IDOK DEVOTION for Wednesday July 18, 2007
Grace means that God, in forgiving you, gives you the strength to endure the consequences. Grace frees us so that we can obey our Lord. It does not mean sin’s consequences are automatically removed. If I sin and in the process of sinning break my arm, when I find forgiveness from sin, I still have to deal with a broken bone.
Romans 6:17 NIV — But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching to which you were entrusted.
As I read the words: ‘Grace means that God, in forgiving you, gives you the strength to endure the consequences’, I stopped before even going on to the next sentence to read it again just to hear those words again. By the very act of forgiving us Father is telling us to GO ON; to continue on with living a life that honors Him and yes the consequences of the sin may not be easy to deal with BUT God is there giving us the STRENGTH to do it!
This reminds me of a Scriptural Account, the account of the Woman who was snatched out of her house in the very act of adultery, the text says, and brought to Jesus by the Scribes and Pharisees. I don’t know if they cared so much about actually stoning the woman. What they really wanted was to ‘test’ Jesus. As it happened they were the ones who were tested – by the way they failed! But back to our point this morning. The penalty due the woman was death (by stoning). The Scribes and Pharisees knew that quite well. So did Jesus. But the stoning she did not get. What she got was forgiveness. She was forgiven of the PENALTY of adultery and in verses 11 and 12 she said and Jesus said:
11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”
12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” With this link you can read all of John chapter 8. http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%208%20;&version=50;
I see here that Jesus gave her the strength to get up off that ground and GO ON. The PENALTY for her sin was paid but she would still had to face ‘the world’ and I believe she did! I believe she drew upon the STRENGTH of the Lord Jesus Christ and she did GO ON. One of these days when we all get to Heaven, maybe she will tell us about it!
So whatever has gone on in your life this week; if you messed up and you have some consequences, get up off the ground, the PENALTY is paid, receive His Forgiveness AND the strength only He can give you AND GO ON!
We got this prayer request in late Tuesday:
Kathie, Got this from our missionary friends in Spain. Carmen:
At 2:15 a.m. (5 p.m. California time) we received a phone call from Joe and Nancy (Larry’s sister) to say that Mom Thornburg passed away. She had had a heart attack last week and was in the hospital for a few days, having had surgery. She went home from the hospital on Saturday and insisted that she didn’t need anyone with her. Larry has been phoning her daily and Nancy and Joe were in constant contact with her and went to see her daily. Today they went by to check on her after work and found her.
We have started looking for flights for Larry so he can be with his brother and sister at this time. The prices are so expensive for last minute flights that we don’t think we can afford for us both to go, especially knowing we are planning on a short furlough beginning in December. It’s just hard to know what to do at this point. We are hoping Larry can be there by Friday.
We would appreciate your prayers for wisdom and strength for the whole family. Larry & Rose Anne Thornburg
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Injured and brought State side: Anthony. Hector
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As I post this it is 97°F and Sunny in Baghdad, Iraq & the time there is 3:59 PM ADT – on July 18, 2007
HIS MINISTRY TO YOU