Sunday, April 12, 2009

If you are willing

As I was reading my morning devotion in "Our Daily Bread" for the day of March 30, it really caused me to think about the difference between being clean & unclean spiritually. So much so, that I began to dig deeper into God's Word to see what He was saying to me. Henceforth, the following blog was born. I sense that there is someone out there that needs this. Please read on!

Reading through Luke 5:12-13, we see that Jesus is confronted by a leper. A leper was an unclean outcast from society. Leprosy was a disease that deformed the body by eating away at the flesh. Once a person had contracted leprosy, he or she was judged to be unclean and was cast out of society to go and live among others that had the disease. This disease reminds me of sin. Sin is a disease in much the same way that leprosy is. It eats away at the body, soul and spirit until it produces death. James 1:15b "....and sin, when it is full-grown gives birth to death." (NIV) This disease has, also, caused us to be cast out of God's society. Genesis 3:23-24 "So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life."

Just like the leper, we have been judged unclean and must go and live among the disfigured & dying. This sin disease has affected all of mankind. Romans 3:23 ".......for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." But the story does not end there, praise God! As we continue to read Luke 5:12 we see that the man falls on his face at the feet of Jesus. ".....he fell on his face and begged him, 'Lord if you are willing, you can make me clean.'" This man was in desperation. He knew that he could not heal himself. The disease had destroyed his body and caused him to become a reject among his people. The loneliness in itself must have been overwhelming. And just like the leper, we cannot heal ourselves of the sin disease that would ultimately destroy our souls in a place called Hell if we did not have a cure. As we read on with Luke 5:13, we find the cure and the cure's name is Jesus. "Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. 'I am willing', he said. "'Be clean!' And immediately the leprosy left him." All it took was one touch from the King of Kings to restore the man and make him whole. In the same way we can be cured today so that this sin disease will not destroy our bodies and souls ulitimately in a place called Hell. However, in order to be cured, it takes desperation just like the leper. We must come to the end of our rope and realize that we cannot heal ourselves of the sin disease. We must realize we cannot become a part of God's society again until we have been cured. We must be willing to turn away from our sins and turn to Jesus for forgiveness and cleansing. When we have become desperate like the leper and fall on our face before Jesus in faith, repenting of our sins and asking Jesus to forgive us and cleanse us through His saving grace, then He will respond in the same way as He did the leper..........."I am willing........Be clean!"

Sunday, February 22, 2009


This is a post that I made on January 17 of this year on my myspace page. I am posting this for my first blog on because I believe this is very important for each of us especially if you are a child of God! Read on!

Have you had your fair share of troubles lately? Do you ever feel like you will never be able to overcome your situation? Here is the real question that I want to ask you..................Is there a particular sin that you have been struggling with? Many times in life, even as a Christian, there always seems to be a never ending struggle with some sort of sin. You name it. Maybe you get angry and then act upon it by telling somebody off. Maybe you have been watching stuff on TV or at the movies that you don't need to be watching. Maybe you have been listening to some type of music that Jesus wouldn't listen to. Maybe you have been looking at girls or guys in a way that you shouldn't (a little thing called lust). I could go on and on and on. The point is that God showed me something. And I want to share with you. James 4:7 says this, "Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." Do you want to know why that, "Submit yourselves therefore to God" is first. This is what God showed me. You must first submit yourself to God before you can resist the devil. You cannot resist the devil if you don't submit yourself to God first. I discovered that if I was going to be an overcomer, I must be submitted to God in every way. I challenge you today. If you are doing any of the things I mentioned above or if you are struggling with a particular sin, submit yourself to God today and watch what HE does in your life!! I pray that God will began a great work in each of you today!!