The goodness and mercy of the Lord is a gift that we should think on often.
His goodness is not dependent on our goodness, but rather is provided to
all who will simply receive. The Lord does not call us to be theologians
in order to be saved. All that is required is our repentance from sin and
realization and confession of our need for The Savior; the Lord Jesus
Christ. Never believe the lie that God cannot save you. The Bible says
that He will welcome you in and in no way cast you out. Be encouraged and
know that God loves you greatly and wishes for you to spend eternity with
Him in heaven, but waits patiently as a loving Father for you to call upon
Him and realize your need. (2 Peter 3:9) (John 6:37-40) (Romans 10:12-13)
I hope you are blessed and encouraged by today's message.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW
In former days candidates for admission to certain churches were examined
as to their knowledge of sundry doctrines. Questions which no theologian
could answer were gravely put to uneducated men, and even to boys. On the
length of his reply and the frequency with which he used the stereotyped
phrases depended, in some degree, the approval which the church committee
showed the candidate.
Among the young people in a New England village who professed themselves
Christians was a simple-minded youth of the smallest possible amount of wit
consistent with moral responsibility. But being sincerely anxious to join
the church, he presented himself to the church committee.
The first question put to him was:
"Do you understand the doctrine of the Trinity?"
"No, I can't say I do."
"Can you give the committee a definition of regeneration?"
"I don't think I can."
"Well, what do you understand by fore-ordination? Take plenty of time to
answer," said a kind-hearted old deacon, thinking the candidate was confused.
"I don't know much about it."
"Can't you give us some opinion respecting God's decrees?"
"I'm afraid not."
"Well, then," said the minister, a little impatiently, "what do you know?"
Promptly came the answer:
"I know that I'm a sinner, and I know that Christ died to save me. And I
want to join the church to get more help from Christ and His people."
Every member of that committee felt rebuked, and one of them said
afterwards: "I learned from that moment to respect the spiritual knowledge
of the humblest man or woman, and not to think so much of that knowledge
which comes from the head alone."
The Bible declares in Romans 10:9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy
mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised
Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved." The scripture says that belief
comes from the heart. Many people do not accept the scriptures and the
sacrificial death of the Lord Jesus Christ because their belief comes not
from their heart, but rather from their mind and intellect. They will miss
heaven and all the glories that are promised to come because they chose to
trust in themselves rather than in the One who created them. (Psalm 14:1-3)
I encourage you to believe God and rest in His promise that whosoever shall
call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Never trust in your own
wisdom or intellect because the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 3:19 "...the
wisdom of this world is foolishness with God." Let us go forth trusting
in God's wisdom no matter what anyone else says. The Bible says in Romans
3:4 "Let God be true, but every man a liar..." His promise is true and
eternal and can be trusted. (Proverbs 18:2) (2 Timothy 3:10-17)
My prayer is that all will accept for themselves the finished work of the
Lord Jesus Christ. His sacrifice was for All mankind and all we must do
to be saved is believe and receive.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 10:9-11 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead,
thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture
saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed."
1 Corinthians 3:18-21 "Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you
seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be
wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is
written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. And again, The Lord
knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain."
Romans 3:3-4 "For what if some did not believe? Shall their unbelief make
the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but
every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy
sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged."
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."
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: BECOMING A CHRISTIAN...
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Today's Selected Testimony: MY LIFE CHANGE
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry