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                 Why We Use The Law

 

Having worked as a prayer counselor for many years I have observed that a great many of the people that come to the altar are recommitments. That means that at some time in the past they have prayed a prayer asking Jesus into their hearts, and for some unknown reason they were unable to keep their commitment. Iíve also noticed, after questioning these recommitments, that many of them had little understanding of what a commitment to Jesus entailed. They had come to a loving Jesus that required nothing of them. No repentance, no changed life, no love of the word, no desire to serve. They return to the alter time after time because their conscience is telling them that something isnít right, that thereís got to be more than showing up on Sundays, week after week hearing the word, not being doers, but only hearers of the word. They were brought to Jesus without the use of the law, so they never repented, were never converted. Becoming very religious, but still very much lost.

So with our soul winning, we do every thing that we can to prevent this from reoccurring . We desire to bring genuine converts, and not just ďpray after me decisions.Ē We bring them to a knowledge of their sin, before we introduce them to the Savior.

You ask the average man if they think that they need Jesus, and theyíll tell you no. They are very self righteous, self sufficient, full of their own goodness and accomplishments. You canít promise them a better life because they think that life is better already. Itís usually the down and out, the hurting and abused that cry out to the Lord. You tell them to come to Jesus, that he will heal their wounds, take away their pain and misery, and give them a better life. You give them Jesus, you give them hope. The problem is, that having Jesus in your life doesnít mean that all your problems go away. When they suffer trials and persecution they think that you lied to them and they fall away. Or, as Jesus blesses their life and things get better they let go because they have now become self-sufficient, no longer seeing their need of a Savior. This has happened because they came to Jesus for the wrong reason. They came for a better life, not because they weíre aware of their wretchedness and in danger of hell fire. They weíre not fleeing the wrath to come, but simply unhappy with their present life situation. Iím not talking about fire and brimstone preaching. Thatís just as dangerous as the fuzzy Jesus message. You canít preach hell fire without first using the law to bring them to the knowledge of their own sinful condition. 

Hereís how it works. One day while witnessing at the mall I fell in step with a young man named Fred. He was obviously in a hurry so I didnít ask him to stop, but walked with him as I introduced myself and ask the pertinent question, Do you know where you will spend eternity when this life is over? He said, Heaven I hope. I ask him what he based his hope on. He said that he was a good person, that he treated people as he would want to be treated, that he never harmed anyone intentionally. I agreed with him, and told him that he seemed to be a good person to me, a nice person. But I told him, unfortunately, on the day of judgment, we are not judged by mans standards, but by Gods standards. He acknowledged he believed in God, and that he knew about the ten commandments. So I ask him, have you ever told a lie? He said yes, and acknowledged that he was a liar. Have you ever stolen anything? Yes, that made him a thief. Have you ever used the name of God in vain? The Bible says that is blasphemy. Looked upon a woman to lust? Jesus says if you look upon a woman to lust youíve committed adultery in your heart. I told him, Fred, by your own admission, you are a lying, the thieving, blaspheming, adulterer. On the day of judgment, when God judges you by the ten commandments, are you guilty or innocent? He looked at me in total shock and said, guilty. Are you going to heaven or hell? He said hell. I ask him if that concerned him? He said yes. I ask him if he would like to know how he could avoid the punishment that he deserved and instead spend eternity in heaven? He said yes. I explained to him, salvation is an acknowledgement to God that he is guilty, that he is a sinner. That Jesus died for those sins, and that he needed to repent, ask for forgiveness, ask Jesus to come into his heart, and most important, commit his life to the Lord. This would mean a commitment to prayer, bible reading, seeking God and getting established in a bible teaching church. I ask him if he was prepared at this time to making that type of a commitment? He said definitely yes. I then proceeded to lead him in a prayer for salvation. 

You see, the law penetrated his self-righteousness, and pierced his heart.

2 Corinthians 7:10 for godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.

Mt 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

What happens when genuine repentance occurs? Why, nothing less than true conversion. A person is genuinely changed. New heart, new desires, new actions. The sin issue sits some where in the background, and the focus is on serving God, being obedient to his word.

We serve God out of pure love and gratitude. Because we know that we that we were guilty and deserving of judgment. Because God is loving and merciful. Because we have confessed Jesus Christ as Lord, not only with our lips, but also with our actions, our lifestyles.

If thereís no repentance, thereís no conversion. If thereís no desire to serve God then I think a person should begin to question their salvation. The law produces genuine repentance that leads to real salvation. Salvation that produces a changed life, that produces fruit.

2 Corinthians 5:17 If any one is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things are passed away, behold all things become new.

18 all things are of God, who hath reconciled us unto himself by Christ Jesus, and hath given unto us the ministry of reconciliation.

Salvation brings about a change that is obvious to see. He doesnít become your Lord and Savior until you commit your heart to following Him.

James 2:19 You believe that there is one God? You do well. The demons also believe and tremble.

So acknowledging God is not enough. Jesus Himself makes this clear,

Luke 6:46 Why call ye me Lord Lord and do not the things that I say?

A true Christian is a follower of Christ. If youíre not following Jesus, then youíre nothing more than a religious pretender. I know that hurts, but the truth needs to be spoken.

Matthew 7:21 not every one that saith unto me Lord, Lord, shall enter into the Kingdom of God, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Psalms 19:7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

Have you been converted? Have you been made wise? Are you serving God, or just attending church? Make up your mind to obey God and get right.

 

 
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