A Sequel to ‘Why Do People Resist God?’
Two years ago, I wrote ‘Why Do People Resist God?’. I am overjoyed for the number of viewers who find this post and are reading it every day. Perhaps it strikes close to their hearts because they, too, have unbelieving family members and friends whose spiritual lives are hanging in the balance. I would like to also think that some readers are searching for answers in their hearts, if there really is a God in heaven and does He really love them.
We who believe that ‘there is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun’ cannot help but feel anguish and helplessness in reaching out to our unbelieving loved ones, friends and others who resist God’s love and who reject Him and do not want anything to do with Him. It is only through our continued intercession for them that God can move in their lives and do whatever is necessary to draw them unto Him.
God will honor our fervent prayers no matter how long it takes. I was at my mother-in-law’s bedside when she had a visitation from Jesus as she lay semi-conscious in the hospital. She was a Taoist priestess who read horoscopes and offered prayers for family and friends and all who requested her favors which she performed at her home or temple. We prayed for her for many years to accept Jesus as her Savior. In her final moments, as I stood over her reading the Psalms, I heard her call on the name of Jesus and she began to praise Him. She was barely audible and the countenance on her face lit up; she was seeing Jesus come to her and I realized that she was experiencing a ‘death-bed conversion’. Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! The next morning an hour before she died, the Lord told me the angels were coming for her and then the call came from the hospital that she had just passed away. She went to be with the Lord Jesus! \o/ Persistence in prayer is needed daily, to keep Satan at bay that he will not ‘steal, kill, and destroy’ our precious loved ones who are still unbelieving and/or still wayward, so that hell would not be enlarged for more victims of Satan’s destructive work.
Death will come for everyone, sooner or later, and the question is, ‘Where will you/I spend eternity?’ Certain death is inevitable for all mortal men and the circumstances that lead to death can be slow in developing, whether through normal aging or sickness and disease, or death can come swiftly, without warning, in calamitous ways as we read in the daily news. When death visits unexpectantly and suddenly, a person’s life ceases and his presence and loss is experienced by mourning family members and friends. How blessed and comforting it is when the deceased is received into glory into the everlasting arms of God. And how tragic it is and totally unnecessary it will be for anyone who dies and is forever separated from the eternal love of God. Yet when the latter happens it is the choice of man, and not God. God’s desire is for all men to be saved and none to perish (John 3:16; 1Tim 2:3-4).
A bittersweet memory comes to my mind. I had a good friend 20 years my senior who was my mentor and taught me how to do hydroponic gardening. We shared our interests in gardening and visited other hobbyists and even commercial farmers. One day in the fall of 2000, after not hearing from him for a while, I called his home. His wife told me that he had gone to attend a conference on hydroponic gardening in Las Vegas and had a heart attack and died there. I learned that this sad event happened three months earlier! What a great shock to me! My good friend died; he was so strong and healthy; we had enjoyed each other’s company so much; I was stunned! I could no longer pick up the phone and talk to him. But the beautiful part of this story is that his heart was open to the Lord and he had received God’s gift of salvation and eternal life before his sudden death. He was a humble man who simply by faith believed in John 3:16 and opened his heart to the Lord.
What is so difficult about accepting the greatest gift of love that anyone could possibly give you? God gave the very best gift that He could give– His only begotten son to die for our sins, Jesus, to redeem and reconcile us back to Father God. Jesus paid the penalty for man’s sinfulness with His blood (Rom 5:12; Mt 1:21). Salvation and eternal life is ours for the taking. We don’t deserve it, can’t earn it, work for it, or pay for it. Salvation is a gift that brings love, peace and joy to the recipient and guarantees a relationship with a faithful friend who will never let us down and would be closer to us than a brother; God will never leave us, nor forsake us (Heb 13:5).
Accepting Christ into one’s heart by faith is to avail oneself of God’s love and mercy. Because God created us, we can be assured that He has all wisdom and knowledge to bring His plan and purpose for our lives into fruition. In Jesus we have an advocate who intercedes for us to the Father, that God will accomplish His will in us and grant us the blessings and rewards that we are entitled to us as sons and daughters in His family. To simply believe in the name of Jesus and turn one’s life over to God, is to be on the right side of eternity, taking the right road that leads to life eternal. It is Jesus who saves us, not a church or sitting in church, not a religion or a denomination, or following a man’s teaching. Open your Bible and start reading the Gospel of John and God will reveal Himself to you and bless your life. The Word of God will build faith because faith comes from having God speak to you through His Holy Scriptures.
Hell is a real place prepared for Satan and his demons and those who oppose God. But it is not necessary for anyone to perish in Hell and be cast into the lake of fire. If you believe that Jesus died for your sins and accept Him as your personal Saviour, YOU CAN BE SAVED and go to Heaven one day to your eternal blessing. Here is a simple prayer of repentance which you can humbly pray to accept Jesus Christ as your Saviour, or to recommit your life to Him again:
I am a lost sinner. I’m sorry for my sins and ask you for your forgiveness. Please come into my heart right now and cleanse me with your precious blood. I accept you Jesus, as my Lord and Savior. Thank you for dying on the cross for me and for saving my soul, and with your help I will live for you. AMEN!
God bless you, one and all!
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