Where They Stand
By shine4uJesus on December 06, 2012
A lot of people think that if someone is not telling them what they want to hear, that they are somehow judging them and not loving them. I think it’s sad, that we live in a world that is so misguided. I think it’s sad, that they would rather be lied too than to be truly loved. As a friend, as a brother and sister in Christ, it is my responsibility to tell people the truth. It is my responsibility to stand in the gap and pray for others. I take that roll in people’s lives very seriously, because it is serious. It’s life or death.
I said the sinner’s prayer in 2000, when all the fuss was about the world ending because our systems would not switch over to the new millennium. I was so afraid that if the world ended I would not go to heaven and I stayed up all night. I promised myself, that if I made it to the next Sunday service. I would give my life to God that very day. I went to church that following Sunday and I did just as I had said I would. I went up front; balling my eye’s out and said a prayer the pastor told me to pray. I tried really hard to live true to that prayer, but the problem was nothing had changed on the inside of me. Many times I was assured by others, that I was truly saved. People reassured me that none of us are perfect, nor could be perfect and that it was normal to doubt my salvation.
Christ was never evident in my life although I was supposed to be a new creation according to scripture, but that was not the case with me. I believed these lies for years; sitting in church’s that I was very comfortable in, because they excused behaviors. They excused a sinful nature. It was all a lie and at the time I didn’t even know it. It wasn’t until I heard a pastor get up and talk about the day he met Jesus and his life had changed forever. That I even wondered why my life was not changed. In 2009, I finally had an encounter with Jesus. That encounter changed my life forever. I came face to face with the sin in my life and I turned from it to Jesus. I can truly tell you, I have never been the same. His love ignited a fire within me to serve and seek Gods will daily. I realized in that moment, all those years ago. That I had been led to believe many lies about one’s salvation and I vowed that day I would not lie to people. I would not lie to them about the sin that is running rapid in their lives and I would not lead them in a prayer that led them to false hope of salvation. I learned then, that no one can be drawn, unless the spirit draws them. That is not being mean and that is not me trying to tell people they are not truly saved. That is not my place. But, I do ask you this. The day you met Jesus, did you and your life change forever? It should have, if you truly had an encounter with Jesus. Praise God!
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:44)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV)
There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death. (proverbs 14:12)
Father, I thank you for drawing me out of the world and into your marvelous light. I thank you that you sent the Holy Spirit who made know to me your love. I thank you that knowing that love has changed everything for me. I thank you that although you saved me in my sin, from my sin. That you have continued to teach me daily, how to become more like your son. I thank you that you made known to me my salvation and that you have taught me that, that can only be done by you. I pray that you will drawer hearts to you all over this world today. In Jesus Name, I pray. Amen.
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