“Roll Away the Stone” Chapter 1



For those of you who’ve  never asked Jesus into your life, or experienced what the spirit of this article invokes, this post is for you. You’ll probably soon be bowing your head saying; “I’m sorry God for what I was before”. You may even  say;  “Lord, it is said you sent your only Son to die on a cross to wash away blame that rest upon the lives of all who are born in this world resulting from universal laws we as humans can never fully understand”. “But Lord, I am sorry for doing anything, or being anything that would cause you my creator, to go as far as to send your only Son to die such a shameful, humiliatingly painful death to atone for”.

Please don’t misunderstand what I am saying here.  By no means am I saying this article has anything to do with causing you to become saved by the Grace of an all loving God. I’m only saying you probably, if you haven’t already asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, will soon have an unmistakable experience with God the Father, causing you to realize you’re a sinner, and you can in no way atone for the sin nature you were born with. I say this not because of anything that is written on this page, but because if one is even looking at a blog entitled “Roll the Stone Away” there’s a good possibility certain circumstances have come into your life that God has allowed to help you to see a need He is calling you to Himself to fill.

This being said, I now move along to the true heart-felt reason of this article, and that being to hopefully help roll away the stones of false guilt, shame and condemnation that are hindering many of the already saved, but new in the faith believers from entering into His peace that He has promised and does give.

False guilt, and shame, are not from God, hence, the falseness of the guilt. In other words, Jesus paid dearly for those sins to be washed away. They are forgiven, never to be thought about by God again.

Although I did say new believers, I should add that I was well into my walk with God before seeking the truth from His word in this particular area of entering His peace. I had read and even studied the Bible for at least seven years before realizing that something was missing. Sadly, with all the views, voices, and opinions out there, I was thoroughly confused. Well, what do you do when you realize you are confused about Gods Word? You start seeking “His Word” and “His words” only. The one thing that clearly kept ringing in my spiritual ears was this: 1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints

Unfortunately,there is however, an adversary who would love to keep us from ever entering into the Peace of God that exceeds all earthly understanding.  Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus And just as unfortunate, he, the adversary is alive and well not only in the unsaved world , but also within the church world it’s self. The Bible tells us that the adversary is an accuser, or actually, “The Accuser” of the brethren. However, he can speak through the mouth of anyone at any given time should ones heart not be guarded by the word of God. This is the first of many points I hope to make in this entry, and pray will find their way deep into longing, worried hearts of those who are new, or being distracted by the all too many voices, and views, that cloud ones thinking, and confuse things already instilled in our hearts, and minds, from the word of God, which is the only absolute truth.

What Jesus told the potential disciples in the love filled book of  John (8:31), also tells us, if we continue in His word, we are as much His disciples as those He was speaking to first hand in the Temple that early morning 2000 years ago in Jerusalem. Enthusiastic desire to help roll the stone of false guilt, shame, and condemnation away from the heart of anyone not yet resting in His peace, and finished works for them is my only prayer here, so, please, make note of the scriptures as they are made readily available.

Regardless of whether one is already in Gods word on a regular basis or not, I think it’s safe to assume that all who are reading this article already know that false guilt is a form of fear, and false shame also is a type of fear. Prior to becoming washed in the blood of JESUS, the shame, and guilt were absolutely not false, and hopefully were a large factor in helping us realize how needful of His love and forgiveness we truly are. Afterward , however, the guilt and shameful feelings that may be keeping one from understanding, and accepting Gods full forgiveness, are just that ..False, and a form of fear placed into ones mind by the accuser of the brethren. Thankfully, in Gods word we are told with no if, and, or buts, that : “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind”. (2 Timothy 1:6)

So, as far as the condemnation that the accusing liar from hell continues to use as a scare tactic against unsuspecting sheep awkwardly seeking to enter Gods kingdom of peace, relax, it died with Jesus:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

John 5:24 

Yes, He did say:  “Already Passed From Death into Life”

© paulwillis-2009

( continue to Chapter 2 from link below )

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13 Comments

  1. Great stuff as always. You know lately,I’ve been having doubts if I can ever come back to God. After all the things I’ve done. But lately,I’ve been hearing from so many people that yes,ALL my sins have been forgiven at the cross. But I still have doubts.

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  2. Well, hopefully Current,
    If God is willing, and I am pretty sure that He is..
    I will be able to at least partially relate the same liberating truth in these writings that His word revealed to me.. I strongly suggest writing down all the verses.. and you will see that they tell a story on there on without any of my own comments or opinions. I feel positive that you will feel much better about your salvation when you see all of these promises and facts put into one little group of verses. Without even having to know the details of what you mean by coming “Back” to God.. I can honestly say.. You are already back brother. Remember, you may have left him, in the sense that you maybe were not walking in obedience to His will in your life, but He never left you. And when we here that from others, it may seem redundant… Like, “you left him, He didn’t leave you” But that’s misleading. The truth of the matter is more likely that you strayed ..and He says in His word.. that He would leave 99 of His sheep in the fold to go and get the one little lost lamb who has strayed. He also says in His word that “He is Married to the backslider”
    It may be a hard truth to hear, but ..the Picture that we have all seen of Jesus carrying the little lamb around with Him, holds to some very real and historical parallels. It is said that the Shepherds of the Middle East, while trying to protect their flock from wolves and other dangers would break the front leg of a wandering lamb, and then carry the lamb everywhere that the shepherd and the flock would go until the lambs leg was healed again. ‘Can you think of something in your life, that has been taken, that you can relate to .. one of the Legs you use to travel with?
    The sweetest part of that analogy, which I am told was a very real practice of the shepherds of Jesus’ time is, that once the little lambs leg healed, he would never leave the shepherds love and protection again.
    God Bless you Current
    your friend and brother in Christ.
    paul

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    • Hello. Yes, very instersting read. Yes, after i got saved I use to be so focus on not sinning rather than focus on what Jesus did for me. I thought you had to be perfect pretty much. And when i did sin i felt so broken. But now i understand, we can never be perfect! BUT the thing is we have to be willing to do righteousness rather than practice unrighteousness. There has to be a change in your thinking! You will not think the way you use too. You will truely be transformed as Jesus said. And honestly yes, I feel different! The friends i use to hang out with i dont anymore! Thats how you know youve changed when people really see a difference. All we are called to do is love! Because if we do that then everything else will follow. I learned to Focus on Jesus’s Love instead of my sins. :)

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  7. Enjoyed Chapter 1. I will have to read more now. This is neccie by the way. Also I like in one of your comments you said that he said He would leave 99 of His sheep in the fold to go and get the one little lost lamb who has strayed. Believe I feel like I am a lost lamb.

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    • You’re not lost.. He was always waiting for you to come back.. He may even have allowed the little devil to sift you like wheat a little, as he wanted to do with Peter, to build, or test your faith…

      Luke22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

      Your troubles have been just to strengthen you:

      1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

      Read Psalm 107.. I prefer that particular chapter in the New Living Version, which you can read on line @ your favorite online Bible program.
      God Bless you
      paul

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