Review the basics. 1. Life is full of choices for me to make. 2. In my own ability I cannot make all the right decisions or do all the right things. 3. God allows this so I will see that I need Him in my life. 4. If success was easy we wouldn’t have opportunity to learn.
Come into agreement with what God says. 1. God wants us to be saved, healed, victorious. 2. Jesus has already done it all. He has provided for salvation, healing, victory. 3. God invites us to boldly come and take what He offers. 4. I must personally accept Jesus as my Savior. 5. His Holy Spirit comes to live within us, enabling us to do what pleases Him.
Review what the Bible says about the devil. 1. The devil will lie and deceive us so he can destroy us. 2. He will make us miserable so our testimony is ineffective. 3. He has a legal right to attack us when we are in disobedience to God.
Pray for wisdom, and be obedient to do what God reveals. 1. He will give us direction when we ask. 2. We must listen and obey.
We all know by now that it’s a good thing to avoid mistakes. While we can learn from them it’s evident that life would be more efficient and less stressful if we’d learn by observing the mistakes of others, with the result of making better choices than they did.
Can most people be wrong?
Jesus said that most people make the wrong decision (Matthew 7:13). Busy-ness and stress seem to occupy most people’s time and energy; they coast along with three assumptions that lead to a major mistake.
What are the three assumptions?
Overwhelmingly, people of all times and all places in life have accepted three common assumptions that the Bible tells us are not true.
God is tolerant.
People are good at heart.
We can earn God’s approval in some way.
These three ideas are universally popular, but lead to devastating consequences — a dreadful mistake.
Why are these assumptions incorrect?
If God is tolerant, then He is not holy.
If people are good, then where does sin and selfishness and evil originate? It’s not a mere lack of education or absence of spiritual awareness that keeps mankind from goodness.
If there were some way for us to earn or deserve God’s approval, some way to remove all of our imperfections, then God would not have sent His Son Jesus, the Messiah, to suffer and die to redeem mankind. God’s Word then would have listed all the merits and demerits, and we would be on our own to work hard to assure our place in Life after death.
This is my version of George Bennard's hymn from the early 1900s. I think it improves on the message, making it easier to understand, and putting the real focus on Jesus, and not so much emphasis on the old wooden cross on which He died for our sins. And He arose, and He's coming again!
Have you heard this song at your church? Did you like it?
Philip Paul Bliss who lived from 1838 to 1876 wrote “Almost Persuaded.” Hear the original song and read the words at https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/1046 Recently, we heard it on a old CD sung by George Beverly Shea.
The song has quite a message, but it lacks a grand finale. Here is the final verse that belongs there. Or, this could be a separate song. See what you think of my poem:
Yes, I’m persuaded now to believe!
I invite Jesus the Savior to receive;
His forgiveness I see I need,
His Words I do now heed,
His grace now fills my heart,
My life has a new start!
Thank You, dear Lord.
This new verse can be sung with a big smile on your face. You can have the amazing peace of mind when you’ve thought it through and made that wonderful decision.
Not sure about it yet? You can talk to your Creator right now. Discuss what’s on your mind. Realize that what’s out in the Universe did not just accidentally come into being from some lonely, tiny cell. You were not an accident. You are a valuable human with tremendous possibilities for doing life very well now, and for transitioning to an eternal life that has no end.