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Shades of Greed

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
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EL pen Logo with heartLuke 12:15

And He said to them, “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”

Thanks so much for coming by, Coffee Hour Friend. It’s that time again, our WOW time to use scripture as a weapon of warfare to apply to the currents of life as they billow in and sometimes over us. Grab your coffee, and your red Strand of Faith. I’m hoping this WOW will be incredibly knot worthy for you!

So last week, our pastor finished up the series “Weird, Because Normal’s Not Working,” and his final message was based on being weird with our money/finances. His timing for that message was interesting, especially considering what’s happening in my life, but let me not detour … just yet.

Allow me to lead us to Luke 12:13 first before we go to our WOW. I think it’s important to put our Words of Wisdom and Weapons of Warfare into context so we don’t just feel like we are making it fit somewhere in our lives.

See, Jesus is hanging out with the crowd, standing out in the crowd and He’s doing one of the jobs He was sent to do: Teaching. Now, it’s curious to think about; was He going to talk about this next topic or did the statement from the one in the crowd spur this teaching? Whatever the answer, it doesn’t matter for this lesson made it into the Number 1 Best Seller, the undisputed Word of God. Tweet This!

The statement that inspired the message: “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”

Now, right away, we know this lesson is going to be about money … or is it?

Jesus’ next words to the man in the crowd, and to you and me, are, “Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?” Let’s put this on pause for a moment. There are a couple of instances in the Bible where there were disputes, and real nasty ones, about birthrights and inheritances, true stories of people doing drastic things to get what they felt was theirs.

Have you ever watched families fight, after a loved one has gone to his/her eternity, over what’s left? There is never a winner! It’s something that leaves a completely bitter taste in the mouths of anyone fighting … and for those who’ve watched. The fight destroys families; I’ve had a front-row seat as I watched a conflict with my mom’s small inheritance rise to the level of destruction between my brothers … to this day they are not speaking. I’ll spare you all the gory details and just give you the framework, because the fact that my mom had anything left to leave in and of itself is a miracle and could be a whole other blog!

But what she did have left over, my youngest brother deemed it was his and his family because my mom had said as much to him. The problem in all of our eyes was that mom wasn’t of sober mind when she said that and we knew in our hearts that she would want it all divided equally. My other brother had a fit and about fell in it, and it truly wasn’t about the money; he didn’t need it. No, it wasn’t about the money, but from the outside looking in, I can see that his need/greed to prove a point, stand for what he believed was right still keeps them from speaking … four years later!

All I can do is pray for them from a distance; that somehow He will open up the eyes of their heart and help them to see that the things we become greedy about, including trying to prove a point, are all temporary, external, with no eternal value!  Any time the subject of my mom’s inheritance comes up with either of my brothers or my sister, I’m so thankful for the words I am able to speak because of the understanding God has granted me in that painful process: each of them believes in their heart they were standing for the right thing, a right principle, but neither one’s stance should create a silent barrier built with bitterness and … pride.

Could it be that pride is somehow related to greed? Tweet This! I dare say it is! Pride is a shade of greed. Oh, to put this in words … pride isn’t greed but a shade of greed, a shadow that either intensifies the greed, making it more powerfully visible in our life, or something that hovers off in the distance, with little to no power over the propensity in each of us to display a form of greediness. In other words, pride can intensify the greed and the things which we are greedy for, making greed darker, easier to see, more obvious to the eyes of anyone watching.

I’ve reported countless cases in lawyer’s conference rooms and in the courtroom where greed was the thread woven through the facts of each case, leaving a trail of emotional bankruptcy for both sides because when greed is involved, no matter what shade, there is no winner!

Have you ever wanted to stand up in the crowd and demand that God convict the heart of someone to share their inheritance … or see your point of view … or do things your way?

Oh, the sweet conviction of His Words of Wisdom to use as Weapons of Warfare against the shades of gray!

Join me tomorrow for more of this month’s WOW!

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Secret Faults & Presumptuous Sins-from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Psalms 19:12-14

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. 13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless,
and I shall be innocent of great transgression.

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Thank you so much for stopping by for our Coffee Hour and what I hope to be the wrap up of our WOW – well maybe not the wrap-up, but certainly the conclusion to the whole presumptuous sins context! Grab your coffee and come on in.

Now that we’ve summed up what the Hebrew translations are for presumptuous, let me share an emphatic truth about presumptuous sins: They more often than not lead to disastrous consequences!

Have you ever done something you knew you shouldn’t and in the end the one that was left stunned was you?

Okay, so let me share an example with you and tell on myself; then it will be your turn to search your heart and who knows, the search may help prevent a disastrous consequence!

So when I was just eleven years old, I remember being so ticked off at my mom; funny thing is I don’t remember what I was mad about. I just remember being really mad, going to her pack of cigarettes and stealing a few and then going into the bathroom to smoke them while taking my nightly bath. I had this arrogant attitude that was just oozing out of my 11-year-old bones and spewing out of my heart. “I’ll fix her,” I thought as I lit up, the smoke blending with the steam of the hot water, or at least I thought it did!

There I was sitting in the tub like I was all that, puffing on a cigarette as if I’d done it my whole life — and inhaling too just like I watched her do!!!! – when all of a sudden the door burst open, and there in the doorway stood my angry mother. “Kimberly Evinda, what in the ^&* are you doing?”

I slammed the cigarette into my bath water, cringing at the loss of my new friend!

“I’m taking a bath,” I replied.
“Are you smoking?” Her veins were nearly popping out of her neck!

“What?” I asked, pretending complete stupidity!

Bam! The door slammed shut and I was left with a drenched cigarette and tobacco floaties in my water! Were there any other consequences? Absodarnlutely! I stayed stuck in that addiction for 38 years under the delusion that it was my companion, my go-to, my coping mechanism for just about every emotion, but especially anger!

Who wound up hurting the most; me or her? Of course it was me!

That’s what a presumptuous sin does: it entices, bates, then captures but often doesn’t release … unless we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God and cry out to the one Who is able to set us free and lift us up and out of our presumptuous sins. [1st Peter 5:6]

Now let’s get back to David and his secret faults and presumptuous sins. See, King David knew that what he was tempted to do with Bathsheba was a sin against God, but he did it anyway, after bating himself over and over again by going out on the balcony where he could view her in secret!

How often have we, like David, gone ahead and listened to our fleshly desires and sought after something we know we shouldn’t have?

In this case, his presumptuous sin brought a series of painful and tragic consequences; here are just a few with some scripture references: (by the way, if you click on the scripture, it will take you to the actual reference via Bible Gateway!)

  • In order to cover up the first sin, David went further and plotted the murder of Bathsheba’s husband. (2 Sam. 11:14-15)
  • He suffered a very, very long period of painful conviction, which means he was not at peace, which many of the Psalms reflect. (Ps. 32:9-10; 38:1-8; 51:3, 8, 12)
  • He received a stinging rebuke from the prophet Nathan – but I truly believe God used that in the process to repentance. (2 Sam. 12:1-14)
  • He lost his son from that adulterous union. You talk about a life-long reminder! (2 Sam. 12:14-18)
  • It caused others to stumble! Ouch! (2 Sam. 12:14)

There were other consequences, but I’m sure you get the hint! It’s your turn: think of a hurt which developed a habit which is now either a physical, emotional or spiritual hang-up – with the understanding that an unhealthy habit, hurt and/or hang-up can actually harm all three parts of us, physical, emotional/mind and spiritual/soul.

He loves you right where you are, in it or out of it … and longs to turn your hurt, habit and hang-up into healing, to free you from secret faults and presumptuous sins. He’s such a gentleman about it, too. He doesn’t come in with a Shop-Vac and clean it all out at once, at least not for most of us; instead, He who began this good/new work of uprooting those hurts, habits and hang-ups by gently pushing back the soil in the heart to reveal them, will be faithful to complete the process until the time of Christ … [Philippians 1:6] so don’t leave the process!

Join us tomorrow for the promise: to be blameless and innocent of secret faults and presumptuous sins!

In the grip of His grace,

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Evinda

Secret Faults & Presumptuous Sins-from CoffeeHour @ ChicklitPower

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Psalms 19:12-14

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. 13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless,
and I shall be innocent of great transgression.

 

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EL pen Logo with heartIt’s great to be sipping coffee and writing from my heart to yours. Let’s get back to this series and see where we land before our Coffee Hour is complete!

Oh, that’s right; we need to wrap up the whole presumptuous sins context.

We’ve checked out the Merriam Webster’s definition; now let’s look at my favorite study tool, the Hebrew/Greek concordance.

The first definition is arrogance, so that confirms that. Hold on; there’s more.

It goes on to say “proceeding from excess of confidence; applied to things such as hope! Now that’s interesting! Sorry, but that’s about as clear as mud so let me do some research. Don’t you just love Google!

I just plugged in how an excess of confidence differs from hope and here’s what I found so far: “The theological virtue defined as the desire and search for a future good, difficult but not impossible to attain with God’s help.”

I’m dancing in my seat like a little kid bursting with excitement, just screaming silently by raising my hand because I think I got it without having to dig and delve deeper: My Teacher said “go ahead,” so my hand is coming down to write what I’ve realized, from my heart to yours, of course.

See, hope in Christianity includes God’s help when the follower – not the fan – calls upon the Author of Hope, whereas an excess confidence puts self first in that hope! Does that make sense?

Let me give you a very simplistic example. I just asked Him for one. Let’s take a toddler, for example, our little Bryden, or you can put one of yours in this example, too. His famous words about this very thing squeeze my heart with a giggle any time I remember the many instances where I was doing something for him – often out of love but also out of convenience for time’s sake, if you know what I mean – and he would stop me in my tracks and say emphatically: “I’ll do it myself!”

So I’d step back and allow him to do it himself … until he would get so frustrated that his frustration drove him to either get mad, or finally give in and ask for help.

Watching him struggle was symbolic to us as adults when we venture to attempt to do something, go somewhere, or even communicate with someone with the attitude of doing it ourselves our way! It’s only when we let go and remember Who and Why we do what we do that we can grab hold of the hand of the Author of Hope, and the tendency towards a presumptuous sin leaves …

Let’s continue for just a bit more through the Hebrew concordance for another facet of presumptuous: “Unduly confident, irreverent with respect to reverent things.”

STOP!

Wow, I just thought of another example: can’t ritualistic things that we do in the church fall into this category if we’re not careful? I hear you asking for an example, so at the risk of stepping on toes, let’s tread lightly:

How do we approach communion? Is it ritualistically or relationally? How do we participate in the worship part of the service? Is it with our whole hearts, or just our minds? And when it ‘s time for the message, are we listening with our whole hearts, taking notes, or using whatever learning style that helps us to absorb the most, or are we tuning out, on our cell phones, on Facebook, or any other form of social media?

Wow, I had no idea a presumptuous sin could be so …. You fill in that last word! Join me tomorrow for more. 🙂

Writing from my heart to yours,

Nana Holds!

Nana Holds!

Evinda

Secret Faults & Presumptuous Sins from Coffeehour @ ChicklitPower

Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

Psalms 19:12-14

Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. 13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless,
and I shall be innocent of great transgression.

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Thanks so much for stopping by to have coffee with me and to read a bit more of our November’s WOW! It’s a lot of meat to eat, so I’m trying to give you just a bit more than a mouthful each time. I hope you are getting the sweet rewards from applying knowledge to your life so your spiritual fruit may be experienced! Grab your coffee and let’s wrap up the wrap-up of David’s conversation found in these three verses.

David then moves from cleansing him from his secret faults to a more assertive action, and I truly believe the reason for that is the presumptuous sins had a bigger hold on his heart so it’s like you can just hear him groaning as he says: “Keep back Your servant also from” – in other words, in addition to these secret faults of mine, Lord, can you literally pull me back from these –”presumptuous sins.”

Now I have a confession for you: I thought I knew what presumptuous meant, but I wasn’t completely right. I just had a little tiny piece of it so I did some research. The Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines presumptuous in this way: too confident, especially in a way that is rude. That makes sense, but here’s where the definition gets a bit tricky: “Done or made without permission.”

Ah-ha, so could that mean that if I do something without asking the Lord’s permission, presuming it is okay, and it’s not, then that’s a presumptuous sin? Well, the simple answer is why would I do something without my Father’s permission? Oops, I just answered a question with a question. Let me see if I can clear this up somehow by explaining what a presumptuous sin is not!

Have you ever misinterpreted, misheard or misjudged what you thought to be the right thing to do after seeking God in prayer? Oh, friend, I have, and more than once. I think spiritual disillusionment as a result of thinking something was right according to His will for my/our life is one of the most emotionally and spiritually challenging humps to climb up and over. And why is that? The answer is found in one word …. Drum roll… P R I D E!

Isn’t it hard enough to admit you were wrong in any given situation, i.e. a disagreement with your spouse, or a friend, a mistake in the way you parented your child, or a financial blunder wherein you spent something you shouldn’t have? Oh, how I remember it being so difficult to admit that I was wrong, had made a mistake. I mean, old cement melting would be easier than me admitting my faults, errors and bad judgments.

But I’ve learned something very, very freeing when it comes to making a mistake while erring on the side of faith: We are covered! As long as I invite Him into it, to guide me through it, even when my flesh fails, or if I do it wrong, hear it incorrectly, plan it wrong, make a wrong decision, this is not a presumptuous sin!

I think of this whole ministry journey that began with a desire to write ONE book … I have made so many mistakes in so many areas despite thinking I was doing the right thing and He was there to pick me up, and clean up the mess and teach me to listen a bit closer, granting me wisdom and more discernment and spurring me on … in writing, in event planning, in office administration, in conducting board meetings, in teaching, in ridding me of me so there can be more of Him and less of me! So I’m thinking that what distinguishes between a presumptuous sin and a mistake is the heart.

Have you had your heart checked today?

Oh, Abba, rid me of anything that will lead me to a secret fault and a presumptuous sin!

Join us tomorrow for more of this ten-course meal of scripture!

Love,

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Evinda

Destination? Joyful! from Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
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Happy Day to you! It’s a great time to meet for coffee and wrap up this sacrifice of righteousness on our way to Destination? Joyful! ™ via the HIGHway! Grab your coffee and come on in.

So I left off with a question of being able to agree to disagree for the greater good. I wish I could say it was easy for me; in fact, sometimes it feels so foreign, but I am learning that the better thing to do, for so many reasons and on so many levels, is to resist evil by walking away after being emotionally/verbally slapped. See, when we agree to disagree, in love, this leaves less clean-up that God has to do! After all, those that we disagree with are His workmanship, not ours! Remember what Romans 12:18 says: “If it is possible, as much as is possible with you, live peaceably with others.” So let’s put our name in there wherever applicable and the name of someone unlovable in your life. If it is possible, ______, as much as is possible with you, ________, live peaceably with ________!

Wow, talk about a splash of perspective and the awesome thing is we don’t have to do it alone! His Spirit will equip and enjoin in our efforts!

But, oh, the cost … so simple and complicated at the same time: Our pride!

Pride is rooted in a feeling that you are more important or better than other people!

Yikes, when I read that part of the definition, I want to run so far and fast from pride that I never run into it again. Unfortunately, because it is a part of my flesh, I know this cost will be an ongoing sacrifice!

See, doing right is more complicated than just behaving ourselves: it is going out of our way to do the right thing, in other words, taking a detour from our own flesh! The reward of joy makes the cost all the more worth it!

Oh, Abba, I pray that I would turn to you, and from my flesh, in order to offer a sacrifice of righteousness; that my light, You in me, would so shine before men and women, especially in the midst of their words of fire, that they would recognize something different from my sacrifice of righteousness: your love in me that splashes like water.

Loving my search for joy,

kim L

Evinda

P.S. Join me tomorrow for our October’s WOW! We’ll resume with our Journey towards Destination? Joyful! ™next week!

Less Brings More-April’s WOW-From Chicklit Power

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Less Is More!

Proverbs 17:27

He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.

 

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EL pen Logo with heartHappy day to you! Thanks for coming back for the conclusion to April’s Words of Wisdom and Weapons of Warfare. I am learning more and more the value of fighting spiritual battles with spiritual weapons! Grab your coffee and come on in for a bit.

So we left off with the truth that knowledge – which is an understanding that comes from reflection and experience – helps us speak more by speaking less and Jesus was the epitome of this example. I’m still weeping tears of joy at how He wrote this through me for such a time as this. Now let’s move on to the second part: “. . . and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.”

Wow, this is like refreshing water for my thirsty soul! I used to wonder what a “calm spirit” looked like, let alone if I would ever have a calm spirit! Oh, Coffee Hour friend, there is such truth in this little nugget here, that “understanding is of a calm spirit.” When we are running around, chasing our tails – emotionally and/or physically – that is confusion, not understanding!

Understanding is one of the most quietly powerful weapons of warfare. I know because I have experienced this very truth just recently, and because of all He’s given me to understand, especially through writing the Transform curriculum, I was armed with understanding as I went into what turned out to be a lions’ den; that’s right, lions, plural!

I’ll spare the unnecessary details and just say that I was given the opportunity to remain the most objective person in a situation that turned into a confrontation and an all-out fight between four people. It was one of the ugliest things I had witnessed in quite some time as I watched the enemy get his foot in each of the doors of their hearts. I watched the possibility of immediate resolution fly away higher than a helium balloon let loose by a child. It was almost as if I was watching from a different angle, almost as if I weren’t there.

I’m not trying to freak you out and act like I was a ghost in the process; oh, no, for they each knew I was there and furthermore, He used me to speak just a few words to each of them, including asking the “pastor” who became part of the problem a simple question that was about ten words! For each person involved, I understood where they were coming from, their behavior as well as their point of view and they all had this one thing in common: their flesh/pride.

It filled my heart with sorrow that they couldn’t see it; that I could but they couldn’t. Please don’t misunderstand my understanding for any kind of pride – I constantly stand guard against that monkey to keep it off my back – but I experienced this Godly sorrow that each of them had been deceived into adding to the problem instead of becoming part of the solution.

But the calm spirit was the gift He gave me to reward me for my digging for understanding and now I’m left to pray that one day, they would be granted not necessarily my understanding but their own given to them by the Father of a calm spirit, the Author of Understanding . . .

Oh, I’m so thankful for the gift of grace that grants us understanding despite us! I pray that He would grant you a knowledge that allows you to speak less while offering more, and rewards you with a calm spirit!

In His love,

Evinda

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12 Steps to Purpose to take into the New Year! From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

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Happy New Year! Are you seat-belted in for the ride ahead? I am. Hopefully these steps of purpose will help us stay seat-belted and in the moments of our purpose. Grab your coffee and join me for Step 10.

Step 10: Continue to take moral/personal inventory and when wrong be quick to admit it.

I have to say that this step can be so frustratingly freeing, if that makes sense, but freedom does come and oh, what a feeling! This step is a key that opens the door to so much moral character growth. This has become not just a habit for me but a way of life. Let me share with you how I do this step and how it comes alive in my life.

Each morning, I begin my journaling process by rewinding the events of the day before, things that I am thankful for. I have to list at least three things. That process leads me to a moral/personal inventory of the day before of things I could have done differently, for example, how I spoke to someone, or how I treated someone, how impatient I was. You get the idea, I’m sure. I then pray about those very convictions. Doing this step has helped me to become quicker to admit it, although I’m not as strong as I know I could be in admitting I’m wrong while in the heat of the moment. Does that make sense?

Familiarity leads to habitualness and that can work for both good and not-so-good. So I guess what I’m trying to say is if you begin to do a moral/personal inventory as part of your quiet time with Him, it becomes easier to just admit when you are wrong and move on, wasting less time while keeping your heart clean and your convictions clearer.

What we need to realize is this is another area where He can grow us because how we respond to the realization of being wrong shapes our character. There is no shame in admitting we were wrong, and/or apologizing but for some reason this is most difficult with my husband.

Check out what Proverbs 6:16-19 says: “These six things the Lord hates. Yes,

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seven are an abomination to Him: Oppressors, perverse people, haughtiness, lying, murdering, scheming, eagerness to do evil, a false witness and sowing discord”!

If you are married, do you find this a challenge with your spouse? Oh, how His Word splashes perspective while giving me strength to do what’s right!

So when it comes to choosing to do a moral/personal inventory, remember these things:

• Take responsibility for your irresponsibility! (June Hunt)

• A moral/personal inventory is a heart softener. The softer the heart, the quicker we can admit our wrongdoings. Admission brings freedom, and freedom stirs up joy!

• Pride interferes with our moral/personal inventory. Lay down pride and let Him reside.

The opposite of pride is humility! Don’t let pride fuel your actions and rip you off of the freedom that comes when doing this step. Remember, what’s in the middle of P-r-I-d-e?

Pride takes an ember and turns it into a raging fire; Step 10 is the water to put that fire out. And one who stands by his/her convictions stands on higher ground.

Join me tomorrow for Step 11.

Evinda

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The Adulterous Woman-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

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Thanks so much for taking time out of your day to come have coffee with me! Grab your coffee and come on in. We are about to receive one of the most important lessons Jesus ever taught with the least amount of words!

So it’s almost as if the Pharisees and religious leaders are taunting Jesus, wanting to hear how He’s going to respond to the Law given by God to/through Moses. They were as confident that they had trapped Him in their trickery as I am that the sun is going to shine tomorrow.

All eyes are on Jesus, and I’m sure some are even holding their breath in anticipation, wondering how He will respond to this dilemma and if He was/is really the Savior. Jesus didn’t disappoint them; that’s for sure! All eyes and ears on Him, He bends down and begins to write on the ground with His finger.

While they all watch in disbelief, I am positive that it is still pretty quiet but I bet the mind of the adulterous woman is speaking all kinds of things, beginning with her recognition for a need of the Savior. I wonder if she could read, and if she could, she knew what He wrote, or had a good idea because she was down on the ground, bent down with shame, not to be confused with humility.

The Pharisees become impatient and begin to ask Him all over again, as if Jesus hadn’t heard them before. Jesus continues to write, and I’m sure the adulterous woman is silently pleading for forgiveness. I wonder if this is when her God-shaped hole suddenly opened up in recognition of her need of a Savior. I know mine would be opening about now, if not beforehand!

Finally, and slowly, Jesus stands to give His answer to these Pharisees and religious leaders perched on pride, an answer of fifteen words that captures one of the most important lessons we as Christ-followers need to let sear on our heart and live out in our lives. And what I love about this answer is HE actually stumped those who came to trick Him so they could arrest Him. I can just see Him scanning the crowd before He speaks, and His eyes coming to rest on those deceived, His voice calm, controlled and confident and He says: “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.”

Isn’t that a response to get you thinking?

Join me tomorrow for the conclusion to The Adulterous Woman.

Evinda

 

The Adulterous Woman-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Monday, November 26th, 2012

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Thanks so much for joining me today for a little coffee break at Coffee Hour. I’m so glad you could make it because I believe we are finally going to meet her, The Adulterous Woman!

So we’re back at the Temple, and the Pharisees have just walked in practically dragging this woman and I can only imagine that we can probably hear a pin drop about now. These prideful men had only one thought in mind as they brought her to Jesus: They were trying to trick Him so they would have a reason to arrest Him once and for all, as if that would do the trick!

Here she comes.

From my vantage point, I see long, beautiful hair, but why can’t I see her face? As she gets closer, it becomes apparent why we can’t make eye contact. Her head is hanging down, as if she is clothed in shame. Uh-oh, they are stopping right in the middle of the huge circle and they put her just steps away from Jesus. Let’s listen to what they say: “Teacher” – interesting that they called Him that – “this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses commanded us in the law that such should be stoned. But what do You say?”

STOP! So I went back to Leviticus 20:10, the part of the law they were talking about, and here’s something interesting that I think we should know before we continue on: The law required that both the adulterer and the adulteress be punished. But these guys only brought one of the guilty parties. Is this a hint of their intent to trick Jesus? That’s just a little something to think about

I can only imagine that this woman had to be shaking in her clothes – I don’t think she had boots in those days! The Word doesn’t give us any insight into her, if she was the town ho, or if she had a good personality, whether she was pretty, friendly, none of that. But if we want to understand her, all we have to do is look inside of us, for every one of us women have committed adultery of one form or another at one time or another! Ouch, I know that hurts, but the truth will set us free and bathe us in humility, challenging us to befriend this adulterous woman, and any other one that comes in your  world, and not condemn her!

The Scripture goes on to confirm that “this they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him.” In other words, they wanted to see if He would contradict the Law that came from God to Moses and the people,  but what these religious leaders and Pharisees didn’t realize is the Law was established to point them, and us, to the reality of the necessity of the love of a Savior and because they were so deceived – filled with pride – and intent on re-establishing their authority and power, they missed all the cues along the way.

I’d better let you go for now. Please join me tomorrow for one of the most beautiful responses to The Adulterous Woman’s sin, a response that He echoes for us when we as adulterers come to Him.

Being freed from adultery,

Evinda

 

The Adulterous Woman-From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Thanks for stopping by for a little break today at Coffee Hour with Chicklit Power. Grab your coffee and come on in. We’re in the crowd of people surrounding Jesus in the Temple and He was teaching and then the Pharisees and scribes entered with someone. Grab your coffee and let’s go get comfy.

Who is it that they are practically dragging in with them? Could this be her, the adulterous woman we’ve been waiting to see? As she gets closer and closer, it is hard to see her, what she looks like because her head is looking down. They are heading straight for Jesus, looking straight at him, only daring to look out into the crowd once before they stop right in front of Him.

Wow, these men that brought her in are pretty arrogant, treating her as though she’s an extremely dangerous and sought-after criminal and they should get the reward. If I didn’t know better, I’d say they are wearing an innate mask of smugness.

Let’s get closer so we can hear what they are saying.

Oh, would you just look at them all look around before they begin to address Jesus! Talk about prideful! Ugh. You can just see it oozing out of their pores as they speak. “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.”

Let’s stop there for a second. Now, this is just an Evinda-ism, but I can’t help but wonder if they really caught her or just saw her and knew of her reputation and used her to advance their scheme of tricking and thereafter arresting Jesus. That’s just a thought! Let’s get back to what they are saying.

“Now Moses in the law commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?”

Scripture says thereafter that they said this to test Jesus that they might have something of which to accuse Him, which is why I wondered what I did.

Before we get to one of the most acclaimed responses of Jesus, let’s talk about this woman for a bit. Though she remains nameless in the Word of God, she is such a pivotal example of the reality of The Gospel, the necessity of the reality of the need for a Savior. And though she remains anonymous in Scripture, she is someone we can all relate to, someone we must relate with if we dare to let go of shame, one of Satan’s most powerful ropes that hold us in bondage, an unseen bondage that pulls us away from abundant life.

Now you may be saying to yourself, I can’t relate to this woman; I’ve never committed adultery. Well, I’m so glad you brought that up, and we will definitely dig a bit deeper into this tomorrow, but for now let me leave you with this truth: Idolatry is a form of adultery!

Being freed from adultery,

Evinda