• Monique Abraham HHP

A second chance! What does that mean for you? What it meant for me...

I remember feeling lost, insecure, promiscuous but most importantly I was in danger. I was in danger of losing my life in all areas, heart, mind , body and soul. I could nolonger identify the person in the mirror so I began to imitate others, she looks like she's having a good time I would say. I found the complete opposite of myself to hang with, If my heart was to be broken, If my body was to be taken it would finally be by my terms, this time I would be in control. Or at least I thought, I hung with the harlots of the city who were unapologetic for their behavior, although I don't believe they would approve of my decription, it was true! Drunk day and night, throwing up at office Christmas parties. Bottles of empty wine under my bed, my chosen vice, thankfully I never was a drug person, always felt scared of the spirtual doors that would have opened. However on the road I was on it would not be to long before one of my drug dealer boyfriends introduced me to it. When did it change? One day I was at a bar with one of my friends who had strayed from the church too, "Yes this all happened to the church girl". It was two steps, both were convictions, first a drug dealer we both knew came to our table and confronted us.. "Y'all not supposed to be here" My friend was super upset, and started literally uncle luke fist pump vibrating in her chair, Oh did I mention she was like 22 yrs older than me? I said that to give a picture of the visual

We simply did not fit, and if any one had doubts we did or not she confirmed them. I was internally mortified! Of course being the good girlfriend I am I was like "Ok they not ready!" But clearly neither was I, so I refrained from any elaborate dancing that night!

The second conviction hit like a pile of bricks. I looked around and the room was still as If I was watching a tv screen. As I looked around they were nolonger people having fun, they became souls, and I saw them in their rawest form, hurting, lost posessed with feeling voids but lost without purpose! That day I saw an opportunity, to change or become the zombie built by society, or a vessel to help set the captives free. Here I was, once speaking prophetic into there lives, feeding the homeless ministering to the sick now lost, with blood on my hand..... Enough About me.. Let's get into done scripture to help you!

There are two instances in the New Testament when Jesus told someone to “sin no more,” and they were each under very different circumstances. The first is when Jesus healed an invalid by the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:1–15). Afterward, Jesus found the man and told him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you” (verse 14). It is clear that Jesus knew what had caused the man’s condition. We are not told the specifics of the man’s physical impairment, but the context implies that it was caused by sinful choices. Jesus warned the man that he had been given a second chance and that he should make better choices. If the man returned to his sinful behavior, he would have wasted the opportunity Jesus gave him to live whole and forgiven.

The second instance is in the account of the woman taken in the act of adultery (John 8:3–11). When the woman’s accusers brought her before Jesus, expecting Him to pronounce judgment, He told them that the one who was without sin should throw the first stone. One by one, the condemning crowd left. Then Jesus told the woman, “Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more” (verse 11). She had been caught. She was guilty. She did deserve stoning according to the Law of Moses (Leviticus 20:10; Deuteronomy 22:22). But the religious leaders who had dragged her there had no concern for holiness. They were trying to trap Jesus into saying that the Law did not matter (verse 6).

Jesus often reminded those religious leaders that He had not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). He, as God, was the Author of the Law (2 Timothy 3:16). The Pharisees focused on the letter of the Law but missed the true spirit of it, which is given in Galatians 5:14: “The whole law can be summed up in this one command: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” When Jesus refused to condemn the woman, He was not minimizing the importance of holiness. He was offering her the same kind of forgiveness He offers every one of us (Acts 3:19).

In saying, “Go and sin no more,” Jesus was not speaking of sinless perfection. He was warning against a return to sinful lifestyle choices. His words both extended mercy and demanded holiness. Jesus was always the perfect balance of “grace and truth” (John 1:14). With forgiveness comes the expectation that we will not continue in the same path of rebelliousness. Those who know God’s love will naturally want to obey Him (John 14:15).

What are you saying Monique? It's time to not only change but stay changed! Will you make mistakes? Sure... But why keep making the same ones? If God healed you from diabetes don't go back to the same diet that got you sick! If you were healed from Hiv stop being promiscuous or better yet you and your partner all of them get tested use protection, be celibate! If your heart keeps getting broke by same person "Let them go". And last but not least if you don't have the strength or tools get some help!

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Jeremiah 29:11 King James Version (KJV). For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.


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