When you walk out of your own home every day to: go to school, go to work, meet someone for lunch, go shopping…name any number of things that take you out every day and you will realize that as you look around there are all types of things that are presented to you at “Satan’s Silver Tray”, the cafe of trouble! From the simple temptation to cheat: on a test, running the light or stop sign, realizing that you were handed too much change…to larger ones, cheating on your spouse, stealing money from the petty cash box or (as one woman I saw) take money intended for a server from a table, repeating an item of gossip that steals someones good name maybe costing them their job. These are some pretty tasty items on that tray, but let me remind you that if you take an item from the Silver Tray, it will cost you dearly. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians, 3:13-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.
King James says it this way, “Forgetting the past, looking forward to what is ahead” I am referring to an item on the Tray that a lot of people choose, and it is a favorite of Satan’s to serve! “Serve them a big dose of guilt!” Make them believe that Jesus’ blood did nothing to atone for their sins, hey, maybe we can even get them to go out and hang themselves the way Judas did!” This “guilt” thing could cost you your immortal soul! Because you feel remorse and guilt you feel unworthy (the side effect of guilt…you know like eating beans gives you intestinal gas) no way to have one without the other, and this unworthy feeling makes you look for worth in “all the wrong places”, which piles on more guilt and so-it-goes!
1 John 2:12 I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus. That is the item on the menu that is printed in letters so small you have to get a magnifier to read it, but it is there! Your sins are forgiven! If Judas had only known that he could have walked up to Jesus as He hung on the cross and he would have been forgiven, he didn’t have to die. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem!
If you are willing to die to get rid of your problems, why not die to yourself and give it all to Jesus? When He died, His blood erased all the sin from mankind, but you have to ask Him! Now, are you going to go to the cross and tell Jesus that you know that He loved you enough to die for you so that you could bring your guilt and shame and really ugly deeds to Him to be cleansed, or are you going back to the old cafe to get another helping of Satan’s killer food? I suggest the former!
Psalms 103:3 He forgives all my sins, He heals all my diseases. As you read this, if you have something you want to be rid of, pray with me: “My Father, I love you and I thank you for forgiving my sins through the saving blood of Jesus Christ Your Son, Who died on the cross for me, I accept Him in my heart as my personal Savior, Amen.”
If you prayed this prayer from your heart, then close that menu, it no longer applies! You are free, you are clean, you are made whole, now pick a new place to eat!