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Casting Stones Through A Different Lens

22 Apr

pebbles, rocks, shapes

You’ve heard the story of the adulterous woman before. But for just a moment, take a second look. You’ll see stone casting through a different lens.

It was early morning. People gathered in the temple to hear Jesus teach. The lesson began. In came scribes and Pharisees with a woman taken in the act of adultery. The men had a plan and probably thought to themselves, we’ll stone two people in one setting. We can trap Jesus with His own words, stoning His character, and simultaneously publicly stone this adulterous woman because of her sin.

Let’s focus on hitting Jesus first. “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do You say? (John 8:4-5 NIV). They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing Him(6).”

Instead of throwing the stone back at the scribes and the Pharisees, Jesus caught the stone and was probably thrilled. This was great timing! What might have been seen as an interruption during a teaching session had actually provided an awesome opportunity to demonstrate a lesson to the students using these men, this woman, and stones.

Jesus began to write on the ground, ignoring the men’s question. What do you have to say about this Jesus? The accusers wanted an answer and repeated the question until Jesus spoke. Jesus invited the accusers to now stone the woman. “Let anyone of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her”. Again, Jesus stooped down to write.

““And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”‭‭(John‬ ‭8:9-11‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

Here’s the new angle! Think of the stones that have been coming your way lately. What are the hard things being thrown at you? Follow the Leader. Jesus was not moved by the accusers. He used the stones to demonstrate love, kindness and forgiveness. How can you use the stones that have been coming your way? Instead of retaliating or becoming fearful, seize the stones. Demonstrate great love, great faith, great forgiveness, and that you serve a Great Lord who fights for you!
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. ”‭(2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

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Lights On!

25 Dec

Other holidays pale in comparison to the beauty found in the lights so wonderfully displayed as we celebrate Christmas. I have been most fascinated by the countless dazzling lights seen flashing over homes that have no apparent wiring attached.

Upon visiting a friend’s home recently, I finally located the point of origin of these mysterious, intriguing light displays. Planted in the ground was a tiny device spinning and reflecting hundreds of colored lights over the house. I was delighted. I had found the source!

Seasons come and go. But the question is, does your light so shine before people year round that it causes curiosity about your source (Matthew 5:16)?

As children of the Lord, we respond to people and pressure in a manner that compels us to shine. The Bible states, “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭2:14-15‬ ‭NIV‬‬.

Does your behavior/ light so reflect love (God is Love) that people are curious about your source? If not yesterday is gone, and today is a new day. Become more rooted and grounded in Jesus, (Ephesians 3:17) and you will reflect the light that brings about the question, what’s your source?

“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭60:1-2‬ ‭NKJV‬ http://bible.com/114/isa.60.1-2.nkjv

Go Tell It!

18 Dec

Usually around Christmas time we hear and sing “Go Tell It On The Mountains”. It reminds us that we are to tell, to speak of Christ’s birth. Christmas provides a great opportunity to “tell it”, but so does each day. Christ was born so that we would be re-born, living lives that honor Him. This is also a part of the story that we should tell!

Recently I spent time with a friend who loves the Lord. Occasionally she has told me about decisions that she made that are not as the saying goes ” What Jesus would do”.

Sometimes I uncomfortably excused myself, saying she knows wrong from right. As the Lord would have it, I was given another opportunity to “tell it” so to speak. I prayed quickly and was surprised by what happened next.

I spoke about the Lord’s love of integrity, and how He supports us when we do things His way. My friend agreed! I was thrilled, but more importantly, The Lord was pleased!

You may be looking for an opportunity to tell it on the mountains that Jesus Christ is born and that’s great! However, I urge you to recognize that daily, we are given opportunities to “tell ” those around us.

We are to tell that Jesus Christ was born so that we would be reborn into lives that continuously glorify and honor the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. May we daily seize the wonderful opportunities we are given to “tell it”!

Who Are We?

5 Jul

Years ago, most people acknowledged that God existed and most
tried to live something akin to Godly lives. Those who didn't 
go to church at least respected those who did. History tells us 
that even our forefathers who wrote the constitution were 
believers. 

As we know, our nation has strayed far away from the values 
of yesterday. Today, your truth is considered to be the truth. 
Moral absolutes that were once a part of our fabric have been
re-woven with our ways. So, as we proceeded to destroy 
Godly principles by committing such acts as taking
prayer out of schools and taking Christ out of Christmas, 
what did we expect?

We have nearly destroyed our foundation. One of 
Merrimack-Webster's definitions of the word foundation is 
"a basis (as a tenet, principle or axiom) upon which 
something stands or is supported. At one point, our nation 
stood upon the fact that God was Holy, true, and sovereign.
Basically, we had reverence for God and believed the Bible
was true.

The Bible tells us that our lives are hidden with Christ, in God. 
If we don't know who Christ is, how will we know who we are? 
Since Satan questioned Christ's identity, wouldn't he certainly 
dare to question ours? When Satan said to Jesus Christ, 
"If you be the Son of God", do this or that, Jesus (assured of
who He was) fought back with the word of God. 
(Matthew 4:3-4, Matthew 4:6-7, Luke 4:3-4,  Luke 4:9-12).

Since our foundation is not as it should be, we don't have the 
capacity as a nation, nor as a people to withstand the 
onslaught of Satan's identity questioning. In addition, many 
people have experienced painful events that are now coupled
with the loss of truth. This combination has erupted in
an assault on God's truth of who we are.

But if the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous 
do? (Psalm 11:3). We can start by remembering who God is, 
and who we are in Him. Study the Bible. God is
holy, and He is also love. What does love look like? It looks 
like God sending Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of him, 
her, you and me, and the world (John 3:16). Who are we? 
We are imitators of God! (Ephesians 5:1,2)