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March 25, 2022 8:00 am
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Greetings friends and new listeners.
Thank you for to the Archie Hardy ministries program because we know that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God Sharon Knotts and am excited to tell you that today's message is exactly the tools you need to be an effectual witness of the gospel to unbelievers, sinners, and backsliders. The Holy Spirit downloaded this message into my spirit fast and furiously over a two day. And I believe it holds great truths to how we can reach the unsaved. Even the most skeptical. It's entitled eight reasons.
Some are not saved. Hallelujah. How many love to get into the word of God. I want to need you to probably lick your index finger in your thumb because you're going to be doing a lot of page turning. Amen. Because I have a lot of scriptures to give you and some I will just quote the same time, but there are some I just feel that it gets in your spirit, more if you can read it. I know know that's how works with me and maybe it works that way with a lot of you but actually I had another message planned for this week and work on it all week and Friday night when I went out church, the Lord just turned me around and not been fast and furiously trying to put together. So if I hesitate here and there is because I can't read my own notes that had time to really make a nice and pretty, but I believe it's what the Lord wants today. In today's message I'm going to entitle eight reasons why some are not saved.
There may be a lot more. I don't claim to have an exhaustive study, but these are eight reasons I have seen by the Holy Spirit, tell eight reasons why some are not saying let me tell you the Bible says that this is the easiest time there ever could be. To be saved. The Bible says in the last days, saith the Lord. I'll pour out my spirit upon all flesh, and that whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord. That's how easy it is to be a even though we live in the most wicked time of all the Bible says in the last days perilous times would come.
There would be so much evil and wickedness and he would go from wickedness to wickedness, because that's what Houston does.
It just gets worse with every generation. And Jesus said it would be in a way to get her purse adulterous generation you think that that is a good description of our day and yet there is a wonderful powerful verse in Romans 520. The where sin does abound the grace of God does much more abound that tells us that no matter how wicked and evil and how great is God's grace is greater yet and it is still easier to be saved. Today, many could ever be. In spite of the fact that we had so much sin and depravity around us. Amen. Because of the grace of God. Now turn with me in Romans the 10th chapter and will look at these verses together and actually he's quoting from the Old Testament and from the book of Joel and Paul, now is working this and expounding upon it in Romans 10 and let's look at verse 13 for whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved can't get any easier than that when you call on Jesus and you call him Lord, you are saying, I am submitting myself to you. I'm opening up my heart and my life for you to come in and there is no other name that is given under heaven whereby men must be a but the name of Jesus. That's acts 412 so whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Now he goes with the reason that's the fact you can't change that goddess had just call on Jesus and you will be staying, but also they call on him in whom they have not believed and how shall they believe in him whom they have not heard and how shall they hear without a preacher and how shall he preach, except he be sent or they be sent as is more than one as it is written, how beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace and bring glad tidings of good. So we find that anyone that calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. But of course they can't call on somebody that they don't believe in because earlier in the same chapter. You can read it later. You have to believe in your heart and confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord, the God raised him from the dead. But how can you believe on him.
Amen. You have to believe in order to call but how can you believe on him, except you have heard of him and how can you hear of him except somebody preach to you and how can anybody print except they be sent. Now I gotta tell you, it's nearly impossible to live in the United States of America and not hear about Jesus. In fact, in the dark, so-called continent of Africa today. They had so much room Bible that there now call it the continent of light.
There is so much gospel going forward like it's never going before and in the technological age that we live in that people can hear the gospel and the Internet.
I heard some the other day that I had to laugh about it. It was so cute and that is up in Siberia where people actually live in ice Anglos and they are totally secluded from all of civilization. They now had name centers where the people get on reindeer and they travel for 300 miles. The company centers where they had satellite TV and they can call now and on that satellite TV made by Christians nations like TBN and they can hear the gospel. I don't care where you are, shall be praised in the priest to the ends of the world shall come.
So if you're not ready.
You better start getting nervous when they start hear the gospel in Siberia and they got to get there by reindeer time of the Lord, because Jesus when he left this dark. He said go and teach all nations, black and white, there are precious in my sight. I don't care about the people inside. At the North Pole. He said go and teach all nations and baptize them and teach them what sort of things I have commanded you in my word that's Matthew 28, 18, and then he said in Mark 1617, go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. Amen. So somebody's got to go, you cannot spell the word gospel without GL got out the gospel be so someone's gotta preach, they can hear that they can believe that they can call on the name of Jesus.
But in spite of that, let's look at verse 16, but they have not all obeyed the gospel.
For Isaiah said, Lord, who hath believed our report. Now think about this, in spite of the guarantee that we had just read it guaranteed if somebody knows and somebody preaches somebody will hear some Marine, and they shall be saved. There's nothing the devil can do about but yet they have not openly so now all of a sudden were all excited were ready to go when were ready to preacher were ready to tell him yet. Sometimes they look at us and they rechecked us they have not all believe the gospel. What is wrong here. They have not all obeyed the call on the name of the Lord the answer. Paul said, you don't return there in Romans 11 said he said there were some believed but they did not all believe because only a remnant believed out of Israel and the rest were blinded. The rest were blinded. Amen.
And I'm telling you that today the reason why many people are not say it's the same calls is because they are spiritually blinded when a person is spiritually blind and you can preach the best gospel message you have ever preached in your life and it will have no effect on them.
Let's turn to second Corinthians 4, and three but if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost, in whom the god of this world who the God of this world, Satan has blinded the minds of them which believe not, less the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. So the failure of some to believe the gospel and be saved is because my blinder people I met with the spirit of error that they cannot receive the spirit of truth turned to first John, that's good be all way back there your Revelation 1st John IV chapter and let's look at the first four verses, beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits plural, whether they are of God, because many false prophets or false spirits, people prophesying under a false spirit or going out into the world, but hereby know ye the Spirit of God. Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God in every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God, and that is that spirit of antichrist and we see that everywhere.
People don't believe that Jesus is the son of God, whereof ye have heard that it should come and tell you it's already now in the world that he's not talk about the antichrist. A. He's talking about the spirit that anti-Christian, anti-God anti-Jesus helmet ever met that spirit he said Johnson it's already in the world your God, little children, and you've overcome them.
That spirit of antichrist, anti-Jesus, you don't let that upset you because why you know that you are God in greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.
But here's the problem they are of the world.
Therefore they speak of the world and the world hears them.
But we are of God, and he that know is God hears us, he that is not a God doesn't hear us and hereby we know the spirit of truth in the spirit of error. So, in many cases they cannot hear us where preaching the gospel, they can hear us because they are blinded by Satan with the spirit of error. Now Paul who wrote the second Corinthians about how the sacred blind their minds understood spiritual blindness because before he was converted he was an activist against Christianity Christian so much. He spent his life on a campaign to round them up anywhere you find them, even going round them up and drag them before the leaders to be condemned to be starting to be killed when they were being killed. I raise my voice against the guilty dongle. One time he stood by and held everybody else so they could still even the death and Stephen spatial like an angel and he said I see the heavens open Jesus Christ standing on the right hand of the father, ready to receive my spirit.
Here I go and pause there and saw the Bible says that Siemens is shown like an angel there saw that her and it did make a big difference.
He went went on looking for Christians to kill his blind he was blind and when he rounded up all the ones he could find Jerusalem. He said I'm going to go to Damascus.
It was a big city in Syria so he doesn't ask us so we can find the Christians there drag them back to Jerusalem to get them killed to but on His Way, God knocked them off and junking his horse.
Whatever he was riding knocked him down. He saw a bright light was so bright it blinded him. I'm talking about. Literally he could not see God blind and naturally in his eyes so that he could understand how blind he was spiritually, and for three days he went around like a blind man and when he got down he heard a voice from heaven say, why are you giving me not persecuting the Saints. Why are you persecuting the Christians why me why you said I am Jesus whom you're persecuting because when you persecute one of God's little one you persecuting so don't be upset when the world persecute you.now they're taking on Jesus and the Holy Ghost, and he'll be ever fight your battle.
Amen. So he was blind for three days until the God sent someone to pray for him and opened his eyes up and so we could literally see again and then all my God, he was converted and what I love about Paul, the same seal that he had to go around and socket in the present socket into the Devon. He didn't waste any time he got busy and I want you to see what he said in first Timothy, you don't have to turn there. He says I was a blasphemer. I was a persecutor I was injurious to be the injured people I've hurt then delete but he said I did it ignorantly in unbelief. Isn't that beautiful and he was when he said that it's because what he thought about it, he was amazed at the fact that the Lord had put them in the ministry and enable him to be able to preach the gospel.
After all that he had done to the Saints of God, but he said the Lord have mercy update on me not only forgiven me by putting me in the ministry appraisement possible because he knows what I did it in ignorance. I was blind. He said in Galatians 113 you heard about my conduct of my time passed before I got say he said beyond measure. I persecuted the church of God elicited this, he said, and I wasted it restocked.
That was a term it just recently came into being, you know, when you waste somebody we think about you know you shoot them and killing but it says the Paul wasted the church. Amen. He said that he was so be admitted in his hatred against men. Not only this is really show you how much the devil hates the gospel and hates your testimony, he not only wanted to kill and he wanted to try to force them to blaspheme not been read to you, don't go there. Acts 26 nine through 11.
He says I thought with myself that I want to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth, which thing I also did in Jerusalem, and many of the same and I shut up in prison having received authority from the chief priest and when they were put I gave my voice against them, and I punish them often in every synagogue and I can help them to blaspheme and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted then even on the strange me. He went way out far from Jerusalem. He was bent on killing the Christians and every time he looked back at it. It had put a pain it is hard to think when you but that all of the more he was so grateful that God would forgive him for had forgiven him and put him in the ministry so I want you to see the Paul understood blindness.
He understood that and we've got understatement were dealing with people that they are blind, they were blind, we can all get attitude and get all bent out of shape because they didn't get saved we gave them the best presentation we could've possibly given that and wash her hands and sell they can just go be with the devil.
Now there blind. We pray the blind is also the light now I'm going to give you anything that there blind to or why there blind. Okay, first of all, they are blind by self righteousness. I'm okay you're okay were all okay all good people, good person. I many know that if you were to go walking down the streets around the city and you said on conducting the survey.
Do you think you're going to go to heaven, while absolutely why do you think you're going to go to heaven because I'm a good person. I don't anybody I try to be good. I give to the Salvation Army every Christmas and they'll start telling you all the good things that they do and they think their goodness is good enough to get up in the habit, but there's a huge problem with that because in order for you to say something is good. You have to have a standard okay what's the standard of good okay you know when when the Consumer Reports were ordered United laboratories before they put their seal of approval on something they think they tested all lab no stake in the UK. This was this one was good but this one was better and this one was best. There's gotta be a standard wellness one.
Whatever it might've been you know what if it could be off.
It's got air conditioner. It put out so much cold air, but this will put out more cold here but this would put out a lot more cold air and this would only use as much electricity etc. etc. they have there has to be a standard or you cannot say put a label on what when people go around saying they're going by your standard well my standards from your standard using you say that's good but I think this is good, but no she says this is good, while the other person thinks this is good social standard regarding youth, we can have a thousand different standards for God.
We got I'm not going to let you decide for me what's good because I may not agree with your good and vice versa. There has to be a standard of God is only one. The only standard blind and I think they're going to get standard but only one part one and despise the right one righteousness in order to be God see some people are blind because they think and baby are good compared to so and so compared to that guy on the say compared to her and Angel but are you going compared to the standard that God has put in his word and we can simplify it really easy and come down the 10 Commandments. Amen we can simplify, because that's just the broad broad guides and then there's a lot of things come under that. So you see the definition above a good person is not going to get you in the habit self righteousness. He Paul triangle that went before I was converting that you want to go by the law. I was a Hebrew of Hebrews, I kept the law. I ate a kosher diet. I went to church, synagogue every Sabbath and II did all of these things and I want you to know that if you want to go by the law of the of righteousness. I was a very righteous person. He said I defended the faith. I blindly but with everything within me, I defended the faith of what I believed. Amen. So Paul understood that what about the Jews. We just read that in general, the Jews did not receive only a remnant did why why was that so it tells us, and you don't have to go to but if you're taking notes. Romans 931 32 but Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, not a change in the law of righteousness. Why because they sought it not by faith but as it were by the works of the law. They tried to go by their good works going every Sabbath to the synagogue.
Keep in the dietary laws being circumcising all the male children.
All of these you know and when you really it was 613 laws that they banded that they had to keep and he said they were trying to do it that way but that is not going to get you in. Let's look at a really good example. I love the story. Mark the 10th chapter, you can turn with me there because we need to look at this work when hearing the voice and the words of this young man were going to hear a lot of people that you meet in your life when your job in your home wherever your clinic here there voice through his words. Mark 1017 and when he that would be. Jesus was going forth into the way there came one running and yield to him and asked him, good master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life. He started off calling Jesus good.
And Jesus said why call us down the good. There is none good but one, that is God you take one second to say Jesus was not denying that he was good he wasn't refusing the complement he was saying there's only one good and that God so if you think I'm good. You are just now confessing that on God. I'm sure there were a lot of people standing around that heard that when said he was God. Yes, he'd never that's what he only said amen. It's exactly what he said so what if he if he didn't mean it that he was a liar or lunatic, or he really was God. You gotta decide okay so let's go thou knowest the commandments, Jesus speaking, do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, or do not lie, defraud, not steal. Honor thy father and mother, and he answered and said unto him, the young man said master all My I have a good guy. I got all these from a little boy and I love this next verse.
Then Jesus beholding him loved him. I want you to know that Jesus love every I want you to know there's not one sinner whether he would like this diary the very and the pigsty Jesus long ago never forget that when you're talking to a sinner. Remember, Jesus died for them. If you see someone Jesus died for, it will greatly the way you treat them amen a then surely the Holy Spirit has birthed this word into our hearts so we can be able and effectual witnesses of the New Testament. I believe you can discern the spirit of conviction that was upon the delivery. As these truths penetrated the hearts of the hearers, shedding light and dark places and peeling away calluses of resistance to the truth. It also serves to them, like nonsense, how to deal with hard cases when sharing the gospel. Paul said that Satan is the mind blinder and he uses these eight strategies to keep people from getting saved, good person number two not ready to give up their sins.
Number three no fear of God number four no fear of hell. Number five, I've got plenty of time. Number six, the fear of man number seven there are too many hypocrites. Number eight. I just can't live the Christian life. Each of these points is scripturally supported and there's enough ammunition in this teaching to prepare you to be a powerful so later so be sure to add this message to your spiritual library for love gift of $10 or more for the radio ministry request offer. SK 151 that's SK as a chair and not 151. Our mailing address is RG Hardy ministries PO Box 1744, Baltimore, MD 21203 or if you prefer order email@example.com that's RG Hardy.RG again to receive eight recent some are not safe on CD offer SK 151 send your love gift of $10 or more to PO Box 1744, Baltimore, MD 21203.
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