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Hi? This is Nikki toy. Thank you. So much for downloading is high class. I believe God has amazing things in your future. Hope you enjoy this message when drawing up or started dating many years ago we had a mutual friend, and I didn't notice at the time, but my friend was talking behind my back with jaw.
She would say things like she likes you, she told me she did and your wits. I will tell you what she said. What what did you think about our first date? He began to question her and she began to tell him just keep doing what you're doing she really likes you a lot, so he began to hear how much I liked him at the very start of our relationship. I gave him the confidence to pursue this relationship and he began to pursue a relationship with me. He found out Something very important he found out that I liked him to a lot. So as we continued with our relations,
discovery things about one another learning things about one another and it began to grow and it began to flourish Twenty nine years later it still growing in it he'll you using your from hearing that I liked him to experiencing that I like him, he went from hearing to literally no By my words and by my actions and too often we sit on the sidelines of why? Because we hear something is good but We don't allow it to develop a confidence in us to pursue what is good to pursue those things that we want. It's like that with the love of God, your family, your friends, maybe you heard about Jesus when you were young, but you know what they're still,
some areas of your life. You cannot pursue him. You ve Letty men, maybe a little bit, but there's areas that you think I want him to get to know me in that area. He may not like me anymore, you feel condemned. Sometimes people think they need to clean themselves that they need a fixed himself at nice and shiny before they can develop a real. Ship with Jesus, what they know that he loves armies heart. They ve heard it, but they ve never taking the next step her. Maybe they have serve God, but, like I said there are those doors, that they just won't open- and you know when that happens, our relationship doesn't deepen and strengthen. We dont develop all that we can in the relationship listen, thereby shut some doors to draw and wouldn't let him in there would be some problems, but I have confidence that he wasn't going to judge me. He knew
wasn't judging here, we were in this together and we love. Can we developed it and that's what we have to believe about the love of Christ? God does not condemn you in Jesus Christ, he loves you and Jesus Christ. There is no door there. You cannot open to him. There is no sin to right. There is nothing that you that he will not forgive you for the Bible says when you were yet sinners. He came and gave his life for you. But we were ever even knew him. He already fell in love with us. Let's go from just hearing about the lava to truly developing and experiencing the love of God
if you're sitting here today and you got some condemnation, are some shame cannot tell you that is not Jesus. That is the accuser and Jesus is not the accuser. There's a story in John H that exemplifies this, so very well. Jesus was teaching one afternoon near the Temple and describes in the Pharisees. That's the religious leaders of that day drag a woman to him in front of everybody and said Jesus. This woman was caught in the act of adultery now in the law, Mothers is. It says that such an act in such a woman should be stoned to death, I'm sure they came. They were. They came with stones in their hand and drag
one and a law. They stood her there and Jesus date. I can only imagine a hush hush came over the crown because they said Jesus. What you say about this, the Bible says that he kneel down wait a minute that woman standing there. I can only imagine, as she has her eyes, wound to Jesus to see what the verdict is when he began to kneel down. I can only imagine her heart beginning to flutter in her chest. Thinking, oh no. What is he going to do? Is he gonna pick up a rock? Is he going to start this execution right now? because we read that story quickly, but when it's happening to you, it's happening in slow motion. You got time to think about it. Why else? What he bent down? If he wasn't gonna pick up around
Can you imagine that go on in her mind, but the scripture says he knelt down and he began to write in the dirt. Then he stood up again and he looked at those accusers and he said those who view without Stan. You cast the first stone and looked at them, and then he knelt down again scripture says that one by one one by one, they begin to walk off from the oldest to the youngest you there's just like Jesus. He gives you time to think about it. He judged sudden, and then he gives you time to think about it. He stood up again looked around was no one. Just he and the woman. Can you imagine that woman standing there still trembling she standing there thinking what just happened. You know the law that they talked about was the love Moses. That was was given to Moses by God, and it was written on tablets of stone by God. Zone finger was written amount, Santa
Jesus when he knelt down. We don't know what he wrote he didn't come to abolish the law. The scripture tells us he came to fulfil the law, and I find it quite interesting that the same law that was written by gods finger, he sent his son to write something else with his finger in the dark, and that was far sake. Went on nobody rob, but it had been mercy because he looked about what and instead, where your accusers, so anyone here condemning you, said no, sir, and he said I dont condemn you either he said, go and sin no more. She stood face to face with mercy. She went from hearing about Jesus. Everybody in the town knew about Jesus. I had heard something about him. She probably
heard. Yes, he performs the miracles. Yeah he's a nice man but when that day, from hearing about Jesus to experiencing the love of Jesus, she went from hearing to knowing this love standing face to face. With Marcy. Can you imagine that day her heart was opened in such a way that when she walked She didn't work. I condemn, she walked out convinced this is a man of war. This is a man. Just touch me, I mean mercy, opens the door of our heart for repentance. He told her go back in then no more, I'm empowering you and I'm strengthening you by mercy and my grace to stand against sin using grace does not give us a licence to thin. Grace gives us the power to stand against. In the past
or to say no to thin that day, Jesus within a very intimate place without woman, a part of her life what what no one to see, but everyone saw, and they saw Jesus not pick up a rock but take his own finger and right mercy in the dirt. If you're here today, I want to tell you Jesus: is it continue? Rocks they hurt. Jesus If you know today, if anybody throwing rocks at you, if there's condensation in your mind, because there's areas of your life you're really don't want to expose to Jesus no today, but he is not going to condemn you. He wants to convince you that, yes, there is power to turn that thing around and go another way he wants to strengthen you
and give you the power you need to live. The lie he's called you Italia, they men think, you for listening to the jewellers, dean, podcast, helpless. Continue to share the message of hope with those all over the world is a joke, steam dot com. Slash, give hope to give a gift today, thanks for listening to the podcast, be sure to subscribe, seeking at all of the latest messages, know that we pray for you, God bless you.
Transcript generated on 2020-06-09.