In the Bible, 7 means perfection.
God had his people celebrate the Year of Jubilee every 7 years.
Those indebted to others were set free in the 7th year.
Victory was celebrated in the 7th year.
Lands that had been used for agriculture were rotated and given breaks on the 7th year.
The 7th year was a year for a reset.
There has been a lot of talk of “The Great Reset” lately. And whether that’s conspiracy theory or not isn’t the purpose of my message here, and quite frankly, it’s hard to discern who is telling the truth these days.
But here’s one thing I know:
God is doing a spiritual reset.
7 times 7 is 49.
Perfect times perfect.
Beginning times beginning.
Freedom times freedom.
Victory times victory.
49 years ago, our nation elected representatives who put representatives in power who erroneously read the Constitution as meaning that abortion needed to be legalized in all of the States. The States lost their power to have their citizens make decisions for themselves on this issue.
Now, in this Year of Jubilee, over 63 million aborted babies later, 7 times 7 years later, there has been a reset.
The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy. The Rescuer comes that we may have life AND have it more abundantly.
One thing my pastor talked about this morning that is important to say here. Jesus did NOT come to condemn the world. This is where Christians get it wrong sometimes.
Read this short excerpt from the woman caught in adultery. (PS, it takes two to tango. Jesus knew this and didn’t buy into the religious trap in his day. There was a man committing adultury, also.)
“They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman. Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?” “No, Lord,” she said. And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
Jesus did not celebrate the woman’s choice or freedom. In fact, he said she needed to stop what she was doing. But neither did he condemn her. He saw her. He didn’t see through her. He saw her, and he had compassion for her.
I know some very godly women who have chosen to have an abortion. Not just evil women have made this choice. And some people need to hear that. Please stop being all self-righteous and trying to cast the first stone. Some really amazing women have found themselves in some tough places and made a choice that felt like it was the best choice at the time.
What do we do as Christians? We leave it with God! We love. We embrace. We look at the sin in our own lives and strive to celebrate God’s victories in our lives and others. We celebrate where we were and where we are, and we give God all the glory!
Our culture celebrates death. The law brings death. When Moses gave the 10 commandments, 3,000 people died that day!
God gave us his laws to show us we needed a Savior. We miss the mark! We deserve death!
When the Spirit of God came on Penecost, 3,000 people were born again! The Spirit gives life!
My mother gave me life. She was offered the choice of abortion as a single teenaged woman. And in her day, it was VERY hard to be a pregnant teenager. There was a lot less tolerance back then.
If you’re finding yourself in a tough position, please ask God for guidance. Please know God can turn what is ugly, hard, confusing, scary, and not planed into what is stunningly beautiful.
I’m so thankful my mom chose LIFE! No matter what the circumstance, life is truly a beautiful and an amazing gift.
I love you all! This includes those of you who vehemently disagree with me.
But today, in the 49th year, I am celebrating life and freedom!
PS. Shine is worshiping with her Daddy. And she’s wearing my baby dress, made by my Grandma!