Devotion 28: Need Prayer? Click the forum by the home tab & let us know so we can pray for you! 🤍
Do you enjoy watching movies? And if so, do you have any favorite movies?
I mean, movies that really make an impact on your LIFE?
Years ago, I watched a movie Titled: Saving Private Ryan.
That movie, though disturbingly graphic, tells the gripping story of a World War II rescue squad sent to bring a soldier home to his mother, after all his brothers had been killed in combat.
Private Ryan was the only son left to his mother. As the squad went searching for Private Ryan, one by one, the squad members were killed, sacrificed for the LIFE of Private James Ryan.
Finally, mortally wounded and near death, the squad leader calls young James Ryan close and seriously says, Earn this!
By those words, the squad leader was saying that men had given their very lives to save Private Ryan and he needed to embrace a sense of indebtedness to them because they had given their very lives to rescue him.
The squad leader wanted Private Ryan to acknowledge the price that had been paid to rescue him.
Now consider this: How indebted are we to GOD after HE has given the very LIFE of HIS Son, in order to rescue us from the consequence of our sins?
Personally speaking, I know that I owe the LORD everything.
I know that I am honored to be HIS slave, and to do what HE sends everyone who Believes to do. But how shall we go, unless we are sent?
Unless we first acknowledge, that GOD sends every believer, to speak.
For it's because we believe, that we know that we are indebted to GOD, and have been sent to speak.
I know that the apostle Paul felt greatly indebted to GOD.
Well, because Paul knew that the LORD JESUS CHRIST had sacrificed HIS very LIFE, in order to pay for his sins, and set him free from judgment and death.
And what do you believe was Paul’s response to such LOVE, MERCY, and GRACE, in that the LORD had laid down HIS LIFE on the Cross, and had taken his place?
Well, because Paul deeply acknowledged that the LORD didn't deserve to die that way.
Paul deeply thought about the GRACE of GOD. And because he finally understood, what GOD had done for him. He was humbled, that on the Cross, his Beloved LORD, had taken his place.
And so Paul’s response was one of obedience to GOD, and to live for the GLORY of our GREAT GOD, and SAVIOR, JESUS CHRIST.
Because of the apostle Paul’s gratitude, he now wanted to LOVE his fellow man instead of killing Christians. And so he spoke these WORDS from Romans 1:14, saying: “I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise.”
Yet, why was Paul indebted to them?
The Greeks and barbarians hadn’t died for him, nor had the wise or the unwise.
But CHRIST the LORD, had died for him. The sacrifice of the Son of GOD, on his behalf, was so overwhelming to Paul that he felt like he owed it to everyone to make sure that they heard of GOD’S GREAT LOVE for them.
GOD'S LOVE for sinners!
Because Paul referred to himself, as Chief of sinners. Paul knew that JESUS CHRIST is a friend of sinners and that everyone needs to know HIM.
Paul knew, that JESUS CHRIST, was his very best friend!
He knew, that he owed his very LIFE, to JESUS CHRIST. And so, in his sense of indebtedness to the LORD, he became a debtor to all who need JESUS CHRIST.
And just how many, Beloved Brethren, would you say need the LORD JESUS CHRIST?
Isn't it All who need HIM?
Yes, it most certainly is All!
And because it is the LORD who says in Hebrews 3:15-19, "to everyone who is aware that is appointed for man once to die, and after this the judgement. These WORDS: While it is said, today, if you will hear HIS VOICE, do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion. For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was HE angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did HE swear that they would not enter HIS REST, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief."
Unbelief, is the reason why many who claim to believe are utterly quiet about the finished work of the Cross of CHRIST.
For 2nd Corinthians 4:13-15 assures us, that if we believe, we will speak!
Consider how GOD'S WORD makes this abundantly clear, by saying: "And since we have the same SPIRIT of FAITH, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I spoke," we also believe and therefore speak, knowing that HE who raised up the LORD JESUS will also raise us up with JESUS, and will present us with you."
For all things are for your sakes, that GRACE, having spread through the many, may cause Thanksgiving to abound to the GLORY of GOD.
And are we grateful, Beloved Brethren?
Well, in our gratitude, I'm hoping that we each know that we can’t earn GOD’S gift of LOVE and Everlasting LIFE. We can never earn it, but we have an obligation to share with others, what our LORD has entrusted us to share. The GOOD NEWS of the RISEN CHRIST!
For 1st Thessalonians 2:4 reminds us, saying: "But as we have been approved by GOD to be entrusted with the GOSPEL, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but GOD who tests our hearts."
And Mathew 25:24-30 I'm praying helps everyone consider what happens after the testing of our FAITH is complete and we stand before the LORD, our GOD.
Consider how it reads: "Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'LORD, I knew YOU to be a hard Man, reaping where YOU have not sown, and gathering where YOU have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid YOUR talent in the ground.”
He went and hid the talent that was given to him, in the ground and buried it!
And how many, Beloved, bury the GOSPEL inside them?
The same GOSPEL that GOD has entrusted us to share with others?
So the wicked and lazy servant, continued by saying; "Look, there YOU have what is YOURS.
But his LORD answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited MY money with the bankers, and at MY coming I would have recieved back MY own with interest."
Do we really believe, brethren, that every soul is precious to GOD?
And that the LORD is not willing that any should perish?
Well, to those who wish to ignore our LORD'S instruction, that sends us as servants to warn the wicked that they might turn from there wicked ways. The WORD of GOD continues by saying: "Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 'For to everyone who has more will be given and he will have an abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Because our LORD is not willing that any should perish HE has sent us to warn the wicked to turn from there wicked ways.
And to those who won't recieve instruction HE speaks these WORDS from Ezekiel 3:18-19, "when I say to the wicked,
'You shall surely die,' and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to SAVE his LIFE, that same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Yet, if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul."
And isn't that what we all want, Beloved Brethren?
To have our souls delivered, and that of our family, SAVED from Eternal death and domination and to enjoy the GLORIES of HEAVEN, FOREVER and live there with our Beloved LORD, and Brethren?
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