Saturday, May 17, 2014

Your Greatest Ally

Today’s Bible readings are 1 Samuel 20:1-21:15, John 9:1-41, Psalm 113:1-114:8, & Proverbs 15:15-17

John 9:1-5
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind? Was it because of his own sins or his parents’ sins?”
“It was not because of his sins or his parents’ sins,” Jesus answered. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him. We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work. But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”

It always brings such sadness to my heart to hear people say things like the disciples were saying this day. They thought that God was punishing this young man with blindness. It was a common thought of the day that people who were blind, & such, were under a curse from God for some sin in their life. This caused people to look down on those who had these type of disabilities. It also caused the people who were affected by them to feel like there was something wrong with them. This is so far from the case.

The enemy wants to convince you that God is out to harm you. He wants to convince you that God is the one who is doing bad things in your life. We see this tactic of his from the dawn of creation.

1.      He tried to convince Adam & Eve that God was holding out on them. Once they accepted this suggestion they fell into sin. It left them feeling ashamed & isolated.

2.      He tried to convince Job that God was the one bringing destruction into his life. He even suggested that Job curse God so it would end.

These are just to name a few.

I can assure you that God is not the author of sickness & disease.

Matthew 12:25  (NKJV)

25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.

It is impossible for God to be the one giving sickness & the One who heals. This would make Him divided against Himself. This would bring Him & His kingdom to desolation. We know that God’s kingdom is not divided. It stands firm. We have to settle this in our hearts & in our minds.

Here is the truth: God is for you not against you!!! Jesus really brings that out in this reading today. He makes it clear that God gets the glory when His power is displayed through the weakness. This comes through healing & deliverance. God’s was glorified as this man was healed. God will be glorified in your deliverance too.

Sin does have consequences but those consequences don’t come from God, they come from sin. Listen to this verse:

Galatians 6:8

Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

Where you sow determines your harvest. It is not God punishing you for sinning. It is sin punishing you for sinning. When we sow to sin we reap destruction from sin. This again proves that it is not God who is against you but sin & satan who is trying to destroy you.

Here is God’s own words on this matter:

Jeremiah 29:11

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

God, once again, makes it very plain for us that HE is not trying to harm us. I want each of you to make this the meditation of your heart this morning:

1.      God is my greatest ally.

2.      God is on my side.

3.      God wants to help me by healing me & delivering me.

4.      God does not bring harm to me.

5.      Sin is what punishes me.

6.      Sin is against me & so is satan.

7.      God is my friend.

These truths are truths that the enemy will try to steal from you. Refuse to let go of them. They will save your life. When these things become etched on your heart it will make it impossible for satan separate you from your blessings.

Pastor Richard Schlotter

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