Welcome friends to another week. I apologize for not posting this blog yesterday. I am directing this blog to the saved in hopes of reaching someone not saved. While watching videos on YouTube -Off the Curb Ministries, the pastor read the poem listed at the end of this blog. It is so fitting for today as many reject the saving knowledge of Christ. Many love their lives and do not want to change anything about themselves. Sin is their comfort food, as we say. It lives with them each day, and they live with it; misery becomes their friend. If any, some of their friends may be miserable and hopeless as well. Their human friends, if any, are miserable and hopeless as well. (I was there.)
The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. Psalm 9:17.
King David says, however: For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell. Psalm 86:13
My friends, for those who do not know Christ, this world may be a terrifying place. Many may have relatives or friends who attempted to reach out to them numerous times, only to meet rejection or scorn. In the future, some people may accept Christ as their savior. However, many will not accept his grace and forgiveness. God gives grace even when we do not deserve it. He still wakes those who reject him up each day, gives them health and strength, and allows them to live as they see fit. God gives life and takes it away. He directs death, hell, and the grave.
Sadly, people who do not believe in Jesus easily make excuses for their actions, justify or offer various reasons for their sins, such as climate change, or blame others rather than themselves. Though these individuals see the world as messed up, they despise the gospel and do not want to hear it. I was one of these.
There are 24 verses in the New Testament about rejection. As we are aware, God hates sin. Some people rejecting salvation hang their hopes on "the world will get better or other sayings." They may recognize their sins but never call their actions sin but explain them away as phases or periods. I can relate; I was there, too. I did not want to listen.
Many years ago, I worked for the state where I lived, enforcing child support court orders. My job was to prepare each case using the evidence I gathered. We (other agents and I) prepared many cases for court by presenting convincing evidence for each case. Our attorney previewed information gathered before the court date as she reviewed each case. The attorney used the evidence collected, presenting it to the judge. I did not have the luxury of making mistakes since someone's life depended on my findings and facts. As Christians (defense attorneys), it is our job to relay the gospel (facts) to individuals facing judgment (Hell). The guilty may become angry or fight back using words and much denial. (I know, I can talk since I was the same way.) I hated people for approaching me about my sin. For the record, the Bible includes 54 verses about hell.
In the previous paragraph, the judge sometimes "slapped the defendant's wrists" with light fines or gave second chances by continuing the case. Often, bailiffs handcuffed defendants during court and then escorted them to jail. Defendants remanded to jail often could not believe the judge told them to go to jail. They begged the court for leniency (depending on the facts, the judge expressed leniency for some). However, like courtrooms, sadly, those who do not believe in him will not receive reprimands in God's court. He does not play with criminals like courts do today. His judgment is final, and there are no do-overs, light sentences, or repeals. He judges without partiality. Facts are facts. Like a good judge, he speaks plainly, so everyone in court understands. Just as the law (Ten Commandments) is for those who do not accept his gift of salvation, the gospel (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) is the get out of jail free card for those who believe. On the other hand, Satan is the prosecutor who attempts to derail the court by objecting to arguments by the defense attorneys. Though Satan presents his case, God (the judge) has the final say.
As believers, our job is to become the voice of reason so criminals (unsaved) do not have to go to jail. We have the duty of giving the word to jail-bound defendants. Society often portrays Christians as the bad guys because no one wants anyone telling them they are jail (Hell) bound and their lives are in jeopardy. We are not perfect, by any means, but saved. It is only too late to tell a person about Christ when the person dies. However, it is only too late to tell a person about Christ when the person dies. I found this poem on YouTube, Off the Curb Ministries, which says it all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0LGhIO9Xlw
You lived next door to me for years
We shared our joys our dreams our tears.
A friend to me you were indeed
A friend who helped me in my need.
My faith in you was strong and sure
We had such trust that should endure.
No spats between us err arose
Our friends' were like and so our foes'.
What sadness then my friend to find,
That after all you weren't so kind.
The day my life on Earth did end
I found you weren't a faithful friend.
For all those years we spent on Earth
You never talked of Jesus birth.
You never spoke of My Lost Soul
And of the Christ who'd make me whole.
I stood in front of Him in shame
My Christian friend you are to blame.
Your faith, no voice, now flames I share
My soul now lost please don't despair.
I plead today from hell's cruel fire,
And tell you now my last desire.
You cannot do a thing for me
No words today my bond's to free.
But do not error my friend again,
Do all you can for soul's of men.
Tell ALL you know Christ died for thee
Lest they be cast in HELL with me!
John Masaitis 9/26/14
God Bless all of you,