Class 1: Let God Touch You (Part 1)
Allow me to begin with a word from Coretta Scott King, the wife of the civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr. She said, “Women, if the soul of the nation is to be saved, I believe that you must become its soul.”
Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to hold the office of prime minister of the United Kingdom, said, “If we open our hearts to God, He has promised to work within us.”
Let’s begin by reading a portion from Letters to Young Black Women:
I want you to know that you are a special blessing from God. As far as I am concerned, the greatest gift to God’s green earth has been women. God has blessed you to be a woman. In my opinion, without you, this world would be incomplete and colorless. Without a woman, the Son of God would have never been born. So, I must join T.D. Jakes in saying, “God loves His girls.” The world may be hostile towards you, but God loves you very much, and you need to keep that in your heart and mind throughout the vicissitudes of life.
I want to encourage you to let God touch you — deeply. For some reason, traditionally, women have been more attracted to the Lord than men have been. The first people to the tomb were women; many of Jesus’ followers were women. If you are not a follower of His, you need to get to know Him for yourself. In order to do that, you must open up your heart to Him, and let Him touch you. Well, you say, how do I do that? I’m glad you asked.
I was raised in the church, but I got saved outside of the church because I never heard a clear, understandable, presentation of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ while in the church. So, listen closely to what I’m about to tell you:
Now, please pull out your digital study guide and follow along with me as we go through the text.
- Understand that you are a sinner. Yes, believe it or not, each one of us born into this world has sinned. All of us have broken the laws of God.
Please listen as I read these verses and note what they say about sin:
Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Every single person born into this world has done something that is displeasing to God. This is what God calls sin. Our sinful nature is the basis of the anger, pride, rebellion, discontent, sadness, and pain that we experience in the world. God, however, is perfect, holy, and righteous. When we sin, we fall short of God’s perfect, holy standard for living. Just as a runner who does not cross the finish line falls short of completing his course, we too have come short of God’s glory.
1 John 1:7: “But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
God is light and when we choose to receive His forgiveness for our sins, we join Him in that light. As we walk in the light as He is in the light, we are able to communicate with God and with fellow believers. We can communicate freely with God because our sin debt has been paid by the blood of Jesus Christ and we have been justified in His sight. The blood of Christ shed on the cross for our sins gives us the freedom to be in a relationship with God.
James 2:10: “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”
No matter how good we think we are, we all have sinned. Even if we just break one law, we are guilty in God’s sight. By the standards of the world, all sins are not equal, but this is not the case with God. Thus, it is foolish to think that our good actions will allow us to find favor in God’s sight and that He will overlook the wrong things we do.
John 8:34: “Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.”
To be a servant to something in this context means to be enslaved to it or to be in bondage to it. When we sin, we yield to the power of sin which causes us to repeatedly do things that are displeasing to God. When something has power over you, you are being controlled by it. Therefore, when sin has power over us, we are being controlled by sin. No matter how much we try not to sin in our own power, we will come up short because the power to not yield to the temptation of sin can only come through Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:10: “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:”
There is not a single person on the face of the earth who can claim righteousness or perfection — not one. If there were, God would have found him or her already. When we are born, we are born with the ability to sin. Even David, the author of the Psalms and a man after God’s own heart, sinned egregiously. There is no one that can do all good all the time. It is through the grace of God and the shed blood of Jesus alone that we can be made righteous, sanctified and justified in God’s sight.
We must realize that we are all sinners. In short, we have displeased God and fallen short of His perfect standards. Because of this, God has put in place consequences for sin. The punishment or the consequence of sin is death. This is where we will continue our study on “LET GOD TOUCH YOU” in our next class.
Joyce Meyer, one of the most well-known Bible teachers and speakers in America, said, “The spiritual part of you can be thought of as the part of you that cannot be seen with the natural eye. This part of you will live forever. And where the spiritual you lives, depends on the decision you make today.”
I want to give you the opportunity right now to make the decision to give your life to Jesus Christ. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
God bless and you keep you until we meet for our next class.