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Urdu Blog No. 228 – God’s way of reaching the lost
How does God reach the lost? Through the working of His Holy Spirit. Read on:
Share this truth in Urdu with your loved ones, family, friends and associates.
In these trying days, it is necessary for us to be refreshed at the river of God
Let us be empowered by the Holy Spirit .
Since we are only a few weeks away from Easter and the celebration of Christ’s triumphant victory over death, I would like to take time to look at His last words from the cross to help us see the underlying message that still resonates for believers today.
Today, the first from Luke 23:34…
We have a round piece of glass six feet in diameter that covers our wooden dining room table. We bought it when we first got the table because we knew that with the constant parade of meals our kitchen produces, it wouldn’t be long until the finish would be ruined. Not so long ago, our grown daughter sat on the table top and leaned forward putting all her weight right on the edge. Not surprisingly, the glass snapped! She felt really bad, and apologized profusely saying over and over that she “didn’t think that would happen” and “didn’t mean to do it.” While, of course, that’s the truth, the reality is that whether the deliberate intent was there or not, the glass was (and still is) broken, and it was her fault.
You know, I think that’s part of what Jesus was communicating to us from the cross when He said, “Father, forgive them for they don’t know what they are doing.” No one knows the exact chronology of when He spoke this sentence, but one might imagine that they were uttered shortly after His cross was lifted into place. His reaction to the gawking eyes of onlookers was not hostility, but rather compassion. His heart of concern motivated him to call out to the Heavenly Father on behalf of all of them… including those who were at that precise moment carrying out His execution. His request was presented despite their lack of understanding for what they were actually doing. Sure, they were aware that a person was about to be killed, but I think we can also rightly assume that the most of the people on the scene had no idea that the man they stared at was anyone other than a common criminal, and certainly not the divine Son of God! But, pay close attention to this easily overlooked detail… Their unconscious understanding and unintentional nature of their actions did nothing to erase their accountability (because Jesus pinpoints them all as in need of forgiveness.) And only the guilty need a pardon.
People today are little different than they were then, and still default to pleading ignorance when they can’t or don’t foresee the consequences of their actions. But that excuse doesn’t work on a spiritual level. The plain truth of scripture is that whether they/we mean to or not, ALL people have broken God’s law and are guilty of sin. (Rom 3:23)
But thank goodness, that isn’t the only thing Jesus said in His request. Even in His dying moments, He understood the pitiful state of humanity and interjected a plea for mercy. And it’s key to see that juxtaposed to His request, His own life was in process of being presented to the Father as the necessary price that would make it possible for the request to be granted!
So, don’t read this as another blog to help focus attention on the Easter season. Ask yourself a serious question. “What Jesus would say if He were looking at me right now?” Would He see the guilt of sin still marring your life? Or would He see that your guilt has been erased through faith in His sacrificial death… and that you are now completely pardoned and totally free!
“For whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved”
– Romans 10:13
Let us be instructed by Dr R C Sproul on what is evil and where did it come from?
My Savior Makes Me Whole
“Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.” (Isaiah 40:26)
The hymn “Jesus! What a Friend for Sinners” mentions the frequent failure of our friends and the persistent opposition of our enemies. Conversely, Jesus Christ, who loves us completely, never fails. “For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).
Jesus! what a Friend for sinners!
Jesus! Lover of my soul;
Friends may fail me, foes assail me,
He, my Savior, makes me whole.
The hymnist was not writing for believers only but also for those who still reject God’s gift of salvation. Jesus loves them and came to Earth on their behalf. A favorite Scripture reminds us “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” (John 3:16). Abraham was one of those who loved and believed God, “and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God” (James 2:23).
Christ taught His disciples that He would soon die, but they didn’t believe. Jesus taught them that “greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13), and “ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you” (v. 14). They were growing in the understanding that He was God Himself. “Henceforth I call you not servants . . . but I have called you friends” (John 15:15).
Later, John wrote they were more than friends. “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God” (1 John 3:1). JDM
From the Institute for Creation Research
The clean tongue of a Christian is not:
- Foul mouth
- Lashing out
The tongue of a child of God is controlled by the Spirit of God.
Ephesians 4:29…Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
The reason for clean communication? The heart is made clean in the new birth. Made clean by the power of God’s Grace. The abundance of a clean heart is a clean tongue as taught by the Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew 12:34…for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
Therefore the verbal witness is vehicle for God – to win others to Christ.
Man full of failures.
How can man not accept
His unfailing goodness, mercy and love?
The LORD passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The Lord! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected—even children in the third and fourth generations.” Exodus 34:6,7
Relate: The reading today moved me. Perhaps I am influenced by the approach of Valentine’s Day, but I was captivated by the depth of love God displays to a selfish, flawed, and broken people.
I was reminded yet again that the Bible is one big love story. It is God’s love story with mankind. This is something we can…
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Lord it’s to you my heart I give
Passion for You is how I want to live
You made a way to give grace a start
It’s Your grace that opened and changed my heart
Your mercy is what saved me from death
I’m grateful for each day You give me breath
It’s Your love that put Jesus on a cross
It’s Your plan to redeem and save the lost
You alone raised Jesus from the grave
For all who believe they will no longer be a slave
It is You who breaks my chains to sin
You left me a guide and He lives within
It’s Your Spirit that convicts me when I’m wrong
It’s Your Word that guides and makes me strong
Your wisdom is what I need to help me change
When I do it’s my life that gets rearranged
The gospel is what we’re called to share
Your Truth is how You show You care
Salvation comes only through Your Son
He is the Light and He is the only one
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Let us understand how we can we be happy in heaven when our loved ones are in hell? from Dr R C Sproul.
Will you and I rejoice in the judgement of God one day?