Posts Tagged ‘Live by Faith’

These are the kinds of numbers I pay attention to — the ones that tug at my Spirit. Billy Graham, evangelist to the world, bringer of the gospel of the good news of salvation — an embodiment of the church age — chooses Jesus Christ as his personal savior at a revival meeting with Mordecai Ham exactly 80 years ago tomorrow — the day after Halloween – 1935. Just seems significant. On the very next day from that which is celebrated on 10/31 — a light is made to shine into the world. He responds in obedience and uses his gift of evangelism boldly — never wavering. His crusades have brought untold people into the kingdom of God. His family legacy continues with the evangelistic giftings — a legacy of faith and evangelism passed on by the Holy Spirit to his children including Anne, Franklin and grandson, Will. Mr. Graham has been given a very long life on this blue marble of planet earth — very close to 100 years.

As of today, he is still with us. The Holy Spirit which lives within him still burns brightly as a lamp to the unsaved world. He still intercedes in prayer between God and man — which always comforts me. I consider him to be as Noah’s ark. A doorway which only God can close in due time. Choose the free gift of a pardon from your sins by believing in God’s only son, Jesus Christ, while the door to the church age is still open.  Lay down stubborn pride that you can save yourself by good works…or arrogance in saying that the world will always be as it has been. The Bible gives a definite ending to this present age of grace which only the father knows. One minute after he withdraws his offer of free pardon and you realize your mistake, it will be too late. You will have chosen by default.

Ancient words from the prophet Habakkuk (2:4): “I, the Lord, REFUSE TO ACCEPT anyone who is PROUD. Only those who LIVE BY FAITH are acceptable to me.” God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow, so this key to our eternal destiny is so very important today in 2015. All the paths to God devised by mankind are considered as PRIDE to Him. God’s path through faith in his beloved son Jesus, the perfect Passover lamb, born as a sacrifice for sin — a substitute for the Old Testament’s practice of blood from an unblemished animal sacrifice being offered by the priests for the sins of God’s people. This year the ancient Jewish celebration of Passover coincides with Good Friday, the day God’s only son, the perfect sacrifice willingly gave his life — to be lifted up on a cross of wood as a perfect sacrifice.  While Jesus walked in the flesh amongst mankind, he asked the one most defining question one must face in their own lifetime. It can only be answered individually, not by a family or corporately: “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36) This same quote is recorded also by Jesus’ disciples Luke and Matthew…three times in the Bible = a truth so important it must not be missed.

The way is narrow — but chosen for us by our Creator — on His terms. Why not choose life this Easter season?