The Lord is ever present and ready to redeem and make new every soul that
calls upon His name in truth. The Bible declares that God wishes for none
to perish, but for all to come to repentance. When we acknowledge our sin
and ask God to forgive us, the Bible says that God forgives us and cleanses
us from all unrighteousness. Never allow anyone to tell you that God
doesn't forgive and renew. Once we come to Him in repentance, God wipes our
slate clean and makes us a new creation in Christ. (2 Peter 3:9) (1 John 1:8-9)
I hope you are blessed and encouraged by today's story.
A PREACHER AND AN ATHEIST
A preacher and an atheistic barber were once walking through the city
slums. Said the barber to the preacher: "This is why I cannot believe in a
God of love. If God was as kind as you say, He would not permit all this
poverty, disease, and squalor. He would not allow these poor bums to be
addicted to dope and other character-destroying habits. No, I cannot
believe in a God who permits these things."
The minister was silent until they met a man who was especially unkempt
and filthy. His hair was hanging down his neck and he had a half-inch of
stubble on his face. Said the minister: "You must not be a very good barber
because you wouldn't permit a man like that to continue living in this
neighborhood without a haircut and shave." Indignantly the barber answered:
"Why blame me for that man's condition? I can't help it that he is like
that. He has never come in my shop; I could fix him up and make him look
like a gentleman!"
Giving the barber a penetrating look, the minister said: "Then don't blame
God for allowing the people to continue in their evil ways, when He is
constantly inviting them to come and be saved."
The Bible declares in Romans 10:13, "For whosoever shall call upon the name
of the Lord shall be saved." The word whosoever is completely inclusive.
It doesn't matter who you are or what you have done. Tall, short, black,
white, executive, homeless, child, and senior citizen. All are welcome.
When you simply call upon the Lord and repent of your sins and acknowledge
the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ for your redemption, the Bible says,
you will be saved. (Romans 10:8-11) (Acts 4:12)
Be encouraged in the Lord and know that all the work for your salvation has
already been completed by Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. The Lord
Jesus welcomes all who call upon Him and will in no way cast anyone aside
that trusts Him for their salvation. I encourage you to Call upon the
Lord today if you haven't recently and share with God all that is on your
heart. He promises to be right there with you when you call upon Him.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Revelation 3:20 Jesus declares, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if
any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will
sup with him, and he with Me."
2 Peter 3:9 "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any
should perish, but that all should come to repentance."
1 John 1:8-10 "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the
truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say
that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us."
Psalm 103:1-5 "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless
His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness
and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy
youth is renewed like the eagle's."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: REACH THE LOST
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem152.htm
Today's Selected Testimony: THE LORD GOD I LOVE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony81.htm
In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry