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Real Life



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Rebekah Prewitt



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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Fresh Start

Chapter 2: Totally Ravaged

Chapter 3: When You Mess Up, Come

Chapter 4: The Adulteress

Chapter 5: Do You Want Perfect Faith?

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Chapter 1: A Fresh Start

Do you want to have a fresh start? Do you want to really erase everything in your past and even in the present and just start all over again? If you answered "YES!!!" then I have good news for you. It is possible to have a clean slate.

If you want a clean slate, you must start by dropping your net. You might wonder, “Dropping my net? What in the world are you talking about.

One day while Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Andrew and Peter, casting a net into the sea: they were fisher men. And he said unto them, Follow me . . . And they instantly dropped their nets, and followed him (Matthew 4:18-20).

If you want a fresh start, you also must immediately drop your net. Maybe your net is tangled up by refusing to apologize or some kind of compromise. Maybe it is a girlfriend or boyfriend, or unholy movies or websites, or maybe it is years of guilt for something you have done in the past.

There was a group of people mentioned in the book of Acts who practiced witchcraft. As soon as they believed in God, they came and confessed and exposed their deeds before the people. Here is how they dropped their nets:

Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver (Acts 19:19).

In order for you to truly have a fresh start, you must drop your baggage now! You can't wait hoping things in your life will get better. These people that practiced witchcraft brought all of their expensive items and burned them. They were ready for a change. What about you? Do you have things you need to expose before God and get rid of? Do it now!

You cannot have a fresh start by adding to your circumstances. Instead you must learn to subtract. Take away. Don't add. You must immediately take the initial step of saying goodbye to things (i.e. statues or idols, relationships, hang-out spots, job, parents, attitudes, etc.) and listen to the voice of God calling you out to follow Him. Andrew and Peter could not have followed Christ until they first dropped those nets. Below are some other examples of people who did not wait but had a fresh start at this thing called life:

As Jesus kept walking he saw two other brothers, James and John in a ship with their father, mending their nets; and he called them. And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him (Matthew 4:21-22).

On another occasion Jesus saw a tax collector on his job whose name was Levi, and He said unto him, Follow me. And Levi left all, rose up, and followed him (Luke 5:27-28).

Some years ago, I remember hearing of a Hindu family who heard the gospel preached in Queens, NY. When they believed, they removed all of their Hindu gods out of their home and trashed them.

These are examples of people who were serious about having a fresh start in their lives. It is possible, and it can happen for you too. Don't even entertain the thought in your mind that you are too far gone or that you are too old. The man Abram was 75 years old when God called him to leave his country and family to follow Him, and guess what? Even at that age of 75, Abram dropped his net and listened to the voice of God calling him. Why not use the measure of faith God has given you and believe that He can make all things new in your life again.

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.

And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

(Rev. 21:5)

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Chapter 2: Totally Ravaged

When a husband gets hooked on pornography, and his wife becomes so angry and hurt that she hates the sight of every picture of an indecent woman, sin has just ravaged your life...

When a middle school "A" student daughter get's mixed up with the wrong guy and starts having sexual intercourse, sin has just ravaged your life...

When an older brother molest his younger sister, sin has just ravaged your life...

When a son takes a little sniff of cocaine and then eventually starts stealing money out of your purse to get more, sin has just ravaged your life...

When a young son tries out for little league and his coach molests him, sin has just ravaged your life...

When a man finds out that his wife is having an affair with his best friend, sin has just ravaged your life...

When the minister that you trusted all of sudden is caught in a scandal, sin has just ravaged your life...

When parents have to take care of their daughter's children because their daughter sleeps around, sin has just ravaged your life...

When a Godly woman finds out that her husband of 30 years is leaving her for another woman, sin has just ravaged your life...

When you steal an answer off of someone else's test, sin has just ravaged your life...

When you lie about your income so that you can get government aid, sin has just ravaged your life...

Friend, how long does this list have to be? Unfortunately, it is quite long. This simple three letter word–S I N–has effectively wrecked all of our lives.

The same way you hate that bad thing that happened to you is the way God hates sin. When He sees you crying and aching in pain, He knows it is because of sin.

So, the next time you are tempted to think that God is to be blamed because He doesn't stop or intervene when a child is molested or when a husband cheats on his wife, remember where to cast the blame. It is not owed to God. It is owed to sin.

God is the loving One. He saw that we were going to be born into these things and planned before the creation of this world to fix the problem. He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, who came and died for our sins and rose again from the grave conquering sin so that man doesn't have to live in sin anymore. What we have to do now is develop a personal relationship with His Son by repenting of our sins, turning away from them, and being born again in the Spirit.

"Wherefore, as by one man [Adam] sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many (Romans 5:12, 3:23, 5:15).

Are you ready to thank God for His Son, Jesus Christ? He is the only one who can heal you of your sins and the sins that others have committed against you.

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Chapter 3: When You Mess Up, Come

Did you ever get in trouble as a kid? Do you remember how you felt when you were scolded? I do. When my parents scolded me, it normally took me a few days to really feel like I could comfortably approach them again. Why? I felt distanced from them because they scolded me. Similarly, when God scolds us, we feel distanced from Him. We don't want to approach Him, but do you remember what He says in Proverbs 3:11-12? "My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth."

Many times when we mess up, we don't want to approach God. James says, "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you" (4:8). Then, this is interesting. The very next sentence states, "Cleanse your hands ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness," and "Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up." So, you don't want to approach God because you have sinned, but that's the time when you need to approach with repentance.

The book of Hebrews 12:12-17 tells us,

Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.

You see, if you don't approach God when you have failed Him, you can become bitter (v. 15). But, instead of becoming bitter, He invites you to come to Him and be healed. "Lest that which is lame [meaning you have to yourself now an injury because you fell] be turned out of the way" (v. 13). In other words, God refused you because you who are now lame didn't come for your healing–so now, you fail of the grace of God. He made it available to you, but you failed to receive it and continue on in your sin. Doing this, my friend, makes you insult the Spirit of grace. You have counted God's grace not sufficient to help you overcome your sin.

The Bible says, “If we sin,” not “When we sin,” but “If we sin.” Hear what the Apostle John wrote, "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1).

If you are struggling in sin, God has made His grace available to you NOW. Instead of reaching out and taking hold of that grace like you should have, you have been taught to understand grace to mean that you can still live in sin and God's grace will take care of you. If you think this, you have been sincerely deceived and poorly taught.

Instead of saying, “Well, we are all sinners and no one can live a perfect life,” why not believe God's word that He is able to help you overcome that sin. Listen, if you say you believe in God and the gospel you believe does not have the power to deliver you from the sin you are involved in, then the gospel you believe has no teeth and Christ has died in vain. But, Christ did not die in vain, and as He conquered sin and death, you can too–through Him.

When we mess up and commit a sin, God is calling us to come. He says, "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need" (Hebrews 4:16). You see, God has the grace to give you when you are weak and help you overcome that sin. He said, "My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness" (2 Cor. 12:9).

If you say, I can continue in my sin because God's grace will take care of me, you have understood the Scriptures wrongly and show that you are going to try to abuse God's grace. God says,

If we decide to go on sinning after we have learned the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice for sins. There is nothing but fear in waiting for the judgment and the terrible fire that will destroy all those who live against God...So what do you think should be done to those...who insult the Spirit of God's grace? (Hebrews 10:26-29).

My friend, He has given you grace so that you can use it to start walking right with Him again. This is a marvelous gift! So, COME!

He also says, "If any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him" (Heb 10:38). You insult His Spirit of grace if you draw back. Instead, use the grace He gives as a stepping stone to get closer to Him.

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Chapter 4: The Adulteress

She was caught in the very act and dragged before Jesus to see how He would handle this situation. They said,

Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not (John 8:4-6).

What would you do if someone dragged you out of bed while you were with a person who was not your spouse and then made you a public spectacle? Maybe, you cheated on your spouse years ago, and no one knew about it. In this woman's case everyone knew about it. How would Jesus deal with this sin? Well, after this woman's accusers continued asking Him the same question, He lifted up himself from the ground and said to her accusers,

He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst (John 8:7-9).

Notice something very interesting in this example. Everyone left except Jesus. Jesus was the only one who had no sin. He had the right, therefore, based on His own words to cast the stone at this woman. Did He? Here is how He handled this situation.

When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more (John 8:10-11).

There is hope for the one caught in adultery if he or she goes and sins no more. Jesus did not condemn this adulteress. If Jesus had not forgiven this woman and shown her mercy, she would not have learned the love and mercy of God. When Christ forgives us of such heinous crimes, we ought to be so grateful that we fall at His feet in love and adoration thanking Him for His pronunciation that we are not condemned. (The Judge of the universe has spoken. What further appeal or verdict do we need from anyone else.)

Sure, there is that verse in the Bible that says, "Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge" (Hebrews 13:4). But, you don't have to remain a whoremonger and adulterer.

Give God the glory! There is still hope even for the adulterer.

"Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little" (Luke 7:47).

Do you love Him much or little?

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Chapter 5: Do You Want Perfect Faith?

Have you ever seen a corpse? It's kind of spooky. The dead person just lays there with hair and face perfectly groomed, all dressed up in a fancy suit and tie or a fancy dress. The person can't say a word to you, smile or even move–totally lifeless, just laying there. You are probably wondering, “What does this have to do with faith?” Well, that is how the Bible describes someone whose faith is not made perfect–DEAD!!!

Shocking isn't it? Are you walking around like a dead corpse without even knowing it? Let's look at some examples of people who could have had dead faith but didn't.

Example #1

God told Abraham, "Leave your country, your relatives, and your father's family, and go to the land I will show you" (Gen. 12:1, CEV). Abraham could have said, “Yes, God told me to leave,” without actually moving away from his country. Even though he believed God told him to leave, he could have stayed. But, had he done so, his faith would not have been made perfect.

Example #2

God told Abraham, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you" (Gen. 22:2 NKJV). Abraham could have said, “Yes, God told me to offer up Isaac as a burnt offering,” without ever doing it. Even though he believed God told him to offer Isaac, he could have kept Isaac to himself. But, had he done so, his faith would not have been made perfect.

Example #3

The harlot (yes, harlot), Rahab, heard of how God helped the Children of Israel. She said to the Israelite spies that came to spy out her land,

I know the LORD has given this land to your people. You frighten us very much. Everyone living in this land is terribly afraid of you because we have heard how the LORD dried up the Red Sea when you came out of Egypt. We have heard how you destroyed Sihon and Og, two Amorite kings who lived east of the Jordan. When we heard this, we were very frightened. Now our men are afraid to fight you because the LORD your God rules the heavens above and the earth below! (Joshua 2:9-10, NCV).

Yes, Rahab, the harlot believed that the Children of Israel were terrifying and knew the Lord had given them her land. But, Rahab could have said, “I know this to be true, but I will not hide these Israelite spies.” But, had she done so, her faith would not have been made perfect.

What is the point? In all of these examples, the person believed what God told them or, in Rahab's case, what she heard about God, but our faith is only made perfect when we act upon what we know. Abraham moved. Abraham offered up his son. Rahab hid the spies. Notice that all three bold words are action words. Abraham and Rahab had to put their human effort into it. James says, "Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only" (2:24).

Many times we meet people who tell us, Oh, I believe in God. Maybe you are one of them. Then in the next breath, we will learn that they do not do what the Bible teaches them to do. They break God's commands by living in fornication, drinking alcohol, using profanity, and you know the list. Some may not engage in such outward, blatant sins but instead attend church regularly and just sit there. Even though these people say they believe in God, their faith is dead because they don't do anything with that belief. As a result, their faith dies. When you say, I believe in God, your life must have works, or as James once again says,

"For as the body without the spirit is dead,

so faith without works is dead also" (2:26).

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