It is with more than a little regret that I have been unable to update the blog for a bit over two months now. Life has been interesting at Closure for Jesus headquarters here in Kentucky. We have relocated and are getting settled into a temporary home until the Lord opens the next door. Please keep us in prayer!!
As I pondered updating, I went back and re-read all of the previous postings and pulled out topics I had mentioned that we would cover later. I found six. I plan to address two of them in this post, and share a video that I believe well illustrates these two. The topics are: how to live a victorious Christian life, and the other, a focus on the phenomenal promises of Romans chapter 6.
The promises of Romans six seem almost inconceivable! “Sin shall not have dominion over you”….”he that is dead is freed from sin”….”reckon yourselves dead indeed unto sin…” Wow! Is the Word of God really that powerful? Ask yourself this question: In the beginning, before God created the world, what was there with which to create? Nothing! That’s the point with our lives. There is nothing good in us with which God can create a holy life, but the power is in the Word, in the promise. When we take God at His Word, and act on that Word, we are free! This is also illustrated in the “How to question God” video in the last post.
A common problem, however, that I have run into when talking with people, is that we don’t meet the conditions under which God can fulfill His promises to us. Consider the story of Mary Magdelene. In John chapter 8, Mary is brought to Jesus because she has been caught in the act of adultery. The law stated that Mary AND the man with whom she had been caught, should be stoned. But, what did Jesus do? Verse 6, “…But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground, as though He heard them not.” That didn’t sit well with the proud Pharisees, and they prodded Jesus for an answer. Jesus responded, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” Then in the next verse, 8, He began writing in the sand again…the sins of the Pharisees….They all left, conscience-smitten!! And there was Mary, alone with Jesus. She was guilty, stripped, utterly exposed and had no way out. What did she do? Run? Hide? Slink away like the guilty Pharisees did? No! Incredibly, Mary stayed right there–all exposed and depraved as she was. In verse 10, Jesus asked her where her accusers were. Gone! They’d all left. What did Jesus do? Sweetest words any of us will ever hear! Verse 11, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” Incredible, isn’t it.? He knew she was guilty, and so did she. But He didn’t condemn her. She knew she was utterly, hopelessly guilty, but Jesus, Who COULD condemn her, instead set her free. Not only did He set her free, but He charged her to,”‘Go and sin no more.’” Is that fair? I think so, and so did Jesus. Mary had met the conditions of brokenness before Him. She was honest with God about her condition when exposed, and she did not try to hide or excuse her sin or even bring in the equally guilty Pharisees.
Check out the embedded videos, a series of 5 short sessions (youtube will only let you upload up to 15 minutes at a time). First, though, consider this beautiful passage found in the beautiful book on the life of Christ, The Desire of Ages, on page 493: “Nothing reaches so fully down to the deepest motives of conduct as a sense of the pardoning love of Christ.”
Indeed, when we see ourselves as chief of sinners, wholly guilty, wholly helpless, and dependent on the power of God to raise us up, that same Creator God Who spoke light out of darkness can do the same in your life and mine. God help us to see our utter need, and His infinite ability!
“Sin SHALL NOT have dominion over you!” When we really believe this promise, Jesus will have a people who will vindicate Him! Then we will hear the words from heaven, “Here are they that keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Jesus!” Revelation 14:12. Then will follow the scene in verse 16, “And He that sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.” Jesus can return to take us home!
Hastening that day!!! 2 Peter 3:12
Are WE courteous? A study of the life-changing encounter of Mary Magdelene with Jesus.