John 8:11 You Must Be Willing To Leave

“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8:11

No one likes to be condemned or told that they are wrong. Few even like to be told that they must change. While most don’t like these things, they must occur in order for effective growth to occur.

Managers of companies will always point out things in the employees or the business that are being done wrong. This not done to destroy a person or business, but to bring about improvement of production.

A woman, who was caught in adultery, was brought before Jesus for judgement. Jesus did not condemn her, but did tell her to leave her life of sin.

People are very quick to point out that they should not be judged. As they say this, it is very common that many continue to live a life of sin. They refuse to admit that they are wrong and need to change. They are enjoying their life of sin and don’t want to leave it.

Living like this reveals the heart. The mouth can claim to believe in and follow Jesus, but the actions are saying something different.

Jesus does not, not condemn in order for a person to continue living in sin and leading towards death, but to bring a person to a new life that will extend into eternity. He brings forgiveness to allow the person to leave the life of sin and live according to His standards.

God does not condemn now, but when one dies and stands before His judgement seat, if he has not been forgiven and changed, he will be judged and condemned. If one does not leave sin, then the forgiveness given means absolutely nothing.

Just like the women caught, you have been guilty of some sin in your life. The world and many in the church may be quick to condemn you.

However, God does not condemn you right now. He is waiting and willing to forgive you of every sin. As He does so, He also expects you to turn away from that life of sin and follow Him.

Jesus has given you everything you need to live for Him and stay away from sin. Do not allow yourself to go back into that sin, but to flee it and live a holy and righteous life for God and before the world.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will guide you to leave a life of sin; that you will live according to the ways of God; and that you will know and understand God’s forgiveness given to you.

John 3:3 A Complete Restart Required

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” John 3:3

It is common in many businesses that when things go completely bad, that they shut down for a time, reorganize and then reopen. Their attempt is to rebrand themselves as better than before to build the business up again.

This type of rebranded or restarting can be seen in businesses and the lives of people. It is all about trying out something completely different, going a different direction than before.

Nicodemus, a Pharisee, recognized that Jesus must be from God and tells Jesus that. Jesus tells him that if anyone wants to see the kingdom of heaven, he must be born again.

Claiming to believe in Jesus or God is very easy for a person to do. All that is said are a few words. Many people have made this claim and believe that they are going to heaven someday. But very few have actually made a change in their life.

All over the world, there are many in the church who claim to believe in Jesus, but continue to purposely live a sinful lifestyle. They have neither changed, nor attempted to change. The desire is to live in both worlds, sin and heaven.

One who truly believes in and follows Jesus will be changed. God will do a complete restart of his life. It will be as though he had died and was reborn as a brand new baby, innocent and pure. As he grows the second time, it will be as a completely different person. The past is gone and a new life has begun.

If a person has not undergone this transformation and rebirth, he will be unable to get into heaven, regardless of his words. Jesus does not save a person to keep him in sin, but to remove him out of sin into a new life.

As a believer, examine yourself. How much of your old self still remains? Allow God and His Holy Spirit to come in and give you a brand new start. Be the changed person Jesus made you to be.

Be born again into the new creation that is the image of Jesus, not the sinful, fallen world. Turn away from old sinful ways and live the life God is giving you. Be the new creation in Christ Jesus. Allow God to restart your life for eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you a new beginning; that you will live as God desires you to live; and that God will make you into a new creation.

Mark 11:9 Excited For Arrival

Those who went ahead and those who followed shouted, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Blessed is the coming kingdom of our Father David!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” Mark 11:9

When a famous person is arriving in town, everyone gets excited. They roll out the red carpet and line the streets to see the person arrive. Flags are flown and people are talking about it.

The excitement goes even higher when the person is there to help them and make life better. Praises and honor are given to the person in their excitement.

As Jesus came riding into Jerusalem, the people lined the road before and after Him. They shouted praises to Him and about Him in their excitement. They expected great things.

Although He does not physically come riding in on a donkey, Jesus still loves to make an appearance in the lives of people. He now sends His Holy Spirit in to touch and change the lives of people. The Holy Spirit is there to help the believer overcome the world.

However, there are some people who are not excited about God showing up. Sadly this includes some in the church. Upon seeing God showing up, they know that there will be changes needed to be made.

The Pharisees did not like it when Jesus arrived. God’s presence shines light upon sin. It meant change.

Every believer should be excited when God shows up, whether in a church service or somewhere else. He should be welcomed. Praise should be raised up, because God is there to bring about life and to make changes for the better.

In the presence of God, the cares of this world should take a back seat. Praise, honor and worship should take priority in God’s presence.

God wants to work in your life. He wants to be an ever-present presence in your life.

Allow yourself to stop what you are doing and roll out the red carpet for God to enter into your life. Be aware of when God is showing up to make a change.

Do not fear God’s presence, but embrace it, knowing He loves you and wants to be with you. God is desiring a relationship with you and is riding in on a colt to meet with you.

Are you excited about His presence? Or do you dread His arrival?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will welcome God’s presence in your life; that you will give great praise to God; and that you will allow God to change your life.

Mark 2:14 Leave The Past And Follow

As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him. Mark 2:14

People often do not like major change in their lives. They like things to always remain the same. Many, however, will jump onto something new and popular, often because everyone else is doing it.

A new fashion fad comes out being promoted by some famous person, and suddenly everyone is doing it. They are quick to drop the old ways for the new fashion.

As Jesus was walking along one day, He goes up to Levi and tells him to follow Him. Levi immediately gets up, leaves his work and follows Jesus.

While many people are quick to change ways and follow a new fad in this world, it is not as popular with following Jesus. He is still going around telling people to follow Him.

Many do not want to follow Jesus, because it means major change. In order to follow Jesus it means one has to leave his past behind, get up and follow Him. One is not to hold onto the past and say they are following, staying in sin and sinful ways, but to leave it all behind.

Just as Levi got up and left behind a lucrative business, people are to leave behind the things of this world to follow Jesus. This may or may not mean a change of a job, but it does mean leaving sin behind. It will mean a change in activities and friends. It is going wherever Jesus is leading, with no questions being asked.

God will always lead a person on a new path, when he begins to follow Jesus. This path is a new path of a full, abundant life that goes into eternity.

Jesus is also calling you to follow Him on the path He has for you. It is more than just words, but will require some change and sacrifice upon your part to follow Him.

God does not call you to follow without some change. You cannot stay where you are, physically, emotionally or spiritually, and still follow Jesus. You have to get up, leave the past behind and follow Him. Become the new creation God is making you to be.

Are you willing to follow Jesus today? Or will you stay where you are in this fallen world?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s call to follow Him; that God will give you strength and direction to leave your past behind to follow Him; and that you will know all God has for you.

Amos 9:9 A Great Shaking

Shaking out flavor

For I will give the command, and I will shake the people of Israel among the nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, and not a pebble will reach the ground. Amos 9:9 

Shaking something up moves things around and changes everything. Sometimes it is done to mix things up, as in cooking, to get the flavor throughout the product. Other times it can be a shaking to remove loose and dead things.

Some businesses will go through a shaking in order to bring new life to them. For some people it will wake them up and get them going, while for others it will knock them out of the picture.

God warns the people that there will be a shaking going on in Israel. This shaking would be to scatter the people among the nations. The shaking would occur because of their sin and refusal to follow Him.

God is still in the business of shaking people and nations. His desire is for everyone to follow and obey Him. However many have chosen to not obey Him or even follow Him at all. Sin is chosen over serving God. And the church has fallen for this type of living.

The use of natural disasters and sicknesses are some ways God is able to shake people. He is shaking the church and nations to wake them up or move them out. Depending upon how a person takes the shaking, it can either stir them back to life with God, or destroy them and remove them.

Every believer who wants to serve God will be woke up as God shakes them. It will cause them to live more for God than ever before. Those who are lukewarm in their walk with God will roll over and stay asleep, dying in their sins rather than repenting and living for Him.

During this time of crisis around the world, God is doing a shaking. He may be allowing this shaking in your life to get your attention placed back upon Him and not the things of this world.

Do not allow yourself to live in fear or in the ways of this world, but to turn to God and His ways. Wake up and be the witness God has called you to be in this dark and dying world of sin. Move out of sin and into His righteousness and holiness, otherwise God will shake you out of His house.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be alive to God; that you will be His witness in this world; that God will fill you with His life; and that God will give you strength to turn from all sin.