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Don’t Be Afraid! | Sunday Message

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May 12, 2024 3:00 am

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May 12, 2024 3:00 am

Psalm 27 offers us comforting words, “The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid?” In today’s message, Pastor Greg Laurie helps us study this Psalm, revealing the power it holds. Find the biblical wisdom you need.

Notes:

People’s number one fear is glossophobia.
 
We need to face our fears.
 
Deal with your giants, because either you conquer them, or they will conquer you.
 
“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Psalm 27:1
 
Faith overcomes fear.
 
When faith walks in, worry walks out; but when worry steps in, faith walks out.
 
The Christian life is not a cakewalk; it’s a conflict—it’s not a playground; it’s a battleground.
 
There will always be something to potentially worry about.
 
When you are afraid in the dark, turn on the light.
Psalm 27:1
 
Anxious notions come sweeping into our mind, uninvited and unwelcome.
But the presence of our heavenly Father can dispel all fear, worry, and anxiety.
 
Face your fears in God’s strength, not your own.
Psalm 27:1
 
God is bigger than your enemies.
Psalm 27:2–3
 
God promises to keep us safe in His protection.
Psalm 27:5
 
God will never allow anything to touch us that He does not allow, and He certainly will never let anything happen that would separate us from His love for us.
 
God either did it or allowed it for His glory and our ultimate good.
Romans 8:38 
 
David knew that the main thing was to keep the main thing the main thing!
Psalm 27:4–5
 
A danger in life is to permit the urgent things to crowd out the important things.
 
If we don’t focus on that one thing, we will end up doing everything, and accomplish nothing.
Read: Psalm 27:8–10
 
You have a Father in Heaven who loves you and always has time for you.
 
God promises to be a Father to the fatherless.
 
Your heavenly Father will never abandon you.
Psalm 27:9
 
Take courage and continue to follow the Lord.
Psalm 27:13–14

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Hey there. Thanks for listening to the Greg Laurie Podcast, a ministry supported by Harvest Partners. I'm Greg Laurie encouraging you.

If you want to find out more about Harvest Ministries and learn more about how to become a Harvest Partner, just go to harvest.org. Well-known Psalm. You'll recognize it as soon as I begin to read it to you. Don't be afraid. There's a lot of things we're afraid of. I looked at a list of things that frightened Americans the most. On the top of the list, the fear of economic or financial collapse, the fear of Russia using nuclear weapons against us, the fear of the United States becoming involved in another world war, and then there's personal fear. Personal fears, fear of people you love becoming seriously ill, fear of people that you love dying, personal financial fears, and your fears change as you age.

When you're young, it's the fear of the future. Am I going to succeed in life? What career path am I going to pursue?

Will I ever get married? Man, I want to be an adult. That'll be so much better. And then you become an adult.

And you say, oh, I wish I was a kid again. It was so much easier back then. But I read that the number one fear of most people is something called glossophobia. You heard of that? Glossophobia. It's the fear of public speaking. How many of you have the fear of public speaking? Raise your hand.

Okay, I want you to come up right now here. No, seriously. For many, it would be a fate worse than death. So basically, if the number one fear is public speaking and then the number two fear is death, that means most people would rather be in the casket than giving the eulogy at a funeral.

That's pretty crazy, isn't it? But I'll tell you, fear can affect everything that you do. It can actually affect you in your health.

Studies have been done and have been shown to reveal that heart attacks, ulcers, depression, nervous breakdowns, obesity, and even cancer can be related to anxiety, worry, and fear. Brain research has been done and has revealed that 90% of doctor visits in the USA are triggered by a stress-related illness. So I did hear the story of a man who was very sick.

I shouldn't laugh about that. He was very sick. And he didn't know what was wrong with him, so he went with his wife to the doctor. And the doctor met with the man. And then the doctor said to the wife, could you come into my office for a moment alone? I wanna talk to you about your husband.

She came in, took a seat, and the doctor said, okay, here's the thing. Your husband is very sick, and he could die within six months because of the stress he is under. Here's what you need to do. You need to create a stress-free environment for him for up to a year. What that means is you don't ask him to do any chores. You don't ask him to do any work whatsoever. You just smother him with affection, cook him his favorite meal, make his life as easy as it possibly can be.

He'll do this for six months to a year. I think he'll make a full recovery. The woman said, thank you, doctor. And so the husband and wife got in the car, and they're driving home, and the man said, what did the doctor say?

She said, you're gonna die. We can live a fearless life, I'll tell you in a moment. But here's what we need to do.

If you're taking notes, here's point number one. We need to face our fears. We need to face our fears. That is what Yellow Dog had to do. And that's what Ben had to do as well.

They had to face their fears. And that is what we see David doing here in Psalm 27. We really say this Psalm was written after he defeated the nine foot six inch Philistine man named Goliath in the valley of Elah. And this is probably after he has been anointed to be the king, of course. But it is something, he has not yet ascended to the throne, and so we see David literally running for his life. David was a courageous man. He would take on, by his own admission, bears.

That's pretty hardcore, right? To face a lion or a bear? I had some raccoons in my backyard a couple of years ago, and I didn't want them there. And so I needed to throw something at them, and all I could find are these little oranges. They're the small ones. I think they call them cuties, right? So I got a handful of cuties. I'm throwing them at the raccoons. Not one of them hit the raccoon. Is that it? And then his kids, okay guys, let's go.

This guy's a loser. So that's my attempt at trying to stop an animal. But David would take on the most threatening of animals, reminding us that we have to face our giants. We need to attack our giants. What do I mean by a giant? It could be a giant financial problem. It could be a giant health problem. It could be a giant prodigal problem. A son or a daughter that's gone astray. A giant addiction problem. Fill in blank here. Whatever your giant is, your obstacle, you face it.

You don't run from it. Now David did defeat Goliath, and he became a rock star overnight. They even wrote a song about him. It was a hit on Spotify with a billion downloads.

Of thousands. But Saul was so angry and jealous that someone was gonna replace him on the throne, he decided he was gonna kill this young boy. And so David is running for his life at this point. And then he writes these powerful words.

Read them with me. Psalm 27, verse 1. So number one, we need to face our fears. Number two, we need to overcome our fear. See, replace fear with faith. Because David said, the Lord is my light and my salvation, he could then say, of whom then shall I be afraid? Going back to Psalm 23, because David said, the Lord is my shepherd, he could also say, I shall not want.

Because David said, the Lord is my shepherd, he could also say, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. And now here in Psalm 27, the Lord is my light and my salvation, of whom then shall I be afraid? See, fear and faith don't get along. Do you know people that don't mix well? Maybe if you're gonna go out to dinner, you'll say, let's invite this person. And someone will say, what about this other?

Oh, don't invite them. These two don't get along. They don't mix well.

You know people like that? It's like oil and water. Faith and fear. When faith walks in, fear walks out.

When fear walks in, faith walks out. So you have to decide what you're gonna give into. You decide what you're gonna do when conflict comes in your path.

You can't control your life that way. You can't stop problems from coming, but you have everything to say about how you're going to react. It's a battleground.

It's a battleground. So we have to decide, are we gonna live by faith, or are we going to live by fear? I'm talking to somebody right now that is just absolutely filled with fear, anxiety, and worry. And there's always something to worry about, isn't there? And it often hits us in the middle of the night.

Like three o'clock in the morning. You ever just wake up, maybe it's a dream, maybe it's something else, and you start worrying. What if this happens? That happens. Then what if this other thing begins to happen?

So what's the best thing to do? Bringing me to point number three. When you're afraid in the dark, turn on the light.

Go back to verse one. The Lord is my light and my salvation. Whom shall I fear? So when a child is afraid of the dark, they think there's monsters under the bed or in the closet, turn on the light and reassure them. As mom or dad, you tell them everything is okay. We have the loving reassurance of a parent or an adult. And we have the loving reassurance of our father who reminds us that everything is okay. And how does he reassure us? Through the word of God. This is the light. We apply. Psalm 119 says, your word is a lamp for my feet and it's a light on my path.

Have you ever noticed how things look different when you turn on the light? Practice and remember what you heard from God's word in the light of day. Point number four. Face your fears and God's strength, not your own. Face your fears and God's strength, not your own. David says again in verse one, the Lord is my light, my salvation, whom shall I fear? Then he says the Lord is the strength of my life. Far too often we try to live the Christian life in our own strength.

And we're going to fail. When dealing with the topic of spiritual warfare, Paul in Ephesians six tells us to put on the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the sword of the spirit, the shield of faith. But before any of that, he says stand in the Lord and in the power of his might. Jesus said apart from me, you can do nothing. But then the apostle Paul reminds us I can do all things through Christ. Who strengthens me. So there might come a point, and I hope there will come a point, when you'll say this is bigger than me. I can't overcome this problem.

I've tried and I've failed. So Lord, I come to you. Listen, when you get to the end of yourself, you get to the beginning of God. Let God be the strength of your life. The Bible says he's a present help in times of trouble.

Number five. God is bigger than your enemies. Look at verse two. When the wicked came against me, David writes, to eat up my flesh, my enemies and my foes, they stumbled and they fell.

Though an army may camp against me, my heart shall not fear. Now David is not speaking figuratively. He is speaking literally. He had actual enemies, Saul and his army, that were hunting David down.

So he could die easily. And he is saying God is stronger than his enemies. And look at verse five, he says, in the time of trouble, he'll keep me safe.

In the secret place of his tabernacle, he'll hide me and set me high upon a rock. God's gonna keep you safe. Now, does that mean that a Christian will never have an accident? Does that mean that a Christian will never get sick? Does that mean a Christian will never die?

Of course the answer to that is no. We know that bad things happen to godly people. And if you don't believe me, read the book of Job. And we all know that whole situation began when God was bragging on Job in heaven. The angels were present, including Lucifer, also known as Satan. And God said, have you considered my servant Job a perfect and upright man, one that fears God and shuns evil? Satan pushed back.

He challenged that claim. And a series of calamities came upon poor Job. And Job didn't know what was going on. One day he wakes up and his whole world is falling apart. The problem with Job is he never read the book of Job.

He experienced it real time. But the fact of the matter is, this was happening not because he was godless, but because he was godly. You see, we think when we become a godly man or a godly woman, things are gonna get easier. And in some ways that's true. But in other ways, you're gonna have a whole new set of problems. But you have a god you're following that's worth it all and is bigger than any problem you're going to face.

Right? I think we all love Romans 8, 28, great verse. All things work together for good to those that love God and are called according to his purpose. But don't forget there's another great verse there in Romans 8. It's Romans 8, 38, which says, I am convinced that nothing can separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life. Neither angels nor demons. Neither our fears for today or our worries for tomorrow.

Not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. So sometimes that thing you're facing that seems like the worst case scenario may actually turn out to be a good thing. Now let me qualify that statement. There are things that will happen to you that are bad things. There'll always be bad things. Okay, I'm not suggesting every bad thing becomes a good thing.

But I'm also saying there are times when it seems like a bad thing and it actually turns out to be a good thing. Let me illustrate. I read the story of a marine biologist who went out to photograph whales. She had a film crew with her. And if you look on the screen you'll see footage.

This is actual footage. So here's what's going on. A 50,000 pound whale comes toward her in the ocean and begins to push her. She thinks this is how I'm going to die. I'm going to be drowned by this whale. But that massive creature gently continued to push her until she came to her boat and she climbed into the boat and then she realized what was actually happening. That whale was not trying to kill her. He was trying to save her because after she climbed in the boat she looked back in the water and saw a 15 foot tiger shark that had been stalking her.

Isn't that amazing? The whale saved her life. She thought I'm going to die by a whale. The whale's like no I'm getting you out of here man. Because that shark is after you. And then the funny thing she said when it was all over the whale just did a little blow out of his spout like bye.

You know just cruise off. God bless. Wow.

So it looked like the worst case scenario and actually it saved her from the worst case scenario. Number six. David knew that the main thing was to keep the main thing the main thing. The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. Look at verse four. Psalm 27. David writes one thing I've desired of the Lord and that while I seek that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple. A danger in life is to permit urgent things to crowd out the most important things.

Let me say that again a danger in life is to allow urgent and I'll put the word urgent in quotes urgent things to crowd out the most important things. You know it's interesting to take this phrase one thing one thing and follow it through scripture. There's a story in the gospels of when Jesus came to visit his friends Mary Martha and Lazarus. He came there all the time and Martha was an amazing cook and Jesus looked forward to her home cooked meals I have no doubt.

Anyway we'll probably just show up hey Martha how's it going I have 12 friends can we just crash here for a while and would you whip us up something. She was always happy to make food for Jesus so she's in the kitchen working away and she's overwhelmed by it all and she wonders why her sister Mary is not assisting her. So she looks out in the front room and Mary is sitting at the feet of Jesus drinking in his words and she's frustrated.

You can see her coming out she has her apron on food splattered everywhere and she comes out and she actually says this she says why is my sister not helping me. And Jesus says Martha Martha you're worried and troubled about many things but one thing is needed and Mary has chosen the good part. Here's what Jesus is saying to Martha allow me to paraphrase Martha chill appreciate your hard work love your home cooking love your attention to detail.

But there's a time to work and there's a time to worship and your sister figured that out and you'd benefit if you sat here with her as well. One thing one thing he said is important one thing is needed then Paul uses that phrase one thing in the book of Philippians chapter 3 he says one thing I do. Forgetting the things that are behind him reaching forward to the things that are ahead I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Paul says look I'm not going to be crippled by my past I'm not going to be haunted by my past because I have been forgiven of my past. So one thing I do forgetting the things that are behind I press toward the goal the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus think of an athlete headed toward the finish line. You're almost there I'm pressing on I'm going to finish this that's what Paul is saying so for David the one thing was fellowship with God and his people for Mary. The one thing was sitting at the feet of Jesus for Paul the one thing was moving forward spiritually.

What's your one thing what one thing are you defined by how would you say it this one thing I do what would your one thing that you do be. I hope it's putting Christ first in your life coming back to worshiping with God's people. David said I want to dwell in the house of the Lord I want to be with God's people and some people say well I don't really feel like I need to go to church. You know I can commune with God when I'm in the outdoors right I don't believe in organized religion really can you come up with something more original please. You don't believe in organized religion do you believe in disorganized chaos what do you believe in. Why don't I don't you know the church the church has so many problems like I would be the first to admit the church has problems and I'll tell you why.

It's because it's filled with people like you and people like me right we mess everything up but Jesus established the church. And he gives a beautiful promise he says that when his people gather together when two or three gather together in his name he is there among them. Listen God manifests his presence in a special way when we gather for worship when we gather for Bible study. I appreciate all you guys watching online and I know people watch all around the world literally. But if you're anywhere within the proximity of our church I hope you'll join us in person.

And if you aren't find a good Jesus loving Bible teaching church and be a part of that church because you need the church and the church needs you. Right. Listen to this if we don't focus on the one thing we'll end up doing everything and accomplishing nothing. Let me say that one more time if we don't focus on that one thing we'll end up doing everything and accomplishing nothing. Go back to Psalm 27 look at verse 8 now and let's see what David says next when you said seek my face my heart said to you your face Lord I will seek. Do not hide your face from me. Do not turn your servant away in anger for you have been my help. Do not leave me or forsake me O God of my salvation. When my father and mother forsake me then the Lord will take me up.

Point number seven. You have a father in heaven who loves you and always has time for you. You have a father in heaven who loves you and always has time for you. Now we know David was not appreciated by his dad. His dad's name was Jesse. So the prophet Samuel was instructed by the Lord to go to Bethlehem where Jesse lived. And the Lord told the prophet that he had rejected Saul from being the king and he's going to be replaced by one of the sons of Jesse. But the Lord did not tell Samuel which son it was. So Samuel shows up. David brings out his seven excuse me Samuel brings out his seven strapping sons the magnificent seven.

There they were. And as the prophet walked down the line and looked at them the Lord said that's not the one. That's not the one.

That's not the one. And he came to the end. The Lord said none of them. So Samuel said Jesse do you have any other sons. Jesse said yes. One more he's out on the field watching the sheep. David bring him in and the Lord says that's my next king. And so Samuel anoints David as the king pouring oil over his head a great moment. But here's the point I want to bring up.

Jesse ignored his son. And maybe you can relate to this statement when my father and mother forsake me the Lord will take me up. I personally relate to it.

I'll tell you why. As you know my mom was married to divorce seven times. So I wasn't with her for a good part of my childhood.

She would send me to live with my grandparents and aunts and uncles and I did a couple of stints in military school where I lived on campus. And so I really missed my mom and I never knew who my father was. Now there was a name on my birth certificate of my biological father.

So fast forward now I become a Christian at age 17. I'm married to Kathy and we've had our first son Christopher who's a little baby. So I said to Kathy you know Christopher should meet his biological grandfather. And I haven't seen him for years so I went to my mom. I asked him if he was alive still. She said yes. I asked her do you know where he is.

She said yes. So I said I'm going to go introduce Christopher to him. So I show up at his place.

He ran a dry cleaners. I hadn't seen him for decades. And I'm looking at him and I said well hi I'm Greg. He goes I know who you are. He never came out from behind the counter. Okay.

And this is your grandson. He goes oh okay. He never held Christopher. Never showed any interest in him. So I said well okay bye. We left. I said to Kathy that is not my biological father.

I don't know who is but it ain't him. And so I talked to one of my aunts and I brought this up. I said I don't think he's my biological father. She said how did you know? Oh.

I didn't know till you said that. So I went back to my mom and I confronted her and asked her who my actual biological father was. Well she never had a relationship with him. She never married him. It was a one night stand and his name was Barney. Oh great. My biological father is named Barney.

Does it get any better? I actually tracked Barney down a number of years later. He was living in the island of Hawaii.

The big island of Hawaii. And he had Alzheimer's and he didn't remember my mother and didn't know who I was or anything else. I know this is all very depressing okay. So you're saying Greg why are you dragging us through your family drama?

Simply to illustrate this point. When my father and mother forsake me the Lord will take care of me right. That's it. Thank you. I don't know what your relationship is like to your mom and dad. I don't know if you had hands on parents and if you did you should thank God for them every single day.

Right? You should. You thank them today in fact.

After church call them, text them, go see them. Thank you for being a good mom. Thank you for being a good dad.

But some of you didn't have that like me. It's sad in America. 18.5 million children grow up in our country without their fathers. The United States has the dubious distinction of being known as the world leader and fatherlessness. And you could take almost every social ill in America today and break it down or trace it to the breakdown of the family and specifically to the absence of fathers. Fathers matter so much.

And here's the good thing. Even if you didn't have a dad you could maybe be a dad to someone else. By that I mean a father figure. There was a whole generation of young people searching for meaning and truth and God sent a spiritual awakening called the Jesus Movement and God raised up a man that's been called the father of the Jesus Movement.

His name was Chuck Smith. He was a father figure. Some of you dads could be a father figure.

Let me broaden that. Some of you men could be a godly father figure to a young man, a young woman and give them that direction and example that they so desperately need. Point number eight. Your heavenly father will never abandon you. Your heavenly father will never abandon you. Verse nine. David said to the Lord, don't leave me or forsake me, O God of my salvation.

And you know what? God never did leave David. But David left God. David fell into gross sin.

David messed up but then he repented and he returned to the Lord. But he's saying God don't forsake me. God never did forsake him. Remember when Jesus hung on the cross, he cried out, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani, which means my God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Here's what it comes down to. You will never be forsaken because Jesus was forsaken.

You say I don't understand that. When God placed the sin of the world on his beloved son hanging on the cross dying in our place as a substitute, he turned his face away, causing Christ to say, my God, my God, why have you forsaken me? But it was only temporary. And now Jesus says to each of us, I will never leave you or forsake you. And you can translate that to say, Jesus speaking, I will never, no never, no never leave you or forsake you. You have a heavenly Father who will never abandon you.

Last point. Take courage and continue to follow the Lord. Look at verse 13, David writes, I would have lost heart unless I believed that I would see the goodness in the land of the living. Wait on the Lord. Be of good courage and he will strengthen your heart.

Wait, I say, on the Lord. Remember the Psalms, they're from the heart of David. I don't know that he knew what he was writing would be read thousands of years later by people, but he was pouring out his heart inspired by God. And as I pointed out to you earlier, the Psalms are like David's diary, right? Do you keep a journal?

Do you have a diary? Well, David had his journal, if you will, the Psalms. And he would express his concerns in his Psalms. He would bring his complaints to God in his Psalms. He would bring his praise and adoration to God in his Psalms. And then he would preach to himself and to others through his Psalms. So I like how he's saying, God, don't forsake me. And then he turns around and he says to himself, wait, I say, on the Lord. The Lord is your light and your salvation.

Of whom then shall you be afraid? I've done this. I'll be complaining about something, driving in my car, rah, rah, rah, you know, just complaining to no one. And I'll actually talk to myself. I'll even correct myself. I'll say, Greg, shut up.

You're wrong. Because the Bible says this. So David would be really honest in his Psalms, talking about his struggles, his concerns, his questions. But I love how he says, wait on the Lord. You know, David had to wait a long time to ascend to the throne. Do you realize that after he was anointed by the prophet Samuel, he had to wait 15 years to become king. It's not like he had business cards printed up. David, king of Israel. It's not like his chariot was waiting in his armed escort. He had to go through many struggles, many challenges, running for his very life. Same is true of Joseph. God revealed to him as a young man that he was gonna be a very influential world leader.

But it took 14 years for that to happen with a lot of twists and turns along the way. Maybe I'm talking to somebody right now that's growing impatient with God. You're saying, Lord, when, when? Are you gonna answer my prayer? I wanna get married, Lord. I'm 18, where is he?

Or is she? Or Lord, I wanted to pursue this career path, or I wanted to have this ministry, or I wanted to accomplish this thing. Well, maybe it will happen later, but you need to wait on the Lord.

The Bible says God makes everything beautiful in his time. And there's advantages to waiting because Isaiah 40, 31 says, those that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They will mount up with wings as eagles. They will run and not be weary.

They will walk and not faint. So wait on the Lord. Boy, Moses, he really had to wait a long time. Things didn't get rolling for him until he was 80 years old.

Right? And so you need to wait on the Lord. We all need to wait on the Lord.

Let me loop back to something I mentioned in the beginning and we'll close. David says the Lord is my light and my salvation. Has God become your salvation yet? I love the word saved. It's a Bible word.

And it's also a word we use occasionally in our vocabularies, but we save it for something fairly dramatic. For instance, let's say that a lifeguard goes out and rescues someone caught in a riptide. We'll say he or she saved their life.

And that's the right word. We don't say, well, the lifeguard went out and pulled them out of the riptide and improved their life slightly. No, they saved them. If the lifeguard had not gone to them, they would not be alive. Or we see a firefighter carrying a child out of a burning building and we say rightly the firefighter saved that child's life.

We don't say the firefighter made things a little easier for the child. No, they saved them from death. And the Bible uses this word too, saved. The Bible says whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved.

There is salvation in no other name than Jesus Christ. And I love that story of that cruel and harsh Roman jailer who took Paul and Silas and treated them horribly and whipped them and beat them and put their feet in stocks. And then an earthquake came and shook the foundations of that prison. Surely that man would have been put to death for losing his prisoners and Paul said, don't hurt yourself, we're still here. And then that Philippian jailer said to Paul, sirs, what must I do to be saved? He said, are you saved? See becoming a Christian is not just becoming a better person, it's changing your eternal address from a place called hell to a place called heaven.

It's as simple as that. And you are either saved or you are not saved. Well, can I be half saved? No. You are either a child of God or you're not a child of God.

This is an either or proposition. And I ask you in closing, are you saved? You say, well, I don't even know what that means. Do you have the assurance that your sin is forgiven and that if you were to die today, you would go to heaven? If you do not have that assurance, you need it.

And you can have it. Well, what do I have to do? Well, you need to believe. Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved, the Bible says. But at the same time, the price for this has been paid for Christ on the cross. So you need to admit you're a sinner that needs a Savior.

See, as long as I don't think I need a Savior, I'm not gonna do anything. I've heard more than one story of people that had everything one would want in life, all the toys, all the power, all the money. And they would say, I don't need God. And then their life came to a close. And there in that hospital room or sometimes even on their deathbed or in hospice care, they suddenly realized, I needed God. And they made that commitment to Christ. And you know what, thank God that they did and thank God that God forgave them. How easily the Lord could have said, you know what, sorry, you waited too long, forget you. Ah, but he's so gracious.

He'll forgive any man or any woman that calls upon his name. But why would you wait that long and waste your whole life? And even more, nobody has the guarantee that they will have the luxury of what we might call a deathbed. And by luxury, I mean not everyone will know when death is coming. They'll just be going about their life, plans for the evening, what are they gonna do tomorrow, where are they gonna go on vacation, all those things that we think about, and all of a sudden, boom, life just ends. It could be an accident, it could be something else, it just ends. And now you're boom in the afterlife. And there's no chances in the afterlife. Thousands of choices in this life, none afterwards. The Bible says it's appointed unto a man once to die, and then comes the judgment.

That's why you wanna have this figured out now. And it can be. You can leave here knowing you're saved with Christ in your heart. And if you don't know that, I'm gonna give you an opportunity to believe in him right now as we close in prayer.

Okay? Let's pray. Father, speak to the heart of every person listening to this message wherever they are.

If they don't know you, help them to see how much they need you. Help them to come to you now and believe we pray. Now while our heads are bowed and our eyes are closed and we're praying together, is there someone here that would say, man, I need Jesus. I don't know if I'm saved. I don't know if I'll go to heaven one day, but I wanna know.

I wanna be sure. I want my sin forgiven. I want that fresh start in life you've been talking about. I'm ready to say yes to Jesus Christ. Listen, if you want your sin forgiven, if you wanna go to heaven when you die, if you want Christ to come into your life, wherever you are, I want you to lift your hand up and I wanna pray for you. I want you to raise your hand up and you're saying I need Jesus. Pray for me right now. Wherever you are, raise your hand up. I pray for you today.

You may never have another opportunity like this again. God bless you and God bless you and you. Anybody else?

Raise your hand up where I can see it, please. Let me pray for you. God bless you. Anybody else? Let me pray for you today.

You won't regret making this decision. God bless each one of you. Yes, God bless you and you and you. Now I want all of you that have raised your hand to pray this simple prayer after me. Just pray this. You can pray it out loud or quietly if you want, but pray this. Lord Jesus, I know I'm a sinner, but I know you're the savior who died on the cross for my sin. I pray now that you will become my salvation.

I'm sorry for my sin and I turn from it and I choose to follow you from this moment forward. Thank you for hearing this prayer. Thank you for answering this prayer. In Jesus' name I pray, amen. God bless each one of you. Hey everybody, thanks for listening to this podcast. To learn more about Harvest Ministries, follow this show and consider supporting it. Just go to harvest.org. And to find out how to know God personally, go to harvest.org and click on Know God.
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