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Summary: There are a lot of people listening that will never be saved for various reasons, oh they may be thinking that their going to be saved someday, so they keep putting it off for the time being until finally their time has run out.

WHY SOME FOLK WON’T GET SAVED:

Acts 24:24- 25

There are a lot of people listening to this broadcast right now that are saved, but I also realize that there are a lot of people listening that are not, and many that never will be for various reasons, oh they may be thinking that their going to be saved someday, so they keep putting it off for the time being until finally their time has run out.

So today I want to try and point out a couple of excuses that we find here in ACTS as we read about the excuses of two individuals here in the book of Acts.

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

I WANT TO POINT OUT 2 DIFFERENT SITUATIONS AND SHOW us WHAT IT WAS THAT KEPT These individuals FROM EVER BEING SAVED as for as we know. – AND THEN MAKE IT APPLICABLE TO some people TODAY.

1st of all, A MAN BY THE NAME OF Felix:

Listen as I read these verses found in Acts 24:24-25

24And 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. 25And as he {Paul} 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.

HERE IN CHAPTER 24, PAUL HAS ALREADY TESTIFIED BEFORE FELIX OF THE FALSE ACCUSATIONS THAT WERE given 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 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.

IN V.25 AS PAUL PREACHED OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, TEMPERANCE AND JUDGMENT, THE BIBLE SAYS THAT FELIX TREMBLED. AS FELIX HEARD PAUL PREACH THE WORD OF GOD –

· DEEP CONVICTION SET INTO HIS SOUL

· THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD WAS putting the spot light on his sins.

· FELIX KNEW THAT EVERYTHING THAT PAUL WAS SAYING WAS TRUE.

Felix WAS A MAN –

· WHO WAS MARRIED TO ANOTHER MAN’S WIFE

· HIS NAME even MEANS “PLEASURE”

· HIS PASSION WENT UNRESTRAINED!

· HE LIVED HIS LIFE WITH THE ATTITUDE – EAT, SLEEP, DRINK AND BE MERRY

HERE WAS A POOR DEPRAVED LOST SINNER WHO HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO SIT AND LISTEN TO A GREAT MAN OF GOD – YET WHEN ALL WAS SAID AND DONE, FELIX ALLOWED HIS LOVE FOR SIN TO KEEP HIM FROM GETTING SAVED!

Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee. ~pride—sin~

· a person don’t get saved just any time they decide to, a TIME OF YOUR CONVENIENCE, like stopping right quick at some place to eat and pick up a hamburger.

· A person don’t get saved WHEN they THINK their READY.

Jesus said in; John 6: 44No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:

Listen dear heart, when you realize you’re lost & on your way to hell and the Holy Spirit is pointing it out to you, don’t put off being saved another minute.

2 CORINTHIANS 6:2

For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: {to aid or relieve or help,} behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation

ISAIAH 55:6

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near

SITTING BESIDE Felix WAS HIS WIFE DRUSILLA.

THE HOLY SPIRIT SEEN FIT THAT IT WAS MENTIONED THAT SHE WAS A JEWESS. EVEN THOUGH SHE WAS BY HER FIRST MARRIAGE A MEMBER OF THE HERODIAN FAMILY – SHE WAS STILL A JEW, BUT HAD FORSAKEN HER JEWISH BELIEFS! SHE KNEW HER LIFESTYLE WAS WRONG, SHE KNEW ACCORDING TO THE OLD TESTAMENT LAW THAT SHE WAS LIVING IN SIN!

WHEN PAUL PREACHED, THE BIBLE SAYS THAT FELIX TREMBLED, BUT IT SAYS NOTHING ABOUT HIS JEWISH WIFE DRUSILLA!

THIS DEAR WOMAN HAD HARDENED HER HEART AGAINST THE TRUTH FOR SO LONG THAT PAUL’S PREACHING HAD LITTLE OR NO EFFECT ON HER AT ALL!

WHAT A TRAGIC SITUATION SHE WAS IN!

Listen; IF YOU EVER COME TO THE POINT THAT YOUR HEART IS NO LONGER CONVICTED WHEN THE WORD OF GOD IS BEING PREACHED – perhaps Your IN big TROUBLE with GOD.

THE MORE YOU KNOWINGLY LIVE IN SIN – THE LESS AND LESS THE TRUTH WILL BE ABLE TO CONVICT YOUR HEART.

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