Summary: Salvation

Have you ever went to someone’s house and you constantly knocked on the door? Have you knocked so hard that your knuckels began to sore? Or, have you ever knocked so hard that you just wanted to go in?

Well, I have! In order to open a door, you must use some energy to open the door. A door just can’t open itself. In understanding this you must understand that in order for God to come it, you must open the door of your heart and let him in.

Revelation 3:20 gives us meat to what we need today. "Behold I stand at the door and knock..." We as believers must understand that is it not the will of God that any should perish, but that all come to repentance.-{II Peter 3:9} For so long people have misunderstood salvation. People think that because they sing in the choir, or because they usher or even a minister, they feel that they are prepared for heaven. I must submit to you today that that is a LIE! I know you took grandmother’s position on the usher board as president, honey, that just don’t get it with God.

In John 3, we find a character by the name of Nicodemus. Nicodemus was wandering, how must a man be born again. Jesus quickly led him to understand that is you’re not born again, you shall not enter into the kingdom of God. If we would stop letting our feelings and emotions control our focus, we can be better christians. How can you help me to Christ, when at twelve o’ clock every night, I peep out of my window and see Johnnie tipping from your house.

In this world today, people think they are getting by. They think because the pastors, or ministers are not looking, they are getting by. Honey, I must report to you today, there is not getting by in God. The bible says, "The eyes of the Lord are in every place beholding the good and the evil.-{Proverbs 15:3} Rev. Nick and Bishop Taylor don’t have to know what you’re doing, the Lord knows and he’s the only one that counts. For the bible lets me know that he is the only one who judges.

There was a poor preacher who had just began in the ministry and he would ride his bicycle to church every Sunday. One particular Sunday his bicycle had gotten stolen by one of the members. He told the Bishop, "Bishop, someone has stolen my bicycle." The Bishop said, I tell you what to do, "On Sunday morning you make sure that you preach the best message you have ever preached on the Ten Commandments and when you get down to THOU SHALL NOT STEAL, I want you to stress that.

After church the preacher asked the Bishop, "How did I do?" The Bishop said, "You did a great job, it’s just when you got down to THOU SHALL NOT STEAL, you didn’t stress it enough. The preacher replied, when I got down to THOU SHALL NOT COMMITT ADULTERY, I realize where I left my bicycle at."

That preacher realized that he was not living the life that God had called him to live. People today are eager to use the Bible as there way of escape when they are saints who are living a sinners lifestyle. I don’t know about you, I’m not a SINNER. As a christian you must understand, a sinner is one who practices sin. For if we look in the English language, we would find the suffix -er means to do again. In other words something that is done over and over or superflously, you have to consider that as an practice. Basketball players have practice all week before game time so that when game time comes, the player has gotten a feeling of shooting and dribbling. This leads me to my point, a sinner practices a life of living a sinning lifestlye. Christians practice righteousness. I am a minister and there are times I do things that are displeasing to God (we all do), that still does not make me a sinner.

As Christians sometimes, we like to use the bible as our sin escape. Galatians 6:7 says: "Be not deveived, God is not mocked, whatever a man sows that is what he is going to reap." Honey, I don’t care how many degrees you may have or how well your dialect and intellect is, if you don’t know God, you’re going to "HELL!" It is time for people to stop playing church. I am tired of believers falling and using God. It is sad that many of you can’t live right for a day. I understand you falling two or three times, but when it becomes habitual, you need to go back to the altar and seek God and tell God: "Lord, deliver me for I don’t know what I am doing>" You need to REPENT!"

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