The Lord’s Always in Control (Sovereign)

I’m making my first “road trip” in my little RV/Van. I tried to start out about three weeks ago, but God had different plans for me. About 30 miles south of my home the transmission broke and I had to get it hauled back home for repair. I chalked the delay up to the Lord wanting me to stay in town longer. And He did, the delay gave me the opportunity to minister to my neighbor when her husband passed away the next day.

After paying a large transmission repair bill I got back on the road. This time I made it to Zephyrhills, FL to see some friends and hand out Bible tracts and talk with people about the Lord. It was a blessing to do this as I met many people who to me appeared to be sad and concerned. Also, while there I had someone call the Sheriff on me as I unexpectedly had ventured onto private property; my good friend smashed his finger and needed stitches; and I saw a private airplane that had crashed minutes after I saw it at the local airport while leaving Zephyrhills.  I drove to Tallahassee that evening and my transmission again began slipping and needs to be repaired. I’ve been praying about it and will have it looked at Monday morning.

I reflected on these misfortunes (time delay, large expenses, physically hurt friend, a crushed airplane and injured passengers, another mechanical break-down) and wondered if the Lord was telling me I’m not cut out for this type of work for Him (that as I later learned appears to be the devil whispering in my ear).  Thank God for His Word (the Bible) and other brothers and sisters in Christ I talked with during this time. They reminded me when someone starts letting the Lord use them to further His Kingdom (share His “good news” of the opportunity for salvation, i.e. the Gospel), He may allow Satan to cause hardships to that person to further develop them for His best use and to conform them more to the likeness (“image”) of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. By this I mean, he is teaching me to trust and rely on Him through prayer and in faith (Hebrews 11:1, 11:6). He wants to deepen our relationship by making Himself more known to me in this work – praise the Lord (Hallelujah)! I am also learning to be as “shrewd as serpents,” I think I’m fairly good at being as “innocent as doves,” but I’m sure He will help me improve in this area also (Matthew 10:16). Indeed, God does work all things for good to those who love Him (Romans 8:28).

So, He is giving me more time to share His love and “good news” in Tallahassee now. And it has been another blessing as I’ve handed out many tracts and spoken with several people. The Lord is always good! It is so good to get to know Jesus better and serve Him.

 

First Things First: A Choice God Requires Each of Us to Make – Spend Eternity with Him or in Hell

According to Guinness World Records, the Bible is the best selling book of all time. It is God’s writings for us to know Him and then enter into a loving relationship with Him. It is His Truth, including His promises, for man. It is what He wants us to know about Him and also ourselves, how we came to be, what our purpose is for being here, and what our eternal destiny will be depending upon our choice of how we respond to His revelation of Himself to each of us. The Bible is the most well-supported historic document in existence in terms of its preserved accuracy based on thousands of copies over thousands of years old. Won’t your read it? You can trust its truthfulness.

God reveals Himself in His creation to all of us so that we are all without an excuse and each of us must make our choice concerning Him (Romans 1:20).  If a person seeks God and sincerely chooses in their heart to receive and follow Him as their Lord and only Savior for their sins,  He will send that person His Holy Spirit to live in him or her and enable that person to love and follow Him from that point and forever. That person will experience God’s love which results in joy and peace in this life and for eternity. If the person rejects His free gift of salvation from their sins, they will be condemned for their sins at His coming judgment and they will spend eternity tormented in hell (Matthew 13:41-42). Even a choice to ignore God is a choice in itself, and will result in that person spending eternity in hell.

So everyone makes a choice. I pray you choose to follow Jesus, the Son of God. To do this:

  1. Sincerely admit you are a sinner (Romans 3:23).
  2. Understand that God loves you and offers each of us the gift of eternal life freely if we will accept it (John 3:16). It’s a gift we don’t deserve and can never earn  (Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9).
  3. To receive Jesus, call on Him by confessing Him as the Lord of your life and ask Him to save you from your sins. Then accept God’s forgiveness He offers through the sacrifice of His Son on the cross in your place to pay for your sins. Believe in your heart God raised Jesus from the dead after three days, which means Jesus’s sacrifice of Himself was sufficient to pay for all your sins (past, present, future) and that Jesus (the Son of God) proved His victory over sin and death (Romans 10:10-13), meaning we can trust we will also live eternally, with Him.
  4. Now enjoy your salvation by seeing Him work in your life as you commune with God through prayer, read the Bible, fellowship in a Bible-believing church, and serve God! It’s a life long process in which He loves and teaches you until He takes you home to eternity, and it is full of joy. May God richly bless you.

This is the most important decision you will ever make. It is a decision for an abundant life with and in the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for all eternity, which begins when you make the decision to receive Him (John 10:10, Acts 2:32-33).  Please, please call on Him now. You never know how long you have to do this.