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Priceless Souls

November 13, 2006

I Timothy 1:15  “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all aceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”

These words, spoken by the apostle Paul, say it all.  Jesus Christ came to save sinners.  He came into the world that we might have life and have it more abundantly.  He came that we might be free from the law of sin and death.  He came and gave his own life on Calvary; shedding his innocent blood for our sins.  There is sin cleansing life changing power in the blood of the Lamb.  There is a peace; a supernatural peace that will abide with anyone who knows him and trusts him with simple childlike faith.  He is a friend who will never leave you nor forsake you.  He will be there in your darkest hour when the entire world has turned its back on you.  Wherever you go, he’s as close as the mention of his name.  People can let you down.  Friends can turn on you and your family can deal treacherously with you.  Jesus Christ, who is from everlasting to everlasting, will always remain faithful.  You may ask why I’m stating all of this as it seems so elementary.  The reason is multifaceted.

1:  It’s true.  Jesus is our High Priest forever and he ever lives to make intercession for us.

2:  We lose sight of his presence way too easily; looking at the situation around us and rather than trusting the Lord, we panic and begin to sink. 

3:  We neglect to do everything that we can do to reach the lost who are all around us.  We don’t think about the priceless souls who are hanging in the balance at this very moment. 

This was one of the very rare Sundays where I went into work.  During our lunch break, I often go out to the truck to read, but this time I turned on the radio instead.  There was a program on called Dawson McCallister Live and folks; most of whom are in their teens and twenties call in to discuss various issues that they’re dealing with.  I had never heard of this show until tonight and therefore I know very little about it.  Nonetheless, some of the calls were from kids that had the most complex set of circumstances that you can imagine.  Situations where their own family ill-treated them and situations where it seemed that all the forces of hell were up against them.  It was heart breaking to hear the few conversations that I had time to listen to.  Precious souls for whom Jesus died, struggling against every form of adversity imaginable.  This is my reason for beginning this post as I did.

John 10:10-11  “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:  I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.”

We tend to get so wrapped up in our own lives that we lose sight of the battle.  The battle for souls that never ends.  The forces of darkness are doing anything and everything to keep folks in divers forms of bondage.  They use the media, peer pressure, drugs, cults, gangs, miseducation, (such as evolution) and every form of distraction imaginable to keep people from coming to Jesus.  This is the devils only game plan at this point.  He thought that he could set himself up higher than God.  He was cast out of heaven along with one third of the angels whom he had deceived.   When Jesus died on the cross and rose the third day, he defeated Satan once and for all.  The devil and his angels are headed for a lake of fire and the only thing that they can do now is to play spoiler.  This spiritual battle is only going to intensify until Jesus returns and sets up his kingdom.  For the sake of those neighbors, family members, and strangers who don’t have a relationship with him, we need to be serious about sharing the gospel and praying without ceasing for them.  Every saint of God needs to be more diligent than ever as souls are entering eternity every day.  I’m talking about spiritual warfare; we’re in a battle that never lets up.  When you take a nap, the battle still rages on.  It continues relentlessly while you’re at work, on the lake, on the freeway, at the basketball game, on the computer blogging at 3:00am, sitting in your tree stand, or just laying on the couch in your living room being hypnotized by the television.  Here’s some very familiar verses.

II Corinthians 2:11  “Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

II Corinthians 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 

Ephesians 6:11-12  “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” 

James 4:7  “Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”

Familiar verses but true; we must be about the business of the gospel because the time is very short indeed.  This was mentioned in a previous post, but kids today are up against much greater adversity than my generation had to face.  Certainly folks are the same for the most part, meaning a 17 year old in 1982 had the same kind of thoughts as does a 17 year old in 2006.  But the ambience of iniquity is thicker than ever through music and television, through the internet and through a society that’s becoming increasingly hostile to the gospel.  (this is scriptural and therefore it shouldn’t surprise you.)  The times are indeed more perilous than ever, which is why we need to be in prayer more than  ever.  When you come before the throne of grace and fellowship with Jesus, the devils tremble.  Strongholds turn to dust and hearts are changed.  Blinded eyes are opened and lives are transformed.  We take prayer way too lightly.  PRAY WITHOUT CEASING.  

Priceless souls.  Each one that goes into eternity without knowing Jesus is a horrifying tragedy.  Every soul that enters hell is a completly senseless loss.  Jesus died for every person that ever would come to be in this world.   He rose from the dead, he’s alive for ever more, and he’s rich unto all that call upon him. 

I need to close this out for now.  I’m hoping to post on philippians320 tomorrow if time permits.  Here’s a link for Dawson McCallister if you’re interested in checking it out. 

www.dmlive.org  

They have a phone number for anyone needing to talk to someone.  It’s  1 800 394-4673  I don’t know too much about them as I learned of them only a few hours ago, however, I know that on the radio program, they discussed some very complex and tragic situations; the kind of situations that Jesus can resolve.   If you’re born again, he’s as close as the mention of his name.  If you’re not born again, he’s waiting for you to come to him just as you are.  In sincerety, just ask him to save you and believe in your heart that God has raised him up from the dead.  If you come to him in sincerety, he’ll save you. 

Luke 15:7  “I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”

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