“GUILTY, YET SET FREE!”

“Then neither do I condemn you, “Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”  John 8:11b NIV Read:  John 8:1-11 Recently, there was a national news organization which ran a story of a young man who was convicted of a felony.   The judge took all in consideration and set him free on a very mild probated sentence.  Those interviewed were angry and demanded the judge step down. Maybe the judge was in error and maybe he was not.  In our legal system, the judge’s ruling stands.   We can complain and the judge may be removed from future cases, but this ruling seems to be valid.   The Pharisees brought to JESUS a woman who was known as an adulteress.  She was surely guilty of sinning against GOD.   The Pharisees asked JESUS if she was to be stoned.   In John 8:7 we read of JESUS’ answer; “When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”    They all left without a stone being thrown.   HE sent the woman away forgiven, telling her to sin no more.  JESUS has the power to forgive you as HE forgave the sins of this woman.   Hear HIS words…”go and sin no more”.   She was guilty, yet she was set free.  Obey HIS teachings.   Stop doing whatever you are doing against GOD and against others and you can be forgiven.   Just ask. We can also learn to be less judging of others and to look at our own sins. Today’s prayer: ...

“YOU ARE NOT A FAILURE!”

“And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.  Luke 2:29-30 NIV Read:  Luke 22:24-30   This world has a way of kicking us in the teeth.  Some days it is hard to understand if we are beaten up or beaten down.  Satan and his angels are openly walking the streets to maim and destroy us physically, mentally and spiritually. There are those who will openly criticize and condemn you for little or no reason. Some will call you friend and look down on you at the same time.   Are they really your friend?   They are more likely just an acquaintance.   Sometimes it is easier to turn the other cheek when you are walking away from abusive words or actions.   Our own thoughts and actions add to this experience of feeling we are a failure.  We are sometimes our own worst enemies.  We can wallow in our own misery or we can do something about it. So, what do you do?  How do you shake the attitude of little worth?  Start with a prayer.   Pray to have these feelings taken from you.   GOD will take your feelings of being a failure away.  Then, it is up to you not to take them back.  Leave the feelings of failure at the foot of the cross.  GOD loves you and has a special plan just for you. Today’s prayer:  “HEAVENLY FATHER, Thank YOU for believing in me.  Thank YOU for knowing me in...

“GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66!”

“They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble,”  Jeremiah 31:9a NIV Read:   Jeremiah 31:7-9 Route 66 dates back to 1926 and quickly became known as the ‘Mother Road’ of the federal highway system.   Unlike most highways, it did not run true north/south or east/west.  It was laid out as a route from Chicago to Los Angeles and incorporated farm and manufacturing cities south of Chicago as well.   By the 1950’s, Americans love of the automobile led to Route 66’s romantic travel excitement.  Several books and songs have been written about Route 66.  Road signs and post cards carried the Route 66 message. Do you know the story of another road?  The road to Damascus is probably the most notable road in history. Damascus was a powerful city ruled by kings of many nations over the years.   When Abram’s men chased the armies of the four kings to bring Lot, Abram’s nephew, back they pursued the armies to Damascus.  The most notable story is when Saul was blinded by the Light of JESUS and taken to his knees on the road to Damascus. Saul who became Paul was taken into Damascus not to take Christians as prisoners as he originally intended, but to give his life to CHRIST.   Paul became the convert we should all hope to copy. GOD has a Route 66 or a road to Damascus just for you.   HE has a path for your life to take.   Get your kicks on GOD’S road...

“NO JESUS?”

“Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus.  But Peter and John replied, ‘Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him?  You be the judges!  As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.'”  Acts 4:18-20 NIV Several years ago, I was asked to open a business association’s monthly meeting with a prayer.   Knowing many of the members, I was happy to accommodate the request. Upon arriving, the president of the association took me aside.   He had a special request.    Stumbling for the right words, he told me it would be best if I prayed to GOD, but I should not mention JESUS.   He felt since not every member was a Christian, I should not mention JESUS…but ‘saying’ GOD would be okay.   I carefully explained that would not be fair to those who were not Christians.   Many of them knew me and would think it strange I would disinherit my SAVIOUR.   These men would expect me to pray and to close my prayer with “…in the name of our RISEN SAVIOUR, Amen. Of course, nothing else was said about it and I prayed as I always did.   You see, the president was afraid of insulting a few who would never even give it a thought. Are you afraid of offending someone, yet have no problem with offending JESUS, THE HOLY SPIRIT and GOD? CHRIST’S apostles were persecuted, stoned, imprisoned and some killed for standing up for JESUS.  There are innocent men, women and children being...

“WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME!”

“WRONG PLACE, WRONG TIME!”   “Do not set foot on the path of the wicked or walk in the way of evildoers.  Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn from it and go on your way.” Proverbs 4:14-15 NIV Read: Proverbs 4:1-19 The lawyer pleaded for his client; “Judge, he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time!”.   The judged snapped back; “He was at the right place and at the right time to get caught!”. Was there a time…or times…in your life when you were at the wrong place at the wrong time and you just did not get caught.  Perhaps, you have recently found yourself in a situation and thought; “What am I doing here?”   We all have made the judgment mistake of being in a bad situation.   The difference is often the simple common sense to walk away when you first realize you are in the wrong place.   If we are saved, the HOLY SPIRIT talks to us.   HE gives us that whispered voice or that instinct that comes from the heart to lead us and equip us.   It is more than just a humanly gut feeling.   Our GOD loves us.  HE will protect us and will lead and direct us as HE has promised. We need to listen to HIM before we find ourselves in the wrong place at the wrong time.   Our biggest problem in hearing our GOD within us is not listening to HIM.  Every day you have a choice.  You can be in the wrong place at the wrong time or the right place at the right...