ALIVE WORD: Almost persuaded (Part 2)

Ministers Wilbert and Jacqueline Richardson

“Then Agrippa said unto Paul, almost thou persuadeth me to be a Christian.” – Acts 26:28

Don’t be “almost persuaded” any longer. Don’t put it off until tomorrow. Tomorrow is a fool’s day. “…now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2b).

Don’t allow the devil to deceive you any longer; don’t think you have lots of time to accept Jesus Christ. None of us know what the next second holds. John 10:10 says, ”The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Family might have given up on you. Friends might have given up on you. You might have given up on you. But Jesus has not given up on you. Come to Jesus today. Give your life to Him. Repent of your sins and accept Jesus into your life and see Him turn your life around. Don’t try to fix your life and then come. Don’t try to get married and then come. Don’t try to relocate and then come. Don’t try to get a new house and then come. Come just as you are and allow Jesus Christ to bring about the changes that you need in your life.

The signs of the times are everywhere. We’re living in perilous times. Our only true hope is in God. As I listen to the news about the increasing cases of SARS and all that’s going on in Iraq, it just helps me to realize that the coming of the Lord is nigh. No, we don’t know the day nor the hour but we know the season. Matthew 24:6-8 says, “And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

Today, if you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, I encourage you to accept Him into your life today.

Christians, this is not the hour to be almost persuaded about your salvation. We all must know that we know that we know that we are born-again and washed in the blood of the Lamb. The truth is, you’re either on the Lord’s side or you’re on the devil’s. There is no in between. The letter to the Laodicean church states, “ I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of my mouth” (Revelation 3:15-16). This is not the hour to draw away from God; this is the hour to draw nigh to God. This is not the hour to be thinking about going back into the world. This is the hour to get into the Word. This does not have to be the hour of deception for you. This can be the hour of revelation.

Backsliders, God is calling you today to return to your first love, no matter what you’ve done. No matter how far you may have wandered, God is saying today, “Come home.” Return to the Lord today. “Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion” (Jeremiah 3:14). Repent and confess to the Lord. He won’t turn His ear from you. “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (Romans 10:9, 10).

If you would like to accept Jesus Christ into your heart today say the following prayer:

Dear God,
In the name of Jesus Christ, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and that I need a Saviour. Forgive me of all my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Your Word says in Romans 10:9 and 10 that if I confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, I shall be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. I now confess Jesus Christ as Lord of my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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2 Comments

  1. Lizavier4Jesus
    March 11, 2011

    “The thief does not come, except to steal, kill, and destroy”

    I wonder how many of you are aware of those words spoken by Jesus Christ, Himself. For without awarness of those words, you are not going to know how to rebuke Satan’s influence out of your existence in this world.

    What you have to be aware of is that Satan is spirit, just as God is Spirit. And just as God works in your mind, by your faith and the authority of His Holy Spirit, it is the same way satan enters the minds of people, influencing them to do his wicked work against you–the way he steals, kills and destroys your Life.

    I personally have an example of a commentator on DNO, named Gary, who maintains the control of Satan in his mind, that reason, he will not stop harrassing my comments. But if I did not know that Satan is afraid of the authority of God’s Holy Spirit, in me, the reason he is using that person to come against me, with such stupid remarks and ever so often; I would doubt that God’s Love and power is present in me. But no way! By faith in Jesus Christ, I will have victory against Satan and his wickedness!

    That is the way Satan comes like a thief, to steal, kill, and destroy; when he knows you are seeking for the Life of Love. Through the harrassment and torment of those people he uses to do his wicked works, he will make you feel guilty, he will make you feel that you are not good enough, he will make you feel foolish, he will call you all sorts of offensive names, he will discourage you in every way he can, until he is sure that you have turned away from God’s Love–His Life in you, because of the blood of Jesus Christ.

    So if you have decided to surrender to God’s Love, you have made a choice of Life. And now, you need to pray for God’s wisdom and revelation of His Holy Spirit, that you might build up in understand and knowledge of God and His Love–the Ways of Life, in Spirit and Truth.

    Without that spiritual stature, you cannot discern the difference between God’s inspiration and Satan’s influence. And since you are a human being, Satan has the greater advantage on your mind. Because as a human being, your mind will always process more of the seeds of your flesh–bad fruits for Life in you and people around you also.

    Pray aslo, that God will show you mercy and compassion; and because you are determined to live, He will teach you how to apply your faith; for your application of faith is the only means by which you will grow in Life, and to practice the Ways of Love–the Ways of God. That is all you need to do.

  2. brown woman
    March 11, 2011

    so true sister and brother we dont knowwhen is our appointment to live this world one minute we the next minute our life can change.

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