These are all questions that I am willing to think about and pray upon to help as I go out and minister to people around the world. I realize that there are going to be those that no matter how hard you talk and how much truth is in what you say to them who will in no way ever surrender to Jesus and that is a very hard and sad thought. I have spoken to those who have said that they prayed and asked God to heal them yet they had not been healed and now they are going to die. My response is this, God said He would heal them but He did not say when or how. Maybe their healing comes in the form of accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior and then knowing that when they do die they will be in paradise. Maybe their healing comes within hours of when man says they are going to die, or maybe it is only when they surrender to Him. God is never early and He is never late. He hears our prayers and He answers them in His time and in His will.
Even though I will continue to think about why some people will never surrender to Jesus, I will not be so focused on it that it consumes me. I know the answer and that is all I really need to know. Jesus said to go preach the gospel and that is what I am going to do and leave the saving to Him. God made me a mouthpiece for Him and my one and only job is to tell them about Him and then get out of the way and let Him take it from there. I would love to see everyone come to know and follow Jesus but the bible says that there will be those who will be cast into the pit of hell no matter what. Not everyone will be saved and there will also be those who say they are saved and yet their life shows no remnant of it and when they stand before the Father he will say to them and then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’ Matthew 7:23. You can’t hide a thing from God. You may be able to deceive man but you will never deceive God.
If you have never said yes to Jesus there is no time like right now this very second. I can promise you that if you accept Him with your entire heart you will never be the same again. Every Christian in the world all had at one time had to say yes with their heart and mean it. No one is exempt for accepting Jesus and He tells us in John 14:6 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” What does that mean to you and me? It says, first of all there is only one path that leads to Heaven and to God the Father and that path is through a man called Jesus Christ. Secondly it tells us that there is only one truth about the path that leads to Heaven and that truth has a name and that name is Jesus Christ. Thirdly it tells us that there is only one life that leads us to the Father and that life is in Jesus Christ. Finally it tells us that unless we know Him as the way, the truth and the life we will never see or enter into the Kingdom of Heaven and there will be no reconciliation with us and the Father. Seems like there should be another way but Jesus made it clear and for more than you think, made it extremely easy for it to happen in our lives.
When you find that there is nowhere else to go and that you have reached the very bottom of the barrel there is Jesus Christ. The decision that I made way back in 1988 to follow Him was the best decision I have ever made. Sure I spent some time away from Him but when I came to my senses in 1992 and cried out to Him, He was right there and it was like I never left. Oh I had some repenting to do and some forgiveness to search out but since that day I have been changed and I now have a desire to see others receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
I have had the honor to see literally hundreds of people surrender their lives to the Lord yet I still want to see hundreds more. One of those could be you and like I said, Jesus made it extremely easy to receive Him. All you need to do is to cry out to Him and ask Him for His forgiveness. Accept the fact that He came to this earth and died on a cross then rose from the grave three days later just to save you. If you say those things and you mean it with your every being and whole heart you will be saved and your name will be written down in the Lambs Book of Life. You will be the one that I will hear from telling me that you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and you will make me a very happy person and you will become my brother/sister in Christ.
I am not going to say that being a Christian is going to take away all of the pains of this life nor am I going to say that everything is going to go smooth from this point on. What I am going to tell you is that no matter what you have to go through whether good or bad, Jesus is right there with you and He will see you through. He always has and He always will. In Deuteronomy 31:8 this is what the Lord has to say to each and every one of us, The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. That is a promise that you can stand upon and you will feel His presence every step of the way. I tell you the truth, Jesus loves you more than you will ever know and He will be there with you.
I love each and every one of you with the love of Christ and I will be praying that you will have an experience with Jesus that will change your life forever and it will be an experience that will assure you of the love He has for you. I would appreciate your response to this invitation to receive Jesus as you Lord and Savior and I ask you that if you do ask Him into your life that you let someone know. The bible says if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9. Just let someone know and then get into a good bible believing church so you can be disciple in the ways of the Lord. Get a bible and then read it. My suggestion is that you start with the book of John and then Psalms and Proverbs but read John for sure. If you don’t like to read like me, read it anyway. I had to force myself to read but it was the best read ever for me. I still don’t read a lot of books but I do read the bible because of all of the truth and the awesome stories of God’s love.
Remember God loves you and as the bible says, but by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 1 Corinthians 15:10.
God bless you and keep you