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Almost Persuaded

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Paul, I am almost persuaded to be a Christian. Acts 26:28

Before the betrayal by Judas, Jesus gathered his disciples together to tell them what was going to happen to him. He told them that he would be betrayed, that he would even be denied by Peter who loved him beyond measure. He told them that he would soon be leaving them and their hearts were broken and troubled. In John 14:1-3, he provided these words of comfort to his little group of precious friends:

Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you. I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

My friends, this world is not our home. Our home is that place that Jesus has gone to prepare.

Sometimes I look at the beauty of nature around me and I am amazed at the handiwork of our God. I see the tiny little hummingbirds and the butterflies fluttering around the beautiful flowers on my patio, I look up at the trees with their leaves spread out and reaching up toward the cloud-dappled sky and I am awestruck by the majesty of every little detail. If God was able to create this world with all its wonder and beauty in seven days, what must heaven hold in store for us?

In 1 Corinthians 2:9, and also in Isaiah 64:4 we are told:

Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

This world rejects God, all that He stands for, and seeks after the pleasures of the flesh. We are told in 2 Corinthians 6:7 to “come out from among them, and be ye separate.” This does not mean that we should congregate only with like-minded believers and hide away and wait for the Lord to come for us! Quite the contrary, we must live in this world and make every attempt to reach others for God’s kingdom.

Jesus didn’t hide away with only his disciples. Jesus sat with the publicans and sinners, ate with them, drank with them, laughed with them, loved them, and taught them the path to eternal life with Him. He did not encourage their sinful lives, but rather he taught them the eternal truths of salvation that sin leads to hell and only faith in Him and following a path of righteousness will open the gate of heaven. Just as He spoke to the crippled man at the Pool of Bethesda and the woman caught in the act of adultery, “Go and sin no more.”

We are strangers here because we are different. We are different in the way we talk, the way we raise our children, treat our spouses and conduct our family life. We are strangers because we reject the vile and profane things of society and pop culture that Bible teaches us to stay away from. We are different by what we allow in our homes, how we behave and interact with others. We are different because we try to live by the Ten Commandments, the scripture written in the Holy Bible and follow those timeless moral laws. We are different in the way we show the love of Christ to others.

Most of all, we are different because at the moment we accepted Jesus Christ into our lives we became new people.

If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17

The moment we repented of our sins, believed in and determined our lives to follow Jesus, God removed our sins from us.

As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us. Psalms 103:12

I will blot out your transgressions and remember your sins no more. Isaiah 43:25.

My friend, if you have never believed in Jesus Christ, repented of your sins and determined your life to follow Him, now is the time. Not tomorrow, but today.

Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

All you have to do is go to Him in prayer and ask Christ to forgive you. You MUST repent and turn from your sin. If you are sincere and honest, He will accept you regardless of the life you have led or the sins you have committed. Jesus bids you to come to Him.

Come unto me all ye who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:38

In his last missionary trip, the Apostle Paul was arrested and put in chains in Caesarea. There he was brought before King Agrippa, his sister Queen Berniece, Festus and many more nobility and society notables who assembled to see this curious little fellow named Paul. They laughed and poked fun at him as he spoke the word of God, but Agrippa listened to his words. As Paul ended his speaking and looked at the king, Agrippa said to him,

Paul, I am almost persuaded to be a Christian. Acts 26:28

Almost.

If God is dealing with your heart, don’t be as King Agrippa – almost persuaded. Be fully persuaded.

May God bless and keep you and if I don’t meet you again here, I hope to meet you over there!

Mimi

 

 

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