17 February 2009

Drawing A Line In The Sand

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John 8:1-11 (NIV)
1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.
2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them.
3,4 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery.
5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?"
6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger.
7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her."
8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there.
10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
11 "No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin".

Following on from my own personal quiet time over the last couple of days, I've discovered further areas in my life that need changing. Well, we all have our own particular issues that we struggle with - there's not anyone who doesn't.

Well, it's now time for me to 'draw a line in the sand' on these issues. This particular phrase refers to establishing a limit beyond which things will be unacceptable. I'm declaring a boundary and letting everyone know that crossing it will cause trouble. I am stating very simply that there are certain parts of my life where I am saying 'Thus far, and no further'. And I'm assured that God is with me every step of the way. No condemnation, no threats, no ifs, no buts. It's simply time to deal with the issues.

So, how long will this last, this struggle, I asked God. I wasn't expecting such an instant response.

Back came the answer: 'As long as it takes'.


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