Good morning, everyone, today should be beautiful and filled with experiences that will sanctify (to make ready, to tool up, to set apart) us for Jesus’ work. Jesus, let us be workers of righteousness and ambassadors of your light, grace, and truth. Help us to be bold in the face of lies gently administering truth to those ready to let pride subside. That their beliefs of you may change and grow towards what your word teaches us about who you are. We want to know more about you Lord Jesus and we are ready to be soft hearted in scripture and hard hearted against the lies the world teaches us about you. The more truth we know about you, the better sanctified we are, so as to properly worship you and do your work. We come to you as little children accepting truths that we aren’t meant to understand.
In the old covenant there were ceremonies for dealing with sin. God commanded Moses who commanded the levitical priests in ways of sacrifice. If I were a sheep herder I would have my family and my belongings. . . that’s about it. My belongings would not consist of much. Sacrificing the best of my flock would be a big deal. They did not have I-phones and tv’s and entertainment as we know it. If we had to give up our favorite thing because of a single sin or a couple of sins…
If I were to have to give up my mode of transportation because of a sin than I would be, in my mind’s eye, seeing sin from miles away and then steering clear of it completely.
Today when we sin we hold onto the shame and the guilt that are fruits of sin. We then live with that shame and guilt. Those things enslave us. Look at the way a thief acts when people start talking about steeling. Look at the way a debtor acts when credit is brought up. If you have cheated on your spouse, look at the way you feel when cheating is brought up. Heck look at the way you feel when anything sexual is talked about. Guilt and shame make us feel filthy. It eventually gets to the point where we cannot be around young ones without feeling uncomfortable because our conscious tells us that we could somehow affect their innocence.
If we feel those things still and say with our mouths that we believe in Jesus than we don’t believe in Jesus. Believing is a pregnant word and means much more than acknowledging the existence of. History accounts of Jesus’s life, and death on a cross: the human populous agrees on that as historical fact whether they believe on Jesus or not. Believing on Jesus entails trusting that our sins are, in reality, sent to Him on the cross as a truth. It does not make sense and is not meant to be understood right away. We are built to want to say, no way, that is fairy tale stuff while we tell people that we believe. We are to be as little children: Our Father In Heaven tells us that is what happens? ok I trust you Pop.
When you take that step in belief, first admitting openly that you don’t believe so that you can believe, you will have a tangible reason to believe. Guilt and shame will stream to Jesus: Isaiah 2:2 <And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.>
When you reach that point you’ll notice that your guilt and shame are no longer controlling your relationships, the people you befriend, the places you go, the things you do, the respect or disrespect you dish out. There is a reason that it says that If we believe on Him we are saved. < 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.> It is because once you get to that point the freedom factor makes you want nothing more than to be a servant of Christ. All actions, thoughts, words fall properly into place. Believing on Jesus saves souls. It is a root that will always be watered with everlasting life. Why? Because that is the way things have been made. It is what it is, and that is just the way it is.
Please pray that we all stay humble in our actions thoughts and words so that Jesus may continue to live within us.