An open letter to the lost:
Often times looking ahead we see what is wrong but when the time comes instead of choosing to do what is right, it is easier to do what is wrong. My entire life I heard don’t drink and don’t smoke, it will kill you. Actually, everyone in my family who has died of natural causes, except for 1, has died from cancer. I knew smoking was bad….but what did I do, started smoking. You see, the cigarettes went really well with the cocktails. This is not something I’m proud of but it brings me to my point. Even though we know “it”, whatever “it” may be, is bad we don’t have the strength to overcome “it”. Some of us may be stronger than others, resist a little longer than others until satan raises the bar.
Satan wants you dead before you come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. He wants you, your children, your family and friends – all eternally lost in hell. The devil will keep tempting and enticing you, doing whatever it takes to keep you distracted from seeking Jesus Christ. There is only one power stronger than satan’s and that is the power of God.
Many of us know God. I remember I use to pray to God often as a sinner. Any prayers God did answer for me back in those days was purely His mercy keeping me until I did come to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. The problem was, I didn’t consider myself a sinner and I never thought about hell. The devil kept me distracted, too busy to think about eternity. Even my past “successes” were merely distractions to keep me from seeking God. Satan knew if he threw me a bone every now and then, he could keep me busy.
There are only two types of people, the saint and the sinner. I was a sinner who belonged to satan. Not because I sinned, even though I did sin, but because of Adam’s fall. I HAD A CHOICE TO MAKE. I emphasize that statement because I did not know I had a choice to make. I knew God, I knew Jesus, I knew sin and I knew satan. I thought as long as I knew these basics I could distinguish between them and cherry pick my sins while still remaining a “good person”. You know, riding the fence while not offending anyone or having to choose, all along playing in satan’s playground. The devil certainly wasn’t going to let me know I was still a sinner getting ready to bust the gates of hell wide open. Satan wasn’t going to tell me my loved ones and my family who were playing on the same playground were going with me, he had me right where he wanted me and I had no fight in me against him. No matter how hard I might try to fight, satan would raise the bar.
” For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18.
“…he that believeth not is condemned already…”. We are born condemned but God has given us a Way; THE Way, the Truth and the Life – Jesus Christ. God has given us a way to overcome when satan raises the bar by the Blood of Jesus Christ. It has been said that because of our Justification through Jesus Christ, God fights for us and our Sanctification is God fighting in us. The Holy Spirit gives us power to overcome the sin nature. We do not have to live in bondage to sin. Recognize the enemies distractions, good or bad, because no matter your social position, unless you choose Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, your eternal position is lost and you do not have the will power to withstand the wiles of the devil.
“Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.” Exodus 14:12-13.
Even if you don’t hear another word I’m saying, hear this: you are not the first one who has been faced with returning to your bondage or what seems to be certain death. In an attempt to get you to compromise, Satan wants you to believe bondage or death are the only two options. Both of those options are his (satan’s) options and both lead to eternal hell. “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.” John 10:10. Satan doesn’t want you to realize there is another option called deliverance that can only come through Jesus Christ and His finished work. Satan doesn’t want you to know that if you believe in what Jesus Christ did on the Cross that God can deliver you from that bondage and save you from eternal hell. You may think this only affects you but it affects yours as well, your children, your grandchildren and your loved ones. Your faith can’t save them but your deliverance can be a testimony to God’s redeeming power. God will allow His Children to come to the brink, to the point where we believe Him or the devil, what we believe determines what we receive – deliverance or deception. If God did not allow us to come to the brink, we would walk by sight and not by faith. First we must choose to be a Child of God, we must choose to be a saint and not a sinner…but we must first realize we are a sinner. Are you a sinner or a Saint? There are only two sides. You don’t have to return to bondage or face death, there is a Deliverer – Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. – Donna Warren