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Classic Message: Harvest Crusade 1990

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie
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May 30, 2020 4:00 am

Classic Message: Harvest Crusade 1990

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie

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May 30, 2020 4:00 am

In this podcast, we’re taking you back in time 30 years to the very first Harvest Crusade with Pastor Greg Laurie. At the time called, “Summer Harvest,” and held at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, California, this event features a powerful gospel presentation from Pastor Greg. 

Many things have changed over the years, but one thing never changes: the life-changing gospel message. Listen in as Pastor Greg speaks on the excuses that keep us from following Jesus Christ. 

Since 1990, more than 9.8 million people have participated in Harvest Crusades events in person or online around the United States.

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Harvest messages are brought to you by harvest partners receive free email daily devotions or to become a harvest partner, please visit us online@harvest.org there's no more time for excuses. The reason that we don't follow Christ. Many times is because we offer excuses you known and excuses. It's something we make up when we don't want to do something as compared to a reason. I remember when I was in school and I had many great excuses that I made up as to why my homework was not done and I remember my teacher telling me Greg Lord you know the difference between a reason and an excuse. I said no not really a reason is legitimate and excuses something you make up because you don't really want to do it. For instance, you know, you may be at home just really nothing to do girls and some geeky guy calls you up know he's the guy with the thick glasses and 12 pockets are 12 pins in his pockets and he calls you up and asked you if you would go out with him is a knowing I'm sorry, I really can't. I'm wallpaper in my house yeah that's the ticket wallpapering my house and so he hangs up and the phone rings again and it's a really cute guy that you just met at school and he says I was wondering if you could take me to dinner. You drive and pay for you. Think I'll be ready in three minutes and boom, you're down there that's because you want to do it here before us in the Bible is a story that Jesus told to illustrate the excuses that people make up as to why they do not want to follow him again, not reasons, but excuses and it's amazing to me that more people do not seriously look into who Jesus Christ was and what he had to say they've never read his words but yet they reject something they've never even examine I talked to so many people in I'll tell them what you think about Jesus because I don't believe in that will really have you read the Bible all but you know about it. You reject something you've never read you reject someone you know nothing about the Bible is true. And of course we believe it is. Eternity is at stake and that's why this is an alarming thing for Jesus as we claim to be in his words are true, then there really is a purpose for life, a master plan that God is custom designed just for you and me. That's really possible to find peace with God and of your sin and guilt remove and out the emptiness and void in your life filled that you tried to filled with drugs. You tried to fill it with alcohol. You try to fill it with parting.

We have tried to fill it by trying to find the perfect God, I'm sorry, Marty taken I'm unavailable but for the perfect girl I was kidding by the way you're looking for some relationship to fill that void. Maybe you even gone looking into religion to fill that void. But still, it isn't filled because God is created that void inside of you to be filled with him. Jesus is who he claims to be. There is a heaven there is a hell it needs will all stand before God and one day be held accountable primarily for what we did with him in the decision we made about that is why before this evening is over. We are going to give you an opportunity to make a decision because you will make one now. Let me read to the story from Scripture that I messages based on its Luke chapter 14 I know it's kind of dark out there. So you have to take my word for it in the loop 14 starting in verse 16. This is a story that Jesus told, he said, a certain man gave a great supper and invited many and he sent his servant at supper time to say to those who are invited to come for all things are now ready but they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said well I bought a piece of ground, I have to go and see it. Please help me excuse another said well I bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm going to test them. I ask you have me excuse another set I married a wife, therefore I cannot come so that servant came and reported these things to his master. The master of the house became angry and said that the servant God quickly into the streets in the lanes of the city and bring out the poor and the main than the lame and the blind and then he said in verse 23 going into the highways and hedges and compel them to come that my house may be fulfilled or filled now Jesus is comparing an invitation to an earthly meal to God's great invitation for us to know him in a personal relationship but as I already said they made up excuses and excuses. Really the skin of a reason stop what the law because we don't want to do something.

The first excuse. We know of is recorded in the first book of the Bible, the book of Genesis chapter adamant sin and eaten of the forbidden fruit that God told Adam I need to stay away from and after automated out fruit. God said to him, Adam.

Have you eaten of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. And Adam said it's the woman you gave me.

It's not my fault, and then the second recorded excuses recorded. Also, there Genesis, when the woman said the serpent tricked me. The devil made me do it. It's not my fault they were unwilling to take responsibility for their actions. It seems to me a we are living in a time when no one wants to date responsibility for what they do. It seems that there was a day a long time ago were people make commitments and they Them a marriage was for keeps a job was for work. Adultery was a scandal hardship was endured. Crime was punished. But today we blame everyone and everything brought problems. That's not my fault. I had a traumatic experience in my childhood. I might even say I had a dramatic experience when I was in the womb. You know, I've heard that one is my neighborhood businesses that is the way I am biologically and then there was a man who copped a plea after being accused of breaking into a corporate computer system and stealing an expensive security program but did the judge see this man as guilty know he said this man has an insidious space age, element or elements called computer addiction and sentenced him to a years treatment for this new and growing impulse disorder. The author of this article is Bonnie and Clyde came along too soon. Nowadays they could settle for a year at the Betty Ford Center has victims of compulsive bank robbing addiction and then the person to write this article correctly concludes the problem with all of this is you can't run a society or cope with its problems.

This way if people are not held accountable for what they do.

The way we are headed.

The only generally acknowledged responsibility for actions may be to explain them away on Nightline but you see it so easy for us to blame someone else and Adam and Eve blame someone else. In essence, they blame God it your fault. You put us in this place. You made this mess. It's not my fault it's her fault that she of course blamed it on the devil so we always have an excuse that we can offer. But it's time to take responsibility for our actions. Then as we read this text before us.

The invitation was given out to come know it's important to understand the culture of this time to appreciate what was really taking place there would be two invitations given as a part of the protocol that such a fee. The first announcement would be made and you are asked to RSVP. In other words, you are asked to let them know if you could attend. Robbing a great banquet and we have chosen you to come. Would you like to come and you would write back and say yes. Therefore, considerable expense would be spent on your behalf so you could be an honored guest at this great feast and then when the day came when the second invitation was given.

That was only to tell you what time to show up already. The finest food was ready.

The tables were decorated the cooks it worked overtime the musicians had rehearsed and to refuse at the second invitation was the ultimate insult in this culture, and was even grounds for declaring a war and that is the situation before a seer where they were invited once in the accepted and then they were invited for the exact time and I said I'm sorry we just can't make it. It was inexcusable. All of these people rejected at the second invitation. Many people today will make a commitment to Christ.

But if it involves any commitment or any change in our lifestyle, or any inconveniencing of their plans. They renege no time for church, but there plenty of time for movies, no time for prayer, but lots of time for television. No time for the Bible but lots of time for newspapers and magazines and anything else you want to read. It's all a matter of priorities. You make time for what is important in drawing the parallel from the story, God has made the ultimate sacrifice for you great expense was spent for this feast and they said no great expense has been spent on your behalf. God sent his own son to come to this earth and to go to that cross and die for you. There and he took all of the sin of the world upon himself and then he rose again from the dead and offers you forgiveness. It would be as though you stood before a judge for crimes you had committed in the judge because of the law that you would violated had to condemn you to death and then it would be as though that same judge took off his robes laid down his gavel and stepped down from the bench and said now I will go and pay the price for your crime. I will die in your place, and it would be as though you slapped his hand away and said no get away.

What can he do. He made this incredible offer to you and you turn them away.

God wants to forgive you of your sin, which is the barrier that separates us from him. A lot of people get real uptight when you tell them their sinners, so you know all of sin and fallen short of the glory, but are not a sinner but you are no I'm not, but you see, let's understand what the word send me the word sin does not just mean to break a commandment, though it includes that adultery or murder or theft. Those are not the only sins mentioned in the Bible the word sin means to miss the mark in the mark that God is set for all of humanity is perfection.

Jesus said be perfect as my father in heaven is perfect. Therefore, if you are not perfect and living a completely flawless life.

You have missed the mark in a fallen short. Alright well I don't soon as much as I go over there. Look at his lifestyle.

He just left his wife. I'm only on my second wife.

He is on his third, but one sin is enough to keep you out of them at all, but I keep the 10 Commandments know you don't, Yorty broke one of the house will not bear false witness your lyre and you know it, even if you've only broken one commandment. The Bible says if you up then and one point of the law are guilty of all of it and because of our radical situation. Because of this dilemma, God had to take drastic measures.

And that's what he did when he made the supreme sacrifice and sending Jesus so to reject this crazy. What do you gain by rejecting Christ. You gain emptiness. You gain kilts.

You gain separation from God, and you gain eternal judgment. But if you accept him. What do you really can't you get the forgiveness of sin, your peace put in your life. You are the hope of heaven, and as you look at the world crumbling in front of you. You of how, in a hopeless world and you know that Jesus will come again and receive you and you know that whatever problem you face will be there with you walking with you each step of it. That's what he offers to turn that away is crazy. The Bible says, how can we escape if we neglect so great a salvation but I want to look at these excuses for a minute because there really ridiculous.

The first I said I bought a piece of land and I have to go and see how does it make sense to you. Would you buy a piece of land without going them looking out at first. Have you ever bought anything from a catalog and when it arrived. It didn't look anything like it looked in the picture. I remember once I was reading a comic book. This was probably a week ago. I don't know, and on the back of it. It said a thousand army men for one dollar thousand army men has about nine years old. That sounds great. So I ordered them set my dollar. I got a thousand army men and they were like the size of ants and they had no dimension. They were flat in the tank that came with that they were made out of little cardboard things that you cut out and stuck up. I thought you know it just doesn't look like the advertisement.

What I really love is the vivid imaginations that real estate salespeople have ever gone to the real estate section of your newspaper and looked at those great terms that they come up with to sell your property. No picture, but it'll say something like retirement haven great starter home only steps from beats the headline will explain that if you ever gone and looked at some of those homes. They don't quite measure up. Do they it says retirement haven. That's probably a 30-year-old son being frail with two rusty lawn chairs in front ocean view, the advertisement says and you go there any others in Oceanview if you stand on the pitch of the roof looking through high-powered binoculars on a very clear day, Oceanview or steps from each course they don't tell your many steps 3 miles to be exact with them.

Step there's no one to watch out for, though cute fixer-upper.

This is basically a home with no windows or roof but excellent ventilation or great starter home that sounds nice. Great starter home. That's probably a pile of lumber with a set of plans next to Owen. It just says sparkling pool and no mention of the house.

I know we have trouble brawl they can sell as the pool but that's the idea here.

The man says. I bought a piece of land and I got to go and see what was holding this man back possessions. He was saying land and possessions were more important again then eternal thing a man's love for real estate is often an indication of his real state before God will do you really love in this life. As I was getting ready to come here. I was watching lifestyles of the rich and famous now I don't watch us every night. It just happened to be that they show the birthday party that Malcolm Forbes through and he spared no expense in flying people from around the world over to Morocco and spent lots and lots of money he had everything money could buy the people woke up in the morning any other fleet of Mercedes to shuttle them around to see the sights of the city. They had marching bands and soldiers in the finest food.

Everything in the interviewed Malcolm Forbes and they said well you do many birthday parties like this lease that while I don't think they'll all be as grand as this one that was an understatements because that was his last birthday and all was wonderful and spectacular and the television cameras were worried away and so many people would sit it on the table only I were Malcolm Forbes, one day he died and he left this life and went into eternity.

I heard that Malcolm Forbes once said I am not looking forward to the light by going into because I know I will not be as nearly as comfortable and that life as I was this one well that could be an understatement. I don't know if Mr. Forbes made a commitment to Jesus Christ before his death by sure hope he did but if it did not. What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul. Some people live for possession at all I think about you know it's interesting back in the 60s when they would interview college kids, they said, what is your goal in life and the kids back then Saturday to change the world as kids in college today what your goal in life. It's to make money.

I don't care what career choice I make whatever he can get me the most money and the fastest way.

That's what I want to do that for what at what costs at the cost to your soul to drive the ultimate card have the perfect watch down the greatest home doubt the most money, and it can all be gone so quickly, and you're left with nothing. You know I have never seen our hearse pulling a U-Haul trailer. Have you you leave it all.

You leave everything Jesus spoke of a farmer whose crop brought forth generously and that meant that all men I don't have enough room for all that I have all pull down my barns and build bigger and better, and I'll say to my soul.

Taking easy it was saying that 2000 years ago, we still see it today. Payment take it easy, right this man said, taking easy eat, drink and be merry. God said you full this night your soul will be required of you. So is a manual laser treasure for himself, but is not rich toward God. Are you living for possessions or possessions keeping you away from Christ. Right now the Bible tells a story about a rich young ruler, and by the way, we will talk about him in a later message but the Bible says that he was a ruler which means that he had to at least be 30 years old and says he was rich, says he was young, that means he was sort of the first century equivalent of a yuppie probably had a BMW chariot came up with a bottle of Perrier Gaylord are you going, what must I do to inherit eternal life. Jesus looked at him.

The Bible says he loved and then he says I'll tell you what buddy take all that you have seller give the money to the poor and come, follow me, and that doesn't mean that every man a woman has to give up every possession to follow Christ because I would suggest that that man would've said all right. Lord, no problem, I'll do it right away. Lord I said forget it. I just want to see if you do, or maybe what about them do it. But the reason Jesus asked. That is because he looked right through to that man's heart and saw that that man's heart was ruled by possession on the throne of that man's life were things objects bigger and better.

Isn't it amazing you can be happy with what you have till someone comes along with the newer version you can put your kids in a room and have 100 toys and of one kid picks up the one toy the other one will immediately go over in the fight over that one toy it's called company and you know what, you don't have to teach kids to do that. Do you just comes naturally. I never had to set my boys down as a no boys today I want to teach or to be selfish say this word after me. My pain and their natural Zada were all natural. Zada wanting these things. What is a prophet you puking this whole world and lose your own soul. So many people spend their money on the lottery, hoping again to go to the big span they can win it all living their life in the pursuit of things that will pass away. Now the second excuse is a man instead.

Will I have five yoke of oxen I have to go and test now.

Either this guy's a complete idiot or a blatant liar buying animals without seeing them.

Would you buy a car without test driving. Would you be suspicious of the car dealer said sorry can't drive the car just have to buy it as it is when you get in and you read the little sticker engine optional transmission optional now want to drive and I want to see if the thing works but oxen would be used to plow a field and so with this man. In essence was saying as my career is more important than God. I want to pursue my career. Getting ahead no matter what the cost to my relationship with God, or even family. I read in the newspaper today.

How many Orange County family are facing great stress because the husband and the wife is working and they have no time to be with the children and the impact that has on the kit and so many people they don't have time for God because they're too busy with their career, but isn't it amazing that when the bottom drops out suddenly have time for God when tragedy hits, we suddenly have time for God. I remember the extent of my relationship with God used to be whenever I was in trouble.

I would cry out God help me, and you know what he so good and loving. He always came through and I would make great commitments. Got it to get me out of this when all do anything, just help me get me out. That's a thanks God CNX crisis.

Lot of you are that way, but is brought you here tonight to realize it's time to come up with your commitment. It's time to follow through.

It's time to respond to him.

But this man was letting career get in the way and then the final excuse is my favorite because he didn't say I have oxen I have to test them prior possessions.

He said simply. I got a wife that's it. Life is over hi Mary Benjamin Franklin said, keep your eyes wide open before marriage and have open afterwords all this man was saying I can't come because I'm a married man now that doesn't make sense when this wife like to have had the night off and able to go to a great feast on Ian, you can just enjoy.

You don't have to even do the dishes, well he said I married a wife, I cannot come. He was putting relationships before his relationship with God. Some of you have been held back to coming to Christ because of a relationship with a person you say if I became a Christian.

What would my husband say what would my wife say what would my parents say what would my coworkers say what would my friends say the question is what does God say one day organist stand before God. The Bible says that the small and great, will stand before God and the books will be open in a book will be open and if your name is not found written in the book of life, you will be judged to be up there with all your buddies can a snickering, nudging each other is going to be just you all by yourself looking at him as a relationship, keeping you back right now you might be with someone sitting next to them in your thinkable. I'd love to say yes to Jesus Christ over this person next to me think in a person next to you is thinking. I'd love to make a commitment to Jesus Christ over this person next to me think You'll find out who your true friends are. When I came to Christ And my friends were.

I found that I didn't have a lot of friends but then I found a friend.

The Bible says sticks closer than a brother Jesus Christ and I found that I found Christian brothers insist that something I never had that world. I member when I first went to Calvary Chapel right up the street. I was a two week old Christian I was a little hung up about expressing any kind of affection I did. I definitely did not like to hug people and I going to this place that is filled with Christian wall-to-wall Christian carpeting. You know, and there was so much love in that place. It kinda bothered me.

And even though I was a new believer, I really didn't want to go in because it was so much of it and I thought these people can't be for real, loving each other, hugging each other. Hey, brother.

I'll pray for your God bloodshot.give me a break. That's all. And that they get together before church and say Arkansas nonbelievers come in and I first put on a good and afterwards we can be normal again.

Nine at St. you Christians are perfect, and I'm not saying I've never seen a Christian bird another Christian, what I am saying to you, as I've seen in authenticity. When a life is been changed by Christ because I've seen it happen to me because I was about as cynical and is angry and is bitter and rebellious as a kid can be. I was raised down here on the coast in Newport Beach came from a broken home.

I was just sort of ticked off at the world and I had the cynical, sarcastic nature. No one can tell me anything and I was so hardened in my life when someone told me hey asked Jesus to come in to give you peace and love. I thought I'll give me a break. What is this Disneyland and then will I live happily ever after. And even when I prayed and asked Christ to come in the my life.

I had my arms full and I said to myself, it won't work for me but you know what he did work for me. That's why I'm here talking to you if you give your life to Jesus Christ, you may lose a few. While friends" some people make fun of you. Some people may give you a hard time but listen, you either going to have harmony with God and friction with people or friction with God in harmony with people but of your life is going to be right with God. It's gonna bother some people because the light will shine brightly in the be under the conviction of the Holy Spirit, but you just hold your course.

Don't let that keep you back there is no valid reason to not come to Christ only excuses in every phase of life.

We are asked the reoccurring question. What do you think of Christ. That's the question Jesus asked the religious leaders of his day.

What do you think of Christ.

He said in whose son is he when were young were asked that question, but we say well I'm too preoccupied. Amen. I'm having fun, plenty of time for that later. Then as we age into adulthood were too busy to think. Amen. I got a make a living in all the years we say will I'm too old to think about it my pattern in life is set as death approaches, you're too ill to think your sensibilities have been dulled in your mind is tired and then adapt it's too late to think the day of opportunity is passed it's judgment time and what guarantee do you have that you live to be older, we all think were going to live forever, especially when were young course here in California we don't like to acknowledge aging.

We have ways to erase it. Great diet to lose it where WIC the skin, wrinkles get a facelift.

Even they even do surgery now for hand you can get a handle with all this cosmetic surgery change yourself around her still getting all you can try to cover up the effects of aging, but you're still aging.

You can around dressing like a teenager pretending you're a teenager, but you're not one anymore to find out if you try to keep up with them.

The body is stating the body is aging. If you're a Christian that's not something to dread because it just means were getting closer to the Lord and hopefully were becoming more like him. But if you're a nonbeliever it's all that you have there this thing. Now they call a midlife crisis.

I don't even know if I believe there is such a such thing as a midlife crisis. I think it's a convenient way to explain away bizarre behavior, but there are certain telltale signs. They say you start unbuttoning your shirt down word a lot a gold chain, get a red sports car. Try to relive your you, but every day were reminded that time is marching on in life is passing by, and some people don't even live to the older years. The Bible says in James for you don't know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life. It's like a vapor of smoke that appears for a moment and vanishes away. That's why were told in the book of Isaiah. Seek the Lord while he may be found. You see, you say I'll do it later in a few moments to give you an opportunity to decide for Jesus Christ and Juergen some of your organization, I'll do it later that an excuse. How do you know the be a later, every time you hear the gospel and you don't respond to it. Your heart gets a little harder. The Bible says he was often reproved hardened his heart and I without remedy. When you hear the gospel and you hear the truth of what it is to come into our relationship with Christ and have your sins forgiven you enter into a spiritual danger zone. A decision must be made if you don't say yes, you automatically say no and then you become inoculated against the gospel because the best inoculation against the gospel is the gospel heard but not responded to. That means if you listen to this message tonight and you don't respond to Jesus Christ. If you have not yet done so, and follow him, that you are tampering with your soul and your gambling with eternity. This, it will just do it later if you keep pardoning your heart if later ever comes, you may come to a point of no return. You might say, are you suggesting that there would come a time in my life or God would not forgive me know. I'm suggesting there may come a time in your life you will not want to be forgiven because your heart has gotten so hard by continually rejecting what you know is right. You might get the excuse that like to become a Christian, but I can't give up my way. It's important to realize that these things you won't give up could cost you eternity.

Is it really worth it is a really that fun is it really that great kiddo. Let's be honest sure sin can be fun. Anyone to get sentences. Sin is not fun they're not telling the truth. We all know sin can be fun, but man, it has a big time penalty attached to it. The Bible says Moses chose to not enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season and that's what it is, sin is fun for a while but then payday, it seems to me that the world is a lot like an amusement park spent a lot of time waiting in line a lot of time waiting for the big party waiting for the great find, waiting for the great payoff you get a line in an amusement park and it seemed like such a good idea that morning. Let's go to and I won't say which part but whatever you fill it after you get there you been there five minutes you say why am I here I'm $100. Poor already and I haven't even bought anything yet. I'm standing in a 3 mile line and finally you get up in the church turn to get on the writing to get in and the pull the little restraint down on you. You go get out get out time to go to another by a stop and think about it all the fun. All the pleasure all the joy had in the world. It was so short-lived and there was so much waiting in between.

And even as you are laughing and what it there was an emptiness, the Bible says even in laughter. The heart has sorrow you can beloved also great happy hour.

You know there's a void, and there's an aching emptiness in your life how you say I can't come to Christ I could not give up my ways. Sure you can because if you become a Christian, Jesus Christ will take residence in your heart, and he will give you a new nature. The Bible says if any man be in Christ, he is an altogether different kind of person. All things are passed away. All things are become new. You'll change you he changed me can change you say well like to come to Jesus Christ but I need to clean my life up first. You'll never make Jesus doesn't say clean your life up and come to me. He says come on to me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

He says come let us reason together, saith the Lord. Though your sins be as scarlet, I'll make it as white as snow, and if you're thirsty drink at the fountain of the water of life freely.

He didn't say get this together or change that a come as you are. Come with all your problems come up on your sin like that old hymn says, just as I am, without one plea, but that thy blood was shed for me, the Lamb of God, I come. That's exactly how you must come just as you are. The Bible tells a story about a young man known as the prodigal son and by the way tomorrow night I want to talk about the prodigal son and this young man went out and wasted his life got involved in immorality and spent all his money and just took the family name and try get to the gutter and one day that boy came to his senses and decided to go back home. Upon returning to his father's house walking down the road anything about it when he told us when God ran to commit his arms and said my sons come home again God ran symbolically as the father ran the father's income. At that point said, or use think going there and take a shower you smell like the pigs you been hanging around with Will talk about it later.

Maybe get out of my sight, no had father jumped up and sprinted so fast to that boy and threw his arms around him and smothered him with kisses. That's how God feels any person who comes together no matter what they've done. No matter what sin they committed, even if they knew about one time in a fallen away and would come back is God going to condemn you know you already took. We slapped his hand away and said I don't want your forgiveness we bring in the partners or Believe in a God of love that sends people to hell. All I can either join the club because the God I serve doesn't send people to hell. We send ourselves the last thing God wants for any man or woman is for them to go to hell you know eating create help for people then say heavens for good people in hell is for people who well ticked me off.

That's all some people falsely envision God. The Bible says God created hell for the devil and his angels for Satan and the demonic forces that follow him, but for humans, the desire of God is for you to join him in heaven. Jesus said in the spirit of the father father.

My desire is that they may behold my glory. Jesus said in John 14 let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you on the myself, that where I am, you may be also. He wants you to join him in heaven. But you see Satan is going to face judgment and hell and sore as demon and so if you reject the offer of forgiveness and say no to God over and over and over and over again. And one day you face judgment. You can't shake your finger in God's face and say hold on here.

This is unfair. Hey buddy, you had a chance after chance after chance. God bent over backwards and to get to the place of judgment. You either reject them over and over again a practically climb over Jesus to get there. The Bible says God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. God wants to forgive you. He wants you to enter into a relationship with him. He wanted to be with him in heaven. He wants to come again and receive you under mice undo himself so I don't know what's holding you back. Whatever it is it won't hold water. When you stand before God.

No other similar groups in the church.

You say that to God that final day doing hypocrite. That's why the God ask you to follow people by not excusing the behavior of certain so-called followers of Jesus who have not told the line what I'm saying to you is, people will let you down. People fall short. People will disappoint Jesus and follow me, and I've been following Jesus for 20 years and you know what, he's never let me down.

He's never been a hypocrite. He's never been inconsistent. He's never lied to me.

He's done everything he said he would do these men all that he promised an exam I'm following right now for people mess up that I pray for them because maybe one day I'll mess up a lot to pray for me. But just because there are certain people that have unlimited as they ought to, doesn't mean that you can use that as a reason as to why you did not follow Christ.

He's calling you to follow him. Now there's no valid reason to keep your way only excuses it's time to come is time to say yes to him. It's really what you want done in your heart.

Jesus said to be there for me or against me with me were opposed to me. No middle ground to be undecided is to be decided to not say yes is to say no not ever notice that when you go to an elevator. It says up or down it doesn't have a floor undecided get up to that for all the indecisive people are pacing around.

I don't know. So I go to the third floor the first for the 30 supper now it's yes or no, it's dinner out.

It's for or against. And that's where you are. Now it's time to decide what your excuse.

Don't let possessions hold. Don't let career hold you back.

Don't let relationships with others, or fear of what others will think of you, hold you back come to Jesus Christ now and find the forgiveness of sin that you really want.

Jesus wants to come in the door to the door of your heart right now, but he wants you to ask and you see as I was saying earlier got this and send people to hell he wants him to go to heaven. But Jesus doesn't say look, I stand at the door knock.

If you don't open it. I'm in a kick it okay now. He says I want you to open. I want you to want me is not amazing.

The creator of the universe knocking on the door of my heart same like committed.

Can you come in you serious, yes, I like your permission he wants to come in your life right now and forgive you fill that void in your life and all you have to do is open the door. Let's pray Lord Jesus come into my life. I know that I'm a sinner but I think you for dying forming and rising again from the dead, not be my personal Lord and Savior. I repent of my sin right my name in your book of life, fill me with your Holy Spirit. Help me to be your disciple and I'll follow you all the days of my life. Thank you that my sin is now forgive and that I am now a child of God that I am going to have in Jesus name I pray, amen


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