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) ..it’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 ..to 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
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 ..in 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…
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!
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.
If we do not get rid of them they'll pierce us like a sword. —Sper
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 ..is 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 ..it 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?