Thursday, August 31, 2017

The Simplicity of Being Saved -15-

I have heard it said that, 'it is easier to be saved then to be lost', and I believe they are right, whoever 'they' are.  The reason being that we do not have the power to do anything right without Christ, so if we allow Him to work in us 'to will and to do of His good pleasure'  wouldn't it just be easier to let Him do the saving and we just cooperate with Him.  That seems sensible to me.

"How is it that man will repent?  Is it anything of himself?  No; because the natural heart is at enmity with God.  Romans 3:7.  Then how can the natural heart stir itself up to repentance when it has no power to do so?  What is it that brings man to repentance?  It is Jesus Christ.  How does He bring man to repentance?  There are a thousand ways that He may do this." F&W 64

"The God of heaven is working upon human minds all the time.  An invitation is given in the Word of God, and it is not only given there, but it is given by all those who believe on Jesus Christ and are revealing Christ in their characters.  They may not preach a discourse; they may not come directly to a person and speak to him in regard to his condition of impenitence, yet such a one sees when brought into connection with any of the disciples of Jesus Christ that there is something there that he does not have.  The Pharisees saw that there was something in the disciples that they could not interpret. They saw something wonderful and were settled in their minds that the disciples had been listening to Jesus and they had learned their lessons from Him." F&W 64 & 65.

"There are impressions that are going forth al the time.  There is an atmosphere that surrounds the human soul and that atmosphere is a heavenly atmosphere or a hellish atmosphere.  There are two distinct lines.  Either we are on Christ's side of the question or on the enemy's side.  And if we  are continually drawing rays of divine light from glory, angels of God are around about us and there is an atmosphere that surrounds the human soul.  Our very attitude, our very words, witness influence.  "The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come!'  And let him who thirsts come.  Whoever desires let him take the water of life freely.'" Revelation 22:17.  F&W 65.

"Now that we are branches of the Living Vine we will be nourished by the sap that flows from the Vine.  It flows all the time to every branch, and every branch will bear fruit to the glory of God. "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." Luke 12:32.  F&W 65.

Can you see that it might be easier to be saved than to be lost?  When you study your Bible you can cross reference your texts and come up with lots of encouraging texts to give you faith and hope in Christ.  I pray that you have been blessed.  Grandma Joan

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