Tuesday, June 21, 2022

What if you've NEVER heard of JESUS?

 

Romans 10:14

King James Version

14 How then shall they call on him 

in whom they have not believed? 

and how shall they believe in him 

of whom they have not heard? 

and how shall they hear without a preacher?


Pretend you don't know a thing about Jesus.

That you live in the boondocks, and honestly don't know a thing about the LORD.

Would that mean you can't be saved?

That you'll burn in the fires of hell?

What chance have you got?

So, I took this little exercise of finding out.

As always, I turn to SPIRIT, and Scripture.

Join me in my little trip to discovery.

Let's take this a step at a time.


GOD is a loving GOD.

A merciful GOD.

He sent JESUS for this primary purpose:

Luke 19:10

King James Version

10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save 

that which was lost.


JESUS, the faithful shepherd, looks for that one, lost soul.

Luke 15:4-6

King James Version

4 What man of you, 

having an hundred sheep,

if he lose one of them, 

doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, 

and go after that which is lost, 

until he find it?

5 And when he hath found it, 

he layeth it on his shoulders, 

rejoicing.

6 And when he cometh home, 

he calleth together his friends and neighbours, 

saying unto them, 

Rejoice with me; 

for I have found my sheep which was lost.


What does "lost" mean?

Romans 8:8

King James Version

8 So then they that are in the flesh 

cannot please God.


Galatians 5:19-21

King James Version

19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, 

which are these

Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,

20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, 

emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,

21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, 

revellings, and such like: 

of the which I tell you before, 

as I have also told you in time past, 

that they which do such things 

shall not inherit the kingdom of God.


Yeah, but you're alone in the boondocks.

How can you possibly sin?

Romans 3:23

King James Version

23 For all have sinned, 

and come short of the glory of God;


Romans 3:10

King James Version

10 As it is written, 

There is none righteous, 

no, not one:


Isolated as you are, you're still part of the world, aren't you?

Why would GOD forget you?

John 3:16

King James Version

16 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.


2 Peter 3:9

King James Version

9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, 

as some men count slackness; 

but is longsuffering to us-ward, 

not willing that any should perish, 

but that all should come to repentance.


If you live in the boondocks, perhaps, you don't want to have anything to do with the world.

You want to live simply, quietly, peacefully.

Might it not be that GOD would eye you for all that?

Psalm 14:2

King James Version

2 The Lord looked down from heaven 

upon the children of men, 

to see if there were any that did understand, 

and seek God.


You're probably not even aware you're seeking GOD.

But the fact you're seeking peace and quiet, means you've got the potential seeds for GOD to come into your life.

But what if you don't know GOD at all?

Well, HE knows you.

Jeremiah 1:5

King James Version

5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; 

and before thou camest forth out of the womb 

I sanctified thee, 

and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.


Okay, okay, you're not a prophet.

But GOD did BREATHE life into you.

Genesis 2:7

King James Version

7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, 

and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; 

and man became a living soul.


You were created in His image, and likeness.

How can He not KNOW you?

Genesis 1:26-27

King James Version

26 And God said, 

Let us make man in our image, 

after our likeness

and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, 

and over the fowl of the air,

 and over the cattle, 

and over all the earth, 

and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

27 So God created man in his own image, 

in the image of God created he him; 

male and female created he them.


GOD's got plans for you.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

King James Version

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, 

saith the Lord, 

thoughts of peace, 

and not of evil, 

to give you an expected end.

12 Then shall ye call upon me, 

and ye shall go and pray unto me, 

and I will hearken unto you.

13 And ye shall seek me, 

and find me, 

when ye shall search for me 

with all your heart.


Further, GOD knows who are HIS.

2 Timothy 2:19

King James Version

19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, 

having this seal, 

The Lord knoweth them that are his

And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ 

depart from iniquity.


And once you are His, He gives you to His Son, JESUS:

John 6:37

King James Version

37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; 

and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.


John 6:39

King James Version

39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, 

that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, 

but should raise it up again at the last day.


You see, you can go up the boondocks, you can shun the world, but GOD won't shun you.

You can hide, but if GOD sets His eyes on you, forget it.

You're His.

Job 34:21

King James Version

21 For his eyes are upon the ways of man, 

and he seeth all his goings.


Proverbs 15:3

King James Version

3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, 

beholding the evil and the good.


Proverbs 5:21

King James Version

21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, 

and he pondereth all his goings.


Ephesians 2:10

King James Version

10 For we are his workmanship, 

created in Christ Jesus unto good works, 

which God hath before ordained 

that we should walk in them.


Hebrews 4:13

King James Version

13 Neither is there any creature 

that is not manifest in his sight: 

but all things are naked and opened 

unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.


Admit it.

You've run out of excuses not to love the LORD.

Surrender.


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