JESUS HAD THE ANSWER . . . AGAIN!

I’ve been indignant for the woman a long time. The “adulterous” woman in John 8 was “taken in the act” of adultery. “And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.” Where was the man? It takes a man AND woman for adultery!

Can’t you see this woman? Stooped, bent over, waiting for the worst? Jesus had the answer . . . again! I smile to myself as Jesus gave the men surrounding him their answer.

His answer was, “He that is without sin, let him cast the first stone.” (see John 8:3-7)

Moses and the law commanded stoning for anyone caught in adultery, but they brought only her. Someone caught them “in the act”. They caught them. Where was the man? Why did they not bring them? And the men themselves knew that Jesus knew: they were all guilty: every man of them left beginning from the eldest to the last.

There is freedom in the Bible for us all, not just for men but for women too: freedom for all.

Jesus said to her, “Go and sin no more.” She was released . . . released to start new. So are we!

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SIMPLE SUCCESS

Success means many things to people, but there is an “anchor”, a final word to pin your hopes and dreams to: a straightforward process. Can it be simple?

Success is a process of going in the right direction. Get your definition from God. Anchor your definition of success in the wisdom of Scripture. You and I can live in an assured state of progress toward it. It is for me a growing peace in my head and heart. It means a sense of God’s presence. Prosperity is that quiet conviction that the Bible is true.

God spoke directly to Joshua. He was new as a leader after Moses died. God told him: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth; but you shall meditate therein day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success. Have not I commanded you? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be dismayed: for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua must have been afraid. But God came to him with this process.

Meditate day and night on this Book. Can we completely trust this method? Dare we? God tells us: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:9). Why not believe! What do we have to lose!

There are sixty six books. It’s a lot to take in, but you will never, no never be bored. Paul wrote, “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans15:4).

This meditation helps me every day in doing my art, learning about healthy living and exercise, understanding more of the intricacies of my husband’s thoughts and ideas and gifts. It conditions me to be energized by the lives of our sons and daughters in law and grandchildren. How on this earth do all of these things come together? It comes from growing in understanding of where all important things come from.

Hope for success and prosperity is ours. It is a continuous process of learning to focus, by mediating on God’s word. Meditation is like a cow chewing the cud. Mull over the truth in the Bible; your life will amazingly change.

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YOUR TESTIMONY COUNTS

It is a spiritual battle we have been facing.

Lately, in this election year of 2016, there is a rumor that “they won’t let him win” .  .  .  Who ‘they’ are, who ‘he’ is, is not the point of this idea I present to you.  It is this:  we are in a spiritual battle.  It is intensifying lately, I think you will agree!  But “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” (I John 4:4).  And we are but ‘little children’ against a giant.

Your battle and my battle is “not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12).

So, what do we do?  “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”  Take “.  .  .  the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”  The description of your amazing armor:  “the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, the shield of faith” is in Ephesians 6.

Having done all you can do, you will stand.  “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony. . .” your testimony counts! (Revelation 12:11).

No matter which candidate is elected, the one you like, or the one you dislike (or the one you dislike the most) God is the ultimate ruler.  If you are on God’s side you are on the side of the winner.

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A TRUE CHURCH

Sometimes I wonder where is a true Church? Where is a group of Christians that believe and practice carefully the bottom line of a successful life: The Holy Scriptures? Where is a Church where the bottom line is not money but the moving of the Holy Spirit in a humble, authentic congregation?

Today I read a Holy Soup Blog. It described a pastor who stopped in the middle of a sermon, opened it up to the congregation and “never went back” to sermons as usual.  The congregants participated with their own expounding of the Bible and with sharing testimonies of Jesus at work in their lives.  They departed from the half-hour lecture that no one remembers once outside the doors of the church.

The Churches we have visited lately are very disappointing. The music is so loud; my husband gets Vertigo, (dizziness and nausea). We have had to leave several immediately. Neither my husband, nor I can worship when the decibels are high to the point of feeling it in the chest. The exhortation from Scripture, “Play skillfully with a loud noise” (Psalm 33:3) does not mean a threat to hearing loss.

We left one church we attended for a few weeks when the pastor invited: “Everybody come to the Communion Table; it doesn’t matter what you believe, where you are. Just come.” The last sermon we heard there was something like this: “I studied and studied to come up with a message about baptism, but I threw it all out. I will just speak from my heart…” Your heart, pastor? Your message was not even from the Bible!

Here is a prescription for a church which, oddly enough, may be found in the Bible:

“How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.”
(1 Corinthians 14:26)

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THERE IS A LAW WRITTEN IN YOUR HEART

You can have inspiration. It is a gift from God. We are gifted people, all of us. And every one of our gifts comes from God. The Bible tells about God’s gifts to mankind:

“You have gone up on high; you have led captivity captive; you have received gifts for men, yes, for the rebellious also, that You might dwell among them, O Jehovah God.” (Psalm 68:18).

In the New Testament, too: “Therefore He says, When He ascended up on high, He led captivity captive and gave gifts to men.” (Ephesians 4:8).

An expression of the gifts of God in us shows up in the world around us, such as: technology, medicine and art. They are also expressed in our heads and hearts: the Law of God, the Ten Commandments; the knowledge of good and evil, the knowledge of right and wrong. It is just there.

The media while, ignoring God as much as possible, unintentionally shouts it aloud by holding a politician to it when a moral law is transgressed. They may not acknowledge a moral principle as coming from God, but there is no other origin for true morality. When it is convenient morality jumps to the forefront of the public conversation. That is good because it shows that the moral law is written in all of us, admitted or not.

We know we should be faithful to our spouse. We know we should not slander. We know we should not murder. We know we should not covet . . . it’s written in our hearts.

How great that we as Christians can look up, be inspired by our Creator, look for his gifts in us and allow His ways and means to be expressed through us. Here is how we find our purpose, discover our gifts and make a difference.

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