Every divine word changes the character of people

Author: Voice Of God Ministry  //  Category: Fundamental Truth

Most of us understand that Jesus died for our sin. It is perfectly right and this is one side of the coin. Another side is to receive His divine nature to ensure the better relationship with God. It is the shortest route to overcome sin. When we meditate the word of God and when we have a very close relationship with God, there will be no chance for sin to overcome us. Hence King David says I will extol the Lord at all times; His praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34.1-3. I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.Psalm104 33-34 and For I have kept the ways of the Lord; I am not guilty of turning from my God. All his laws are before me; I have not turned away from his decrees. I have been blameless before Him and have kept myself from sin. The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness, according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight (Psalm18.21-35)

Each and every individual is different and unique in his own character. Character is the consolidation of the habits of the individual. An activity when continued for many times becomes a habit. Consolidations of one’s habit constitute a character. If a person possesses a consolidation of good habits, then it proves that he is of good character. Similarly, it is the vice versa if a person possesses a consolidation of bad habits, then it proves that he is of bad character. When Jesus meets a person with bad character, his life turns upside down. All his bad character changes to good and he starts to yield good fruits. We can further see this with biblical illustration.

The Pharisees and a woman caught in adultery
But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts; where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” John 8.1-11. Thus the lady changed her old life and followed Jesus along with His followers.

Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
As the scripture says in Luke 10, Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by name Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately.I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:1-10. Hence a worldly man, who had a thrust for money, turned instantly when Jesus said to him that He would come to his house.
Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman
Now Jesus learned that the Pharisees had heard that He was gaining and baptizing more disciples than John— although in fact it was not Jesus who baptized, but his disciples. So He left Judea and went back once more to Galilee. Now He had to go through Samaria. So He came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about noon. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.] Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.” “I have no husband,” she replied. Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.” “Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.” John 4:1-19. Hence a lady with bad character turned out to be an evangelist, preaching that Jesus is the Messiah, the true Lamb of God. Further many Samaritans trusted in Jesus.

Many Samaritans Believed Jesus
Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.” So, when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days. And because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” John 4:39-42
Jesus Heals an Official’s Son

When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death. “Unless you people see signs and wonders,” Jesus told him, “you will never believe.” The royal official said, “Sir, come down before my child dies.” “Go,” Jesus replied, “your son will live.” The man took Jesus at his word and departed. While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living. When he inquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, “Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.” John 4:47-52. Just a single word, that says “Go, your child will be healed”, has brought in a new life to the official’s son instantly.
Jesus Raises Lazarus from the Dead
As witnessed in the Scripture in John, “Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said. “But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.” Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me.

I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face”. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.” John 11: 38-44. In this scripture portion too, a single word that Jesus said “Lazarus, come out!” turned out the life of Lazarus, his whole family and the entire people in the surrounding too.

The Crucifixion of Jesus
In the Scripture, as mentioned in gospel according to Luke, Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him.

They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.” There was a written notice above him, which read: this is the king of the Jews.
One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!”

But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.

” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” Luke 23:32-43 Hence the conversation that Jesus had with the Father in Heaven, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” changed the life of the thief who was hung along with Jesus, for all the bad things he had done. Further he had a godly fear, he accepted Jesus is the true Son of God, he believed that there is a paradise and Jesus only can drive him to that place. He had a spiritual zeal within him. This was the turnout in his life.
The drastic change that took place in the life of the good thief is mentioned below,
1. He fear God
2. He has faith in God. He confesses his sin
3. He loves Jesus with all his heart and with all his soul and with his entire mind.
4. He has the right sprit of righteousness (punished justly)
5. He became a bold witness to Jesus without fear (But this man has done nothing wrong)
6. He believes in Jesus and accepts the kingdom of God
7. He understand that Jesus is the way and trusts the Lord with humility and prays to God

As the scripture says in Mathew 1:1-4, ….. Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ Lord’s word does many things, there is nothing impossible, and we receive life, grace, mercy and all kinds of goodness.

Not all receive this blessing, although this seems to be a bitter truth. Just as a rich man came to Jesus asking the way for eternal life, went back sadly, when he was asked to leave all that he owns and give to the poor and follow Jesus. Similarly there might be many reasons for losing the eternal life. The thief turned out to be good with a few hours.

How are we Christians who know many spiritual things, do we possess all the seven character that was seen in the good thief? We need not judge other, instead judge ourselves. Let us repent where we lack. Our inner conscience clearly tells us where we lack, let those who hear listen and repent. May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with you. My love to all of you in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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BRO. David Samuel
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