1 Peter 4:4 Are They Surprised?

They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 1 Peter 4:4

For the majority of people in the world they have a view that anything is permissible. A person can do whatever he likes, as long as it does not directly hurt someone else.

With this type of thinking, people will do sinful acts as though there is nothing wrong. Not only do they do these things, but they also are surprised when someone else does not agree or participate in the activities with them.

After describing what believers were like, he now describes how believers are different from the world. The world is surprised when a believer no longer participates with them in reckless, wild living and they choose to abuse the believer.

One of the things that should mark a believer is the change in his lifestyle. Every believer is a person who was once just like the rest of the world, living in sinful ways. However, once becoming a believer, this should change.

As a believer, one should choose to no longer live in a sinful ways, but in a ways that serves and honors God and others.

Sadly, many in the church have not chosen to change their lifestyle as a believer, but to continue to live in sinful ways. Many have chosen to justify their sinful activities, so that the world is not surprised nor abusive towards them.

Every true believer, who chooses to turn from sin, will be abused by the world. The world will not understand why he will not participate and will call it hate when he doesn’t condone and participate in sin.

This will be one sign that a person is truly following Christ. If the world was to look at your life, what will they see? Will they see someone who is just like them, participating in all of the same activities? Or will they see someone who is different and against all sinful activities?

Only you and God know that true answer. Do not allow yourself to go back to the old, sinful way of living. Do not allow yourself to live your life as the world lives.

Be different in following Christ with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength. Be different in refusing to live in any sinful way, regardless of how small or big it is.

Is the world surprised with you?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live your life honoring God; that God will strengthen you to turn away from all past sins; that you will live differently than the world; and that the world will see that you follow God with all of your life.

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 11:43 Jesus Says “Come Out!”

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When he had said this, Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” John 11:43

Lazarus had been sick and died. Jesus went to his home and everyone wondered why He had not been there sooner to heal Lazarus. Lazarus had been dead and buried for four days. Jesus went to the tomb, had the stone rolled away and then called out loud for Lazarus to come out of the tomb. Lazarus did arise and come out.

When people are in a dangerous situation or area, others will tell them to get out or some may call for them to come out of the danger. Most people do not want to see another person in danger. In the case of a house being on fire, everyone calls out for anyone who is inside to come on out as quickly as possible.

During times when there is a hurricane threatening a city, people are told to come out of the city and find shelter somewhere safe. The place that they are in is a place of death or will become a place of death.

Although physical death is a danger, there is a greater death that surrounds many people and most do not even realize it. It is a spiritual death. The majority of the people in the world are in a spiritual grave of death and sin. They are trapped behind a large stone that they themselves cannot remove.

Jesus had the stone removed by His death upon the cross. He now stands outside the tomb of death calling to everyone to come out. They are to come out of a tomb of sin and rebellion. They are to come out of the bondages of the tomb caused by sin. God is calling people to step out of a lifestyle of sin and rejection of Jesus, into an eternal, filled life.

You may be one who has never stepped out of the tomb of death. You may also be one who has went back into the tomb of death and sin.

If you have never stepped out of the tomb into life or you went back in, you must step out to what Jesus has for you. Get up as Lazarus had done and walk out of sin to Jesus. He offers forgiveness and life. 

Do not stay in the tomb of death, but come out!

I pray today that you will know the life Jesus provides; that God will help you step out of a life of sin; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus offers; and that you will live for God.

John 8:11 Leave It Behind

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“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.