Bible Reference: Acts 19:1-2
Bible Text: While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul traveled through the interior regions until he reached Ephesus, on the coast, where he found several believers.* 2 “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” he asked them.
Bible Translation: New Living Translation (NLT)
It seems like we have been taught to be tolerant of almost anything in the name of ‘peace’ and ‘goodwill’ towards all mankind. While I believe this has its place, I believe that it will really be awkward when we stand before God and try to explain why we didn’t take our responsibility as a ‘Christian’ very seriously. Why would we settle for knowing that our friend didn’t ‘make the cut’ – is resting in torment in Hell because we saw their downfall, had the answers for a better life, but didn’t love them enough to share the Good News with them? Friends, in today’s standards, if presented with the same scenario as Paul, I believe that most of us would have walked into town, saw these ‘believers’ jus as Paul did, but we probably would say something like “well, you have your beliefs and I have mine, blessed be the name of the Lord, now let’s get on with life”. Please understand that I am not suggesting that baptism would save anyone, but what I am saying is that there are so many ‘preachers’ going around talking to our unsaved friends, and their message is not always from the same gospel that Christians live and breathe. Friends, there are tons of false religions around today, so if we are sincere in our desire to see our family and friends saved, we had best get serious about getting the true gospel of Jesus Christ to them. Getting into heaven has nothing to do with denominations or any other religious ideas about the Bible or similar book, it’s simply about accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior and having an ongoing relationship with Him. The Bible says repeatedly that THE only way to heaven or eternal life with Jesus and His Father, is through accepting Jesus as your Savior and Lord. I hate to question even my readers today, but just as Paul questioned ‘believers’ I must also challenge you to obey the Word of God, and ensure that you can recall a specific time when you surrendered your life to Jesus – you will need that to flash at Satan anytime that he tempts you or causes you to doubt your salvation. If you have truly made that commitment, are you enriching that relationship every day through your communication with God? Listen to His voice as He gets your attention while reading His Word. Talk back to Him in prayer. Communicate with Him! Do you truly know Him friend? Will He recognize your voice when you call out to Him?
Lord Jesus, You are so patient with, and kind to us, and I thank You from the bottom of my heart for that. Thank You for also being so forgiving of us, yet I know from Your Word that this is not an automatic thing – You still want us to communicate with You. It is so unfortunate that some have taken Your Word so trivial and using it as trickery to attract others into false and deceptive beliefs. Please touch the hearts of those that will read this devotional today and all my friends and family. May they become so grounded in Your Word that their faith will be unshakable. May our relationship with You become stronger and better grounded every day. For I ask these things in the precious name of Jesus, AMEN!
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