Sunday, February 12, 2017

Go and Sin No More

Go and Sin No More
Pastor Allan was speaking and from my notes I present his edited sermon.
Today there is a lot of panic and fear about our Oroville Dam and the full lake. 
Let us look at things in the Spirit what can we learn?  The last 4 years we have diligently prayed for rain, and now we ask God to slow it down.  The overflow water is uncontrolled, but people are working frantically to control water – but no man can control it. 
Understand in the Spirit, we can control the Holy Spirit by quenching and grieving the Holy Ghost.  God says, come into the living water as He desires to pour out blessings; but we must be willing to allow the Holy Spirit to have control.
Next week is our Fifth Anniversary of our church.  God had laid it on my heart to start a church and my wife was in agreement with me and God.  I had no money, no organization, only a call straight from God.  I went to the landlord and told him I have a desire from God, but no money.  The Landlord said, you mean you have a desire but no money?  He asked me to present a business plan, and then said, “Move in next week, rent free for one year.  At the end of the year we will open your books and decide how much you can pay.”
Our first service we had 45 people.  God has a specific plan for this church.  Our motto is “Come as you are, but don’t leave as you came.”
We do not condone sin, however we welcome you here no matter your life style, just be willing to listen to the Holy Spirit.  Don’t be critical of others.  Allow God to work in their lives and in your life. 
It is difficult to understand how someone who declares they are a believer, yet can go out and commit abdominal sins. That is not what God desires and He wants to change believers into His image.
John 8:1-5 Jesus went unto the Mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst, They said unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what do you say?
Jesus acted like he didn’t hear them.  He stooped and wrote in the sand with his finger.  Then he spoke unto them.  He that is without sin among you; let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

One by one the men left and after a few minutes, Jesus stood and asked the woman, “Where are your accusers, has no one condemned you?”  She replied, None Lord.
Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you, but go and sin no more.”

The woman was wrong – her sin demanded death, but Jesus says, “Follow me and no longer walk in darkness, and I shall give you the light of life.

How many here today struggle with things day after day.  Let’s get real, I am not a good man.  I am not proud of my past and you probably feel that way too.  We deserve death.  Just because I think your sin is worse than my sin doesn’t make it right.  It is not my job to condemn but my job is to present Jesus the way of deliverance. 

We embrace – to love not judge, and are very real about this.  Understand the Word of God and what He expects.  He says to come out from among them and be separate from the world. 

His desire is that you understand the whole thing to live like Jesus did.  Once you come to Jesus, your sins are covered, and then you allow God to transform you by the washing of His Word and by the blood of Jesus.  Daily there is repentance, as we ask the Holy Spirit to search our hearts and point out what needs to change.

Come as you are and He will receive you and give you a new heart, then He says, “Go and Sin no more.”


Sylvia R said...

Yes, "Come as you are, but don't leave as you came"! This last part seems ignored a lot. Some people who say "I've got salvation!" mean I can stay as I am and do as I want. But Jesus says, "Go and don't keep doing that sin." The whole problem? I think it has to be unwillingness to surrender to God's control and *allow* Him day by day to change us. Does one have the Holy Spirit if the Holy Spirit doesn't have him or her? Hm.

Michele Morin said...

Such a beautiful reminder of His grace!

Floyd Samons said...

Love the heart and humility in this sermon. It is the heart of our Savior. That is what attracts the lost. How refreshing!