorification of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Sacrifice

We have attached a lot of meanings into this word entering into a gray area. There were times it wasn’t clear why we sacrificed something or we sacrificed something leaving us regretful.

The thing that’s always clear is that God has always something for us to accomplish for Him. God wants us to know His will. Our spirits should always be open to receive God’s instructions which would then cooperate with our minds and ready for our bodies to accomplish and eventually sacrificing our lives for Him.

Jesus Christ sacrificed His Life for only one cause and reason and that is saving not only for a few or for some but redemption for everyone.

The line that divides on what we think and do is the cross of Jesus Christ. Once we exhaust our efforts that does not elevate the finished work of the shedding of the precious blood of Jesus Christ at Calvary is with no sense.

John 3:16

16 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.

There are many ways to express love. The word love in Greek has a lot of meaning. Phileo meaning a brotherly and friendship love. Storge is a kind of love that expresses and relates to natural, familial love such as the love between a parent and child. Eros is a kind of love that expresses and relates to natural urge for procreative urges and finally AGAPE a sacrificial kind of love. This is God’s love putting one’s life behind God making Him above everything.

The life of our Lord Jesus Christ was purely a sacrificed life. From the place He was born until the time He died are places that no one would never even dream about.

There are many ways to express love. The word love in Greek has a lot of meaning. Phileo meaning a brotherly and friendship love. Storge is a kind of love that expresses and relates to natural, familial love such as the love between a parent and child. Eros is a kind of love that expresses and relates to natural urge for procreative urges and finally AGAPE a sacrificial kind of love. This is God’s love putting one’s life behind God making Him above everything.

The life of our Lord Jesus Christ was purely a sacrificed life. From the place He was born until the time He died are places that no one would never even dream about.

It’s now therefore clear that our contentment lies before God. All our actions are dependent on what God will instruct us. We have to crave for His kingdom and start having a sacrificial agape kind of love. This is why it’s….sacrifice.

Deception

Scriptural Readings: Luke 23:34

The question of why has always been a burden to us. Sometimes it is a lot easier to point out what or how and when unfortunate things happen but to figure out why would always take time, effort and much more.

Why did God put both the tree of knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life into the same place? Why did He let the serpent deceive them from the very place God prepared for them? If we ask how, when and where, it’s in His wisdom. The question that we have to ask ourselves is why. After they committed the sin why did God ask him(Adam)where he was. Of course God knows where he was. Why did God ask him who told them they were naked? This time it was the woman’s turn to explain and God asked her what have you done?

Have we asked ourselves why God did not ask them why?

Freewill. God gave us the gift of volition the faculty or power of using one’s will. God did not equipped in us an automated process otherwise it’s no use of creating us as His children calling Him Father and for us to experience a wonderful relationship with Him.

When we are deceived we are in the realm of deception. We are blind to the truth. When our first parents violated God they knew themselves that they disobey God. God will not ask them anymore why. Their eyes were opened to the reality that they became blind to the truth that they cannot be like God.

The result of course are more lies, mistakes and all the things that make our lives miserable.

Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

When confronting personal issues or social issues we will be having a lot of options and most probably they will be unreliable but if we go to the cross we only have one answer. Jesus Christ. Through Him the question of why will no longer be a burden but a satisfying truth to our question why. We were forgiven.

We should now stop asking why but rather accept the finished work of Jesus at calvary.

Let’s exhaust all our efforts on the cross. All of our undertakings will be pointless unless we accept what Jesus did on the cross at calvary.

God will not ask us of where we are. He will not ask who told us we are His children and ask us what we did. He will not ask anything more because this time we know the way the truth and the life. Jesus Christ the Son of the living God our Lord and Savior.

Force our way

Scriptural Readings: Exodus 34:5

And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD.

God does not change

This is one thing that we have to store in our hearts and minds. From the beginning God did not leave us. It is always our fault that we loose and eventually lose our faith in Him intentionally or unintentionally. Our sense of direction easily points us out to uncertain terms as soon as we face our problems. God descended to his people showing His way for them how He would be a God a father to them. Is this still true today that God does not change and visits us?

God proved and showed the way.

What we miss is the way not the purpose. We get lost. If our purpose will not come from God’s will there’ll be no way to find out the right way. When Abraham was asked by God to offer his son, he was willing to do it. He was right with the purpose and there was no doubt about it but when he was about to do it, God stopped him. It’s not the way. God proved that He is with Him.

How did God prove He is still with us now?

From heaven, He came down, turned Himself into a human and dwell among us. HE proved and showed us that He never changed. We are the ones who constantly change. The love that God has for us will not and never change. Jesus Christ is the same today, yesterday and forever. He said I am the way the truth and the life. There is no other way to God but THROUGH God HIMSELF in human form, Jesus Christ.

How great is God’s love for us? When Abraham was about drop the axe, God stopped him but when His Son Jesus came, this time, He let go.

What God is trying to tell us is that He came down to meet us. He sent down His own Son, God the Son to continue what was originally planned. He wants us to be His children but we refuse.

We have to force ourselves to come into the throne of grace. We have now the access. We have been asking ourselves a lot of questions and spent time looking for answers. This is being lost. God has given us all the possible means to reach Him and we do the opposite. If we have the purpose and this time we know the way, we have to force ourselves no matter what because we know that at the end we will see the truth and our true meaning of life.

Heavenly Father, we come to You because you are our God who would never change. A Father who will always care for us. Forgive us of our shortcomings. Continue to sanctify us that we will see clearly the way the truth and your will for us. We pray through the power of the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen!

Contentment….Collaboration….Crime..

Scriptural Readings: Phillipians 4:11

Living in this world where good and evil simultaneously exist, we are easily entangled with difficulties on how to figure out whether our decisions would end up morally right or otherwise ending up with saying the words I am sorry.

Contentment is a thing that we have to learn more. We can refer contentment like that of the tree of good and evil or the tree of life.

Phillipians 4:11

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content.

It is very clear that contentment refers to not only on our overall status as humans but also to our spiritual beings.

If we do not speak and crave of more of our wants anymore but what God has to say what we need then God has truly worked on us. This verse has taken the apostle Paul to the highest level of contentment.

Adam and Eve were in a contented status. They were allowed to live in a place a lot of us probably would have. They have food water and the best shelter. What happened next is that they messed up with everything and fell into committing the biggest mistake of their lives.

Collaborate. The same as contentment, it offers us a lot of good things and also a ton of regrets at the end if not dealt rightfully.

If we allow our contentment to be compromised and would collaborate with something that we are not sure of and with no assurance of spiritual essence then the probability of ending up as a sure loser is inevitable, in Christianity it is called sin. From the beginning humanity has contentment. It can be found in us. However, collaborating with evil thoughts resulted into what God will never and ever be glad about.

Racism, poverty are only some of the many issues that we insist on having justice or suffer from injustice. The real issue and the question that we have to ask ourselves is would there be racism if we do not have hatred in our hearts? Will these issues remain in us if we have forgiveness in our hearts instead we are consumed by hatred? Evil is with in us whether there is racism, poverty and other issues or not. The evil with in us collaborates with our spirits, soul and body turning ourselves to be slaves of evil works. Racism, poverty and other social issues are tools to make us fit into our doom. These are the devil’s quickest way for us to destroy our relationship with God. Hatred is not from God but it is within racism, poverty and many more. To go out on the streets to practice our right to express, in truth is we are expressing and increasing hatred in us. Going out on the streets expressing our rights would only expose our true selves harboring hatred and losing the real value of justice. Remember that rebellion can be in our minds in our words and in our actions. Once our minds, words and actions collaborate with hatred, evil is at work and if we succomb to it, we are now guilty of crime. Sin. Haven’t we learned from our history? Haven’t we’ve seen enough hatred on every part of this world when we watch the news?

Crime is not an option but humanity chose it. Right from the start, our first parents having contentment collaborated with evil and chose to disobey God. Jesus, on the other hand commanded us to love our enemies. This means that hatred would be displaced out from our hearts. We should get rid of hatred in our lives. For as long as we have hatred in our hearts we will never have peace and we will continue to be discontented and go out on the streets. Justice was served when Jesus said “It’s done”. Let us follow what God has instructed us and not to be consumed by hatred. Let the Holy Spirit flow in our spirit, soul and body displacing hatred with peace.

Heavenly Father, there is so much hatred in our hearts and only you can take this out from us. Empower us with your Holy Spirit continually that we may know your will and not ours. We pray through your Son Jesus our Lord Savior. Amen!