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“It is What It is!”

IT is What it is! @saintintraining.net

We know why God sent His only son Jesus Christ into the world it was to die a cruel death on the cross for our sins – not our mistakes – our sins. There’s a difference between the two. When Jesus forgave the adulterous woman He told her after He’d forgiven her to go and sin no more. He made His warning clear. He did not say do not make this mistake again, He said, “…sin no more.” The woman was caught doing wrong: getting caught was the mistake, her sin was committing adultery.

Notice in the reading from John 8:10-11, Jesus addressed her sin, not her mistake:

Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”

Mistakes are usually unintentional. We don’t mean to make them or to get caught but our sins are most often done willfully. Why does mankind willfully sin? It’s in the makeup of our sinful nature. Does a thief intentionally get caught when he/she steals? Of course not! They made a mistake somewhere in their planning or failed to plan altogether. However their sin was taking something that didn’t belong to them.

Romans 6:28 says, “Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that need.” The Ten Commandments also says, “Thou shall not steal.” Dear Hearts sin is sin. It is what it is. Jesus made it abundantly clear and so should we.

Some mistakes can be corrected depending on what it is. We all have had to erase misspelled words or have had to make a U-turn while driving. Those are simple mistakes; a part of everyday life. Sin however will send our souls to eternal damnation: Hell. We can’t make light of sin by watering it down or calling it by another name.

IT is What it is! Easier to forget sin @saintintraining.netDear hearts, I never would have become sin-conscious if I’d looked at everything I did as a mistake! Nor would I have had a reason to repent of my sins. If someone had not told me I had sinned I could’ve just used my common sense and purposed not to get caught again, to make that particular ‘mistake’ again. It’s easier to erase a mistake from one’s conscious than to forget sin. Sin sticks with you even if it’s deep in the subconscious it’s always there making you uncomfortable. There’s no way to be complacent about sin. Mistakes allow us to live guilt-free with no need for repentance or salvation.

Jesus Christ fulfilled His earthly ministry. His message was about repentance from sin and the need for redemption from them; He never taught about redemption for mistakes. God has not given anyone permission to alter His words; no preacher, teacher or laymen possess that right. Beloved the bible tells us what’s right and what’s wrong. It has been and will always be right. That means somebody else is wrong! We have to tell it like it is or remain silent!
When King David sinned against Uriah by committing adultery with his wife he got caught by her pregnancy. In his mind, he’d made a mistake and so he tried to clean it up but only succeeded in compounding his sin. But there came a time when he was confronted with the truth; he acknowledged his sins before the Lord and this is what he said:

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.” Psalm 51:1-3 (NIV)

If the prophet Nathan had not had the boldness to call sin by its name the King may have continued in his sinful actions. Beloved, there are things in this life that needs to be replaced because of wear and tear, they’re just plain worn out but God’s word needs no replacement or revision. Only a sin-conscious mind can bring forth true repentance from a contrite heart. Repentance is the only road mankind can take to Redemption. By receiving the free gift of the Holy Spirit we are set free from our sins. The biggest mistake is to leave this world without it.

Salvation is ours for the asking. God loves us very much and He wants us to spend eternity with Him. It’s as simple and as wonderful as that – it is what it is!

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Old Wounds

There is no wound so deep that God cannot heal.

There is no wound so deep that God cannot heal.

I read the following Bible Study passage by Max Lucado in the “NCV The Devotional Bible: Experiencing the Heart of Jesus”. I felt a strong desire to share with my brothers and sisters. I pray it blesses you as much as it has me.

Do you have a hole in your heart?

Perhaps the wound is old…and you’re angry. Or perhaps the wound is fresh…and you’re hurt.

Part of you is broken and the other part is bitter. Part of you wants to cry, and part of you wants to fight. The tears you cry are hot because they come from your heart, and there is a fire burning in your heart. It’s the fire of anger. It’s blazing. It’s consuming. Its flames leap up under a steaming pot of revenge.

And you are left with a decision: “Do I put the fire out or heat it up? Do I get over it or get even? Do I release it or resent it? Do I let my hurts heal, or do I let hurt turn to hate?”

Are you allowing your hurts to turn into hates? If so, ask yourself: Is it working? Has your hatred done you any good? Has your resentment brought you any relief, any peace? Has it granted you any joy?

Allow the hole in your heart to heal.

Take Away Thought:  Only God is just. In order to have peace we must leave justice to Him. He will not only give us peace but He will heal the wounds left by the offenses.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 ESV

Dear hearts He did it for me, He will most certainly do it for you! Blessings, Love and Peace in Our Lord Jesus Christ. ~~ Ma Chris

Those Damned Stone Throwers

Those Damned Stone Throwers - Saintintraining.net

It’s an old adage that says when you live in a glass house don’t throw stones. We know Jesus didn’t use that terminology with the scribes and Pharisees but he did say this to them: “He that is without sin among you let him first cast a stone at her.” John 8:7

Dear hearts, if we as the people of God sincerely receive the teachings of Jesus Christ and follow the example He set before us in His holy word and apply it to our everyday lives then the Fruit of the Spirit, the very nature of our living God, will be manifested among men making us the bright and shining light in a sin-darkened world. If on the other hand we choose to not apply his word we risk taking on the spirit of the scribes and Pharisees and becoming self-righteous, hypocritical and judgmental – children of the devil, and foreigners to God.

According to the law of the time the adulterous woman Jesus was referring to in the opening scripture should have been stoned to death but Jesus showed her mercy and forgiveness not judgment and condemnation. Our Lord’s words still speak to the scribes and Pharisees found in today’s churches. Let there not be such a spirit among us else we too be convicted by our own sinful conscious just as they were.

Oh it’s easy to gossip about the sins of others but what about the sins we have committed since we’ve been saved? Isn’t it amazing how easy it is for us to find fault in others but it seems to be difficult to find the fault within ourselves? I wonder why! It’s puzzling because the only ones who will be held accountable for our sins in the day of God’s righteous Judgment is us!

Jesus Christ, the Hope of Glory is the only just judge.

"Neither do I condemn you..."

“Neither do I condemn you…”

Jesus is the only sinless one that ever lived on earth. This is why he was able to tell the adulterous woman “Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more.” John 8:11

Only Jesus could say those precious words to the accused woman without condemning himself! Glory to God!

Does this mean that we are to take sin lightly? Of course not. Jesus has never condoned sin for anyone but He does grant forgiveness of sin for everyone. Our blessed Savior is rich in mercy, compassionate toward all and His love is ever lasting, not because we deserve it but because that’s just who He is.

So let’s examine ourselves before we judge others and acknowledge our own faults before we set out to find fault in others. And let us think before we speak negatively about those who have fallen into sin. Our Heavenly Father knows all things, the seen and unseen of all his blessed children, still He shows mercy and grace toward us.

Should we not do the same?

If we were still living under the law instead of grace I’d be dead! Oh yes I would. Matthew 7:1-5 says:

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

May the word of God saturate our hearts with the agape love of Jesus Christ that we may earnestly pray for those who are weak in the faith, considering ourselves, that we too need God’s forgiveness in our lives and the prayers of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Let’s never forget that God sent His Son into the world not to condemn but to set us free from our sins. We must follow his example, we can do no less. I encourage all the blood washed in Christ Jesus to not be found guilty of being named among those damned stone throwers.

May the blessings of God continue to be upon each of us.