Monday, November 3, 2014

The Heart Broken For Salvation

While it is true that it is God's will that all should be saved and come to repentance, according to God it is not possible unless by free will you have a willing and believing heart. Its not enough to make an acknowledgment or "live and let live" gesture of Jesus Christ, you must be called by God and then not resisting the call take a leap of faith setting aside everything else to believe and repent. For most it means spending a lifetime resisting the call of God and rejecting the message of salvation until its too late and die in their sins. Most people in the world will be too proud, too self-worshiping, too self centered, too independent, too sensual, too vain, or too materialistic and the list goes on and on why most of the world is headed toward Hell in a self made hand-basket.  In reality it usually takes a broken and crushed heart to respond to the call of God because it is one of the few times we are capable of being truly honest about our broken condition in need of a savior.  So the next time your broken hearted and crushed, remember that God loves you so much he gave his only son to pay the price for your rescue, salvation, and eternal peace that passes all understanding.
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your HEART that God raised him from the dead, you will be SAVED. For it is by believing in your HEART that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your MOUTH that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in Jesus Christ will never be disgraced. (Romans 10: 9-10)

 A single broken heart calling out to God is more precious in God's sight then a million placated gestures of respect. 

This is what the Lord meant when he gave the sermon on the mount recorded in the bible. The people are blessed becasue of their broken and burden hearts, ready to accept Christ. They are not distracted and able to hear God's call for them to be born again, and gain eternal things rather than living just for the temporal. 
The Sermon on the Mount
*Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him. And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying: (The Beatitudes)
*“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
*“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
*“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
*“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
*“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
*“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
*“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
*“Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
*“Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely becasue you are my true believer. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. (Matt 5:1-11) 

Even so some people who have suffered terrible loss still refuse to accept God's gift and instead harden their hearts against the Holy Spirit and blame God for their own miserable condition. That is why God warns even these broken people:
Didn’t my hands make both heaven and earth?
“You stubborn people! You are unbelievers at heart and deaf to the truth. Must you forever resist the Holy Spirit? That’s what your ancestors did, and so do you! Name one prophet your ancestors didn’t persecute! They even killed the ones who predicted the coming of Jesus Christ the Messiah whom you betrayed and murdered. You deliberately disobeyed God’s law (the Bible), even though you received it from the hands of angels.” (Acts 7:50-53)