The man who couldn’t be saved

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“I will show him my salvation.” Psalm 91:16

Gipsy Smith, the English evangelist, used to tell a story about a man who came to the altar in one of his London meetings. Gipsy saw others hadn’t been able to help him, and the man was struggling, so he went over to talk to him.

The man said, “I can’t be saved.

“Oh yes, you can,” Gipsy said. He told him the biblical story of the woman taken in adultery. He told him no matter how deep in sin he was, God would save him.

The man said, “You don’t understand, Brother Smith. I work in the bookkeeping department of a certain company. I’ve stolen 10,000 pounds over the years and covered it up. Now if I get saved, I’ll have to straighten this up. My boss is a hard man. He’ll have me put in prison!”

Gipsy Smith told him, “It would be better for you to be saved and spend the rest of your life in prison and go to Heaven when you die, than it would be to remain unsaved and go to hell.”

“That’s too high of a price to pay,” the man said, and he left.

The next morning Gipsy came down the staircase into the hotel lobby, he looked out the lobby windows and saw a hatless and coatless man running down the street. This man crossed the street in the middle of the block, flew through the hotel’s revolving doors, looked wildly around the lobby and the stairs. When he discovered Gipsy, he threw his arms around him. “Oh, Brother Smith,” he shouted, “It’s just like you said! It’s just like you said! Earth has no sorrows that Heaven cannot heal”

The man told Gipsy his story. “Last night,” he said, “I went home and couldn’t sleep a wink. I laid awake all-night wrestling with that thing, rolling from one side of the bed to the other. Finally, I decided I’d go straighten it out this morning.

He continued, “This morning I stood outside the company president’s office for 10 minutes, trying to get enough courage to go in. I would start to open the door but then would back off from it. I knew he was in there. I knew he’s a hard man. Finally, I told myself, you’ve got to do it! I opened the door, stepped inside, and was speechless. The president said, Speak up, man. My time is valuable. What do you want?’

“I stepped over to his desk and said, ‘I went to Gipsy Smith’s meeting last night.’ And the president said, ‘Well, did you get saved? Everybody else who goes out there does.’

No,’ I told him, I didn’t get saved. That’s why I’m here.’

“The president said, ‘There’s no use coming to see me I’m just an old sinner. I don’t know anything about it. No use coming to see me.

‘But you don’t understand,’ I said. ‘I’ve stolen 10,000 pounds from this company. I have to make it right. I’ve kept it covered up all these years. I gambled it away on the races, and I can’t pay it back.’ I began to weep. I said, I want to make Heaven, and that thing stands between me and God.

“My employer chomped down on his cigar and said, ‘I’ll tell you one thing, man. I’m sending you to prison. You’re the most trusted employee I had. I met with the Board of Directors just last week. They voted to promote you to that desk right over there next to my personal secretary. But now I’m going to send you to Jail.

“I told him, ‘Well, that’s all right, bless God. The burden’s gone now, and I’m happy. I’ll just spend the rest of my days shouting in prison.

The bookkeeper looked up and saw his employer chomp down on his cigar again. The man said, “You know, on second thought, I believe what I’ll do is promote you. You can get enough extra salary per year to pay back that 10,000 pounds with interest in several years.” Then he said, “Man, just take the day off. Have a holiday. You’ve found God.”

The bookkeeper forgot his coat and hat and ran out of that office down the street to Gipsy Smith’s hotel. As he told his story, he was jumping up and down shouting. Gipsy said, “Both of us started shouting.

You see, God showed him His salvation. That salvation belongs God-the God who is more than enough: El Shaddai. (El Shaddai, Kenneth Hagin P. 49)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Romans 1:16 (NIV)

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Never Give Up

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A preacher who was growing weary in the ministry had a dream. He saw himself pounding away at a huge chunk of granite with a pick axe. It was his job to break it into small pieces. But hard as he tried, he couldn’t chip off even a tiny piece. At last, tired and disappointed, he decided to give up.

Just then a stranger appeared and said, “Weren’t you given orders to do that work? Your duty is to give it your best, regardless of what happens.” The minister, with a renewed determination, grabbed the pick axe, lifted it high in the air, and gave the granite a crushing blow. It broke into a thousand pieces. He had almost quit one blow too soon. (Daily Bread, July 14, 1991.)

Many Christians give up just before they get their breakthrough. Jesus illustrated persistence with the story of an unjust judge. He refused to listen to the needs of a desperate widow. The widow, however, would not take no for an answer and kept on the judge’s heels. Finally, the judge said, “Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!” (Luke 18:4-5).

Are you holding on to your dream?

“And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:7-8).

 

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Lasting Peace

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He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation. — Ephesians 2:14

On Christmas Eve 1914, during the First World War, the guns fell silent along a 30-mile stretch of the Western Front. Soldiers peered cautiously over the tops of trenches while a few emerged to repair their positions and bury the dead. As darkness fell, some German troops set out lanterns and sang Christmas carols. Men on the British side applauded and shouted greetings.

The next day, German, French, and British troops met in no man’s land to shake hands, share food, and exchange gifts. It was a brief respite from war that soon ended when the artillery and machine guns roared to life again. But no one who experienced “The Christmas Truce,” as it became known, would ever forget how it felt and how it fueled their longing for lasting peace.

In Isaiah’s prophecy of the coming Messiah we read, “His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa. 9:6). By His death on the cross, Jesus removed the “no man’s land” between us and God. “For He Himself is our peace” (Eph. 2:14).

In Jesus we can find lasting peace with God and harmony with each other. This is the life-changing message of Christmas! (By: David C. McCasland ODB)

 

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Who is Winning?

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There was a knock at the door. As the missionary opened it, he was overjoyed to see a native Indian who had recently come to Christ. But today he did not have the usual bright smile on his face. What had happened?

The missionary beckoned him in and they sat down together. Not waiting another moment, the missionary asked him, “What is troubling you today?”

The Indian looked him straight in the eye and said, “It seems as if there are two big goats fighting within me …. one is light and godly, but the other is very dark and evil. I am troubled by the fight within me.”

The missionary smiled gently and asked, “So which one is winning?”

The Indian thought about it for a while. Suddenly his face lit up. “Why, it is the one I feed the most!” At that moment, he knew what it would take to get the victory. The smile returned to his face. He was not helpless. All he needed to do was to feed the good goat and starve the evil goat!

What are you feeding? How much of your day is spent receiving negative, sinful influences that strengthen the “evil goat”?

“The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2Cor 10:4-5).

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I protected your baby!

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We spent the whole morning running from office to office to get our work permit and visa stamped in our passports in the capital city Nairobi. Finally, after we had gone through the tedious process and had completed everything, I just wanted to go to one more store to order curtains before we made the rough 2-hour road trip, back to the little African town we lived. I left Chris and the girls in the car to do the last errands.

 

A few minutes later, we were on our way home. As we started, I looked back at the children and realized that the door next to Melissa’s Infant Car seat was not closed properly. We quickly stopped at the side of the road to shut it properly. It was at that moment; we realized that we had been robbed. My purse, which I left right under the Infant Car seat, had been stolen! I just broke down in discouragement. My handbag that contained all our documents (Passports, Marriage certificate, birth certificates for the kids, work permit and visa – the things that you definitely don’t want to lose in Africa) was gone. I said, “Lord, why did you let this happen to us? We struggled for so long to get all that paper stuff together – we just got everything a couple of hours ago……”

 

The Holy Spirit immediately spoke to me: “I protected your baby!!! It could have been your baby they had stolen!” You cannot imagine the relief that came into my heart that very second. All my discouragement immediately changed into praise and thanksgiving. Yes, we had been robbed, but the Lord still had his hand on everything and protected my children. Just a few days later, we received a phone call from the German Embassy. Our key documents were found in a trash can in one of the city parks and given to the Embassy. It was not long before we had all our documents intact again. (by Simone Franz)

 

For he shall give his angels charge over you, to keep you in all your ways. Psalm 91:11 KJV

 

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A piece of motherly advice

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She had developed a very intimate relationship with God.  72 hours before Maralyn went home to be with Jesus, she wrote these words:

“The only thing that makes me sad is realizing that this intimate friendship with him (Jesus) has been available to me all throughout my life, and I never chose it until now. I missed it … big-time! I guess I was always so busy with my lists, projects, plans and events that I was too occupied to be open to such an idea. Oh, I did my devotions, but so often because I knew I “should.” That’s a different thing. Now I long to be with him, to feel his hug, to hear his voice, to see his smile. It’s so different.

Here’s a piece of motherly advice: Don’t wait until you have a terminal illness to seek a true friendship with Jesus. He’s ready! It takes setting aside some less important things. It takes listening. It takes openness. But it’s so worth it! I hope you become literally thirsty for Jesus.

Soon I’ll be in heaven, and it will be great to see the scenery, gardens and mansions. It will be great to hear the singing and see what’s on the banquet tables. BUT! I can tell you, the thing I’m most looking forward to is meeting my Best Friend face-to-face for the very first time. I’m trying to imagine the thrill.…” Seventy-two hours after writing this, Maralyn Mathias peacefully left this earth to meet her Lord.

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. Psalm 145:18

 

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She wrung her hands in grief

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A coffin was carried from the church to the graveyard. Inside was the body of a beautiful seventeen-year-old girl with the dew of youth on her brow. The girl’s friends stood around the grave.

 

As they lowered the coffin, a young Sunday school teacher who stood there shrieked and screamed and wrung her hands in grief. After the funeral was over and things had been cleaned up, the Pastor went to see this girl.

 

He said, “I noticed your hysteric grief at the grave. Was the girl we buried a Christian?”

The Sunday school teacher said, “I noticed that she was backsliding. She was going to very questionable places with her friends.” Then the girl said to the minister, “I was sure you would talk to her because you know much more about spiritual things.”

 

The Pastor said, “No, I didn’t speak to her. I was going to, but I didn’t. I was sure that you were reaching out to her! You are both girls, and you can relate to each one another better.” Realizing that none of them had reached out to the dead girl, the Pastor said, “Let’s go and talk to her mother. Perhaps she led her to Christ.”

 

The minister and the Sunday school teacher went and talked with the girl’s mother. She said, “Yes, I noticed my daughter had backslidden. I pleaded with her, but she would get so mad at me and accused me of not accepting her friends, so I stopped talking to her. I was sure you were reaching out to her.”

 

In the end, everyone had backed off, and now she was gone! The daunting realization hit them that she was lost.

 

He that winneth souls is wise. Proverbs 11:30 KJV

 

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