By: Tim Sader
In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
Last week we learned not to be stumbling blocks to other and for us to remove from ourselves whatever causes us to stumble. Christ told us to be careful not to be tripped up or trip others by throwing things in their path or we might be guilty for sending them to hell. By not accepting Christ we miss having a relationship with God but when we are a stumbling block we rob other of their relationship with Him and that doesn’t make Him to happy with us. Even stumbling ourselves up is not wise it would be better to go on living without whatever body part might cause us to stumble then for us to keep it and burn. If we are careful we will not have to cut ourselves up we can take our thoughts captive and control our actions getting rid of them instead of our limbs. To not stumble we must use the wisdom and understanding given to us by God so we can discern what is ok and what might cause us or others to stumble. If we are not stumbling we are not making others stumble because if we were we would be stumbling to. We have been given faith but we must build on it Godly precepts and not using our building blocks as stumbling blocks to trip one another. Together we are building up the body so when others stumble over our mess we stumble with who we made stumble. The stumbling test is love if we are walking in it we cannot stumble or cause anyone else to fall down either. By testing every thought and action with love we will know what belongs and what to throw away from us so we are not causing any stumbling.
We all stumble on our own because all of us are sinners who choose to sin with our own freewill. Luke 13:1-5 say, “Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.” The people who were adding their blood in with their sacrifice were doing a detestable thing to the Lord and they had sinned in doing this. Just by sinning we do not become sinners we are all sinners so when we sin God does not see that we are more of a sinner than anyone else since we are all guilty because of sin. We all surely will perish as sinners if we do not repent and let the Lord free us from the guilt we’re in because of sin. Luke 15:7 says, “I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.” In heaven they rejoice over one sinner when they come to know the Lord so since they have already rejoiced over us we should not think we are better than them God sees them like seen us. We are sinners that the Lord saved so what right do we have to consider another sinners sin worse than our own filthy sin that we’re guilty of. Then Luke 15:10 also says, “In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” When a sinner repents there is rejoicing in heaven I can’t help but think, what happens in heaven when those who have been made righteous still keep sinning? I won’t say that those sins are more severe than any other but we should know better and we still sin so what some may consider little sins might be just as big as whatever sins are the big ones. Thinking we are better than anyone will cause us to stumble fast and bring them right down with us.
Romans 5:8 says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ died for us when we were all sinners he did not specify what sins it takes to be labeled a bad sinner or a really bad sinner. All sin is sin and all sin made us sinners so since Christ died for all sinners while we still sinned He died for all sin even the really bad one. In saving us God shows us his love he showed His judgment throughout the Old Testament so we know He didn’t have to save us but He loved us and gave us a chance by offering us a way to be saved while we were still in disobedience to Him. 1 Timothy 1:15-16 says, “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners —of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.” Was Paul the worst of sinners? He killed many early Christians but God loved him and through Christ he was saved and became a great apostle. Honestly there is nothing worse than being a sinner so even the best acting sinner is the worst because all sinners are the same before Christ. In the most horrific demonstrations of sin God can gain the most glory those who seen Paul changed knew God changed him and this lets us see the Lords patience knowing He can change us, the filthiest of sinners. James 4:7-8 says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” When we choose to follow Christ we are giving up on sin and submitting our lives to the Lord so if we will resist the devil by keeping close to the Lord he will flee from us giving us more victory over who we once were. We have been cleansed and purified by Christ now we must do what we can to stay pure and keep Him in our hearts to avoid sin so heaven can keep rejoicing over our victory.
I will be working on transitioning this study into both the written format on Tuesday and adding a spontaneous group discussion at my house or church if you’d be interested in attending let me know. The church I attend is MorningStar in Fort Mill, SC you can view meetings by going to www.morningstartv.com where you can register for free then watch Friday School of the Spirit at 7pm EST and Sunday at 9 and 11am EST by clicking watch live at the top of the web screen. Let the words spoken and the messages spread into your area share it with friends, loved ones and local believers to spread revival across the nation and around the world. Also for those who don’t already forward the torch to others feel free to forward it to everyone on your buddy list, lets reach more people than ever before with its message. Share it with your churches if you feel lead to. Thanks I pray the Lord will continue touching each of your lives. All of what Christ did he did so we would believe in who he said he was. He told us not to take his word for it but to believe in what he did according to the will of his father who showed him what to do.
I pray that this message will sink into your hearts and minds this week and if anyone is not a believer my prayer is they will meet the Lord. If it’s on your heart to make Jesus Christ your Savior send a message to my email: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will help you do that.
Look out for next Tuesdays Torch found on www.myspace.com/trippy91 or sent from email@example.com this study is written by Tim Sader inspired by The Holy Spirit.
Blessed are you who enter in God’s name—from God’s house we bless you! God is God, he has bathed us in light. Psalm 118:26-27