“For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.””
Romans 10:13 NKJV
There is a battle brewing for the souls of men and women. On one side is the devil, the current regent of this world, seeking to draw all after himself, relegating those he devours to an eternity in hell. On the other there is Jesus, the God/Man, Creator of all things, the Word of God, who came to the world to die for sinners, and Who offers eternity in Heaven.
The world we live in is on the side of the devil, as everything is tilted toward damnation, as a table lifted on an end, causing all the items upon it to go cascading into the abyss. The table that is our world, (speaking symbolically as the earth is round) is vast and oh so inviting. The lights and excitement draw people to seek their own pleasures, ultimately finding no satisfaction.
““You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.””
Haggai 1:6 NKJV
Such is the life of one who has called upon the name of the devil.
As I considered the word this morning, I was struck by one of the great verses in all of Scripture, Romans ten-thirteen. As I read it, I was reminded of the time I too called upon the name of Jesus, how He saved me, and began the transformation of my heart.
The world uses so many things to draw the unbeliever deeper into sin, but its power is no match for that of the Holy Spirit. I had spent years pursuing the pleasures of the flesh, but as in the passage in Haggai, there was no satisfaction. Unlike the bag for the wages that was filled with holes, the bag for my wages of sin was amply sealed, and that horrible treasure was building up fast.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23 NKJV
God the Holy Spirit wooed me, as He sent people and circumstances into my life that exacerbated the trouble I had wrought upon myself. As each action done in sin brought consequence, the Lord was faithful to bring witnesses, people and things, that reminded me that there was another reality. A new life, found only in Christ.
The consequences of my sins had begun to mount, and from the depths of my inward parts, came great mourning, for I had come to recognize that I was a sinner. The world will never tell you that you are a sinner, nor even go so far as to admit that there is such a thing.
But the Lord, the Holy Spirit was working in me, chipping away at the hardness of my heart, that I would begin to see my own lost state.
“As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God.”
Romans 3:10-11 NKJV
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,”
Romans 3:23 NKJV
As the new knowledge of my true state began to rattle through my psyche, I found myself in a steep decent, as all I had valued, all that I had hung my reputation, and had held onto, was dashed away, and counted as loss. I was a sinner, increasingly despicable in my own sight. I felt I could never enter a a church, let alone approach the throne of God.
But the Lord Jesus was waiting for me. He had been waiting for years, working quietly in the background, waiting for the fullness of time.
“For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”
Romans 5:6-9 NKJV
Coming to terms with the ugliness on ones soul is one of the hardest things to face. But in the fullness of time the Lord had drawn me, and from my lips came the strongest prayer I could ever muster:
Save me from my sins, save me from myself, save me from this wicked world. Brothers and sisters, we who are followers of Jesus, who have responded to the constant wooing of the Lord, let us go and tell.
Let us go and tell of our lives under the spell of the Harlot, of the system of this world. Let us tell of a faithful, loving Savior who managed to get a message of hope to us, cutting through the awful din of this evil world. Tell of how God looked past our sin and shame, and looked only at what we could be in Jesus.
You may be one under the spell of Harlot. I can tell you, if you have read thus far, the Lord is working in you, and He desires to save you. He saved me. I have a very dark testimony, full of things that I have done, and even more evil things I have thought, that only the Lord knows about. Long ago in the pit of despair, I felt so unloveable.
Then the Lord reached out to me, and drew me to Himself.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Jeremiah 29:11-13 NKJV
I came to salvation, my life began to change, and I began a journey that will never end.
Call out to Him today. It is as simple as imploring: “Save me!”
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