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Almost Persuaded”

“Almost Persuaded”

He was and is one of my very best friends and he could not believe how much I had changed. It was 1989, the year I became a committed Christian and my friend wanted to talk with me privately about my new way of living. We talked for about three hours and as I was leaving his home my friend enthusiastically said he would seriously consider the Christian way of life. Unfortunately, he decided he could live his life just fine without Jesus and has done just that since that night so long ago in 1989 when the Spirit came knocking on the door of my friend’s heart. God does not force His love upon us. God has given each of us the freedom to live our lives as we see fit to live them. There is no Godly compulsion to love and obey Godly truths. Each of us may ignore and reject the appeal of God’s love and disregard the warning of His voice within our souls. But if such persistent rejection of things spiritual continues in one’s heart, there will come a time when the soul’s last opportunity to know God has passed and the light within is darkened forever. I Thessalonians 5:19, Quench not the spirit. “Just as fire may be smothered by an element such as earth or water, so the spirit of God may be quenched in hearts by things which the Spirit cannot accept. The cares, riches and pleasures of life choke out God’s Word from any meaningful consideration and the sacred Spirit within is extinguished forever from lack of Godly nourishment and development. The blessed fire from within can be put out by the cold drizzle of worldliness, by the heavy blanket of selfishness, or by the companionship of evil people.” (James Burton Coffman). People come to church, they listen to the Gospel, they hear the voice of God, but they walk away from it all. Countless opportunities for salvation and eternal life are offered by God’s Holy Spirit every day, but are continually rejected every day. One day the last spiritual opportunity will come. The last opportunity for eternal life in heaven will pass by and only the damnation of the soul will remain. On the outside, all will appear proper and normal, but on the inside will be a wasteland, ready for Satan to lay claim. And Satan does not care ...

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