God healed one of my best friends of a twenty something year IV meth addiction; among other things. Often, with drug addiction, comes a whole bunch of deviant behaviors. God’s been so good to him! Don’t anybody try to tell me that God doesn’t perform miracles today! He’s the same today as He was yesterday! I tell my friend’s story a lot, because it gives hope, and shows people the power of our God.
A couple of years ago, I was at Tres Dias, and I happened to be working with three sisters who had grown up Mennonite, a very strict religious sect; similar to the Amish. I was telling them all about what God had done for my friend and how much his life had changed. I was telling them how funny he was, and how, when he’d call me, and I answered the phone, instead of saying hello, he’d make this noise. It’s like a low guttural howl. I’m not exactly sure how to describe the sound, but nonetheless, he would make that sound, and hold it until he ran completely out of breath! It was hilarious!
Well, low and behold, as I was speaking my phone rang, and guess who it was! I was giddy with excitement that he had called at that moment. I was thinking to myself, “Wow, God is so cool to have my friend call at this very moment!”; however, I’m not so sure that God orchestrated this call.
I told everybody to listen, and I put my friend on speaker phone. I said “hello” and what he said next, about made me swallow my tongue! Instead of the weird noise he normally made, he practically yelled, “Girl! I’m ’bout to sh*t all over myself!!”
I couldn’t turn off speaker phone quick enough! I put the phone to my ear and said, “Why in the world did you say that?!” His reply? “Because I’m seriously about to crap my pants!” I was wondering why in the world he had called me at that moment. It doesn’t exactly make one feel warm and cozy, that a good bowel movement makes someone think to call you.
I was so embarrassed! The funny thing is, it wasn’t as shocking to the former Mennonites as I thought it would be. I guess Mennonites are, for the most part, just regular folks who have bowel movements just like the rest of us.
The thing is, when we accept Christ into our lives, we are not suddenly (or ever) perfect; but we are suddenly forgiven! There will still be plenty of times when we slip up, and plenty of times when we purposefully sin. I know I certainly have lots of those times!
I’m just glad our God is faithful and just to forgive! That doesn’t mean we can take advantage of His goodness, He won’t allow that! Neither does it mean that we have a license to sin. It just means that when we do, we can take it to Jesus, and we don’t have to walk around guilt ridden.
Those of you who may not think saying the “S” word is a sin, don’t get your panties in a wad! I’m merely making a point. Not to mention, as Christians, even if there’s something we don’t consider a sin, but someone else does; we shouldn’t do it around those people! If there’s an inkling of doubt, just don’t do it!
My dear children, I’m writing this to you so that you will not sin. But suppose someone does sin. Then we have one who speaks to the Father for us. He stands up for us. He is Jesus Christ, the Blameless One. He gave his life to pay for our sins. But he not only paid for our sins. He also paid for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:1&2