Helping struggling churches in remote areas
Urging missionaries and churches to stand
fast in the Last Days
WERE YOU EVER LOST?
119:176- "I have gone astray like
a lost sheep". God made a
comparison in this verse to remind mankind that a lost condition exist
in the life of every person who hasn't properly addressed the issue.
Have you ever been lost?
Before I was saved, I was persuaded by the
Spirit that I was lost. You will never become a true child of God until
you get a knowledge of your lost condition. If you don't think that you
have ever been lost, you have never been saved!
pastoring a small mission church in Alaska and at the closing
invitation a logger came down the isle to the front of the church where
I met him with the question; what are you here for and his reply was
that I need to be saved. You see; the preaching of the God's word along
with the convicting power of the Holy Spirit revealed to him that he
Before that time the logger wasn't making any effort to know Christ in
the free pardon of sin because the bible teaches us that the gospel is
hid unto those who are lost until the Holy Spirit reveals it unto them.
2 Corinthians 4:3- "But if our
gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost".
philosophy that many preachers have fallen into brings with it the idea
that repentance along with Holy Spirit conviction aren't necessary for
a person to go to heaven. The devil himself believes the bible and very
often quotes it to satisfy his purpose of deception but the one thing
missing is conviction of a lost condition and repentance which leaves
the devil the same old adversary.
2- WHY ARE THE SHEEP LOST?.
Easy-believism preachers have played a role
in keeping sheep lost.
Jeremiah 50:6- "My people hath
been lost sheep: Their shepherds have caused them to go astray".
Preachers, you need to
get out of that easy-believism movement and preach God's word as Jesus
gave us example when he said, "except
ye repent ye shall all likewise
perish" in Luke chapter three. Jesus told Nicodemas in john
three that he must be born again. If you present a persuasive argument
to a person and he or she repeats after you some prayer after telling
you that they believe Jesus was the Son of God and without Holy Spirit
conviction or repentance; you have done as Jesus told the religious
leaders in Matthew 23:15-
"Woe unto you, scribes
and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make
one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child
of hell than yourselves".
3- THE SOLUTION TO BEING LOST.
God's offer is to everyone individually.
2 Peter 3:9- "The Lord is not
willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance".
The sacrifice Jesus
made on the cross included every person who has ever lived and every one who will
live in the future.
(2)- God's offer is for lost people collectively.
Romans 5:8-9- "But
God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood,
we shall be saved from wrath through him". God didn't have a friendly audience to
send his son to die for! The greatest act ever is to try and love the
unlovely who hate your love but God gave us redemption while
we didn't deserve it and that is the meaning of the word, Grace
offer is from Christ, The Holy Spirit and the Church.
the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come.
And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the
water of life freely". If you go
to hell it will not be because you were never invited! You have a
standing invitation that doesn't expire as long as you live or until
Jesus comes for the redeemed in the rapture.
You need to do three things in order to be saved, sealed and secured in
1- Realize that you are a sinner. This is found in the book of Romans
chapter 3 and verse 23.
"We have all sinned
and come short of the glory of God".
2- Repent of your
Repentance means that you have Godly sorry for your sinful condition.
This is found in the book of Acts chapter 3 and verse 19.
"Repent ye therefore
and be converted that your sins might be blotted out".
3- Believe that Jesus
paid your sin debt on the cross, that he arose from the dead and ask
Jesus to come into your heart to save you. This is found in the new
testament book of Romans chapter 10 and verses 9-10 along with verse 13.
"For with the heart
man believeth unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made
unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved".
Please do it now and
tell someone what has happened to you, that you accepted Christ into
your heart to live forever and when you do this the bible tells us our
names are written down in the book of life in heaven, we are sealed
unto the day of redemption by the Holy Spirit of God and our sins will
be remembered against us no more!
If preachers don't get right with the Lord
and get back to preaching Holy Ghost conviction and repentance as a
pre-requisite to being born again we are heading for the same
destination as Great Britain when they became so liberal over a hundred
years ago. Many fine old soul winning churches in England today are
boarded up and automobile repair shops operate from them or some other
James Tyson Sr.