“I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. Yet you are looking for a way to kill me, because you have no room for my word.” John 8:37
Jesus had just finished telling the people that anyone who sins is a slave to sin. It is only through the Son that a person is set free. Now He tells them that they are out to kill Him, because they have no room for His word.
Not every person likes to hear the truth. When the truth is spoken, there are times that it cuts to the heart of a person and reveals things that are not wanting to be exposed.
When someone is speaking the truth, others try to divert the person by bringing up another subject. They do not want to hear the truth or allow others to hear the truth. Often they try to bring up something from the speaker’s past, or bring up some other subject to get away from the real truth.
At the time Jesus spoke, the Pharisees and other leaders did not want to hear what He had to say. They tried to make Him out to be the bad person and needed to be killed. They did not have any room for His word in their lives, because it was painful and condemning.
Any believer who really wants to serve God, will be willing to hear what God has to say. He will know that God is only speaking the truth.
Some in the church will not read the bible, or portions of the bible, because they see portions speak out against their lifestyle. They do not feel comfortable.
Others will refuse to go to a church, or get mad at a pastor for speaking a sermon that cuts to the heart. They feel as though they are being condemned.
It is not condemnation, but it is conviction of the Holy Spirit against sin in the life.
Every day you must be willing to take time to hear what God is saying. He will speak through the bible, by His Holy Spirit and through others. God only has your best interest in mind. He does not want you to be a slave to sin, but be free to love God and love others.
As you go through your day, make room in your life for God’s word to make the needed changes. Don’t shut God out.
I pray today that you will read and listen to God’s word; that you will not fear God’s word; that you will allow God’s word to change you; and that you will live for God.
“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:11
Some Pharisees had brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery to Jesus. They wanted Him to condemn her because of her sin and the law of Moses. Jesus offered them to throw the first stone and then bent down and wrote in the sand.
When Jesus stood up, there was no one there. He told the woman that He would not condemn her, but that she was to leave her life of sin.
Casting condemnation upon a person is a common thing to happen in this world. Both inside and outside the church, people will condemn people for doing wrong.
Some people are quick to condemn a person, while others will not even look at the sin and see it as wrong. Sin is accepted by many, both in and outside the church.
There are sins that are overlooked by the church as “not that bad.” The sin has become so commonplace that no one even cares about it. So, the person is neither condemned, nor confronted about the sin.
This type of action can occur in the corporate levels of the church, as well as in the personal lives of believers. Many believers know that a sin is wrong, but do not leave it behind when Jesus does not condemn them.
Jesus had every right to condemn the woman, but He did not. However, He did not just let her off the hook completely. He also told her to leave her life of sin. She was not to stay in that same place of sin.
When you are confronted about a sin in your life, either by another person or conviction of the Holy Spirit in your life, you must do something about it. Be willing to leave behind your life of sin. Allow Jesus to cast that sin out of your life, and don’t go back and pick it up again.
Jesus does not want to condemn you. He came to save you. However, He does not want you to stay in the same place, holding onto the same things.
Jesus is right there to pick you up, build you up and save you. Let go of the sin in you life and live your life for God.
I pray today that you will know that God does not condemn you; that God wants to forgive you; that God wants you to live a full life for Him; and that God will help you leave your life of sin behind.
Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from the one who sent me.” John 7:16
Jesus had been teaching the crowds during the festival. Many people were very amazed at His level of teaching and wondered how He could teach so well. They knew that He had never went to school for this type of teaching. Jesus pointed out that He was teaching something that was given to Him and that it was not His own knowledge or learning.
Teachers usually teach from something that they know about or have experience in. Beginning level teachers often stumble over what they say or make mistakes in the information that they are presenting.
The longer a person teaches a given subject, the better the person gets at teaching it. As the person teaches, he may learn new ways to teach the subject, or different ways to present it, and also he learns new information to cover in the subject. Experience and training go a long way in learning to teach others.
Jesus did not have training or experience in teaching others. He came on the scene, never having gone to college for a bible degree, and was able to teach. He had never spoke before large crowds or went to seminars on how to get the crowds to listen to Him. Jesus never had a public speaking class. Yet, He spoke with knowledge and authority.
The reason He could speak that way, was that He was being led by God’s Holy Spirit on what to say and do. God has absolute perfect experience in speaking with authority. He spoke and the heavens were created.
Too often believers rely upon their own training and wisdom to speak words of God. They use their own experience only, and do not listen to what God wants them to say. When this occurs, people will not listen as much and will not be amazed.
As a believer, whether you are speaking to one person or a whole crowd, you must be willing to listen to what God has to say. Speak the words of God in His way and in His time.
God knows exactly what each person needs to hear and when they need to hear it. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you in what to say. Teach what God wants you to teach. Do not teach your own words and thoughts.
I pray today that you will be guided by God’s Holy Spirit; that you will hear what God wants you to say; that the words you speak will be those of God; and that others will hear God’s words through you.