Which Way Are You Pulled
When you go to church do you leave feeling a sense of well being, a peace, an excitement over what you heard? Or do you leave feeling the same way as when you arrived or worse yet feeling condemned?
I heard Joseph Prince use this play on the word Pulpit. The pulpit can pull you down into the pit or pull you out of the pit. I thought how true that is. Sometimes you can hear a preacher and he can pull you down into the pits by preaching condemnation. If you feel condemned after hearing the word of God then that condemnation is coming from the enemy or the one preaching, it is not from God. You should never be taught a message that causes condemnation without also being taught at the same time His forgiveness.
God says, He remembers your sin no more. He says there is no condemnation for those who are living for Him.
Romans 8 v 1....there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit....
The key here is that you are walking in the Spirit of God not in your flesh. We can bring condemnation on ourselves by walking in the flesh and continuing in sin when we know better.
The message Jesus told His disciples to take to the world was the Gospel. The good news, not one of condemnation.
He said He came not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
John 3 v 17...For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved......
I can assure you that when I was lost and living like the devil himself, I knew I was living in sin, I didn't need to be told. When the song Amazing Grace says, I once was lost and now I am found, was blind now I see, it is talking about being blind to the love of Christ Jesus and His forgiveness. It is not saying I was blind to what I was doing.
Romans 5 v 18-19.....Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself, through Jesus Christ and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.....
When we go out to witness to others, it is to share the love of Christ Jesus and His fogiveness. Heathens know they are heathens, they don't need you to tell them. They do not need a judge, they need a Savior. It is not our job to cleanse them, that job is for Jesus. Our job is to share the love and forgiveness that is found in Christ Jesus and then let Jesus do His job. He is not quitting or retiring, His job is not available and never will be. We will never be promoted into His position.
Share the Word with others, so that they too can see the love God has for them and His forgiveness. Don't ever try to pull them down into the pit by reminding them of what they are doing wrong, but yet use His Word to pull them out. Let God be their judge, let Jesus be their Savior, and we can be ambassadors for Christ Jesus taking His good news. Where do you find the good news to share?
STAY IN THE WORD!