2 Timothy 3:14-17
by Larry Hatcher
WARNING, DON’T BE DECEIVED
Many times I have written about salvation not being a single event in one’s life. A walk down the aisle where one might acknowledge to the preacher or councilors question “Do you believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour” with “yes, I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour” doesn’t necessarily mean they are one of God’s children saved by the blood of Christ. One needs not to be persuaded to be a Christian, one only needs to recognize they are a lost sinner in great need of a Saviour.
One can be a moral upstanding member of the church, who is faithful in attending God’s house and go to hell. I guess I stress this so much because I once walked down the aisle and said these very words that “I believe in Jesus Christ” and was baptized and joined the church and faithfully attended the house of worship. I even studied the word of God most every day.
It would be many years after my so called conversion before God began dealing with my heart concerning my condition. You see, I faithfully sat under the true gospel for several decades without ears to hear (Mat 13:8-9) of which I gained much head knowledge with no inward lasting signs of being sanctified or holy (1 Cor 1:30).
After many discussions of my back surgeries and living in much pain with thoughts of not wanting to live another day, God sent a friend my way to ask me “have you examined yourself, are you saved?”. It was with these words that I began seeking my God and Father crying out begging Him with the words “Lord if I’m not yours, make me yours”.
For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. 12 Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you. 13 Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord….
Jer 29:11-14 AMP
– Call upon Him today and every day dear ones.
– Pray unto Him today and every day dear ones.
– Listen for Him today and every day dear ones.
– Seek Him today and every day dear ones.
– Search for Him with all your heart today dear ones.
– Then and only then will you find Him each and every day.
– Hold on to Him now, let not the worldly cares separate you from Him presence.
Amen and may God bless His children
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).
To believing, there must be a clear conviction of sin, and the merits of the blood of Christ, and of Christ’s willingness to save upon this consideration, merely, that you are a sinner.
When we come to God, we must bring nothing but Christ with us. Any ingredients, or any previous qualifications of our own, will poison and corrupt faith.
Believing is the most wonderful thing in the world. Put any thing of your own to it, and you spoil it. Christ will not so much as look at it for believing. When you believe and come to Christ, you must leave behind your own righteousness, and bring nothing but your sin: (Oh, that is hard!) leave behind all your holiness, sanctification, duties, or else Christ is not fit for you , nor you for Christ. Christ will be a pure Redeemer and Mediator, and you must be an undone sinner, or Christ and you will never agree. Continue reading
When I was young and wounded and had no one to turn to, I joined the United States Marine Corps where the recruiting motto was “The Few The Proud”. Little did I know that the true motto was “We Didn’t Promise You A Rose Garden”. I knew very little about God at this point in my life, but it took less than 24 hours for me to be calling on Him in a time of desperation and need. This was a very humbling experience to me to be awakened in the pre-dawn hours of the first morning in boot camp at Parris Island.
As I think back some 45 years ago in my life how fitting an analogy of what the Christian faces in their walk.
• Mt. 7:13-14 tells us of the narrow gate and there be few that find it.
• I would come to learn throughout my walk that God hates the pride in man (Pr. 8:13) and will put a fear like only one who has truly felt it can just barely describe its power on one’s soul.
• Heb. 12:6 Teaches us “For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth”. But then in 1 Pet. 5:10 He teaches “But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you”. This rose garden has thorns that will perfect one’s life.
Christian, young or seasoned will learn Him and as you grow in His grace you will begin to connect the dots that allows you a sweet spirit of communion with Him. Until then fight the good fight. The key thing to remember is to seek Him daily and to examine yourself to see if you are truly His as I wouldn’t find out for many years after what I thought was my conversion when I walked an aisle and said a few words. A tree is known by its fruit! Amen
Where is my Comforter for I need help this morn
I need a path that’s straighter than my own
My compass is broken and I can’t find my way
Oh Comforter oh Comforter will you help me I pray
I know if I wake Him, He’s willing to hear
But to mold me and teach me He leaves right here
He taught me to wait and listen for Him
That I may grow and become His close friend Continue reading