Monday, October 5, 2009

There Is Line By Man Unseen.. But Someone Sees It

Can an unbeliever cross a line and reach a so called “point of no return" in sinning? Kind of a good question to think about huh?

A: Yes, and it is not that Mister or Ms Hardhearted would not be forgiven by a merciful Christ while they are alive on this planet, (of course Jesus would forgive them if they would only come to Him on God's terms as found in the Bible)’s just findin’ that place where they will want to turn and believe in Jesus Christ. Many get so set in their hyper-independent ways and the idea of getting right with Him no longer seems to enter their minds. Some people have resisted the Holy Spirit’s Message so many times and their hearts have been hardened to the point where they simply never ever opt to come.. asking for true repentance and forgiveness from Christ. It just doesn’t even dawn on them that this is the real root priority issue above em all.

Case in point? The Pharaoh who kept saying “No” to Mo ..until it finally cost him everything. Yes, and it was Pharaoh's fault, not God's. In love, God did everything He could to persuade this prideful man to turn. Mo was like a missionary to this prideful man. And God indeed had a very compassionate missionary-heart back then to send Mo reach out to the Egyptian King and the Egyptians. He gave them ample time to believe.. to have a change of heart, of mind and of behavior. OF COURSE, just like He has now as he wait for many of us. He doesn't change. We are the ones who are fickle and change.. who need a change of thought pasterns, of habits and of life through the cleansing power of the blood that was shed for us at Calvary!

Why is this an important subject? Well time runs out for people who are loved and still in error. And contrary to popular religious belief, there is really no salvation for those on the under-side of the sod (yeah, I mean buried). If you are outside of Christ today, please don’t put off coming to Him as you are ..with a true willingness to change Him. For He alone can change you from the inside out and make you into what He wants you to be--He can transform your inner desires to hate what you used to love (what's destructive) and to love what you used to hate (what's really best for you and others)! My point in writing this is to say: Please don’t wait until it is too late! Esau a man of the world; a man of the flesh, “found no place of repentance though he sought it carefully with tears.”

Man, I am thankful today about the blessing it is.. that God’s Spirit will.. for a time, strive with man (beloved lost people that He died to rescue). I had the time to think things through logically and pray. But He will not always (See Gen. 6:3) strive with unregenerate people. There is a limit and that is why there must be a sense of urgency about what we Christians are doing, as we go and do our part to obey Christ and His Great Commission! Time is such a precious commodity these days. Everyday I think about the minutes I have and what I will do with each of them. The Bible admonishes us to…

“Live wisely among those who are not Christians, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone.” Colossians 4:5-6, nlt

Daily fervent prayer (with the right address attached to it – I mean to the Father through Jesus the Son [that’s a given, but you’d be surprised to who and how people are praying to these days..]) is key in us wanting to reach out and actually be doing it. It’s key for us sensing a real burden inside first—a deep supernatural heartfelt concern for the irreligious in their plight and then, yes, rightly acting upon it.

Chuck Smith (a great soul-winner who exampled this outward concern for me to see..) once told me something very important, and as I check out what he said against the Book, there was indeed a ring of truth in it. He said there is a line that sinners can cross in their sinning. Never forgot that!

"There is a time, we know not when. There is a point, we know not where, that leads to glory or despair. There is line by us unseen that crosses every path, the hidden boundary between God’s patience and His wrath.

To pass that limit is to die, to die as if by stealth. It does not quench the beaming eye or pale the glow of physical health. The conscience may still be at ease.. their spirit’s light and gay. That which is pleasing still may please, and care be thrust away.

But on that forehead God has set indelibly a mark, unseen by man for man is yet blind and in the dark. And yet the doomed man’s path below may bloom as Eden bloomed. He did not, does not, will not ..know or feel that he is doomed. He knows he feels that all is well, and every fear is calmed. He lives, he dies and he wakes in hell, not only doomed, but dammed.

Oh where is that mysterious born by which our path is crossed. Beyond which God Himself has sworn that He who goes is lost.

How far may we go on in sin? How long will God forbear? Where does hope end and where begins the confines of despair? An answer from the sky is sent, ‘Ye that from God depart, while it is called today, repent and harden not your heart!’

It’s a tragic day when man goes beyond that line and God comes no more to mind.

There is a time we know not when. There is line we know not where, that marks the destiny of men twix sorrow and despair. There is a line though by man unseen, once it has been crossed ..even God Himself in all of His love Has sworn, that all is lost.”

Too many people say “Kurt, I’ll wait ‘til I’m older. I want to have some fun while I’m young!” Hey, I can understand how they feel can't you, but God ain't out to rip people off. Solomon said, “Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well. Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it” (Ecc. 12:6,7). We need to respond while we can.

The hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed. —Matthew 13:15

The sins that would entangle us must never be ignored;
If we do not get rid of them they'll pierce us like a sword. —Sper

A bad habit is like a soft chair—easy to get into but hard to get out of. —Anon

Do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. —Romans 6:12

We all reap what we sow, and what people don’t seem to realize is that we each will actually reap more than we sow. That's how it is on a farm at planting time! And that’s why it’s time to sow abundantly to the Spirit rather than to the flesh or to the wind. No time for mixed sowing either! What have you been sowing to? Do you mind if I ask you such pointed questions? How will it hold up for you (what you've been sowing to..) at the judgment seat that just around the corner? Behold, now is the accepted time! Not to decide to decide. The devil says Mañana—put it off just one more day dude! But God basically says Come to Jesus today! Christ died on a cruel cross for you, He was buried and then He rose from the dead... for you.. so you could have a chance to be born anew inside! So what are you waiting for to become popular? Don't hold your breath!

Please remember how God hardened Pharaoh’s heart after being very patient with him for quite some time! In the Hebrew language, that means: God made firm his hard heart ..after Pharaoh already decided. Yup, He made the wrong choice and then God did this. Cuz there is a line that people can cross in their sinning, where God’s Spirit will no longer strive with them anymore. Hey gang, don’t go there! Hang a U-turn from that kind of lifestyle of sin, pride and rebellion.

Don’t delay! Go humbly confessing your sins specifically (yup, as broad as the offense, make the confession that broad ..both vertically and then horizontally).. turning from em to Jesus today ..if you are not currently right with Him. Remember; when personal sin is understood superficially, it is typically dealt with superficially. The Bible was written so we could see things as they really are.

A Christian's duty? We keep on praying for beloved unbelievers as long as they are alive. God wants us to. They might stay closed, or they might soften up inside and become open to the truth. Whatever, we’ve got to be ready with an apologia (an Answer) for them.

Of course we can't see the inner heart of individuals as God does, so we don't pretend to. And sometimes things might look hopeless for that certain loved one, but we must not become discouraged. Oh no! What is impossible with man is not with God—He can save the worst of us (He did me) ..if the sinners become willing. I wasn’t out looking for Him, but He found me. Men I know often think this nation has seen way too many man-child leaders--don't ever want to be like em! How girly-boy and wrong for me to become a man-puddle with religion.. a roll-over lay down, a beat-down defeatist, a humble "godly person," but Christ wasn't religious or wimpy ever! And He can grant you true repentance and saving faith today like He did for me, as you cry out to Him in faith.

Remember well that it is a great blessing that God’s Spirit will ..for a time.. strive with man, but let’s also keep it firmly in mind that He will not do that forever. There is a limit. Sadly we've got too many false converts who have said a prayer to be "born again" ..maybe even shook a preacher's hand, cried some crocodile tears, filled out a card in a church altar putting them on a mailing list.. but never repented of sin. So sad! Has God or maybe the circumstances of life.. been working on you some? Has the Lord been trying to get  your attention lately for some honest transparency with Him? What are you waiting for? Is there any good reason preventing you from making things right with Him today? Your life.. is kinda like an hourglass super-glued to the table so to speak. And once the sand has run down, there is NO MO. No reincarnation babe! This is no hype-job. Not guiltin' U into anything--I can't do that! So respond appropriately while you still can before you cross that line!  Wanna Read About Fishin' For Your Friends? 

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