Wednesday, August 17, 2011

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          What is it that I have written to you, if not the salvation of Christ?  What is the salvation from, if not sin?  What is it that separates us from God, if not sin?  All of us have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  Because we have all come up short and are sinners, God sent His Son to deliver us from what separates us from Himself.  God is perfection and through Christ we are made perfect before Him; not of our efforts but through Jesus Christ, our Savior. 

          There are many in this world that would mislead you[1] with a different gospel than that contained in the Bible.  Repentance unto salvation through Jesus is the only way to become acceptable to the Father.  “Am I therefore your enemy, because I tell you the truth?”[2] 

          My purpose, as I see it, is not to offend you, but to challenge you to think about the free gift offered by the Lord.  Thomas Jefferson said that freedom of thought was a gift from God.  Guidance, from someone who cares, is also a gift.  It is the Holy Spirit who is the guide to all truth.  My attempts in writings, is to guide you to the Holy Spirit.  As a biblical learner,

(Notice I didn’t call myself a biblical scholar, because I am not) I believe that I have gained some insight into the will of God.   It’s not that I have all the answers, because I do not.  What I do have is over forty years of study.  I make mistakes, just like we all do; however, I strive to live the life that God wants me to.  I am not yet perfected, but I will be when I leave this earthly life.  Because of the relationship I have with the Lord, through Jesus, I have already been perfected in the Fathers eyes.  If you repent (change your mind) and comply with John 3:16 and Romans 10:9, you can also obtain this relationship.  The time for this relationship is now.  Don’t wait until the last minute, as circumstances may sneak up on you and you loose your chance. 

          My father entered into the kingdom of God, two days before he died.  What if the circumstances that brought him to his relationship had been delayed by just two days? 

          God knows all that is, that ever was and all that ever will be.  He already knows if you will receive His free gift of salvation or not.  Is your name written in the book of life?  You won’t know, in this life, unless you come to Him, but you will have that knowledge in the next life.  We are all going to live forever whether we believe it or not.  Our only choice in the matter is our future address.  As I remember the old movies, the kings and pharaohs used to say: ‘so let it be written, so let it be done.”  Where is your name written and what have you done?  The King of heaven knows; do you?
          There once was a poor family consisting of a grandfather and a grandson.  They were so poor they didn’t even have enough to eat.  The only asset they owned was an old mule named Heiney.  They decided, at last, to take Heiney to market and sell him.  As they started on their way the young boy rode the mule while the old man walked beside.  They came across a group of people who berated the boy for making the old man walk so they switched; putting the old man on the mule and the grandson walked.  They came upon a group of people who told them they should both ride the mule so they did.  They came upon another group of people who berated them for making the old mule carry such a heavy load so they both walked beside the mule.  Then they came across a group of people that told them the mule was so worn out they should carry him to market so that it would still be alive and able to be sold.  They lifted poor old Heiney and started off again.  They came to a narrow swinging foot bridge and started across.  They lost their footing and dropped Heiney into the canyon, killing him.  The moral of this story is that if you try to please everybody, you are going to loose your Heiney.[3]

          There are many distractions in this world, but there is only one way to salvation.  It doesn’t cost you anything; but sometimes your pride. Which way will you travel, with God or leave things to what man tells you?

[1] Galatians 1:8
[2] Galatians 4:16
[3] Story from Rev. Jim Delp


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