Thursday, October 13, 2011

NO EXCUSE Friday 14 October


Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye

MEMORIZE: “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?” (Rom. 2:4).

READ: Romans 2:1-6

In the church at Thyatira, there was such a wonderful fellowship, with lots of love and Christian service, yet Jezebel dwelled there. It is a terrible thing to pretend to be what you are not. Like Jezebel, some self-professing Christians are nothing but poison; they forget that nobody can deceive God. Matthew 6:24 says you have to choose which master to serve. Of all the masters on earth, there is only one true Lord—Jesus Christ. Acts 4:12 echoes this point, saying: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”. One thing many religious people have resisted is the saying that Jesus Christ is the only way to God. They would then ask: ‘If Jesus is the only way, what about the fate of billions who do not believe in Him?’ It is a simple matter. The landlord of the house says there is only one way into His house, and people are asking why. God sent Jesus Christ as The WAY to God (John 3:16). It is either you take it or leave it. He is free to do what He wants. He sets the rules. He gives the conditions. It is up to us to comply. In any case, do you know that Jesus Christ cannot fail?

“The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God” (Psalm 9:17). If you choose to go to hell, it is you that will be forever lost. God never loses. You are not doing God a favour by accepting His plan of salvation. If you could contact the dead, you would know that Heaven and hell are real. If you do not believe what the Bible says concerning eternity because of the vain philosophies of men, one day, like the rich man who died in the days of Lazarus, you would be forced to believe (Luke 16:19-31). God has paid the ultimate price for your redemption by sacrificing His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. He has not asked you to pay money to be saved; He says accept Jesus Christ into your heart and receive His salvation-gift free-of-charge. If you fail to accept this free-gift, you have no excuse before God. Accept Jesus Christ into your heart today!

KEY POINT
All God’s goodness, mercies, protection, provision, deliverance and blessings to you are targeted at your salvation. If you miss salvation, you have lost everything.
 
Bible in One year: Psa. 79:81