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The Finger of God (4)

The finger of God in cleansing. One day the Pharisees brought a woman to Christ. She'd been 'caught in the act' of adultery and they expected Him to condemn her. But instead, 'Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear.' This is Jesus at His best! He stooped down to identify with the victim in her shame, refusing to listen to the words of her accusers. Then He scattered them with a single statement: '...He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first' (John 8:7 NKJV). Ouch! Then the One Who came not to tear us down but to build us up, said to her, '...Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more' (John 8:11 NKJV).

The question is, where would she find strength to live such a life? Through Christ! His commandments are His enablings. He said, '...I am the light of the world, He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life' (John 8:12 NKJV). Jesus sees every weed as a potential rose, every doubter as a potential believer and every sinner as a potential saint. Stop listening to the voices that condemn you. Stop beating yourself up over your failures.

Come to Jesus today; He will cleanse you, make you whole and give you the life you've always longed for. You don't have to live under Satan's control anymore. Jesus said, '...If I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come' (Luke 11:20 KJV).

Soulfood : Lam 1:1-3:39, Mk 10:13-22, Ps 108, Prov 13:24-25


The Finger of God (3)

The finger of God in stone. Why do you think God wrote the Ten Commandments in stone? Because His principles are permanent and unchanging. You say, 'But what about all those people who have never heard God's Word? How will He judge them?' Paul answers: 'Even Gentiles, who do not have God's written that they know His law when they instinctively obey it...They demonstrate that God's law is written in their hearts, for their own conscience and thoughts either accuse them or tell them they are doing right' (Romans 2:14-15 NLT).

Your conscience acts like a compass. If you let it, it'll guide you right. But when you reject its warnings, its voice gets quieter and quieter until you can no longer hear it. That's a dangerous condition to be in. Paul writes, 'Having faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected, concerning the faith, have suffered shipwreck' (1 Timothy 1:19 NKJV).

Picture yourself standing on a bridge, dropping pebbles into a pond and watching the ripples go out to the edge. It's just a little pebble, but look at the effect it has! Yet in winter, when that same pond freezes over, you can drive a truck across it. Your conscience is like that. When you keep disobeying God, your heart becomes calloused and hardened and you no longer hear Him speaking to you. Paul writes, '...I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man' (Acts 24:16 NIV). That's a good rule of thumb for you to live by!

Soulfood : Lk 24:50-53, Acts 1:1-11, Eph 4:7-10


The Finger of God (2)

The finger of God in calamity. When God sent plagues that Pharaoh's wizards couldn't duplicate, they cried out in fear, 'This is the finger of God.' Finally Pharaoh got the message: 'Maybe God's trying to tell me something.' The calamity that befell Egypt was a direct result of Pharaoh defying God. Ten times Moses stood before him with God's Word, saying, 'Let my people go.' Notice, God was only asking for what was rightfully His.

The question is: What is He asking of you? Only when you say 'yes' to God, will things begin to go right for you! When you see His purpose in the reversals and setbacks you're going through, you can actually turn them into stepping stones to blessing. The Psalmist wrote, 'Your way, O God, is in the sanctuary' (Psalms 77:13 NKJV). Then he added, 'Your way was in the sea, Your path in the great waters...' (Psalms 77:19 NKJV). The sanctuary or the storm! God will bring you the easy way or the hard way. If you refuse to listen to His voice in the sanctuary, He will speak to you in life's storms. Pharaoh rebelled against the providential dealings of God and it cost him his kingdom and his life.

Don't miss the lesson here. God wants what belongs to Him, what He bought and paid for at Calvary. He wants His rightful place in your life, which is first place. And you have an option: you can rebel against Him or respond to His love. If you feel God tugging at your heart today, it's because He wants to save you, use you and bless you. If you're wise you'll say 'yes' to Him.

Soulfood : Gal 4-6, Mk 10:1-12, Ps 101, Prov 13:20-23

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