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HINDERANCES TO SALVATION

TEXT: ACTS 24:24 - 25

24 And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. 25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.

INTRO: I WOULD LIKE TO BE ABLE TO SAY THAT EVERYONE HERE TODAY IS SAVED AND ON THEIR WAY TO HEAVEN. HOWEVER ACCORDING TO THE SCRIPTURES, IT IS HIGHLY UNLIKELY THAT EVERYONE HERE IS SAVED.

NOW THAT IS NOT BECAUSE GOD DOESN’T WANT YOU TO BE SAVED – HE DOES! THE REASON SO MANY PEOPLE ARE NOT SAVED TODAY IS BECAUSE THERE IS SOMETHING IN THEIR LIFE THAT “HINDERS” THEM FROM BEING SAVED.

THROUGH THE AVERAGE INDIVIDUALS LIFE, THEY ARE OFFERED GOD’S FREE GIFT OF SALVATION AT LEAST ONCE – FOR SOME IT IS MORE THAN ONCE BUT FOR ONE REASON OR THE OTHER THEY REJECT GOD’S GIFT AND GO ON ABOUT THEIR WAY HEADED FOR HELL.

WELL, HERE IN THE BOOK OF ACTS, SEVERAL TIMES PAUL STANDS IN JUDGMENT FOR WHAT HE BELIEVES AND FOR PREACHING THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST.

NOW WHAT I WANT TO DO WITH THIS MESSAGE TODAY IS SIMPLY POINT OUT 3 DIFFERENT TYPES OF PEOPLE IN 3 DIFFERENT SITUATIONS AND SHOW YOU WHAT IT WAS THAT KEPT THEM FROM EVER BEING SAVED – AND THEN I WANT TO TRY AND APPLY IT TO US TODAY.

I BEGIN MY MESSAGE THIS MORNING WITH A MAN BY THE NAME OF -

I. FELIX

HERE IN CHAPTER 24, PAUL HAS ALREADY TESTIFIED BEFORE FELIX OF THE FALSE ACCUSATIONS THAT WERE AGAINST HIM. HE WAS ACCUSED BY THE HIGH PRIEST AND THE ELDERS FOR STIRRING UP TROUBLE IN THE SYNAGOGUES AND AMONG THE PEOPLE.

WELL SEVERAL DAYS HAS PASSED BY AND FELIX ALONG WITH HIS WIFE DRUSILLA HAD SENT FOR THE APOSTLE PAUL TO HEAR HIM CONCERNING THE FAITH. IN OTHER WORDS, THEY CALLED PAUL AND PAUL PREACHED TO THIS MAN A MESSAGE THAT BROUGHT DEEP CONVICTION IN HIS HEART.

AS PAUL PREACHED OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, TEMPERANCE AND JUDGMENT, THE BIBLE SAYS THAT FELIX TREMBLED. AS FELIX HEARD PAUL PREACH THE WORD OF GOD –

· HIS HEART BEGAN TO MELT

· DEEP CONVICTION SET INTO HIS SOUL

· THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD WAS REALLY WORKING HIM OVER

· FELIX KNEW THAT EVERYTHING PAUL WAS SAYING WAS TRUE.

HERE WAS A MAN –


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