Our aim when preaching the gospel is to make the issue clear to sinners. We must put the writing on the wall—that God has seen their sin and will judge them for it. WhenGod gave His Law, “so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling”’ (Heb. 12:21). It is the thundering of the Law, echoing in the resurrected conscience, that makes the sinner’s knees tremble. Felix “trembled” when Paul reasoned with him about “righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come” (Acts 24:25).
Daniel 5:5 In the same hour the fingers of a man’s hand appeared and wrote opposite the lampstand on the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.6 Then the king’s countenance changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his hips were loosened and histknees knocked…
Do not be surprised if, in a church of 22,000, you can only find 300 who are prepared to reach out to the lost. Sadly, most Christians are afraid to share their faith with nonbelievers and would rather stay home than tell others how to find eternal life. Such reluctance among churchgoing Christians is a tragedy, but it will leave you with an army (small though it may be) of soldiers who keep their eyes peeled for opportunities to present the gospel message to the unsaved.
These soldiers know that the fear they battle isn’t from God. They are aware that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Eph. 6:12), and they are the ones God will use for His purposes.
“And when I have gone to the last city and preached my last sermon, and when I have offered my last prayer for the last sinner, when this old body of mine is worn and ready to crumble back to dust, and when my loved ones have gathered around my bed and the death gurgle is heard in my throat, when the old world is receding and heaven is opening a way, I stand in the presence of Him whom I have preached and loved and have not seen, I want the first one-thousand years to sit at His feet and say, ‘Thank You, Jesus, for saving me that dark and stormy day from a drunkard’s and a gambler’s hell.” E. Howard Cadle
Ecclesiastes 12:7 Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it.8 “Vanity tof vanities,” says…
If someone asks how you know that there is an afterlife, tell them that you have the greatest authority on earth. If you have the word of a king, that is something to stand on. But we have the Word of God, and that can be relied upon with absolute certainty.
Ecclesiastes 8:4 Where the word of a king is, there is power; And twho may say to him, “What are you doing?”
“Every glimpse that is given us of heaven and of God’s created beings is always a glimpse of worship and rejoicing and praise because God is who He is… Any man or woman on this earth who is bored and turned off by worship is not ready for heaven.” A. W. Tozer
Revelation 5:4 So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to opentand read the scroll, or to look at it.
The idea that merely thinking could be a crime does seem absurd. But thought and attitude crimes are a reality in our society. In a hate crime, one is punished not just for committing a specific crime against someone, but for his supposed thoughts toward that person. If a man beat up a heterosexual, for example, he would deserve one sentence. But beating up a homosexual, if it could be proved that he once expressed a negative attitude toward homosexuals, would get him a substantially increased sentence. Also, students who mention wishing for the death of a teacher or fellow student are taken seriously and punished. They could merely mention it on Facebook or in texting, for instance, and immediately be in trouble—because it shows the intent of the heart, even if they are not actively planning it.
If you are caught thinking about assassinating the President of the United…
Discipline yourself to read the Bible daily. Let it search out your sin and remind you where you would be heading without the cross. If you forget the Word, you may just forget the cross, and in time get caught up in the things of this sinful world. For the importance of feeding on God’s Word, see v. 3.
Deuteronomy 8:11 Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land…
Read 2 Pet. 3:8, in its entirety, and you will see that it says something quite different: “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” It doesn’t say “one day is a thousand years,” but that one day is “as” (like) a thousand years. Then it also says the reverse: a thousand years is “as” (like) one day. So that alone negates the idea of a different timescale. The verse is saying that both times are equivalent. In addition, it is not comparing God’s timeframe to man’s. Rather, both times are from God’s perspective: “with the Lord” these times are the same. Scripture is telling us that with God time has no meaning. Because He is eternal, outside of the dimension of time that He created, a million years, a day, and a millisecond all are the same…
The sinner is not only to forsake his thoughts, but also his way (actions). It is more than an intellectual acknowledgment that he has sinned. He must turn from those sins—he must confess and forsake them (see Prov. 28:13). In doing so, he will be abundantly pardoned. Repentance is not a “work,” as some would say. It is God-given to sinners, as is faith. See Acts 5:31; 11:18.
Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man this thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, And He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.