January 12, 2009

“Go and sin no more…”

This morning I was sitting before the Lord, kind of a confession morning for me.  One of those days where it seemed God’s light was very bright on my heart, radiating so many areas that needed cleaning out.  You know it’s the Lord when the conviction is gentle.  The enemy was right there to load the guilt on, heavy and loud, over the very issues the Lord was revealing.  And the Spirit quickly reminded me that the Lord does not bring condemnation.

And the Spirit quickly reminded me that the Lord does not bring condemnation.

But rather conviction that leads to repentance.  God brought to mind the woman caught in adultery.  The Pharisees brought her to Jesus and asked if they should stone her. And Jesus says in John 8:7, “If any of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”  All who brought her to Jesus turned and walked away.  I quickly flipped to the passage because I wanted to see Jesus’ response to her sin.  He said, “Go and sin no more.”  (John 8:11)

His word is so clear.  So simple.  The Holy Spirit convicts, we repent of the sin and then we are to walk away and stop the sin…at once.  Right now.  Sounds simple but so hard as we fight against the flesh.  For the past few days, I had been experiencing more of a quietness from the Lord, not experiencing His presence like I had been.  But as I sat with Him this morning, confessing my heart, that silence began to lift and the Spirit’s voice I could hear more clearly.  I can remember sitting in a service at church and our pastor said, “If you can’t hear God, you need to go back to the last thing He told you to do and obey it.”  For sin, God says stop it at once and do not continue in it.  Obey what I have asked of you.  If not, sin creates this incredible wall between us and God. 

How great it would be if I started every day with Him, confessing any known sin or asking for the Spirit to reveal unconfessed sin to me, so that nothing stands between me and Him….so that my day can be lived out God directed rather than self directed. 

“Lord please, make me sensitive to your Spirit.”

I’m really starting to see how impossible it is to live by the Spirit when sin stands in the way of hearing Him, no matter the sin, small or great, attitude or action…sin separates, divides and causes a callous heart before the Lord. 

A prayer I have had for a while now has been, “Lord please, make me sensitive to your Spirit.”  Without hearing we cannot obey and without obedience we cannot please Him. 

3 Comments So Far...

January 17, 2009 Annie

Hi there Dan,  I re-read your entry again, maybe I got distracted the first time I read it, because the ending seemed new and sweet all over again. I really enjoy the things you share on this blog, many can learn from what God is showing you. Don’t stop sharing, people are learning and seeing God no matter how many comments are posted…. we appreciate you taking the time to share. I know what I need to do in my time with the Lord today, let’s just say it will be a day of confession for me. love you and thanks again for sharing your heart. smooches smile

January 18, 2009 Danika

Thanks Sim!  I appreciate your encouragement.  Praying every day that the Lord would be glorified through what He prompts me to share.

January 24, 2009 Taylor Barriger

Just what I needed to read - thanks for sharing.

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