Christ came to bring opportunity for us to be forgiven of our sin.
So as followers of Jesus we should be willing to forgive others and seek forgiveness if we have done wrong.
Without forgiveness we can’t grow in Christ.
Forgive because you have been forgiven.
Judah, Tamar’s father-in-law, had promised his youngest son to her since her first two husbands had died.
But then his youngest reached adulthood and he didn’t follow through with his promise to Tamar.
In retaliation Tamar dressed as a harlot, seduced her father-in-law and then made herself known to him while she carried his babies in her womb.
Her father-in-law’s reaction: “yeh, well I had it coming.”
But sin is never justifiable. Tamar was wrong for her actions. Just the same as her father-in-law was wrong in his.
Sin never cancels out other sin. It is never the right choice.
Only the blood of Jesus has the power to negate sin. Rely only on it and the guidance of the Word to resolve unsettled situations.
The “year of Jubilee” came about every fifty years for the Israelite people. Debts would be wiped away. Land would be restored to the original owner. Workers would become their own again.
It was a time of celebration. People had liberty—and a clean slate.
Today we are able to have a similar celebration. Not just every fifty years but every single day. Not just business problems being dealt with but our sin being wiped away.
The Lord offered that liberty to you when He paid your debt with His own blood. You can walk in that freedom from sin. And when you do you’ll have eternity to celebrate.
I don’t want to neglect telling you how you can have Jesus as your Saviour if you haven’t already accepted Him:
•First you must realize that you are a sinner.
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.
•And that there is a price for the sins you commit.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
•Then understand that Jesus paid the price for your sins by dying on the cross and that he rose from the grave.
Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised again for our justification.
•If you have accepted the fact that you are a sinner in need of a Saviour, believe on Jesus to forgive you of your sins and he will!
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth The Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
For whosoever shall call upon the name of The Lord shall be saved.
•Get to know Jesus! Study the Word, the Bible.
In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
•Choose each day from here on out to live for Jesus.
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
•Enjoy God’s love!
We love him, because he first loved us.
I John 4:19
We were in the middle of a thunderstorm when my daughter said that she wasn’t going to go anywhere until the storm was over.
I heard myself saying to her “you can’t let the storm run your life”.
There’s a lot of truth even spiritually speaking in that statement.
Life can get messy. It can go the way we would never prefer. But our response shouldn’t be to freeze or to quit, but to just keep holding on to His promises…that it will all work out for good.
David needed men to pledge their allegiance to his kingdom.
Without invitation bands of warriors began to show up at David’s front door to offer their services. They dedicated themselves to seeing him succeed.
David, surrounded by these men, moved forward in gaining the kingdom. Because of their presence and talents he was encouraged to go on in God’s will for his life.
What a picture of how the family of God should work! We don’t need to wait for a person to ask us for help. Instead we need to ask God who we could be a help to.
The psalmist was unsatisfied with his life. He wasn’t content with what he had been blessed with. He became obsessed with obtaining “something better”.
So he went to prayer. He prayed for two different things to happen:
1) his situation would change
2) God would change him
Problems of covetousness fade as your heart becomes fixed on who you are in Christ. Disappointment of earthly gain vanishes when you hold to the truth that you’re living a life ordained by God.
Yes, prayer has the ability to change our situations but it also has the ability to change our hearts.
Pray to become more Christlike.
Jesus proclaimed that he was the bread of life. He told the people that through him was eternal life.
They murmured against Him.
But that didn’t change who He was, His purpose or the effect He had on those who believed.
Most likely there have been people that you’ve shared your testimony/calling/vision with that have been doubtful or rude. Don’t let their snickering affect you. Keep pressing forward in what the Lord has given you.
Someone is going to benefit from your light shining for Him.
My cousin, Brian said this at our Pappaw’s funeral: “He never got over being saved.”
55 years into his walk with the Lord Pappaw was still praising Jesus, still seeking His will, still living a life that glorified God.
What a wonderful thing to be remembered for. I’m so grateful that Pappaw has left that legacy for me.