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Just Who Do We Think We Are
Thirty-five years ago this young girl gave her life to the Lord. She had just gotten in trouble with her husband and cousin. Lying in a jail cell she wondered how she had gotten to that point in her life. Lord why did those people take me to jail she asked? What she had to realize is what we have knowledge of that is wrong we must abort. There is a time to just go along with the plan and itís also a time to speak up against what is wrong. For not speaking up she paid the price of punishment for the crime. Who are we to think we can do wrong and never face the judge? Well so it is in the Spiritual also; how do we think we can sin, do wrong and not face judgment. This young girl served out the five year probation and vowed not to get in trouble again.
Trouble though has a way of finding us, even at church sometime. This young girl had been married twenty years and was faithful to her husband. They had five sons. They were raised up in the church at home and at the place of worship. They were given a good life and could have been anything in life they wanted to be. Then her husband she found out was cheating on her with a woman in the church. She left him at the pushing of the Lord that her life would be spared not knowing of what was going on. She had been a prayer warrior, working in the church diligently and helping to build the Ministry. She was appointed to be the Church Mother after the Church Mother died. One day a prostitute came in the Sunday Service and sat on the front row. She said ďhow could she let herself get like thatĒ. God answered and said ďMargery you will never call unclean what I made clean againĒ. To this day she has never condemned anyone again. You see she realized she had a self-righteous spirit. Just who do we think we are?
When she knew what was happening she was separated and headed for a divorce from the one man she had known for twenty three years. Life now was so different for she had been sheltered all of her life. All the people that had sheltered her were gone. She was alone! She found out that what she thought of that young woman could have been her. Self-righteousness is rampant among the believers. We have to be careful for those that are in sin could very well have been us. Those that are in sin is still some of us, just who do we think we are? This saved, sanctified, Holy Ghost filled woman had to be taught by God Himself that she not follow the way of the church folks that had taught out of their ignorance what they understood God to be. We have to seek the Lord while he may be found and call upon Him for help in our lives. This woman married again and again and has three dead husbands. She too without Godís covering could be called a prostitute. Who is it without sin? Cast the first stone! Just who do we think we are?
This woman has two dead sons, one step son and a husband that was murdered over the last twelve years. Just who do we think we are? We the saved sanctified believers of Jesus Christ feel we should not go through anything, especially not the loss of our spouses or children. We donít feel we should hurt like this but in essence Godís heart hurt too when we sin. Sin is death and when we are referred to as Sons and Daughters of God we hurt his heart. We murder his name, we murder Jesus over and over again, and we kill the Spirit of God in us with the ugliness of our disobedience. We open the doors for Satan to come into our lives and wreck-havoc through our disobedience. We give him the power against us with our ill thinking. We think evil in our hearts. God has taught this woman about all things that pertains to living godly in this world. The things, circumstances and situations that have happened in her life have caused her to grow in grace. Godís mercy is everlasting and true. Her testimony is that of the Lord Jesus Christ. Her word of Testimony is ďBut GodĒ. This woman has found out who she really is in this life.
Just who do we think we are? As she revisits her past and questions the actions she finds that all these things has helped her in her Christian growth where she stand strong in her faith. She put God first in all things that pertain to life. For what reason do we live? Why were we created and made? God had a purpose for each and every one of us. When we find that purpose we will make our lives complete. We will find ourselves submitting to the Word, Will, and Purpose of God for our lives. I Thessalonians 5:23 the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is God that has made us and not we; our self. God wants us to be totally healed, delivered, and set free from all that will come to oppress us but there are things we must do and follow.
Deuteronomy 28:2 and all these blessings shall come upon thee and overtake thee, if thou shall hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God. We must hide the Word of God in our heart that we sin not against Him. The Bible is a record of Godís self-revelation. In and through such experience God was revealing Himself to us. We find the most vital and significant truths about God. God is intelligent and powerful and a great lover of beauty. God comforts our needy hearts and answers our deepest questions or stir us to live on the highest moral plane. If we read the Bible, study it, meditate on the Word therein we will find God. We will learn the full meaning of our sin and the gracious provision God has made whereby we sinners may find forgiveness and restoration to divine fellowship. When we bear in mind that the purpose of the Bible is to reveal God, we have no trouble appreciating why the Book is quite unconcerned about some matters in which modern men have an eager interest.
God work in stages in revealing himself to us; we could not contain all of Him all at once. We go through stages in our spiritual walk but it is solely for Godís purpose. Through the Bible there is a thread of divine purpose which gives unity to the entire volume. That purpose is redemption, finding its fulfillment and realization in Jesus Christ. It deals with the basic issues of human living and is a trustworthy guide for the believer to believe about God, sin, salvation, about life here and hereafter. We find dependable answers there. The same Holy Spirit works today as worked then. He takes the message and the events and makes them live with meaning for us in our particular life situations. We will be inspired by God as we are not independent to God as intellectual beings, but for small and great, old and young alike. It is the inspiration of God that gives us understanding.
In II Timothy 3:16 the expression given by inspiration of God is used in its more proper and specific sense as a direct predicate of the written Scriptures, affirming that quality of divinity in them by virtue of which they are profitable for the great ends for which they are given. In the life of the believer the Bible is our divine source of inspiration. The words which the prophets of old spoke from the Lord to the Israel inspired them to go on with the Lord. We are inspired by the Holy Ghost today for He will give us in the same hour what we ought to say or do. Why do we rely on the Scripture as our inspiration for right living? All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
We live stable in Christ Jesus. Stability comes and we donít meddle with stuff we should not be a part of that is given to change. No longer do we wander for we know our places. No man can serve two masters for either we will hate one and love the other or else we will hold the one and despise the other but not both. When our hearts are established with grace we are not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. We ask of God things in faith, nothing wavering for a double minded man is unstable in all his ways. Because of the stability we have grown in and come to know in Christ we build integrity. We become able to do all that God has called us to do.
We have purpose. Our tongue will not speak wickedness nor our tongues utter deceit. She now have a tongue of the learned that Isaiah 50:4 talks about. Righteousness will be held close and we will not let our heart reproach us. We weigh things in an even balance that God may know our integrity for which he will judge us by along with our righteousness. We will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God when we apply our heart to understanding and our ear to wisdom. Thirty-five years later this girl knows that she is here solely for Godís purpose. It is Godís purpose that we let not mercy and truth forsake us. We are to bind them about our neck, write them on the table of our heart. When we apply God to every purpose and plan we find favor and good understanding in the sight of God and man. Know who we are in Christ!
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