We had such a joyous time together on Sunday. How it blesses my soul when the church family gathers. It is one of the most treasured events of my week.
I hope and pray that you are still meditating on the message “You Have Jesus But Does Jesus Have You?”
You see, in Jesus, we have something that the world does not always offer.
The world has a long memory regarding what we did wrong. If you did something wrong yesterday, somebody is likely to bring it back up today. And, your yesterday could be 5, 10, 15, 20 years ago; but, some people will not let it go.
The world offers condemnation which is tantamount to you being convicted of a crime with no way to fully or completely pay your debt to society without some constant reminder that you committed a crime.
This is what the world often offers.
So, what does Jesus offer instead?
Jesus offers us conviction which should lead to repentance which should lead to reconciliation which should lead to restoration.
In Christ, we have the chance to not only get past or through our failures but to also rise above, beyond, and be better than our failures.
And, do not get it mixed up, this is in Christ. Prayerfully, you will also find this with your Christian brothers and sisters; but, sometimes, they are still a little too worldly themselves and may spend more time dwelling on who you used to be rather than on who God is making you into being.
So, turn to Christ and He will be there for you,
To illustrate, we recall the woman caught in adultery. The accusers were many. The advocates were non-existent with the exception of one, Jesus.
John 8:10-11 reveals,
“Jesus straightened up and said to her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ She said, ‘No one, sir.’ And Jesus said, ‘Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again.’”
If you read, John 8:1-5, you will see that the woman did have those who condemned her, condemned her to death; but, in Jesus, in Jesus, in Jesus, she had no condemnation. No, in Jesus, she had covering and keeping, provision and protection, an advocate instead of an adversary.
Do you have this in Jesus? Yes, you do.
There is no condemnation in Christ.
Instead, in Christ, we have the opportunity to escape the condemnation of our sins to embrace a mind-blowing, heart-changing, soul-altering experience with Him that will forever transform our lives.
It is available to everyone who believes in Him. Believe in Him. You rise up and look past your accusers and adversaries, remembering the advocate you have in Jesus.
Tonight, we have H.O.P.E. Wednesday. We will begin our study of the book of Revelation. I am excited and I pray you are as well.
Come and come on time. Our Hour Of Power and Encouragement is just that, one hour of the people of God gathering together to hear, discuss, and learn more about what God has to say to us so that we can live more victorious lives.
Come and invite somebody. Make your way instead of making an excuse.
Also, be prayerful about the impending storm knowing that none of this is beyond God’s control or will, perfect or permissive.
And, remember, God loves you and I love you too.