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Friday, February 20, 2015

One Decision

2 Corinthians 6 : 2, For He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation. NKJV

I’m sure that you, like me, have had days that started out very demanding; you had to address one issue after another. Some matters are easy to deal with; however, there are also those that we tend to put off until the last minute because they’re so difficult for us to tackle.  

What is it that causes us to delay making certain important decisions? As a pastor, not only have I been guilty of procrastinating, but I have counseled many who have struggled with the stress of making a life-altering choice. If having to make a decision causes us to be anxious, uptight, and worried, then we need to remember what the Lord has promised in His Word. God promised us in Hebrews 13 : 5: “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

When you realize this truth, and you decide to place your trust in the Lord’s faithfulness, He can empower you to face your fears of the unknown; and you can make the correct decision for your life.

However, out of all the decisions that you have made or will ever make during your lifetime, there is only “one decision” that determines your eternal destiny. The Word of God is very clear concerning this decision; we must all make it before we leave this earth. Further, if we should choose not to make this decision, then we have decided already.

I’m reminded of a passage in 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” The Lord is patient with us, giving us time to repent of our sins and to turn our hearts and lives over to Him. We’re not promised tomorrow; that is why today is the acceptable day of salvation.

Far too many people believe they can wait until the very last minute of their lives to make this extremely important decision. Perhaps they believe that choosing to accept the gift of salvation will keep them from something pleasurable in this life. If you feel this way, let me share the words of Jesus. Matthew 16 : 26 says, “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?”

Perhaps no one has ever asked you about accepting Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord. If not, allow me to give you an opportunity to accept Him TODAY. Paul teaches us in Romans 10 : 9, “that if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved.”

If you haven’t prayed to the Lord and asked Him to forgive your sins and fill your heart with the Holy Spirit, please invite Jesus into your heart today. It will be the greatest decision of your entire life. In addition, let a pastor, a family member, or a close friend know that you have made this decision to live for Christ. As you confess the Lord to others, you will become stronger in your new walk of faith. We would love to hear from you as well. You can contact me at prayer@whcnorth.org.

Living by Faith,
Pastor Asa Dockery

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