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Summary: God offers counselling, but many are rejecting it today.

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JER. 42:19-22 "WILL YOU REJECT MY COUNSEL?"

* I have sat in my office, in my home, and in other people’s homes and counseled with them.

* I always try to give them advise as to what the Bible has to say about their problem.

A) Some people take my advise, and some don’t. * I have counseled about marriage,

* About finances, and other problems. * If you come to me and ask my advise about something,

* Then you have a choice to make. * You either accept my counsel or you reject it!

B) God gives His people PASTORS for counsel. * The relationship of pastor and people,

* Is not just a matter of preaching to Christians who respond by going down the aisle to pray

if they have committed sin the week before!

* God gives Christians pastors to guide them through life’s journey!

* Prov. 12:15 "The way of a fool is right in ... but he that hearkeneth unto counsel is wise."

(1) DON’T REJECT MY COUNSEL ABOUT DELIVERANCE FROM SIN!

* Acts 28:23-24 * Some believed and some believed not the preaching of Paul!

* Here are some things that you can’t reject my counsel on:

A) About The Supernatural Requirements Of Salvation! * Now, salvation is free, I know that!

* But there are some requirements of salvation that has to be met before you can receive it!

* First of all, you have to desire salvation before you can receive salvation!

* Jesus will never force Himself on anybody! * He never has & He never will!

* No sinner will ever be saved if he doesn’t desire to be saved! * He’s got to want to!

* Second, you’ve got to believe by faith! * Believe what? * That Jesus died & rose from the dead,

* and that He will forgive you of all your sins! * Rom.10:9-10

* And third, you’ve got to call on the name of the Lord! * Rom.10:13

B) About The Strait Road Of Salvation! * Matt.7:13-14 "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for ..."

* "strait" - a narrow confined place or space; strict, rigorous, difficult to be entered.

* I’m telling you that the way to heaven is narrow! * Not many travel on this road! * "Few ..."

C) Now, there are two gates; one wide and one narrow & every man stands before the wide gate!

* It is immediately before him, right before his face!

* It is the only gate that faces him; in fact, it is so close to him that no entrance is necessary.

* All he has to do is take a step and he has entered it!

D) The narrow gate is not seen! * A person has to search for it in order to find it!

* It is both narrow and facing in the opposite direction from the wide gate! * This means that:

* It is not immediately or naturally seen; * Can be found only if one turns (repents) to find it.

* It has to be sought; & is difficult to enter when found (narrow).

E) That’s why only a few choose it! * Jer.21:8 "Thus saith ... Behold, I set before ......."

* If you ever plan to make Heaven your home, you’re gonna have to travel the narrow road!

* You have to live right if you travel on this road cause they aint no detours!

F) About The Simple Reception Of Salvation! * I don’t know why some make it so hard!

* Receiving salvation is so simple that a child can understand how to do it!


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