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A Fresh Start

  • But when they continued asking him, he looked up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her." Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger. They, when they heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning from the oldest, even to the last. Jesus was left alone with the woman where she was, in the middle. Jesus, standing up, saw her and said, "Woman, where are your accusers? Did no one condemn you?" She said, "No one, Lord." Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you. Go your way. From now on, sin no more." John 8:7'11 WEB.

    One day while Jesus was teaching in the temple, there was a commotion. The Scribes and Pharisees dragged in a woman who had been found in the very act of adultery. Obviously, she was set up because that sin usually takes two people. Yet, the man they had caught her with was missing that day. They dragged her in front of the crowd, then asked Jesus to judge her and tell them what they should do. They reminded Him that the law said that they should stone her.

    The religious leaders knew that Jesus was gentle, loving, graceful, and merciful. They wanted to trap Him in His words so they could accuse Him of breaking the law. If He said, "Let her go," then He would be breaking the law of Moses. If He said, "Stone her," He would be breaking the Romans' law. For they had taken away the right of Jews to officially execute people for religious offenses. They had tried to create a no-win scenario for Jesus.

    Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground. It does not tell us what He wrote. It may have been names and sins, or possibly a scripture like this one:

    You shall not spread a false report. Don't join your hand with the wicked to be a malicious witness. You shall not follow a crowd to do evil. You shall not testify in court to side with a multitude to pervert justice. Exodus 23:1-2 WEB.

    Then He stood up and said, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." They all left, from the oldest to the youngest, until Jesus and the woman were alone.

    Basically, everyone present was guilty of sin except Jesus. The whole trial would just be one sinner stoning another. John said that if we claim that we have no sin, that we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us (1 John 1:8). Jesus did not condemn her for her past, but instead, He told her to go and sin no more.

    People will look down on you, but the Lord Jesus Christ does not. If you have a checkered past, just keep it in the past. Start today fresh, forgiven, and from this day forth, walk with Jesus. Don't point fingers at the sin of others. We each have enough of our own to worry about. Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. Without His grace, we are all lost.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your grace and mercy. I pray that You fulfill Your will in my life and lead me into all that You have for me. Please open the doors that I should go through and close the doors that I should stay out of. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: Happy New Year, friends, welcome to 2021! Praying that together and with God's help, we will all overcome the trials of 2020. We love y'all and look forward to walking through the new year with you! As always, ff you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. A New Year. A New day. Thank You Jesus. AMEN

Jan 1
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen!

Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia for all of your efforts in sharing the good news about our Heavenly Father.

Praying for a blessed new year for all of Refreshing Hope Ministries!

Jan 1
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen, thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia for the daily devotional.Gods blessings and happy new year.

Jan 1
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jan 1
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Thank You Jesus for Your Forgiveness

Happy New Year

Jan 1
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Amen. Thank you Lord for your grace and mercy. I love you. Happy New Year Pastoe Dion and First Lady! 

Jan 1
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your grace and mercy. I pray that You fulfill Your will in my life and lead me into all that You have for me. Please open the doors that I should go through and close the doors that I should stay out of. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! Happy New Year all :)

Jan 1
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen  praise God  for we are in a new  year 

Jan 1
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen. Lord let us all repent and start a new year with our hearts anew. Thank you Lord Jesus for all you do for us. 

Jan 1
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for a fresh start and for loving me until I learned how to love myself! I love you Jesus

Jan 1
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

I've always been partial to this Bible passage. It led me to Jeremiah 17:13: " Those who turn away from You will be written off in the dust"

Jan 1
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father thank You for providing us with Your love, care and forgiveness through last year. I humbly ask You that Your grace be on us through this new year and Your will be fulfilled on me and my family. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Lead us Lord and we will follow, Amen. 

Happy New Year Pastor and Sylvia, that the Lord keep blessing you both in this New Year and keeping us closer to our Lord. A blessed year to all of us in this Ministry. 

Jan 1
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Thank You Father For All Of Your Forgiveness 

Jan 1
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

PRAISE THE LORD AND GIVE THANKS. HAPPY NEW YEAR RHM FAMILY. LOVE YOU ALL  (from Canada)

Jan 1
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Jan 1
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord Jesus, amen 

Jan 1
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jan 1
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Help me dear God to be a faithful servant. You are all I have to turn to in this life and the next. I love you God. Praise God Praise Jesus Holy Spirit guid me. Amen Amen Amen 

Jan 1
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen! Thank you for this devotion today!!

 

Jan 8
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander

Amen

Jan 12