Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord God: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye. Ezekiel 18:30-32.

His Power Has Never Changed
Down through the annuls of time this question has been asked over and over again: "Why will ye die?" We see the Son of Man standing with arms outstretched, beckoning to lost humanity everywhere saying, "Come unto me and be saved!" The well-worn scripture found in II Peter 3:9 tells us: 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. The Word of God lets us know that His Will and desire for each of us is that we be saved from sin's destruction and the awful torment that awaits the lost.

God's power has NEVER changed! It is STILL able to save the vilest sinner, STILL able to break every chain that would bind the souls of mankind! We may have gone to the depths of sin, but God IS ABLE to lift us out if we so desire. Dear Reader, there is hope for anyone who is lost! The Word of God tells us, "Whosoever will." Whosoever. We are set free to serve and worship God with a pure heart if we will but humble ourselves before Him, repent of our sin and believe on His promises.

There Is No Lack With God
Hear the encouraging words of Jesus as He says, "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised." (Luke 4:18) If we will turn to the Savior now, He will not reject us! All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. John 6:37,38. What a precious promise given to men and women who are lost in sin and cannot help themselves!

Every scripture in the Bible that pertains to salvation is in your favor and lets you see that God IS Able! There is NO LACK with God, nor is there any weakness on His part. He IS Able to perform ALL that He promises to do! For ALL the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. II Corinthians 1:20. "Yea and Amen" means Yes and So Be It! Already done! Yet in order for us to receive that promise we have to be a child of God--known of Him by salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. If there is ANY failure, it is ALWAYS on man's part, NOT God's! If we will but accept the pardon, a way has ALREADY been made for our deliverance. We do not have to die lost or live another day in sin!

Seek Ye The Lord While He May Be Found
Although the long-suffering of God waits patiently while men and women are making their decision to serve Him (or not), be assured: there is DANGER in procrastination! People in sin do not realize just how insecure a position they are standing in while they linger on away from God. They keep thinking, "Someday, I will get right with God," but they keep putting it off and keep putting if off--sadly, many times until it is too late.

Please be aware of something VERY VITAL to your soul's well-being: the WORLD says, "It's never too late!" That's a lie, when it comes to our eternal soul! There comes a time when that which we did or did not do is "set in stone" for all time, and that moment is when we die. Any decisions we made for (or sadly, against) Christ, cannot thereafter be changed. Every day that we remain under sin's dominion, the hand of eternal death abides upon us! It is MOST serious to spurn the love and mercies of God until it goes to the point of no return. Yes, despite what all the false doctrines or "easy gospels" teach these days, there IS a Point of No Return with God: when this physical body dies, that which we did or did not do cannot then be changed. After literal (physical) death comes upon an individual, there is no hope or chance of his (or her) making peace with God. His (or her) doom is sealed for all eternity if a decision was not made BEFORE physical death for Christ! For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. II Corinthians 6:2. Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. Hebrews 3:7-12.

The prophet Isaiah cried out, saying, Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. Isaiah 55:6,7. The time to seek God for mercy and pardon is when He is speaking to your heart! One MUST clearly understand that he (or she) does NOT "become a Christian" or leave behind their life of sin just when he (or she) feels like it. The experience of salvation and godliness is only gained by obeying the Word of God: No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:44. This scripture PLAINLY tells us that it takes the Spirit of God (which is the Holy Ghost) to draw men and women unto Christ and salvation!

An Everlasting Love
One can recognize the integrity of the way the Holy Ghost works when we read, The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3. The Spirit of God draws at our heart through love by convicting us of our sins and showing us what we need to turn away from. God speaks through the avenues of our mind and conscience to show us our lost condition.

When sin is present in our lives, there is fear and unrest in our hearts and minds! This is why so many people are afraid to go to bed at nightl We fear that we might not wake up the next morning. Along with fear, there is the knowledge of guilt that is ever present in the heart and mind. We are aware that our lives are not clear before God, and we cannot have a fellowship with Him in our present lost condition.

Sin Separates The Created From The Creator
That is what happened to Adam back in the Garden of Eden! Both he and his wife partook of that which God had commanded them to leave alone! Their disobedience brought about sin and sin brought about death and that spiritual death brought about a separation between the created (man and woman) and their Creator (God). Mankind was made to have fellowship with God, but sin separates the created from their Creator.

Another way we can recognize the call of God is that of through the instructions found in the Bible. There have been many instances when folks have been saved while reading the Bible. Through that means, God was able to convict their soul of its sin, and it led them to a place of earnest prayer where they gave their hearts unreservedly to the Master. It might have been behind the barn or at their bedside, in a prison cell or on the side of the road--but THAT place is where they met the conditions and gained the promise!

Good News!
There are TWO powerful ways of reaching souls: (1) through preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and (2) through Personal Witnessing by Soul Winners for Christ. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 1:21, ...It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. When the true, unadulterated Word of God is preached, it is like Good News from a far country. The same can be said for personal witnessing to others about Jesus Christ. It is our commission: Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15. "Preaching" is ALSO personal, one-to-one witnessing, not just some person behind a pulpit with a raised voice out over a congregation! We are NOT compelled to go out to the great comfortable places in this world, but to the highways and hedges:

And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and COMPEL (STRONGLY URGE) them to come in, that my house may be filled. Luke 14:15-23.

To be drawn to the Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Ghost's conviction of our sins is the ONLY way to be translated out of the power of sin's darkness and into the light of God's kingdom! Therefore, when the Gospel of Jesus Christ is preached to (or when a worker for Christ witnesses to) a lost soul about the life-changing power of salvation through Jesus Christ, it is not just some person speaking only to hear the sound of their own voice: it is God speaking through that person.

Precious Friend, it is all of our advantage to seek God NOW while He may be found. While we have time and opportunity to do so. None of us have any guarantee of tomorrow--to put off the saving of our soul is to dangerously jeopardize our eternity!

Be assured, God loves mankind and is very interested in our well-being. Why would we hesitate any longer to put off acquiring His eternal insurance of living and reigning with Him forever and ever even one moment more? Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19. 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. I John 1:8,9. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. Deuteronomy 30:19. Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. Isaiah 55:6-8.

 


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