Monday, May 4, 2009

Courage to overcome

Should you? Can you? Do you dare? Overcoming the past takes faith.....and something more. Courage...That's what it takes to shed the problems and mistakes of the past and to dream again. When shame and darkness hide all glimpses of yourself and you are about to give up.....you can find refuge in the shadow of Jesus. Listen as He gently whispers, "It's all right, my child....I will help you. I will never leave you."
Together with Him, you will find the courage to dream again.
~Max Lucado

See what Jesus did for the adulterous woman in Scripture..... John 8:1-11

1But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" 6They 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. 7When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." 8Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.
9At 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. 10Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"
11"No one, sir," she said. "Then neither do I condemn you," Jesus declared. "Go now and leave your life of sin."




http://maxlucado.com/pdf/courage.to.overcome.pdf