Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris
The World is in bondage to something. The earth in bondage to the command of God. No one thinks of the authority of Jesus quieting the water in a storm beyond it being a simple miracle in scripture. Yet the authority given is the same authority that created the heavens. Jesus being the word of God, and yet he stood teaching in human flesh before man, woman and child. Some coming to belief based on teaching alone, and others taking miracles to believe. One is in bondage to either sin as being master over you, or Jesus is master over your life. The Non believer that claims that they have power to obey the law of Moses, fails to obey the first law of belief in God and to serve no other God.
No man receiving Christ obeys perfectly even after being saved. The fact is without Godís forgiveness and mercy no one believer would being going to heaven. Yet upon salvation the process of sanctification begins. The process is learning to choose to live by Godís ways and not the ways of the devil. Sounds simple really, yet something are harder to define as sin or disobedience to God so walking by Godís Spirit is necessary for a believer. Cain was warned by Godís Spirit not to kill his brother, yet he did just that. When one walks by the leading of the Holy Spirit one learns to be in submission to Godís way. Cain got cast out of Godís sight for his sin. One might ask what if I fail will happen to me. Adam and Eve got cast out the garden. Moses did not get to enter the promise land. King Saul lost the Holy Spirit and evil spirit tormented him, and the list goes on. The public humiliation of King David because his sin was against one Israel soldiers. Samuel seem more righteous then some but I have to admit though Samuel sins may not of been wide spread, they were known to God. At a tender age Samuel learned to obey God with instruction of Eli who taught him how to respond to the voice he heard speak to him. If God speaking to you respond as Samuel did and not as Cain will reap better reward. For Samuel said yes Lord your servant is listening. Cain response was to kill his brother.
It is easy to justify oneís sin or actions, but it does not mean our actions are justified by God. Godís Spirit condemns us we are guilty of sin, if God does not condemn us we are free from sin. It is through Jesus one is free of sin and our part is to believe and to repent. This same passage chapter there is an issue of adulteress woman. Jesus condemns her not. Yet her sin is against the law of Moses but not Roman law. She was justified by the law of the land and not the law of Moses. Two laws one leading to stoning and one to freedom. The cost of death to sin, or to be free of sin by obedience to the law of the land we live under is a personal choice. To obey God or devil. Jesus response to the people that wanted to stone, what to who was able to cast that first stone, or who had not broken the laws of God. When the womanís accusers are gone, the woman that he condemned her not. Man laws may free you but it does not justify you with God.
If one is slave to the law of man and not the law of God, then one is transgression of Godís law. God allows man to obey the laws of the land we are under, with obedience to his laws by faith. Yet we are to judge only by the law of our land in social settings and not by Godís law in social setting. If one has a killer beside you and society says to shun, I guess you will be shunning that day. If God tells you to forgive a killer I guess you be forgiving that person on that day and speaking to him. Defining right and wrongs between Godís law and manís law is only defined by spiritual and the here and now. Spiritually speaking a killer salvation is based on repentance. We all nailed Jesus to the cross with our sin debt. It is Godís saving power that we are saved by grace and not condemned by His law concerning sin.
Yet what speak is only good for the believer, the non believer is still condemn by unbelief. With that in mind those Jesus spoke to were learning about the law of God and the law of man by example and by Mosaic truth. Our response to others under the law of sin. Yet in al reality sin is still sin and even believers in God can be enslaved to sin. Only freedoms comes through believing of the word and choosing to turn away from sin.
Dear Heavenly Father forgive us our sin and as we lay our sins at the cross remind us that you grace is sufficient. In Jesus precious name, Amen.