Thursday, October 7, 2021

John 5 Devotions by Stephen Taylor

John 5:14

Later, Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning, or something worse may happen to you.”


John 8:10,11 - Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you, "Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”


Can you feel the urgency and immediacy in the words of Jesus? These verses are said to people He has had mercy on, one He healed and one He spared, but both He loved, had mercy on, and set free! He calls them after this to leave their life of sin and walk in truth. To not go running back to their old ways or conform to this world but to truly walk in the blessing of freedom that He has given them.


Which way do we go after Jesus has mercy and sets us free from something? After He breaks the chains, do we put them back on? After He forgives our sin, do we go right back to wallowing in it? Brothers and sisters, this just shouldn’t be. We have to fight the flesh by surrendering in and to the Spirit! Jesus didn’t come to just bring relief from sins but to bring freedom, forgiveness, and power over them.


The power is not being us but He who is in us. The One who is constantly working in, around, and through us! Jesus says that His Father is always at work, and in times like these, that’s a comforting thought. That our Heavenly Father is always moving, always working, and always there for those who call on His Name. So, the question is, if He has given us new life and freedom in Him, then what are we doing with it, and who are we serving with it?


John 10:28,29 – “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.”


God bless! I love you all, but He loves you so much more! Glory, honor, and praise now and forever to Papa God, Jesus Christ our King, and the Holy Spirit who leads us into all truth!




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