Procrastinators refuse to do anything today that can be put off until tomorrow.  Their club has not had a meeting for years because it is scheduled for “tomorrow.”  It seems that once they get there, “tomorrow” has become “today,” and the day that is now called “tomorrow” is still 24 hours away.

  There are vast numbers of people who live their spiritual lives this way, always thinking that “tomorrow” they will get things right with God—but the illusive tomorrow never seems to come.  Almost no one gets up in the morning thinking, “I’m going to die today.”  We feel confident that there will always be a “tomorrow,” but the truth is, unless you act now, you could use up your last “today” and meet God unprepared.

  Our God, who created all things, and by whom all things consist, is Holy and cannot tolerate sin; He is Just and cannot overlook, or excuse sin.  We, on the other hand, are sinful and have broken every divine law.  We will be guilty when we stand before the bar on the day of divine judgement.  There will be no pleas for justice that day, but for mercy—for forgiveness, but at that point, it will be too late.  “… now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. (2Corinthians 6:2)”

  But there is Good News!  Your sins can be forgiven today, but only because their penalty has been paid already!  Jesus died to satisfy the just requirements of God for your sin.  As God in the flesh, He rose from the dead, and offers forgiveness to those who will turn from their sins and trust Him to put them in good standing with His Father.  He alone “…is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (Jude 1:24)”

  Better act now!  God tells us plainly that we are not guaranteed a tomorrow: “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.  (James 4:13-14)”

You Have Offended God

  On several occasions I have sensed an ill spirit toward me, and had no idea as to why.  It seemed the only path toward rectification was to ask, “Have I done something to offend you?”  In most instances the reply has been, “No, I’m sorry, I’m just having a bad day; it is nothing that you have done.”  What a relief to clear the air, to know that I had not unwittingly committed some offense against a friend.

  Did you know that the Bible, the Word of God, declares that you and I have offended God?  The problem is that He is holy (sinless) and we are sinful.  “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. (Romans 1:18)”  The problem is universal, and serious.  “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)”

  What ultimately happens to those who have offended God?  The Bible describes their end: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (Revelation 21:8)”  The Psalmist says, “Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. (Psalms 73:18-19)”  Many try to avoid the horrors by simply telling themselves that this cannot be true; there is no God, no judgment, no Hell—but disbelief does not make the truth go away.

  My friend, it is true, you have offended God; you have made yourself the  enemy of the Almighty (James 4:4).  If you remain as you are, you will spend eternity in the “Lake of fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels.” (Matthew 25:41).  But God, in His mercy, has provided an option!  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)”

To Tell The Truth

  Back in the 1950s and 60s, there was a TV show called To Tell The Truth.  For each game, there were three individuals who claimed to be the same person, and a panel of four celebrities who asked questions to determine who really was the person that they all claimed to be.  Two of the three who fielded the questions would make something up that sounded authentic; their reward was based upon the believability of their lies..

  If the show were brought back today, it would not be hard to find liars willing to pose as someone they are not.  If politicians, government officials, media personalities, social activists, and the like, could find time to participate, lying imposters would never be in short supply.  Why would I say such a thing?  Because it is unquestionably true.  In reference to just about any issue or event that is reported in the news today, there are polar opposite representations of “the truth.”  Now both sides could be lying, but certainly they cannot both be telling the truth.  Contrary to a more modern understanding of logic, there is only one truth about a matter; it only happened one way, therefore, someone must be morally and factually wrong.

  Needless to say, God is not pleased with our neglect of His moral law, “Thou shalt not bear false witness” (lie).  While there is no sinless person among us, it behooves us as a society that still boasts itself as a constitutional republic, to elect, appoint or promote those to represent us, who do not have such blatant disregard for the precepts of God.

  Consider how straightforward the topic is dealt with in the Scriptures:  #1 “A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall perish. (Proverbs 19:9)”  #2 “Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. (Proverbs 12:22)”  #3 “He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight. (Psalms 101:7)”

  Space does not permit us here to mention other sinful vices of unscrupulous men, but for those who might wish to explore the matter, may I suggest a book unapologetically used by our founding fathers—The Bible.

Only Believe!

  If you were approached by an individual who claimed to have an absolute cure for the common cold, and the last words of his pitch were, “but you have to believe in it,” you would probably call him a charlatan and send him packing.  When we are looking for a cure or fix to a serious problem, we want empirical evidence sufficient to warrant our confidence.  We insist on being objective about the claims of others.

  So it is when we tell someone God’s way of dealing with the problem of sin; we do pretty well at explaining until we get to the part about, “but you have to believe in it.”  Though it is not complicated at all, for one reason or another there seems to be a natural aversion to the path of faith.  Faith is assumed too fickle, too subjective.  What one believes often seems to diminish or evolve.  Many have asked, “Can such a weighty matter as the eternal destiny of my soul depend upon so little effort on my part? …so simple, and unadorned, a process?”  The answer is Yes!

  As unnerving as it may be, the Bible is clear, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)” And His offer of salvation is only to those who are willing to believe: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John 1:12)”  “And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved… (Acts 16:31)”

  But don’t lose hope; the faith that God requires is not totally unfounded; just look at all that He has so miraculously done.  Even the eternality and omnipotence of God are evident when we consider what He has made.  “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: (Romans 1:20)”

  Since so much of His handiwork is visible, it is a small step of faith to believe that God can save your soul as He has promised.  Only Believe!