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Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson

Cecil Thompson

Romans 10:8-10

"The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved."

Over twenty years ago, three young men from our church had given their hearts to Jesus Christ. They made a firm decision to accept Christ as their personal Savior and walk with Him. Each of them had experienced emotional scars that left them very vulnerable.

The entire congregation was overjoyed by the commitment they had made. I was concerned to know if they were receiving any spiritual follow-up. I was distressed to discover that they were pretty much on their own. I could see that without follow-up, these young men could become stunted spiritually.

I told Joyce that if someone did not step in and work with the three young men, they would be in for very serious testing and trials. Joyce said that I was the one who thought of it, I was the one who should do something about it. Me and my big mouth! Not really.

I knew that my burden for them was from the Lord. I prayed about what would interest them in meeting together once a week for at least three months. All three were single and I knew that their skills at cooking would not make the "Chef's Digest" or anything of the sort. I called each one of them and asked if they would like to come over to the house once a week and I would prepare them a gourmet meal and we would then spend a couple of hours in the basics of the Christian walk. They grabbed the offer like a large mouth bass inhaling a minnow.

Here were the first three questions that I presented them with at our first meeting. It may be well for you to make this personal and meditate on each question:

  • What were the events that led up to you accepting Christ as your personal Savior?
  • Since that time have you had doubts as to whether or not you were really a Christian?
  • Would you like to get rid of these doubts?

Three simple questions and I felt a little silly asking them since they had so recently accepted Christ as their personal Savior and Lord. Bill Gothard, of the Institute In Basic Life Principles, shared them at one of his seminars. They are a very effective and non-judgmental way to determine if a person knows the Lord personally. If they cannot recall the events that led to their accepting the Lord, it is just possible they have never made the choice, and you can present the plan of salvation.

This is a good time to go back in your mind and recall what events led you to Christ. Was there a time? If you have not accepted the blood of Jesus Christ to cover your sins and make you a new creation, I urge you to take the time right now to read John 3:5-21 and receive Him. In Revelation 3:20, Jesus says: "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me."

That is a promise directly from Christ to everyone who will open the door to Him. Just think of it! The God of the universe has sent His own Son into the world to each of us and then takes the initiative to actually knock on the door asking to come into our heart. That is awesome!

How about doubts? The thing that I learned from the three young lads, as we called them, is that the enemy of our soul starts casting doubts of our salvation just as soon as we accept the Lord into our life. The answer is quite simple. Make yourself a spiritual birth certificate. Indicate the time and place you became a newborn child of God. The next time Satan causes you to doubt your salvation, show him your "Birth Certificate"!

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

--- Pastor Cecil


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