Monday, June 8, 2015

GET RID OF THAT WOMAN

It is either fashionable, or it is just the propensity of human nature to constantly let others know how wrong they are.


Jesus spoke to this when He said, “Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.”


Jesus was speaking to those among us who would set themselves up as judge, jury, and executioner.
And, oh yes, don’t forget the policeman who first arrested the woman.

I have been reading and studying the Bible for almost 50 years and I have yet to find the office of policeman mentioned anywhere in God’s Word. I’ve found kings, judges, prophets, apostles, pastors and teachers, but no cops.

In our society, it is the duty of the cop to know the law, and then to arrest anyone who appears to be breaking that law. We then have a system in place where the one so arrested then goes through a process to determine if the cop was correct in his or her assessment of the situation.

Not so in the Body of Christ.

It seems that once we have been made aware of our own sin, it then becomes our calling to make others aware of their sin. (tweet this)

Read that last sentence again so that you do not miss, nor misunderstand what I am about to say.

Not only is that concept unbiblical (Gal. 6:1), it also leaves out a most important step.

Yes, we were made aware of our own sin. That may have been through someone’s preaching or teaching at church; or from a friend, or from a stranger pointing out the folly of our way, or reading something, or whatever.

The next step, however, is what Paul addresses in this entire letter to the Galatians. That step is that There is Nothing We Can Do About It.

We try. God knows we try with all our might to make things ‘right.’ However, as soon as we discover we cannot fix ourselves, we decide to go fix everyone else.

That way, we think we are no longer in the spotlight.
Au contraire mon ami.

The purpose of the Word of God is to keep you, me and everyone else much in the spotlight—but not for the purpose of exposing us to others.
The spotlight of God’s Word is to reveal myself only to myself. (Heb. 4:12) (tweet this)

Paul addresses this concept here in Galatians 4:21-31.
However, most of us miss the intent due to our propensity to judge.
Personal Anecdote
In my first place of ministry in Pensacola, there was a brother who was constantly critical of everyone and everything going on. His continual complaining wore on my nerves.I had come across Pro. 22:10 and was asking the Lord how to go about making it happen. I thought the verse was telling me to get rid of this person in some manner.The Lord spoke to my heart and showed me the verse was to be applied to me. I was to get rid of the scorner in my own life if I wanted the contention in the house to leave. I have been learning the reality of that lesson for more than 40 years now, and I still do not have it completely assimilated into my being.
While Paul is certainly referring to those who would bring us into bondage with their insistence on “doing the right things,” he is also telling us to get rid of that part of us within our own being that would try to be right with God through our own efforts (first the natural, then the spiritual—1 Cor. 15:46).

“Cast out the bondwoman!” he writes.

Why?

Because the one functioning under the dictates of self-effort cannot inherit the promises reserved for those who live by faith.

Are you one who is good at finding fault with others? Great; but are you enjoying the “righteousness, peace and joy of the Holy Spirit?” (Rom. 14:17)

Are you one who knows that others should be “doing something differently?” Great; but it’s not your job to point it out to them.

Are you one who knows that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God?” Great; but are you aware that you are the ONLY one to whom that applies?

Let the one who is without sin cast the first stone at another.

Let the One Who is Without Sin be the first to hand you a “Love blanket” (1Pet. 4:8) that you may have to give to your neighbor, because He has already given you one for yourself.

Use it.

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