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Never Alone!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson


Pastor
Cecil Thompson

Luke 16:22-26

"The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham's side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.' But Abraham replied, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us.' "

Have you ever been forced to stand alone because of your faith in Jesus Christ? At the time it may seem to be uncomfortable or downright miserable. Later you may have seen that to stand alone was by far the best thing you could ever have done.

As a teenager I was subject to peer pressure to do things that violated my conscience as a Christian. What made it even harder was that some of those that were doing these things "claimed" to be Christians as well. It was during this time that I felt the presence of the Lord drawing my attention to Him, rather than to be tempted by the appeal of worldly activities.

I still can recall that some of those who had pressured me to do these things, ran into trouble. Some of them came to me and said they regretted their actions and wished they had not yielded to temptation.

I have shared with you that as a US Air Force personnel officer, I spent a year on an unaccompanied assignment on the northern tip of Newfoundland. I can honestly say that I never felt tempted to yield to some of the sinful activities others were engaging in, but it required standing alone.

On one Saturday night there was a knock on my door. A civilian pilot asked if he could talk with me. It was actually in the wee hours of Sunday morning. He was sobbing and asked if I could pray with him. He shared that he had just been notified that a pilot friend of his had crashed his plane a few hundred miles south of us.

After I had prayed with him about being prepared to meet the Lord, I once again felt the blessed peace of the Lord. Even though I did not make it a practice of condemning others for their sinful activities, they knew they could come to me at the time they needed prayer. I was not a chaplain or pastor, but a follower of Jesus Christ.

I have had a thought running through my mind for years, but not able to phrase it. Recently I heard or read a statement that expresses it: "I would rather live my life BELIEVING in God, only to die and find out He doesn't exist, than to live my life NOT BELIEVING in God, only to die and find out He does exist."

Jesus came as God in the flesh. He believed in a literal heaven and hell. Read today's Scripture once again. This was a parable that Jesus used to teach that we all face eternity with or without God in our lives. What a pitiful picture Jesus describes of the rich man in hell.

In Romans 14:10a-13, we read these revealing words: "For we will all stand before God's judgment seat. It is written: 'As surely as I live,' says the Lord, 'every knee will bow before Me; every tongue will confess to God.' So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God."

We may be filled with our own self-sufficiency now, but there will come a time when each and every knee will bow before the Lord God Almighty. There will be no pride or arrogance then. We will bow in worship before Him. Those of us who have been born again will worship in adoration and love, while sinners will fall condemned because they have refused to receive His great salvation. Please accept Him while there is time!

Here is a prayer which you may pray for yourself, or if you have prayed such a prayer, you may be able to lead someone else in praying: "Lord Jesus, I have felt You speaking to me personally. I know that it is the time for me to make my decision to follow You. I confess that I am a sinner and cannot save myself. I want You to come into my heart and be my Savior and Lord. I will follow You and obey what You lead me to do. Thank You for caring enough for me to die for me. I pray this in Jesus' name, amen."

If you have prayed this prayer, and really mean it, tell someone. You may even write back to me and share it with me. Romans 10:9 says in part that, "- - if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in you heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."

Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today, trust Him completely and be a blessing.

--- Pastor Cecil

 

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