God Knows Your Sin. Deal With It.

God knows everything, yet many still come to Him. How can this be when what He knows about us aint all good?

The woman at the well is a prime example of God’s knowledge on display.

Jesus tells the woman to go get her husband.

“Husband, what’s a husband?” is along the lines of her response.

When He lets her know that He’s aware of her five husbands, she changes the subject.

One would assume, after having your sin pointed out by a guy who just met you, she would be terrified and run for the hills.

Instead she goes to the city and tells others about Jesus. Note what she says to them

Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?

“Hey, come check out this guy who knows all my sin!” Quite a witness!

One would think that all the people in the town would say, “Ah, yeah, no thanks.” But nope, the next verse says, “Then they went out of the city, and came unto him.”

They were attracted to the message that there was a man who can tell you about everything you ever did! That’s amazing!

God knows everything about you. If that terrifies you, then you better learn some things about Him!

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New Study–Calvinists Are Demented

“Cynics are three times more likely to develop dementia than those who have faith in humanity, a study has shown.”

“They were asked how much they agreed with statements such as “I think most people would lie to get ahead”, “it is safer to trust nobody” and “most people will use somewhat unfair reasons to gain profit or an advantage rather than lose it.”

“Those taking part were monitored for eight years, during which time 46 of them were diagnosed with dementia.”

In other words, if you believe in Total Depravity, you are, or soon will be, demented.

Hey, I didn’t write the study, just reporting the facts.

Since I know there is a large portion of humanity that can’t detect online humor, let me say that I am quite cynical about this study and my comment about it is a joke.

 

God Remembers that We Are Dust

God knows everything.

Depending on how you look at it, this can be a good or a bad thing.

If God knows everything, then He knows everything about you–your thoughts, acts and words. Depending on what that is like, God’s knowledge may be terrifying!

On the other hand, God’s knowledge may give you comfort.

You either find God appealing or terrifying. I think the Bible expresses these thoughts.

As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?

Here the Psalmist finds God appealing, can’t wait to appear before Him.

In Psalm 139 the psalmist talks about all that God knows and says, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

God knows all these things, so where can I go to get away from Him?!

His answer is–nowhere. But by the end of the Psalm he says

Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

God knows everything about us. If we were perfect, this would present no problem. But we’re not perfect, so we need to know something about God that might draw us to Him even though He knows our sin.

It’s the goodness of God that leads men to repentance. God is good. God is gracious, merciful, slow to anger and willing to forgive. If God were bad and knew everything, we’re in serious trouble.

For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

One of the things God knows about us is that we are dirt. He graciously desires to make us new creations in Christ, to remove our sin and bring us into right relationship with Him.

This is a great thing to know about God knowing us!

Meditating to Death

“The family and followers of one of India’s wealthiest Hindu spiritual leaders are fighting a legal battle over whether he is dead or simply in a deep state of meditation.

“His Holiness Shri Ashutosh Maharaj, the founder of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan religious order with a property estate worth an estimated £100 million, died in January, according to his wife and son.

“However, his disciples at his Ashram have refused to let the family take his body for cremation because they claim he is still alive.”

Nice to know Christianity isn’t the only religion that has followers where one wonders if they are dead or alive.

I’ve been to a few churches where I wondered if the leader was dead.

Trust me, if your religious works make you appear to be dead, you’re doing something wrong.

10 Reasons it’s Easier to Judge Others and Not Ourselves

It was recommended to me that I should watch a certain movie. I was told that it had some cuss words and some violence, but it had to because it was “just showing the reality of the situation.”

I’ve heard this excuse/justification for watching trash many times. A group of people who would never dream of doing things even remotely like what happens in a movie, talk about all the sin and how “real” it made the movie.

People understand the reality of sin. Even movie makers know it. Not only do they make filthy films to “depict reality,” they put R-ratings on them to let you know how bad even they think they are!

Trust me, if the people who make this filth warn you it’s filth–it’s filth.

So, we all know reality is filled with sin. What is perhaps harder to realize is that you are filled with sin.

Judging other people’s sin is easier for several reasons.

1) It’s not ours, so we can feel good about ourselves.
2) We are immune to much of our own sin. As one man eloquently put it, “Every man’s farts smell good to himself after a while.” Hey, I didn’t say it, someone else did. Quit judging me.
3) We give ourselves the benefit of every doubt and rarely extend the same honor to others.
4) We know where we’ve come from and we have little idea where others come from, so we assume the worst about them.
5) Other people’s sin doesn’t make me feel guilty.
6) I can be part of God’s right arm of justice by not only pointing out, but helping punish the sins of others, you know, for Jesus and stuff.
7) Watching other people’s sin is kind of fun! The entertainment industry proves this daily.
8) If we weren’t so good at seeing faults in others, we’d have little to talk about. What would we gossip about then, how nice our neighbors are?
9) We are biased in our judgments. We do not judge righteous judgment. We judge our opinions of brief snippets of external behavior rather than hearts.
10) People are always sinning in front of me, what else am I supposed to do?

We all know the realities of sin, that’s not the problem, we see it in others constantly. The problem is being real with ourselves and with our own sin. That’s why most keep their lives so busy and loud and take so little time to be still and know God.

Knowing God results in knowing yourself and your sin. Before love, joy and peace take root, shame, guilt and oops must take root. Few are willing to come to Christ for fear of what they’ll see in themselves.

The Spirit Reproves the World of Sin

The Spirit of God and the Word of God work together. In fact, Jesus said His words were spirit and life.

One cannot come to Christ or His Word without running into the work of the Holy Spirit.

When Christ was preparing to leave, He told His disciples His departure was good so He could send the Spirit. And, when the Spirit comes, “he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment

“Reprove” means to find fault with something. It even goes so far as to shame the person who did or has the fault. It brings to light and exposes bad stuff, thus making the doer of the bad stuff fell, well, bad.

What is being exposed exactly? He convicts the world of sin “because they believe not on me.”

The ultimate sin is unbelief. Paul later says, “Whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” Faith is hearing God; sin is not hearing God. “Hearing,” in the Bible, is always linked with obedience, not just whether your ears work or not.

To reject Christ is to be in sin. If your sin is not forgiven, there is punishment awaiting. Coming to Christ by faith is how sin is dealt with and removed.

The Spirit will bring many into an awareness of sin, in fact, I’d go so far as to say all are brought to this by the Spirit.

But then it’s up to the person to figure out what their next move will be: come to the light or run from the light.

Men love the darkness, but there’s no hope in the darkness. Yes, our God is a consuming fire, a burning light, but the only way to be safe is to come to Him in faith. Counter-intuitive perhaps, but the only answer.

One Main Reason People Avoid Reading the Bible

The Bible calls God the “living God.”

Our Bible is God’s Word and, get this, it is living!

This only makes sense. When the living God speaks, He speaks living words.

As Peter says of Christ, “thou hast the words of eternal life.

Earlier in that same passage, Jesus says, “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.

His words are spirit and life. They reveal and, in some mysterious way, ARE the living God.

As John explains in John 1, “In the beginning was the word, the word was with God and the word was God.” Later John says, “And the word became flesh and dwelt among us.”

Jesus Christ is the word. The Living Word. He reveals the Living God.

The Bible is God’s living word and is God’s living Spirit.

This all seems totally cool! By God’s Word we get to know God and interact with His Spirit. How is that not awesome?!

I’ll tell ya how, cuz one of the main jobs of the Spirit is to convict men of sin.

If you don’t mess with God’s Word, you avoid God’s Spirit, thus you avoid guilt and the painful reality of sin.