Words In Sand

I was thinking about a story in scripture today. It always resonated with me, because of the profound message which the Lord was trying to convey. And when I see people trying to act ‘all religious,’ I immediately think of the woman caught in adultery.

I absolutely loath many portrayals of Jesus, since they take away from His most human side. Yes, He was God in the flesh, but the flesh, is the part that intrigues me most. He was the example. And if He didn’t go around acting superior and holier than anyone, why should we?

Today, someone was telling me about a teenager’s phone calling him, accidentally. This is a person, who goes to church all the time and loves to talk about the misdeeds of everyone else.  They said, “he had such a potty mouth. His friend and him, were talking and I could hear them cursing. I just thought it was terrible. Meanwhile, I know this person is just as bad. Him and the other person, had recorded the call and played it to each other, and talked about the whole episode, as if it was an unforgivable offense. Now he thought, I would agree, that this was just horrible.

I looked at him and said, “You know, it’s not the outside of a cup that makes it clean.” Reading the discourse in Matthew 23, is a picture of the anger, which Christ had at this hypocrisy. He speaks to the blind leaders. The inside is what needs to be clean. Then the outside will follow.

This guy, just didn’t get it. He stared at me with a blank look. I was pointing out that this is not significant, since none of us are perfect. Without calling him out too much, I hoped he understood, that I wasn’t saying, “Oh who care’s if the kid was cursing?” But  my bigger question was, “Why were you listening? Isn’t that an invasion of his privacy? And then you recorded and played it for someone else?”

Then the natural story that came to my mind was, the woman in found in the Book of John 8. When I read, there are always certain words that seem to pop out at me. For example; v3 standing the woman before a group, was humilitating enough. But being caught, in the act of adultery, even more. Imagine this woman’s circumstances. The punishment for this sin was, death by stoning.

But isn’t this what these men wanted to do to her? Flaunt their superiority and decimate her character. And in the end, have the grounds to end her life. But it begs the question, how did they actually catch her in the act? If, they had not been spying on her first?

Ah yes, the argument today would be for the sake of having the proof to accuse her. But now, look at what the Lord does with this information. H bends down and starts to write on the ground with his finger. How odd. Yes, most people would ask, “Why was He doing this?” But to some of us, we wondering, what was He writing?”

I think that He may have outed,  some of those people, without giving names. Perhaps He wrote their, secret sins, in the sand. But the most obvious, was His calm demeanor, during this whole situation. I am impressed with the time He took to respond. It seems, a great deal of time. And He took a break from His writing. He straightened up,  to utter the famous words; Let any one of you who is without sin, be the first to cast the stone.” This is when He stooped down again.

So, it seems He began His preliminary message, and He stood at eye level to the people He was addressing. And this also allowed the best vantage point, along with the group, read His writing. But then he gave them more time and it may be, to include more of the members. He stooped down to write again, which seemed to give the maximum amount of impact.

Now in verse 8;  At this those who heard, began to go away, one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.” This is when He asked her, “Has no one condemned you?” She answers, “No one sir.”  “Then neither do I condemn you.” But the last words to her were, “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

I think about the message of redemption in this story. Condemned to die, because of her sin. The enemy of our soul, is called, “The Accuser.” One of his many titles. And he works through humans to constantly remind us of where we screwed up. What we’ve done wrong. How far we’ve missed the mark.

But Christ came to shed His blood as an offering on our behalf. This sacrifice is the greatest gift of love. His blood has, “cleansed us from all sin.

Our sins are like those words, written in the sand. The Wind of Truth, had blown and the sand shifts. It fills in all those areas of darkness and words that condemn.

He cannot lie. He has already told us, “That as far as the east is from the west, I will remember your sins no more.” This always fascinates me. We are human, and although we try to forgive, we can’t really ever forget. It’s not possible. But for God, it is. So, as I’ve heard it said, “if He’s forgotten, why do we keep reminding Him?”

This is the time of the year to reflect on the awesomeness of His sacrifice and what it really means. Passover, Resurrection Day. It is all about Redemption.

Thank you Lord for your great mercy!

Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Thank you to all of our servicemen and women!

Thank you to all of our servicemen and women!

Oh,oh…I’m blinking my eyes and I am seeing it again. My rights are just being stripped away from me.

I received an email telling me that my own email is being read and I am being monitored constantly. Which begs the question…why????Is someone afraid of something?

How is someone getting my mail if not illegally? How are they getting my phone messages and other messages and what would anyone be worried about if they are not doing something wrong?

Once again, Americans are losing the freedoms that their forefathers shed blood for, only to have those that are corrupting the system to bully the others into being afraid as if they are to be afraid of speaking about something. Its  always the victim that is being threatened not to speak, isn’t it? Because those in darkness fear discovery, but that’s not what the Lord tells us. He tells us clearly, expose the deeds of darkness to the light. “Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.”(Ephesians 5:11)This way we can allow Christ to rein in our lives and give us victory over sin.

Corruption will destroy everything as we can see from our environment. It starts on a personal level and begins to snowball until it grows to a much grander scale.

This is why our country was founded on these Godly principles to stand on the freedoms that we enjoy. We were not to bully and threaten citizens into submission. Yet it is happening. Americans are being told to be quiet about crimes and they are being bankrupted into submission. This country that has employed us and the officers that we have elected have turned around and violated our privacy and abused our own privileges because we have refused to go along with the same program as the rest of the masses.

Didn’t our Lord also say that this would happen in the last days? Unethical people are telling us how to behave in an ethical manner. Trying to give us moral absolutes in an absolutely immoral society.  If  God is not the very head of all, then what value can be placed in any ethical behavior at all? It’s pointless, because there is no moral compass. Truth is not relative to each person. He must be the one that all of us give account to first. Our forefathers knew this. You cannot read any of  those early documents without mention of God and yet, now men have been striving to remove His name from everything and we see how much we are paying the price for that as well.

He tells us in Malachi 3 about the Lord’s day of judgment. He has grown weary and He speaks about those who have defrauded the laborers of their wages, and those perjurers, and those who deprive people of justice, oppress the widows and the fatherless.

Yes, a very powerful event. This is actually the last book of the Old Testament. This speaks of the Covenant and the days before the second coming of Christ. I believe we are witnessing those days right now and when you read about this all through scripture it is always referred to as, The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord.

Why is that? How can it be both great and terrible? Well the answer is really quite simple. For those that are in Christ it is Great, but for those that are not, it will be terrible. They must give account for all of those things that have been spoken of. When he says, he has grown weary, it is because He is allowing so much time for repentance. He allowed the thieves on the cross their last breaths. No one knows if a person has repented at that last moment, however, to continue in this darkness is taking quite a chance.There is a difference between sinning, which we all do, and habitual sin, which is a conscious choice you’re making. We all know the difference.God told us that He has “written the laws upon every mans hearts

The biggest risk is that, sin hardens the heart. There is a point that there is no turning back. He turns us over to a reprobate mind.”In the end they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, so He turned them over to a depraved mind.” (Romans 1:21-31)

I grieve every time I deal with someone like this in my life. I don’t want to believe that someone can be like this, but the Word tells us that they exist and we are to have nothing to do with them.

But to those who want to know the truth, we hold out the cup of water. It isn’t for everyone, but for those who are parched and wish a drink from the well. They are the ones that will turn from darkness to the light.

We all were at one time in darkness. The Lord reminds us of that and also tells us to share what we have. To be a “light on the hill.  The light always penetrates the darkness, and it will never, ever be the other way around.

We have a God-given right to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, because Jesus Christ has already told us that it is “the thief that comes to rob, to steal, to destroy, but He comes to give us life and life more abundantly.” If someone is stealing your liberty, or threatening and bullying you…then you can be certain, that this is NOT something that our God approves of.

As you commence the 4th of July celebration, remember, the blood that was shed on this soil to make these freedoms possible for you and most of all remember the blood shed on the cross that our founding fathers had placed their faith in when they pledged allegiance together in unity and wanted all of us to celebrate our freedom as One Nation Under God, With Liberty and Justice For ALL!!!