I’m doing something a little #different today. Usually I bring you an audio message from Brother Tommy. Today the #Lord wanted me to share what He gave me from Luke 5:17-26.

Luke 5:17-26
Jesus Heals a Paralytic
On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal. And behold, some men were bringing on a bed a man who was paralyzed, and they were seeking to bring him in and lay him before Jesus, but finding no way to bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down with his bed through the tiles into the midst before Jesus. And when he saw their faith, he said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” And the scribes and the Pharisees began to question, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” When Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answered them, “Why do you question in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the man who was paralyzed—“I say to you, rise, pick up your bed and go home.” And immediately he rose up before them and picked up what he had been lying on and went home, glorifying God. And amazement seized them all, and they glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.”

When you read this passage, how do you answer Christ’s question? Which is easier to say your sins are forgiven you or rise and walk? Well much like his audience of teachers and Pharisees for a long time I would have answered that the unseen was easier. I can tell you your sins are forgiven very easily but to heal you, I would need physical proof. But Jesus knew that the physical was temporary and simple, but that to forgive this man’s sins He would have to sacrifice His own life. God cares about our physical well being but He cares much more about our eternal outcome. One of the most frequently asked questions is why do we have to suffer? If God took care of our every setback on Earth before we even asked, would we even see our need to trust Him? Would a child grow and mature if constantly sheltered and protected? Would we need a Savior if we led a charmed life?

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Have you ever taken a #test in which you #answer with one word either #true or #false? Living day to day we have so many #questions to answer with multiple choices; however, after much contemplation most come down to a true/false conclusion. Complex yet simple statements such as… Do you love me? Did you lie? We can rationalize over many of the answers or choices we make in our lifetime. Some of our answers affect us that day while others are life changing. There is one answer that has eternal consequences! You choose ….True …or ,,,,False. “We know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding that we may know Him that is true even in His Son Jesus Christ. THIS IS THE TRUE GOD AND ETERNAL LIFE” 1John 5:20 What is your answer? Will it be true or false?

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The #Bible says #obedience is better than #sacrifice.  And yet the #World says better to ask #forgiveness than #permission.  Once again, worldly wisdom is at odds with biblical teaching.  Many people never get the message of God, and their life suffers for it.  We are often told there is no black and white, only shades of grey.  That’s called moral relativism.  Who benefits if we never get this concept?  Here, Brother Tommy is telling us about a king who was supposed to destroy everything of the enemy in war, and yet the bleating of the sheep gave him away.  What gives our sins away?  What excuse did the king give for his disobedience?  Did it work?  Will it work for us today?  What part does conscience play?  How about scripture?  Is there consequence or judgment for disobedience?  The grace of Jesus Christ takes away one but not the other.  We will never get by with sin, but we can get rid of it.  

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What thoroughly cleanses? Can any product completely remove #spots, #stains, #smells, or #dirt? Whether it is on our body, clothes, bedding, or dwelling, we all have problem areas. Whether it is caused by simple day to day activities or from an unexpected storm in our life, we need assistance with cleansing. Accidents, sickness, pests, and yes, even wrong choices can make cleaning up a mess beyond our ability! We see many ads which promote products, doctors, pills, or lawyers who claim solutions to your problem. Many may help, but can they remove it? Let us read 1John 1-10 “From the beginning we have heard and seen…the Word of Life..we write this to you that your joy maybe full….if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another and THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST, SON OF GOD THE FATHER CLEANSES US FROM ALL SIN. If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, GOD is faithful and just to forgive us and CLEANSES US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS.” Now that is a deep cleansing that lasts for eternity! Time to have joyful thankfulness for a mortal body that has been CLEANSED BY THE LIVING GOD JESUS CHRIST.

Last week, we learned what it means to be a #Christian.  This week, we find out what happens to one who starts this journey only to turn back.  Picture a boat on a river trying to go upstream.  When it stops going forward does it stand still?  The world has told us many times to follow your heart, but is that good advice?  What voice do we ignore in the middle of turning back?  How good are we at rationalizing our own actions?  Where are our interests refocused when this happens?  Can we constantly turn our backs on God and expect no consequences?  What can we do to halt our backward momentum?

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