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Let God meet all your needs - John 8

Divine Note #29 - July 19, 2009

Let God meet all your needs
John 8:1-11 (New Living Translation)
A Woman Caught in Adultery

Jesus returned to the Mount of Olives, 2 but early the next morning he was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and he sat down and taught them. 3 As he was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.
4 “Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?”
6 They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.
7 They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” 8 Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
9 When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. 10 Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
11 “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”

I love the Lord because I can be real with Him! He knows what’s in my heart, He knows what I need and He’s always ready to listen! WOW – what love! So the message of this note is to let you how much He loves you! Throughout the time of His ministry on Earth as a human, Jesus had this tenderness toward those around him. When the teachers and Pharisees wanted to stone to death the woman who was accused of adultery, Jesus asked the one without sin to cast the first stone. No one qualified to cast that stone, so He told her that He didn’t condemn her and for her to sin no more.

Accept that Jesus doesn’t condemn you! That he doesn’t want you to have a “religion” experience? Please understand that He’s all about relationship! He wants a genuine and close relationship with you! I suppose many of the people of my generation grew up in churches that made a real relationship with the Lord Jesus impossible. If you were ever hurt by a legalistic church experience or church people who arrogantly thought they were doing or saying the right thing, I am here to tell you that no one can cast that first stone! Absolutely no one can cast that first stone of guilt, disapproval or condemnation because that stone is not for us to throw! Whenever you find yourself ready to cast that first stone, just remember when you needed someone to lift you up in your darkest hour! You needed acceptance and love! That is what Jesus is all about!

The line you can no longer cross
Jesus said to the woman, “Go and sin no more.” When you receive the forgiving love and gift of salvation from Jesus Christ, there’s a line that you can no longer cross.My entire life changed on the day that His hand became visible in my life. But I didn’t just wake up the next day and leave my old habits behind. I’ve made mindful decisions to change habits developed over many years. Especially now in my Christian walk, I have to continuously make mindful decisions that will enhance my relationship with Christ and with those around me. I can’t just show up to church on Sundays, to Bible study classes and to social activities. No. I have to live and breathe the Great Commission and to be the ears, hands and heart of Christ to those who are ill, to those who are discouraged and to those who need to know that God loves them. Since I am an ambassador for Christ, I have to ask myself if He would do the things I do. This means that I can no longer go to “Happy Hour” and enjoy those choice beverages that once clouded my mind! I also have to make the choice to associate with positive people who are excited about serving God because I have made Him my number one priority.

God gives us freedom to make choices!The choices that I am now making have resulted in the most peace I’ve ever known - even under difficult circumstances. Not crossing the line has also resulted in freedom – freedom that I didn’t feel before I accepted the true love of Jesus Christ! Don’t get me wrong, I still slip through the line and sometimes I stick a big toe over the line because I am human! But I no longer consciously decide to cross that line because I know whose I am! He’s my Father, He’s my best friend, He is my God!

I encourage to you to Seek the Lord while He may be found, call on Him while He is near. (Isaiah 55:6). There will be a day when that opportunity is no longer available. The Lord is asking us to step out of our comfort zones now to share His love with everyone around us. This week remember that you are loved, that you have been chosen to read this message at this time in your life and that nothing you do will ever make God not love you or much less – condemn you! You are simply too precious to Him! Share Big God Hugs with everyone around you this week!

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