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"Rebuke and Trust"

Date published: 04/09/2018

Mark 7:15 “Nothing outside a man can make him 'unclean' by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a man that makes him ‘unclean.’” (NIV) 

   Taking this teaching to a deeper level provides a powerful instruction for the transformation of Christians. You can learn three things from this verse that can mightily open your life to greater measures of God’s love, presence, and work. 

   First: the recognition of sin. This verse baffled Jesus’ disciples. Jesus explained in Mark 7:18-19, 21, “Don't you see that nothing that enters a man from the outside can make him 'unclean'? For it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then out of his body. . . For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery. . .” (NIV) Jesus was not just referring to food, but the reality that each day sin encroaches in on our lives. These penetrations of sin into our lives are not good, but are opportunities for the Holy Spirit’s work in us. Stop sin at the door, rebuke it, and turn to His work for our lives. Matthew 3:8 shows how sin does not have to captivate, control, and destroy our lives, but rather provide a powerful platform for God to be God in our lives, “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” (NIV) 

   Second: the intrusion of sin only has power if you allow it to penetrate to the heart. Examples include: Sexual enticement that turns to action; relational mistakes that turn to bitterness and unforgiveness; lifelong character traits such as anger, selfishness, and pride that are allowed to be expressed with regularity. Allowing sin patterns to take root results in devastating destruction. These sins now become the focus of your life instead of God’s transforming power explained in 2 Corinthians 3:18“And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (NIV)  Stop sin at the door of your life and allow the Holy Spirit to transform you! 

 Third: allow God’s love and grace to captivate your life. The temptation and propensity of allowing sin to penetrate, linger, and control the heart is volatile in human beings. Your greatest protection is a passionate and intimate relationship with Christ. Not a titillation of the ears nor the inspiration from a good message does this, but a relationship with Christ that is taking you into a faith that recognizes sin and rebukes it while embracing the power of God to put it down. 1 John 4:16 gives a greater picture of loving God: “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.” (NIV) Knowing and having this kind of affection for God takes you into the reality that God is not only there for you, but you are also in His hands regardless of how life’s events are playing out.  Lot learned this in Genesis 19:16 when he started backtracking, “When he hesitated, the men (angels) grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the LORD was merciful to them.” (NIV) God is always there, working, and able to intervene.  

   Know that sin is present, active, and enticing; but also know that God loves you, claims your life as His own, and promises that all things work for the good of those who love Him. 

Romans 8:28 “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (NIV)

Psalm 33:11 “The plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations.” (NIV) 


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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience: “Satisfaction” and “Deeper With God.” 

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