He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!” – John 9:25
I was recently called a hater – again. Have you ever felt completely exhausted because you have been so misunderstood? For the billionth time, whether someone else is a sinner, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!
All who have felt the power and grace of the Lord Jesus wonder at the wilfulness of others who reject Him. So much of the negative stuff in our lives is self-inflicted. What if we would ask God to help us before we just jump in with both feet – huh? I’m talking to myself too. But judgment – nah – that’s not what it’s about. It’s about obedience to God – but if we don’t talk to Him about things, how do we know how to be obedient?
Let’s look at a hypothetical situation. If you were blind and accidentally discovered that smearing sour cream on your eyes would restore your sight, would you keep that miracle to yourself? I’m betting you’d shout it all over the place! I would.
On a spiritual level, I’ve learned that through prayer and Bible study, our lives can be brighter and better. I don’t want to keep that miracle to myself. I just want to share it with anyone who will hear me. That’s what we do when we witness. It’s not about me saying I’m better – it’s about me saying I was once at the bottom, but when I accepted Christ Jesus into my heart and life and began to learn more about Him and His love, I was raised up from the pit and set on a solid rock to live my life in victory!
I want to share that… of course I want to share it! We’re all making life’s journey with different backgrounds and different challenges. The good news (the gospel) is all about Jesus. It’s Him and His sacrifice on Calvary which bridged the relationship between God and man. Restoration. Like refinishing an old piece of furniture. I was the worst looking piece of furniture in the junk heap. When I accepted Christ – He refinished me – restored me.
The laws are God’s, not mine. Sin is still sin – and the Bible is still God’s Word. This liberal upside down world does make me crazy sometimes. When it makes me too crazy, I have to back up, breathe; close my eyes and ask God to give me the patience that He has with me. Truth from God’s Word is hard to handle if you know you are so far away from it in your life and lifestyle. May God bless His own as they minister.
Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish. – John Quincy Adams
In a nutshell, God and His laws are how we measure our lives – and that’s a very high standard indeed. So high, in fact, that nobody can achieve it. He wants the best for us, which is why there are laws. He wants to protect us. God forgives sin through the blood of Jesus when we sincerely seek forgiveness. As we depend on Him more and more, He helps us stay away from things that would cause us harm. When we sin, He is quick to forgive our sins. And – this is the part I LOVE about Jesus… He NEVER brings it back up to us again – but the enemy will – like really often. But – we can tell him to sit on a tack in Christ Jesus’ Name. Amen!
There are two kinds of men who never amount to much – those who cannot do what they are told and those who can do nothing else. – Cyrus H.K. Curtis
Remember that you are not a robot and should not be afraid to show initiative in life. Don’t be scared to step out and take action, but continue to be obedient to the Lord. God wants all of us to GO AND SIN NO MORE. God’s Word – His desire for us. We all need God’s wonderful love, forgiveness and a lot of mercy, for sure! 🙂