Do your recall the arrogant religious men who dragged the lady caught in adultery before the Lord? So where was the man caught in adultery? It’s hard to do that sin alone. Then when the Holy Spirit convicted them all from the oldest to the youngest THEY ALL SLUNK OFF!

What can I learn from this? The more that I notice how messed up those around me are–the more I am just trying to avoid looking at my own sin by pointing out theirs. They were angry at Jesus because he pointed out their sin. Am I angry at Jesus when I am finding fault with other? Like Martha am I saying by my attitude, “What’s wrong with you Jesus, that you haven’t sent Mary back to help me as you should have?” Do I find more fault with those who are not just like I am, people from the other group such as this woman?

Do I think that I must pay for my own sins by slinking off when convicted. IT’S NOT ENOUGH TO BE CONVICTED, YOU MUST RUN TO JESUS AND FALL AT HIS FEET! One by one they should have fallen in the dirt and cried out, ” Have mercy on me I am the one who should be stoned!” Do we just feel bad about ourselves when we see that we are indeed the chief of sinners; or do we seek and accept the gift of forgiveness he was prepared to grant both the men and the woman. She was the only  one that walked away forgiven.

When the 10 lepers were healed only one returned. The others must have seen him go, why did they not run to Jesus. He was the only one both healed and forgiven. Did they think that, as Jews they deserved healing but this Samaritan should be grateful for he deserved nothing?

The rich young ruler followed all the commandments but walked away from Jesus without the treasure of eternal life being offered and the chance to become one of the disciples.

Do we allow conviction,beg for healing, ask for eternal life and lose out by not letting our needs drive us to Jesus?

This week let your needs and trials and sins and failures and rejections and losses and and and ALL THE ABOVE drive you to Jesus!

ACCEPTING FORGIVENESS-the ultimate humility

I knew and evangelist who was checking into a motel,bone tired and anticipating a week of services. As he walked down the hall to his room, he had an urge to go back and talk to the man at the desk. He thought,” I am always wanting to talk to everyone and this would make me even more tired. I’ll talk to him tomorrow.”    He did not sleep well!   The next morning he went to the desk to ask when the worker from the previous evening would be on. The man replied, “Why?” ” I’m an evangelist and I just wanted to talk to him about eternal life.” “Too late”, was the reply, “He killed himself last night.”

Another evangelist was running late on the first night of a campaign and decided to wait till the next evening to have an altar call and invite people to repent and find salvation. THAT NIGHT CHICAGO BURNED TO THE GROUND. 300 people died and the campaign had to stop.

A young man I knew talked his girlfriend into using drugs along with him. He then found salvation in Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit to give up his drugs. She however went on to die of an overdose.

Heavy stuff!

They all went on to accept the forgiveness of God and to listen far more attentively to the Spirit. They came back to the now, by God’s grace, grabbing the present encounter. So often, we trash today because we trashed yesterday, which excuses trashing tomorrow. Today is the accepted time. God loves to restore the years that the locust has eaten.

Why, when we need forgiveness so much, do  we resist it so strongly? We are not even sure we will accept a God who would forgive someone as bad as we are!

You’ll have to examine yourself, are you resting in the forgiveness of God? Do you feel and act clean and pure and worthy because He has taken upon Himself all-all-all your sins? Or do you secretly believe that your sins are bigger than the finished work of Jesus on the cross?  Perhaps you are afraid that:

1. If I accept forgiveness for the full debt that I owe, I lose all rights. All “right” to bitterness or blame and have to accept God’s right to forgive my enemies. See Jonah.

2.If I accept forgiveness, I owe God big time and no longer have any basis for justifying defending my rights, owning my time, judging others, feeling superior, feeling sorry for myself etc.

I Corinthians 6:20 KJV For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. I Corinthians 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

3. If I accept forgiveness, I lose the rational behind not serving in the kingdom, realizing that no one is worthy to serve and, since I can see that I am the least worthy, that makes me “much more necessary”. So when God calls- I should GO!

Exodus 4:10 And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD? Now therefore GO, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.
It is especially difficult if the person I have hurt is still responding to my actions with bitterness. Still the choice remains the same, to wallow in self-contempt and cause even more damage to those around me, or to accept the forgiveness and reach out to those God places in my life letting God bless them through my yielded self. God knows that for me to be fully healed, I need to build what I have torn down and he loves to help me do this.