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John 11:43-44 ” When He had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, ‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’ “

Are you bound up in the burial clothes of sin?  Do addictions have you shackled to a life you hate?  Do you long to be free of the things that have kept you from moving ahead?  Then obey the command of Jesus, “Come out!”   Yes, the decision is yours to make.  You can remain wrapped up tightly in the burial clothes of sin, guilt and shame…or you can walk out of that grave you call your life today and live.

He is Risen!

You are not reading this by chance.  God has brought you to this page for a reason.  And that reason is the Resurrection.  For all of us will made a decision concerning it…all of us will respond either that we believe Christ was raised from the dead, or not.  So where do you stand today?  Do you have the hope of eternal life through Christ Jesus…or are you still living in worldly denial?  This Easter, realize it was only because of God’s great mercy that He offers to you the undeserved kindness of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ.  Fix your hope on Jesus today…ask Him into your heart and be born again.

Mark 2: 16-17 “…they asked His disciples: ‘Why does He eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ On hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’ “

As His ministry became more well-known, Jesus became more popular among the social outcasts.  Why?  Because He wasn’t concerned about maintaining His squeaky clean image, or only being seen with the right people.  Jesus went where the need was.  So here we find Jesus at a large banquet made up of every kind of questionable personality and reputation.  But He looked beyond the person and saw their potential… and wasn’t afraid to go where they lived.  You won’t find the healthy in the hospital…you’ll only find the sick.  Just as you won’t find most lost sitting in the pews on Sunday.  As Christians, we need to be willing, just like Jesus, to go where the need is.

Matthew 15:19 ” For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.”

When Jesus spoke of man’s corrupt, sinful nature He always addressed it in its ultimate result.  For example, Jesus never warned us that we must not covet because it might lead to stealing…He said rather, You  must not covet because it is stealing.  The same goes for all the fleshly appetites and passions that come from our human nature.   If you think it – Jesus says you’ve already done it in your heart…from lust to murder.  For anytime we allow fantasy to fill our mind instead of truth, our flesh is winning.

Psalm 4:4 ” In your anger do not sin: when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.” Selah

I am my worst critic.  I lie in bed at night annoyed with myself that I didn’t accomplish everything I should have.  Or I’m aggravated at myself for not speaking up when I could have.  I react with self-loathing as I play back the events of the day… as the “I should have, I could have, I would have’s” run in a loop through my mind.  What’s so sad is… most times, I’m beating myself up over things no one else even knows about.  They’re things that are only important to me…so why am I so perturbed?   In a word…it’s  guilt.    Self-directed anger is fueled by guilt…and it doesn’t need to be guilt heaped on us from someone else…for we can do that all by ourselves!  But this guilt-ridden self-anger can be changed by the last few words of this verse…for it says to “search your hearts and be silent.  Selah”   That means we listen and not speak, allowing the Holy Spirit to whisper truth into our heart and mind.  It means then we pause and ponder these truths not allowing our mind to race negatively.  It’s positive reinforcement, Holy Spirit style.

Proverbs 1:10 ” My son, if sinners entice you, do not give in to them.”

Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to not go along with the crowd.  Sure, the peer pressure is strong, and we want to fit in and not seem odd…but we also realize what the crowd is about to do is just plain wrong.  Deuteronomy 13:8 tells us to not yield to or even listen to the enticements from those who are sinning.  And the old excuse of, “Everybody’s doing it!”  can’t stand up to the truth if it goes against the word of God.  For any words of persuasion, guilt, or deception we hear will never change wrong into right.

Proverbs 14:12 ” There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”

Everyday you see people doing what they think is the “right” thing…yes, they’re good people with good intentions…but unfortunately, they don’t have God in their world.  Their life consists of works and legalism…with a mental score-sheet that they keep track of their points…thinking that they can somehow work their way to heaven.   For they truly believe that a loving God would never deny a good person access to heaven.  But Jesus replied to this in Matthew 7:21 when He said, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the Will of My Father who is in heaven.”  The world has its own standard of what being a good person and doing what seems to be right is…but it sadly falls eternally short of God’s standard.