Word for the Day
No one speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus is accursed”; and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. (First Corinthians 12:3)
Pastor Spencer - This is actually a very, very comforting verse. Why? Imagine if our faith in Jesus was really and truly something we "decided" to accept? Think of all the decisions we have made in life. What is the percentage of good and correct decisions over against those that have turned out to be not so good and not so correct, or even downright rotten and dangerous? If we say "50/50" we're probably stretching the truth more than a bit. But let's even say we make the right choice 90% of the time - which would be a huge arrogant boast - but ok let's assume this; that still leaves 10% as incorrect and a mistake. Now, imagine that we're facing death, and getting ready to meet our Maker. We think back on all the decisions we have made, including the one to believe in Jesus as our Savior. Hmmmm ... does that one go in the 90% good category or the 10% bad category? And how sincere were we? Did we really mean it? Haven't we had many doubts and worries since then? Haven't we thought more than once that our existence is no different than that of an ant - no heaven, no hell, no god - and all "religion" just a big fat joke?!? Oh, come on, sure we have, more than once. So, what about our decision now? Is it good enough to get us past a just and holy God?!?! See - it is much better that we understand that the Holy Spirit causes to believe and all by Himself gives us the ability to "decide" for Jesus - that this is not and must not be any kind of decision of our own! Now, we can truly rest in peace - both in earthly sleep and eternity! Thank you, Holy Spirit!