A good man produces good out of the good storeroom of his heart. An evil man produces evil out of the evil storeroom, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.
When you give a cup to someone, you fill it with what’s in your fridge like milk, juice, water or soda and that cup contains whatever it is filled with. In the same way, we become whatever we fill our mind with. Are you filling your mind with the things of this world? You will become like the world and your heart will speak and act like the world which is contrary to the Word of God (Colossians 3:1-10).Your eyes are the windows to your soul and when you watch things that are sinful, it will feed your flesh to do those things and fill your mind and heart with it, becoming less like Christ and more like the enemy of your soul. How do you get strengthened? By filling your heart with God’s Word and through prayer you will start to be molded into the image of Christ and His desires which are found in Holy Scripture will become your desires so that His will, will be accomplished in you for His glory and praises.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Jesus is a merciful and gracious God who desires a relationship with you (John 14:23). It can only happen when you put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior (John 3:16). The byproduct of a saving faith is living a life that’s according to His will through His Word for His glory (James 2:17). The moment we sin against the Lord, we break that pure relationship (not salvation wise) because we are doing something that displeases Him, and we have to repent of that sin to be in good standing once again with Him. Whenever we do sin, He waits expectantly for us to repent because He takes great joy and pleasure in using His creation to participate in His will. Especially, when believers are walking according to His righteousness, by obeying what the Scripture teaches.
Here is an illustration of how forgiveness would look like. You are in a classroom and you happen to have a handful of candy sprinkles. You decide to throw all of them at once into your mouth and when you do, only a few make it in and the rest fall to the floor making such a mess. Out of embarrassment, you look away from the teacher and your classmates. Someone comes in and cleans it all up for you that when you take a magnifying glass for curiosity’s sake to see how many sprinkles might have still been left, to your amazement, not even an iota (an extremely small amount) of sprinkle can be found.
The sprinkles represent your sins and when you repent, all of them are picked up and thrown away so that your area around you (your life) is clean once more. This is how easy it is for the believer to be forgiven by the Father whose very desire is to forgive because He loves us so much in such a capacity we can never truly understand. Remember, that when you have some grievance or animosity towards someone, resolve to fix it immediately or else God won’t use you or forgive your sins. Doing so serves as a testimony to that person because when you forgive (even though it might be entirely his fault), he might see Christ in you.
22 They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” 24 He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” 25 Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.
Why couldn’t Jesus heal the blind man on the first try? Context, especially in this incident, plays a pivotal role. Let’s take a look and see the verses before the healing of the blind man took place.
14 The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 “Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.” 16 They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.” 17 Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember? 19 When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied. 20 “And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.” 21 He said to them, “Do you still not understand?”
Jesus was trying to teach His disciples what was happening to them in their understanding of God’s Word. Jesus’ healing of the blind man was purposely made in two stages to show His disciples that they were on the first stage like the blind man. In the first stage, the blind man only saw partially but not clear. Jesus’ disciples at the moment only understood partly what Jesus was teaching them. The second stage of the blind’s man healing was to show the disciples that ultimately on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2) after they would receive the Holy Spirit they will understand everything that Jesus had taught them as seen in John 14:26 which says, But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. The process of the blind man’s healing was to show them where they were at but He was assuring them through the end result of the man’s healing that they wouldn’t stay with limited understanding for a long time.
9 But an evil spirit from the Lord came on Saul as he was sitting in his house with his spear in his hand. While David was playing the lyre, 10 Saul tried to pin him to the wall with his spear, but David eluded him as Saul drove the spear into the wall. That night David made good his escape.
If God is good and righteous without any sin (Psalms 92:15) why would He send an evil spirit, demon to attack Saul which in turn tried to kill the one God anointed as king and the line of which Jesus was going to come from? Let’s take a look at some passages in the Book of Job that will give some light to this question.
6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. 7 The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” 8 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” 9 “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. 10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” 12 The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
As you can see from the verses above Satan asked God permission to attack Job and see if he can make Job curse God. Satan thought that Job’s love for God was based on God’s blessing towards him. God wanted to show Satan that true love doesn’t hinge on material blessings from Him but from the individual sincerely recognizing that He is good, loving and no one else can save but Him alone. Only God deserves worship, honor, glory and thanksgiving.
The phrase “an evil spirit from the Lord” simply means that God allows the enemy to attack the person for the purpose of testing and refinement of their faith.
The evil spirit wasn’t concerned in tormenting Saul but used Saul’s torment to have David come in into Saul’s presence and play the musical instrument to get an opportunity to kill the one the Lord anointed. That was the evil spirit’s true intent. God allowed this attack on David so that he would learn to depend on Him. The Psalms that David wrote was the fruit of king Saul’s pursuit in trying to take his life.
Another example of why God allows the enemy to attack a believer is found in Luke 22:31 which says, 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
Satan asked permission to sift Peter which occurred when Peter denied knowing Jesus 3 times but through that experience, after Peter repented his faith was strengthened which in turn helped his brothers through their weaknesses for the task of taking the gospel to all nations.
God is not the One who sends an evil spirit for the purpose of causing harm to a person but the evil spirit comes to God and asks permission to attack Christians. The enemy thinks that he will hurt us but God turns the enemy’s attack around to strengthen us.
If we as Christians are not doing the same sin that the person we are rebuking is doing, we are not judging but he/she are obeying God’s Word in 1 Corinthians 5:12 it says, “For what business is it of mine to judge outsiders? Don’t you judge those who are inside?”
Now, we can’t be hypocrites and bring to someone’s attention a particular sin that they are doing especially if we are guilty of doing the same thing or living as the world. If a Christian is right with God, then he/she has the right to tell another believer that they are headed in the wrong direction as in Galatians 2:11-13 which says, “11 But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face because he stood condemned. 12 For he regularly ate with the Gentiles before certain men came from James. However, when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, because he feared those from the circumcision party. 13 Then the rest of the Jews joined his hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was carried away by their hypocrisy.”
Remember that God uses believers to point out in another believer’s life through scripture when he is shifting out of God’s will. I had that happen to me years back when a brother in Christ called me one day and said that he didn’t agree in an area of my life where I was living a life contrary to God’s will and guess what? I took it like it was God speaking to me through my friend and I changed because I knew that what he pointed out was the truth.
The question is not if he is judging you but is he speaking the truth in what he is pointing out? We need to be humble and accept a rebuke IF it’s true and if it isn’t, then make sure to tell that person that he/she has misunderstood you. Pride REFUSES to allow correction in a person’s life. Who likes being corrected? I know I don’t but if we have a different viewpoint as if it’s God rebuking you, it will make a big difference. Satan’s pride made him fall and Jesus’ humility made Him exalted.