Tag Archive | Salvation

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.” (Psalm 116:15)

psalm_116-15 Hello! How are you? I say it all the time…I can’t believe how fast time is moving. It is a New Year and for some-new things are happening! We go about our business implementing our plans and hoping that it comes out the way it’s supposed to. That’s how we think-like we have all the time in the world. But, is it like that with God? Who is in control of our lives anyway? Ourselves? Or God? “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’” (James 4:13-15)

As believers, we are to make wise decisions about how we live and ultimately, we should learn to trust God and understand that He truly is sovereign and in control of all things. You may be asking “what does this have to do with anything?” I’ll tell you. I think many of us go through our lives without much thought as to how we are livens g and what we are doing; and mostly thinking we have more time then we may know.A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his” (Proverbs 16:9)

This week I heard of the sudden passing of a Pastor from my friend’s church. He was a good family man. He was known as a very good Bible teacher and caring Pastor of his congregation.  He was returning home from his trip from upstate New York during inclement weather and spun out on black ice and hit a tree. He is now home with the LORD. He was going about His business-and most likely the Lord’s business when his accident occurred and in an instant, the LORD called him home. For those who believe in Christ, they will have the a surety to live with God forever. “
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (Psalm 23:6)  Some people may not even realize that Jesus cares for His own in the afterlife. For us it may “afterlife” but, with Jesus it is eternal life that just continues. Jesus prepares a special place for believers in heaven. 
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”  (John 14:1-3)

But what happens for those who don’t believe? Some people think that when you die-that’s it. They may not realize that they are body, soul and spirit and that when they die they instantaneously are in the presence of God. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.(Hebrews 9:27-28) There are some who may not realize that they will in fact be judged for how they lived their lives whether they knew Jesus or not. No one escapes judgement from God. “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done.  Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15)

When one has Jesus in their life on this side of the grave, it bridges the relationship between God and man. Physical death is one thing, but, spiritual death is another.Being Born Again continues our relationship with God-which gives us eternal life with God versus not knowing Jesus and being eternally separated from God. “Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
 Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
 O death, where is your sting?”
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57)

Remember, we are not guaranteed tomorrow for we do not know when we will meet the LORD; therefore, as God provides the invitation to meet His Son, Jesus, we should receive Jesus into our lives and have eternal fellowship with God. God is a gentleman. He does not force His way into our lives-that’s why we must invite Him in to our hearts. He even helps us repent from sin by knowing our hearts and revealing what’s in it. “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139:23-24)

In His Love,

Melody

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” (Hebrews 13:15)

imagesHello! How are you? How has your week been?  It’s been a long, crazy, tiring week for me. Can anyone else relate to that? The “funny” thing about life is “when it rains, it pour”. (pardon the cliche) So, what is my point? This is my point…even though life gets tough and exhausting, one should not forget to bring praise to God. “Now therefore, our God, we thank you, and praise your glorious name.”               (1 Chronicles 29:13)

What do I mean by that? How can I praise God when I seem to be so consumed with what’s going on in my trial? When one is going    through a trial, their eyes and thoughts are about themselves as well as how their current situation is effecting them. They just look for ways to carry their burden without bringing God into their situation. Many of people are strong in themselves…but, that strength in self  eventually wears thin which is why people become so worn out. It is only through our relationship with God that gives us strength to continue on.“The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: He is my God, and I will prepare Him a habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.” (Exodus 15:2)

I think we offer God a sacrifice of praise because naturally, we like to praise ourselves (and sometimes someone else). A sacrifice is an offering that we bring to God. In the Old Testament God required specific sacrifices for various reasons and occasions. God, in His own right is a King. That’s why Jesus is called the KING of KINGS, it is due to His Majestic being and because of that we praise Him. “And my tongue shall speak of your righteousness and of your praise all the day long.” (Psalms 35:28) “IT IS A GOOD THING TO GIVE THANKS UNTO THE LORD, AND TO SING PRAISES UNTO THY NAME, O MOST HIGH” (Psalm 92:1)

God desires our praise in music as well. That’s why we sing to Him in church. We worship Him in praise and song and He loves it. “Hear, O you kings; give ear, O you princes; I, even I, will sing to the LORD; I will sing praise to the LORD God of Israel.” (Judges 5:3) “I will praise you with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise to you.” (Psalms 138:1 ) “Then will I go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy: yes, on the harp will I praise you, O God my God.” (Psalms 43:4) Our praises to God should be an expression of our love for Him and filled with thankfulness for all that He has done for us. We should thank Him just because of His sovereignty and for who He is as our God, our Father, and as our Husband. “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful to him, and bless his name.” (Psalms 100:4) “He is your praise, and he is your God, that has done for you these great and terrible things, which your eyes have seen.” (Deuteronomy 10:21)

It is obviously easier to praise God when you have a relationship with Him. “Therefore I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises to your name.”  (2 Samuel 22:50)  “I will give you thanks in the great congregation: I will praise you among much people.” (Psalms 35:18) “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9)

We should always remember to praise God in all of our trials because nothing is by happenstance. It is because of God’s loving, merciful nature that we should praise Him. He is everything to us. He is our Salvation. He is our Healer. He is Wisdom. He is Redeemer. “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for you are my praise.” (Jeremiah 17:14) “I thank you, and praise you, O you God of my fathers, who have given me wisdom and might, and have made known to me now what we desired of you: for you have now made known to us the king’s matter.” (Daniel 2:23) “And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honored him that lives for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation” (Daniel 4:34) He is our all and all and though we may not “feel” like praising Him, it is our responsibility to offer  Him our sacrifice of praise. I’m not saying it is always easy for us to do, but it our duty as believers to give to God what is rightfully due Him for all that He does for us because He loves us. “I will sing of mercy and judgment: to you, O LORD, will I sing.” (Psalm 101:1) “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, I encourage you to bring your sacrifice of praise to God. Praise Him because you love him, praise Him for His love for you, or just praise Him because you know your life would actually be empty without Him and because of Him, your life can be filled with joy.

In His Love,

Melody

“Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honor, and glory, and blessing.” (Revelation 5:12)
“Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be to our God for ever and ever. Amen.” (Revelation 7:12)

We Bring The Sacrifice Of Praise: Writer/Composer : Kirk Dearman

We bring the sacrifice of praise
Unto the house of the Lord.
We bring the sacrifice of praise
Unto the house of the Lord.

And we offer up to You
The sacrifices of thanksgiving;
And we offer up to You
The sacrifices of joy.

 

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)


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Hello! How are you? How are things?  I, myself have gone through a recent trial these last two weeks and I am so grateful that I had and felt  the grace of God.  Frankly, I do not know how people go through the tough times without having the assurance of their relationship in Jesus. I would assume by now everyone has heard of the news of the death of Robin Williams.  He was a comedic genius with improv and timing. The news of his death was sad. If he didn’t know Jesus when he died, then his death is even more tragic because now he will be eternally separated from God.

This may be a morbid topic, but we will all die eventually. A family member  of mine almost died last week, but it was not his time and God spared him. The Bible says “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.” (Hebrews 9:27) When one knows Jesus, they will die a physical death (absent from the body is to be present with the Lord”) but, they will have eternal life because the spirit will live 0n-which means the person does not truly die. You see, we are made up of spirit, soul and body. The body is our “physical shell”; our mind, will and emotions are our soul; and then our spirit. In the beginning God breathed His Spirit into His creation-which was Adam; thus giving him life. We all come from Adam and Eve. They are our “original parents” who are brought sin into the world-which is why there is a physical death.  (In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19)  People walk around thinking that they should just take care of their bodies only and that will prolong their life. Obviously, we should do everything we can to maintain our health and live a healthy lifestyle; and I have heard so many people say “my body is a temple like the Bible says it is”. But, they are mis-quoting the scripture and say that as a way to idolize their body.  The Bible says that our body is the temple of the HOLY SPIRIT. “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

The real issue about life/death (or, eternal life/eternal death) is whether one believes in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and will therefore never die.  Do you believe this to be true? Can you accept that there is eternal life, but only through Jesus “Jesus answered, I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Many people think their philosophy will save them Or, their religion will save them; or, their morality will save them-you know the “golden rule”…”do unto others as you would want done to you…” But, the fact is this…none of this will save you and guarantee you a spot in heaven. One’s morality will not get you salvation. However, morality is a by-product of  one’s salvation.  You may not accept this information, but, do you believe it is true? Understand that God see everything and “we have all sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) God is a Holy God and He will not have anything sinful in His presence. That is why only Jesus offers us forgiveness of our sins and makes us “white as snow” as He mediates on our behalf. The only way to achieve this is to believe this. I’m not talking about visualization, or perception or anything that is self-serving. Belief is an act of faith because there really is nothing for us to do except believe what God says is true.

This trials I went through made me think (again) that time is short and life as we know it is precious. My concern with my family member is that they refuse to submit themselves to Jesus.  Salvation is a gift; so therefore, it is something we cannot bargain with or obtain on our own. Jesus said “I am the Way, the truth and light. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Do you believe this? The decision is an easy one and yours to make. We are not promised tomorrow which is why “Today is the day of salvation.”  For he says, In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you. I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” (2 Corinthians 6:2) Salvations starts with a choice to believe and then the action to accept-which awakes your spiritual nature (remember we are spirit, soul and body).  

As you walk Every Day With Grace,  I ask that you choose life-eternal life and believe. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever would believe on Him would not perish, but have ever-lasting life.” (John 3:16)  

In His Love 

Melody

 

I Surrender All | Judson W. Van DeVenter

 All to Jesus I surrender;
All to Him I freely give;
I will ever love and trust Him,
In His presence daily live.

Refrain:
I surrender all,
I surrender all;
All to Thee, my blessed Savior,
I surrender all.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Humbly at His feet I bow,
Worldly pleasures all forsaken;
Take me, Jesus, take me now.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Make me, Savior, wholly Thine;
Let me feel the Holy Spirit,
Truly know that Thou art mine.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Lord, I give myself to Thee;
Fill me with Thy love and power;
Let Thy blessing fall on me.

All to Jesus I surrender;
Now I feel the sacred flame.
Oh, the joy of full salvation!
Glory, glory, to His Name!

 

 

 

“From everyone who has been given much, much will be required, and from the one who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked.” (Luke 12:48)

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Hello. How are you? Can you believe that it is August?  All I can say is “WOW!” You know what that means, don’t you? Christmas is only four months away! (Please don’t yell at me!)  Anyway, life is moving on and it’s moving fast. I personally view this year as a year of change. Interestingly, I notice a lot of “endings”  this year. Hopefully. 2015 will be filled with new beginnings in the best sense for all of us.

I kept “hearing” the above scripture this week, so, that’s why I chose it. It also provokes my thinking as to what God expects from us I believe it comes down to accountability and responsibility for whatever God has given to us. In other words, we need to be good stewards of our possessions and even look after the people who are in our lives.  That may very well include, mothers, fathers, children, siblings, coworkers, bosses, church members, etc… What’s my point? My point is this-have you ever noticed how some people only seem to care when others are watching? Or, “When the cat’s away, the mice will play”?  Do you notice how much more lax we become and “bend” the rules because we think no one is watching? You know…one may get to work a little later, come back from lunch later, or leave 5 minutes earlier than you’re supposed to, talk on the phone at work, etc…Sound familiar? Have you ever been guilty of any of that? Sadly, I know I have and that grieves God’s heart. It’s not what we do we we are seen that matters, it matters how we conduct ourselves when NO ONE sees. Either way, God sees all the time. He will not let your foot slip—he who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121: 3-40) He is not “too busy” not to notice how His children conduct themselves. I think it is horrible when a non-believers doesn’t see any difference in someone who calls themselves a Christian. As believers, we are to be “set apart” because we belong to Christ…“We have been set apart as holy because Jesus Christ did what God wanted him to do by sacrificing his body once and for all.” (Hebrews 10:10) We should not conduct ourselves in ungodly ways because we think Jesus hasn’t returned yet so there’s still time to continue to act like every one else. I don’t want to be caught with my “hair down” and not be ready for Jesus’ return. I want to be ready and unashamed when He comes back. I would want Him to find me in prayer, or reading His Word, or doing something genuine in His name.

For those of us who are Born-Again believers, God has entrusted us with His name and to spread the “Good News” which is salvation through Grace through Jesus Christ. He is our mediator between God and mankind.  We have a tremendous responsibility before God since we bear His name.  It is true that our name goes before us-which means there is an association attached to our name-which in essence will reveal our character. For example, when you hear of someone’s name you may think, “he/she is compassionate, or generous, or funny.” Or you might think ,”Oh, no! Here comes trouble!” Or, “He/she is so insensitive and mean and cheap.” I know when some people hear my name, they think I’m funny; but, I am also known as someone who is “black and white with no grey” in my viewpoint. As believers, we need to be ready for Jesus’s return every moment of every day.  For God “a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day.”  But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:8-9) That kind of time is a luxury we do not have.

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, I would like to encourage you to be ready for Jesus since we do not know His arrival “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.” (Matthew  24: 36-37)know that we will stand before God and we will give an account for what God has entrusted us with.  So, I would ask that you would be the best parent, child, sibling, employee, boss, teacher, student, minister, pastor, doctor, nurse, lawyer, construction worker, police officer, butcher, baker, whatever it is that God has entrusted to you in your life at this time. Redeem your time and keep watch because the Son of Man (Jesus) is coming back for His own.

In His Love,

Melody’

“Be ready for action, and have your lamps burning. 36 Be like servants waiting to open the door at their master’s knock when he returns from a wedding. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. I can guarantee this truth: He will change his clothes, make them sit down at the table, and serve them. They will be blessed if he comes in the middle of the night or toward morning and finds them awake. “Of course, you realize that if the homeowner had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let him break into his house. Be ready, because the Son of Man will return when you least expect him.” Peter asked, “Lord, did you use this illustration just for us or for everyone?” The Lord asked, “Who, then, is the faithful, skilled manager that the master will put in charge of giving the other servants their share of food at the right time?  That servant will be blessed if his master finds him doing this job when he comes. I can guarantee this truth: He will put that servant in charge of all his property.  On the other hand, that servant may think that his master is taking a long time to come home. The servant may begin to beat the other servants and to eat, drink, and get drunk. His master will return at an unexpected time. Then his master will punish him severely and assign him a place with unfaithful people. “The servant who knew what his master wanted but didn’t get ready to do it will receive a hard beating.  But the servant who didn’t know what his master wanted and did things for which he deserved punishment will receive a light beating. A lot will be expected from everyone who has been given a lot. More will be demanded from everyone who has been entrusted with a lot.” (Luke 12:35-48)

“As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying,“Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs.” (Matthew 24

IMG_0867 Hello!  How have you been? It is almost August! Where is the time going? It seemed like yesterday when I was complaining about the snow and now summer is half over! The hours may seem to drag; but, the days are flying for sure! Does it seem like the world is going crazy or what? The turmoil in the world is just getting out of hand! If one is a believer in God, how can they not think about the end times; and if one is NOT a believer, what could they possibly be thinking about the world that we live in? “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. 2 People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

I notice there seems to be more and more commercials for apocalyptic movies. Some of them are really frightening. I don’t want to name them because I don’t want to promote them.  Are people thinking about the inevitable? Or, is it just all about fear and money?  That’s why one needs to know where they stand with God-not in 1, 5, 10, 50 years from now, but right now. We are not guaranteed tomorrow. When we wake in the morning, I assure you, that is God’s gift to you because His mercies are new every morning. I understand what it’s like to wake  up and think “I just cannot take another day like this!”  But, I also understand what the alternative is also…death. “As God’s co-workers we urge you not to receive God’s grace in vain. For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”  (2 Corinthians 6:1-2) God is very gracious to His own children and creation-and He doesn’t have to be because He is God, Almighty and He does not OWE us anything.  The attitude of entitlement is nothing more than laziness and ungratefulness and is completely against the Word of God. Actually we, humans truly deserve hell and death-and that is because of our sinful, un-repented nature because sin separates us from God. And since God dwells in heaven I know He doesn’t need to visit Hell.  Hell was not meant for mankind. Hell was created for the devil and His fallen angels. However, since so much of the human race has renounced God and Jesus, that is where they will spend all eternity.  We do not know what tomorrow may bring, but, eventually we will all meet our Maker. “Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him. (Hebrews 9:27-28)  “Nevertheless, God’s solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: “The Lord knows those who are his,” and, “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness. In a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay; some are for special purposes and some for common use.  Those who cleanse themselves from the latter will be instruments for special purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any good work. Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.  And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” (2 Timothy 19-26)

You  need to understand that God is a Holy God and sin cannot be in His presence. That’s why Jesus died for all of mankind-so that He could bridge the gap between God and man. When we become Born Again, the spirit of God enters our body, soul and spirit. Prior to that ,we are just body and soul. Flesh and emotions without a built in moral compass. I am not saying there are not “good” people out there. As a matter of fact many are good or appear “good” in a human point of view. However, that does make them godly because they do good things.  (sheep and goats/ rich young ruler) As my very good friend Amy always says, ” There are goods things we  ca do and there are godly things we can do.” At one in society, I can understand why this would be similar.  However the “good” standard has changed in today’s world, but the godly standard has not, “For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, [l]are not consumed. (Malachi 3:6)

The moral compass has changed greatly in the United States; and it is a reflection of the sign of the times. (Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who [a]substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who [b]substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!)  (Isaiah 5:20) (2 Timothy  This could be the reason why people are concerned listening to the news and thinking about where they might be in eternity.  “The truth is this: hey replied, Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved–you and your household.” (Acts 16;310)

As you Walk Every Day with Grace, I want you to know that God’s promises are waiting for you to embrace and it will not cost you one cent. Salvation is a free gift Why worry about tomorrow and all of it’s turmoil when you can have the peace and assurance of eternity through Jesus Christ today? God loves you and is waiting for you to become a member of His family. The end of the age is coming.  Why wait for the closing act  to arrive when you already know how it will end? Mankind cannot change the mind of God. He has written it down for us as a stern warning for those who will not believe and as a loving exhortation to those who do. ”

The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.” (Revelation 22:17)

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her.” (John 8: 7)

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Hello! How are you? How is life treating you? I missed writing last week- I experienced some technical difficulties which is why I did not write.  Anyhoo…I can’t believe it’s June already. It feels like somebody is just pulling the days off the calendar and not telling me.  Summer is practically here and the temperature is rising!

There are a few reasons as to why I chose the above scripture; but first, let me give you the passage in its entirety: But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”  The point of this scripture is adultery. What does it mean when someone commits adultery?  It reveals the character of the one committing the adultery-which means the alleged party is cheating, as well as being disloyal, deceitful, dishonest, etc…

Now, it’s ironic that the religious leaders found this woman in the “act” of adultery. First off, why would they know about this woman’s business; and…(more importantly) where is the man (who was probably married)?!  She obviously was not alone if she was “caught” in the act of adultery-but she was the only one accused of breaking the Law of Moses. According to the Law of Moses, this meant death by stoning.  You know, Satan also accuses us of committing adultery. For believers in the LORD, it is “spiritual” adultery.  When we become Born-Again believers, we become Christ’s bride and Jesus is our Husband.  So when we sin, Satan is right there “accusing” us before God about our sin,. And believe me-we DO sin.  Sometimes it’s unintentional…but, sometimes it is because we don’t want anyone (including God) to tell what to do.  However, it is interesting to note how Jesus responded. He never reacted! Instead, He knelt down and starting writing in the sand.  The demand for Him to judge her was pressing with their determination, but what did He do? He stood up and posed a question to them…”He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”  His question made them look at their own hearts, minds and behavior. They understood by His question that they also deserved death for their sins according to the Law of Moses. The knew that  “As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10-12)  They also had to acknowledge they were subject to the same law they were using to condemn this woman. So what did Jesus do? He bent down and started writing in the sand again. I have heard some Pastors/Spiritual leaders say that they imagined Jesus writing the sins of those accusers in the sand. He was probably showing them the adultery they were committing against the same God they wanted justice from… and recognizing the consequences of their “secret sin.”That’s why they started to walk away one, by one. It ‘s funny that the older ones left first-they probably had a lot more sin (because of longevity) to repent from.

Now we see this woman is the only one left with Jesus. Can you imagine her fear? Her panic? Her open shame? Her reputation? What would now become of her? Everybody now knows what she did. Mind you-there  probably were whispers and gossip, but now it was all out in the open. Her sin was truly before her and her God. So, what does Jesus say to her as He lifts her up? “Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”  She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”   Can you imagine her confusion and relief? No one could condemn her because everyone is guilty of being a sinner. She knew what her sin was-there was no denying it.  But, the surprise was that Jesus (God, in the flesh) did not condemn her either. Remember, she wasn’t “scott free” now to go back and do whatever she wanted and go back to her old ways. No, instead Jesus forgave her “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” and said go and sin no more. She had to “go” and stop choosing to sin (sin no more).  Jesus knew she was human, but, that does not give her a “get out of jail free” card. She is now accountable for the truth and forgiveness that was freely given to her. She did not have to enter a program or perform a series of tasks to be given this gift. Forgiveness is God’s gift to us if we choose to receive it.

I have been just as guilty as those religious leaders and brought accusations on others without checking out my own behavior. (Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”(Matthew 7:3-5) Self-righteousness is so hypercritical. It’s basically tooting our “spiritual horn” saying “look at me! I’m just so wonderful.” In the meantime, our self-righteousness is just a stench in God’s nostrils. True righteousness is true godliness-thats why one cannot really be “religious”. Religion is man’s way of being right with God and bring Him down to our level. Relationship with God is what we obtain when we repent and receive God’s forgiveness so His Spirit can them dwell within us.

As you walk Every Day With Grace, check your heart and ask God to remove anything that comes between you and His love.  Your bridegroom will “never leave you or never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) Why look for another to give you what only God can? His love is pure and unconditional. It doesn’t matter what we look like, or where we have been. When Jesus sees you, He sees His bride calls you lovely.

 

“This is the history of the generations of Noah. Noah was a just and righteous man, blameless in his [evil] generation; Noah walked [in habitual fellowship] with God. (Genesis 6:9)

1-8_noah-arkHello! How is everyone? How did you survive your week?  Spring has officially sprung!  Hooray for spring, However, there is a possibility  of snow again by Monday night into Tuesday here in the Northeast. It is what it is. God is in control of all things-including the weather.

Speaking of weather related matters, I understand a new movie is coming out about Noah. I’m sure most people are aware of the story of Noah, but, for those who do not take the Bible literally, Noah was a real person. His name is first mentioned in Genesis at the end of chapter Genesis 5:32 and his story all the way through chapter 10. Let me give you some info regarding God’s Book, the Bible; there are 66 books in the Bible. It starts at Genesis and ends with Revelation. By chapter 6 God is already grieved by His creation of mankind because of their evil hearts and behavior. The sinfulness of mankind is so rampant that God decides that the only way to cleanse all of His creation is to bring a great flood upon the earth to destroy the wickedness that continually exists before Him. “Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart.  The Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.” (Genesis 6: 5-7)  Again, all of this transpired very quickly since God created the earth, the animals and mankind.  The Bible states that Noah was a righteous man and He walked with God. That means he had an intimate relationship with God and found grace (favor) in God’s sight.   “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord.” (Genesis 6:8)

“Then God said to Noah,“The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth. Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch.” (Genesis 6:13-14)  “Behold, I, even I am bringing the flood of water upon the earth, to destroy all flesh in which is the breath of life, from under heaven; everything that is on the earth shall perish. But I will establish My covenant with you; and you shall enter the ark—you and your sons and your wife, and your sons’ wives with you.” … “And of every living thing of all flesh, you shall bring two of every kind into the ark, to keep them alive with you; they shall be male and female. Of the birds after their kind, and of the animals after their kind, of every creeping thing of the ground after its kind, two of every kind will come to you to keep them alive.  As for you, take for yourself some of all food which is edible, and gather it to yourself; and it shall be for food for you and for them. Thus Noah did; according to all that God had commanded him, so he did.(Genesis 6:17-22)

This would take Noah and his three sons 120 years to build this ark. God gave Noah specific instructions how to build this. He gave him the measurements and what type of wood to use. I want you to know that at this point in time the people never saw rain. Their water supply was already provided by way of springs and pools from the ground.  As Noah and his sons were building the ark, Noah was telling the people of the coming judgement that God had told him. People must have thought of him as crazy. “Prepare to come in to the ark”  “What’s an ark?” “What’s a flood?” “God wouldn’t do that to me. He loves me!” “Why are you wasting your time building that thing?” “There’s no end coming that we need to prepare for!” God in His mercy warned the people of the judgment  that He was going to bring. All they had to do was agree with Noah and go with him into the ark-but, nobody did.

When Noah completed building the ark, God gave Noah instructions again to now go and get two of every animal and birds to bring them into the ark. Do you see that God was saving them and bringing them into the ark? He wasn’t going to re-invent His creation; rather, He was preserving His creation (including Noah’s family) for their new life after the ark. After this was done, God told Noah and his family to come into the ark. “And the Lord said to Noah, Come with all your household into the ark, for I have seen you to be righteous (upright and in right standing) before Me in this generation.” (Genesis 7:1)  Just for your information, the way God had Noah build the ark, there was only one door to get into the ark -just one way to enter into the salvation of God. After Noah and his family went into ark, the door to the ark was open for seven more days.”For after seven more days, I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights; and I will blot out from the face of the land every living thing that I have made.” Noah did according to all that the Lord had commanded him.” (Genesis 7:4-5) That means even though the people had seen the completion of the ark and the protection it provided, they still refused to enter in even though Noah pleaded with them to come. Then God shuts the door. “On the very same day Noah and Shem and Ham and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah’s wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark,  they and every beast after its kind, and all the cattle after their kind, and every creeping thing that creeps on the earth after its kind, and every bird after its kind, all sorts of birds.  So they went into the ark to Noah, by twos of all flesh in which was the breath of life. Those that entered, male and female of all flesh, entered as God had commanded him; and theLord closed it behind him.”(Genesis 7:13-16) God shuts the door of the ark to keep Noah and his family secure in their salvation in God as well as the door keeps out those who refused to receive God’s promise. In the same way Jesus is the door to our salvation So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:7-9) Noah was a type of Christ -he provided and eternal escape for people as well, but, nobody wanted it either.  

It is always the love and mercy of God that is extended to mankind.  However, God does come to a point of grief when we do not learn and follow his ways. That’s  why Jesus must say,  For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation: (2 Corinthians 6:2)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, know that God loves you and has made a way of escape should you choose receive it.

In Hi Love,

Melody

I found some interesting food for thought regarding Noah:

Noah’s Ark Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark…
ONE: Don’t miss the boat.
TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat.
THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
FOUR: Stay fit. When you’re 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
FIVE: Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
SIX: Build your future on high ground.
SEVEN: For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
EIGHT: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
NINE: When you’re stressed, float awhile.
TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.

 

 

 

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