Leave Your Life of Sin Behind

Description: Moving forward in life requires us to learn from our experiences and not make the same mistakes.

Verse: “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,”Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:11-NIV

One of the struggles I have to admit I have wrestled with is looking back on the past and forgetting about how God forgave that person. I was given mercy and grace and given a second chance in life. And many times did not walk away new and fresh. Is it possible sometimes we doubt that God really forgave us? Or is it we don’t feel that God will forgive us from our sins?

I don’t know how many times I have read the verse in John about the women not being condemned by anyone — including Jesus! But is it possible that in the excitement with being forgiven –sometimes we don’t listen to the part that HE SAID –“Go now and leave your life of sin.”

To me that verse says clearly and concisely “QUIT SINNING!” When we come to God he already knows what we have been doing. He doesn’t reply to our confession, “Really you did that!” His purpose is to show his unconditional love and that he will forgive us when we ask Him. Remember what he said:

On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. 1 John 1:9 -MSG

When God forgives us, he forgets it. He will not remember it anymore. So the key here is to ask God for help with what caused us to fall in the first place. When I am in the word daily and talking to Jesus, I stay in tune to all that is happening in my life.

If I am still failing, the conviction to repent will be present. Sometimes it is the enemy who is reminding us of our past that keeps us from going from where we should be going. The word “Go” means to move forward, to go somewhere new. If I go back then I am not going forward I am going backwards, and I have not learned from my mistake.

When God tells us to “GO” he is implying us to move in a new direction of our lives, and don’t go to those places that caused us to fall in the first place. He is also empowering our life’s to do something new and fresh. He wants us to forget the past and start new. We don’t have to live in our regrets, but walk away and know God has done it for us.

I want to say this one thing, there could be consequences for our sins, but I believe there is greater consequences when we don’t go and sin repeatedly. This would mean we didn’t listen to what he said. It’s almost like we ignored his comments with his offer of forgiveness . He will forgive us, but when someone doesn’t learn quickly there are obviously risks for that person.

The phrase, “Don’t look back to much in your past.” May have some words of truth. It is good to learn from our past, but sometimes if we dwell in the past we may be tempted to return to past roads that we knew was wrong to travel. Learn from the roads traveled and look forward to the new things he wants for you.

Prayer: Thank you for your mercy and grace for my sins that you forgave me Lord. Help me to stay focused on the right path. Help me to resist the temptation to travel back on the wrong roads in my past. Help me to forgive myself and enjoy the new opportunities you have planned for me.Amen

Homecoming Invitation

Description: Today God is welcoming all His children home. Do not let anything keep any of us from the invitation he is sending to our hearts today.

Verse: 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. Revelation 3:20-KJV

Today as I started in prayer, I had to set my personal affairs aside and ask the Holy Spirit to take every vacant spot in my life and make it His. I didn’t want anything in my life to keep me any longer from His purpose any more. If God is not first, in my life the chances are I will miss something he wants.

Today ask God if he is priority in your life in everything. If something has got in the way of your relationship with Him, ask Jesus to forgive you and heal that area in your life.

Today the world is searching for a peace that no man can deliver. No president or King can bring the true peace that only God can give for us. But the world, our family and our friends have been deceived by the enemy of our souls, because he knows that only one can bring unity and harmony in our troubled world.

Pray earnestly today for the lost. It may be in your family, your neighborhood, your work place, your shopping trip or in a world you know nothing about. The same love that you feel, pray God will today penetrate the heart of the lost ones today.

He said in his word, that he came that no one be lost, and that all be saved. Help us to keep that thought in our spirits that no one would be lost in our watch. Remember the moment that he came in your heart, don’t you want everyone to feel what you felt?

Our verse today said he is seeking permission to come in. Someday he will be asking all those of us to, “Come.” Pray that no one will turn away this invitation today.

Prayer: Lord forgive us for not loving one another as you asked. We are blessed Lord because we accepted your invitation to come home. Lord today please resend that invitation to this darkened world, help hearts be open to your call and knock at our door. Soon and very soon, there will be a Homecoming celebration and Lord use us in divine ways to get these invitations to your family everywhere. Lord we pray no one declines this invitation. Amen

Crossing the Red Sea

Description: God is always ready to help his children escape, but the importance is having the faith to follow His directions.

Verse:

And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. Exodus 14:21-KJV

Thus the Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. Exodus 14:30-KJV

Today I watched the movie ‘Exodus’ where it portrayed how God delivered the Hebrew children out of the land of Egypt. Moses had a big job on his hands debating with the king of Egypt, Pharaoh. God had to use many things to get the attention of the Egyptian King. But because of the hardness of his heart, the King allowed all of the plagues to affect his country, and refused to allow the Hebrew children to leave from Egypt.

As we look at the world situations, many people are being persecuted because of their beliefs and who they choose to follow. Many of us have escaped these types of trials and tribulations, but witness or hear the news of our brothers and sisters sacrificed some even to their death because of their beliefs in God.

The Hebrew children were slaves for many years, but God didn’t forget their plight, he equipped a man named Moses to lead them out of Egypt. Just like many of us, the Hebrew children complained because things were not going there way in the wilderness. If their faith would have been able to grasp what God was doing for them, possibly many more would have found the promise land, that Moses and God promised them.

God provided everything needed for them, and as we think of simple things lasting for many years and “being more than enough” for what was needed for the journey. Look at your situation hasn’t God provided things in your life? But possibly God is testing your ability to trust Him in a unique way.

God has not changed and maybe your situation is testing your faith to trust God in your particular circumstances. God has the answer to exactly what is needed in all our lives. Many sadly may have to pay the ultimate sacrifice for their faith in God.

Everyday God will provide exactly what is needed in our lives, but do we have the right enough faith to get up and walk through the “Red Sea” in our pathway? Does fear keep us from trusting God enough for the simplest things in our lives?

Each day and journey life takes us, requires faith and trust. I am certain that the day the Hebrew children stood in front of the Red Sea and hearing Pharaoh chariots moving closer to them they had only one chose. Where will I die today? Maybe what I am being told has some truth and I should start to believe, I may not have anything to lose at all. I doubt than anyone wanted to face the King another day, and the small morsel of faith caused them to run the opposite direction of their enemy.

Today you maybe afraid, possible running, or even afraid to move in any direction at all. Trust and believing requires action, and God will help you with what we cannot. It maybe the simplest action or something really deep within you. The one thing that Moses knew was God was with them. God is there as well, and maybe you just need a simple sign from Him. God will direct all our paths and even when faced in the danger of our lives He is constantly with His children. Walking through any peril situation requires tremendous amount of faith. We don’t understand how we do it, we just know it the right thing to do and the right time to do it.

For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7-KJV

Prayer: Lord as your word reminds us of trials and tribulations in the last days here on earth, one thing remains you will never leave us, ever. Holy Spirit help me to feel his presence and direction today as I walk the pathway in front of me. I release all my fear knowing you’re right here beside me. Amen

A Little Talk With Jesus

Description: In a fast paced world, why is simple conversations with the ones we love the most often ignored?

Verse: Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually. 1 Chronicles 16:11 -KJV

I cannot begin to count how many times I have heard someone who was having a problem in their life when asked the question, “Have you talked to Jesus about the problem?” And the reply was, “I don’t know how to pray.”

I have attempted many times to share with them that it’s as simple as talking to one of your best friends. I remind them when they were dating their spouse how the conversations could be on anything and you just couldn’t imagine not having a conversation with your best friend daily.

Those conversations whether it was over a short or long period of time, is what blossomed the relationship into what it is today for many of us. Yes, even in the bad days or moments when we were mad or frustrated, we still came back together and made up with one another. In the end it was a relationship that we believed that would last a lifetime, correct? So why is it that we sometimes have so much difficulty in talking with Jesus?

If I did not talk to my spouse daily, I am certain there would be a conversation even if she was doing all the talking. It’s impossible to have a relationship with someone without talking to that person. This is why Jesus, who desires to become your closest Friend, invites you to talk to Him any time. Express your feelings. Share your burdens and joys. It’s just that simple.

When I talk with Jesus, sometimes I just say one word. The funny thing he already knows what we’re thinking. So it is easier because he is a great listener and loves to have you call on Him anytime. Jesus is always eager to hear what I have to say. You can be sure He will hear and will understand, no matter what language you speak.

Prayer is the answer for me. When I talk to Jesus , I feel that He, hears me and everything is going to be all right. I trust in Him and it is all I need. Without prayer my life is hectic, days are filled with concerns and fear. I can always tell when I started my day without talking to Him.

The bible reminds me he is nearest to me most, when I talk to Him. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. Psalms 145:18-KJV

Just like my spouse when I have done something wrong, I should tell her I am sorry for what I have done, and this reminds her of how much I value our relationship. I don’t want anything to come in the way of our relationship. It always amazes me when I confess to Jesus, He reminds me he still loves me. This is an example of his unconditional love for us. There is nothing that we can do that would alter this relationship with Him, if our conversations are open and transparent as they are with our closest friends.

Our verse today reminds us that Jesus loves to talk to us continually through each day. It might freak you out, but just imagine you have your Bluetooth on and something comes to your mind and you just want to share it with Him. In time you will hear something else I hope, Him talking to you when you least expect it during your busy day.

Prayer: Jesus I want you to know I love you and need to feel more easier talking to you about anything. I am so thankful for our first conversation when you forgave me for my sins. I am also thankful when you have heard my heart cries when I was crying for help in desperate situations in my life. Help me to trust you more with everything in my life and want to have our little chats. See you tomorrow. Amen.

Love versus Hate

Description: Today there is a war going on between good and evil. Have you considered that this war could also be classified Love versus Hate?

Verse:

These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. John 15:17-18 KJV

Today I was discussing with a friend in how relationships have no commitment. And the response was, “You could have a relationship without commitment.” I thought for a moment and asked, “How could you have a relationship without commitment?” Another response was, “I have been hurt and I will not let my guard down for anyone, and besides it doesn’t matter anymore.”

I set there for a moment and then I shared my testimony that if I asked God more for help, the chances are I might not have made a mess of my life. Neither of the men agreed with me and said, “There is nothing for sure that could have prevented you from making the mistakes in your life.” I agreed with them partially, but said it’s easier to look at the mistakes afterwards versus thinking about things before hand. Everyone nodded.

Today after this discussion, I was saddened that the guys I talked to felt that they could not commit to a relationship after being hurt in a relationship. I did tell them that God loved them and his perfect plan for our lives would require commitment, love and with God’s help forgiveness for those who hurt us.

It is difficult for the very best person to forgive someone who has hurt, betrayed, or failed you in a relationship. I know of this personally, but it was not an easy decision to start to forgive the person who hurt me in a past relationship. God understands all about hurt and hate. In our verse today he said, “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.” John 15:18 KJV

Have you looked at the verse before this one? “These things I command you, that ye love one another.” John 15:17 KJV Jesus hits the nail with emphasis on love for one another. Why does the world find it easier to hate someone than love someone? If we actually got the song “We are the world,” deep within us, it is possible forgiveness and loving one another would be much easier.

When we fall in love, we want it to be forever. I doubt that most judges and attorneys would be unhappy if they didn’t see another divorce case in their office and court rooms. They possibly would have more time to spend with more horrible situations. But when I hear that over half the marriages end up in divorce court, I would say they have great jobs, but why is the love that could not be shaken initially , be easily forgotten so shortly?

Jesus did a great job as a referee while he walked on this planet. He showed love conditions that should have penetrated many hearts, but instead faced anger, bitterness and hate that they were ignorant of the truth even before their own eyes, they refused to believe or accept the truth Of his message.

The world may not agree with you about your testimony or a verse in the bible. They may agree with you about what is going on in the world, because it justifies their lifestyle and their beliefs. Jesus tells us to love one another, and when it seems you cannot convince them of this great love, he will give all us the ability to do what we cannot do on our own.

The bible does tells us that their will be trials and tribulations and most of these maybe with the closest people in our lives. Do not loose hope! He understands and at the end of a long horrible day, He is always there to help pick up our spirits.

Good represents the love that God wanted to bring back to this world with His Son dying on the cross for all the sins of mankind. Evil represents the hate that the enemy wants to kill, steal and destroy every human, because he knows the love that God is capable of sharing with every human being.

There is a war, and this war could be in your family, neighborhood or your country. Each one of us are commanded by God to do good and love one another. Don’t let the hate that surrounds you destroy your relationship with God. Walk on the right side where it will be a win-win situation in the end.

Prayer: God please forgive me when I fail to love someone because what someone else did to me. Help me to learn how to love again in a world that finds it easier to hate and bring more evil all around me . I need to have the love you still are wanting to share with a world who pushes you away. Amen..

Will you go?

Description: In the great commission statement, we were all instructed to “GO” into all the world and preach the gospel.

Verse: And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15 – KJV

This morning when I got up I kept hearing the word “Go,” and immediately I resmembered  many verses in the bible that prompts the great commission before Jesus left earth. It reads from the book of Mathew’s last chapter, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Mathew 28:19-20 -KJV

I served in the Army and I learned the word go intensively. In the life of a military and anyone that serves in a career in service to community is a life that is on call. Families had to understand that even when they said family first many times the need of the job became a higher importance to helping someone else or possibly saving their lives.

I am hoping after reading this you may deeply understand all of us have a response to help others. This list does not need to be long but let me run off a few to make sure we are on the same page.

1. Family
2. Church Family
3. Neighbors
4. Co-workers
5. People in my neighborhood
6. City I live
7. State I live
8. Country I live

Hope this makes it clear, now go back and read the commission statement and check how many places you are sharing the story about Jesus. Be honest with yourself, when is the last time you shared your testimony with someone?

I went on a missionary trip to Africa recently, and I was challenged with the same question, I am asking you today. One of the African Tribe leaders asked me, ” How many Christians are in your neighborhood? How many are not Christians?” I was shocked that a Christian who had lived in a neighborhood for over ten years didn’t know some simple answers. I was ashamed and he took my hands and prayed the Commission statement over my life to become more like Christ in my neighborhood.

I shared the story with the Christians in my neighborhood and they were just like me, had an idea but nothing solid. I have been praying more for my neighbors and looking for opportunities to share Jesus with as many neighbors I can every day.

Here is why I was challenged more than ever before. The African minister told me in Togo it was their goal that every person would become saved –no exceptions. In the military we had a saying as well –no man left behind.

Their is a war out there and God needs each one of us to do our part. To many times we might focus why cannot someone else do this? What if Jesus told his Father, ” Can’t someone else do this?” I am glad Jesus did his part and has asked us to continue to do our part.

God may not be calling you to the missionary field. He may not even be asking you to witness to your town, but see how well you can answer to the questions I was asked, and then ask God, “What do you want me to do Lord?”

Prayer: Lord forgive me for not going where you have prompted me to share your love. Help me Lord through your Holy Spirit to know who are my brothers and sister in Christ in my neighborhood. And use me to be a vessel to those that are not a Christian in my neighborhood. Amen

Mercy,what does it look like ?

Description: God is a God of mercy, and He desires to see that same trait in us.

Verse: Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Luke 6:36 – KJV

Mercy and grace are often confused. While the terms have similar meanings, grace and mercy are not the same. To summarize the difference: mercy is God not punishing us as our sins deserve, and grace is God blessing us despite the fact that we do not deserve it. Mercy is deliverance from judgment. Grace is extending kindness to the unworthy.

I want you to think about something or someone who knew they were in trouble and there was nothing they could do for themselves. And now they had to face the consequences of their choices or wrongful doings. What would they do in this situation? If it was me, I would be crying out, ” Mercy, please have mercy on me!”

How many movies have you watched where someone was going to be executed and when the victim realized there was no hope –cries for mercy were bellowed out from the cell.

Before Jesus died for all our sins, there was no mercy for any of us. If we accept Jesus Christ as our person Savior, then when judgement comes, Jesus will stand before the Father and his blood on Calvary will pay the price for our sins.

That mercy is for each one of us. And I pray that many will take this opportunity to have Jesus our personal Savior and having mercy from God for not being held accountable for our sins.

Review the verses below, and ask yourself what kind of mercy have you had on others:

1. He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. Proverbs 14:21 – KJV

2. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16

a. Do I harshly judge others for their sins?
b. Do I show God’s love to my neighbor, even if they are not Christians?
c. When I see someone suffering do I show examples of God’s mercy to them?

I am counting on God’s mercy for my life, because I know that I have made mistakes, and that I have received God’s forgiveness not for anything I could ever compensate for my sins. And I know I am blessed that I don’t have to live in fear or condemnation because of my past.

The mercy I show others can be used by God to bring them closer to God and possibly salvation. The key is being open to the Holy Spirit to what God wants us to do to show his love to the world. When I show actions of mercy in my daily life, this amplifies evidence to others that Christ lives in me.

I have been guilty of to many times, walking or driving by someone who is seeking help. Sadly I will admit I don’t ask God for what he wants me to do, or I have the volume turned down so low I cannot hear what God is telling me.

My wife will always pull money from her wallet saying, ” You could be entertaining Angels, and God knows who needs it better than we do.” I am thankful for her generous heart she has taught me a lot from her acts of kindness and mercy to others.

Prayer: Lord please forgive us when we have not shown mercy to the people who live in our lives that need to know you still love them. Help us not to judge our neighbors and show the love you commanded us to do here on earth. Thank you for the mercy for my sins and loving me enough to have your Son to die for me that I can be saved.Amen