Then Jesus said to his disciples,
"If anyone would come after me, he must first deny himself and
take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life
will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.
( Matt. 16:24 )
The following are some of the many reasons people
give as to why they won't accept Jesus free gift
of salvation, and ask Him to be their Lord
and Savior, and what Gods Word has to
say in answer to the excuses.
1) I have to get better first
and quit sinning!
a) Two men went up to the temple to pray,
one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector.
The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself,
"God, I thank you that I am not like other men -
robbers, evildoers, adulterers, - or even men
like this tax collector.
I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get".
But the tax collector stood up at a distance.
He would not even look up to Heaven,
but beat his breast and said, "God,
have mercy on me a sinner."
"I tell you that this man, rather than the other,
went home justified before God. For everyone
who exalts himself will be humbled, and he
humbles himself will be exalted".
b) While Jesus was having dinner at
Matthews house, many tax collectors and
sinners came and ate with Him and His disciples.
When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His
disciples, " Why does your teacher eat with tax
collectors and sinners?"
On hearing this, Jesus said," It is not the
healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.
But go and learn what this means. I
desire mercy, and sacrifice. For I have not
come to call the righteous, but sinners."
Allow the Holy Spirit to begin changing you
from the inside out. When You have repented,
and asked Gods help, the Holy Spirit will begin
what's called regeneration in you.
He will help you overcome the weaknesses,
and sin in your life as you rely on Him!
2) I Can't Make Myself Forgive
a) "For if you forgive men when they sin
against you, your heavenly Father will also
forgive you. But if you do not forgive their
sins, your Father will not forgive your sins."
b) "And when you stand praying, if you
hold anything against anyone, forgive him,
so that your Father in Heaven may forgive
you your sins."
c) "Do not let any unwholesome talk come
out of your mouths but only what is helpful
for building others up according to their needs,
that it may benefit those who listen.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God,
with whom you were sealed for the day
of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage
and anger, brawling and slander, along
with every form of malice. Be kind and
compassionate to one another, forgiving
each other, just as Christ God forgave you.
d) If anyone says, " I love God," then hates
his brother, he is a liar, For anyone who does
not love his brother, whom he has seen,
cannot love God whom he has not seen. And
he has given us this command: Whoever
God must also love his brother.
1 John 4:19-21
You're right! If someone has hurt you deeply
enough, either from within, or outside of the
church, it's hard if not impossible to forgive
that person - On Your Own!
It is only when you continually draw closer
to God, that the love of God through the
working of the Holy Spirit in your life helps
you forgive that person.
The key to remember is that not being able
to forgive someone is a warning sign that
you NEED to draw closer to God!!
3) Christians are Too Inconsistent,
and Many are Hypocrites!!
a) You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or
why do you look down on your brother? For we
will all stand before God's judgment seat. It is
written: "As surely as I live, says the Lord,
every knee will bow before me; every tongue
will confess to God." So then, each of us will
give an account of himself to God.
Therefore, let us stop passing judgment on one
another. Instead, make up your mind not to put
any stumbling block, or obstacle in your brother's
way. Romans 14:10-13.
I have heard this excuse quite frequently lately. It
usually goes along the line, " I used to be a Christian
but the pastor of my church, wasn't there for me
once," or "I used to live for God, but there was
just too many hypocrites!" Come on now! Let's
get real! Jesus Christ is our example!
Those who have been saved from, and forgiven
of their sins, were bought with the precious blood
of Jesus. What a mockery people make of the
redeeming blood of Jesus, when they walk away
from a personal relationship with Jesus, because
of another persons faults, or sins.
It is better to spend a little while living for God
in the middle of some professing Christians who
appear to be hypocrites to you, than to spend an
eternity in Hell with all those who are
4) I am too big of a sinner!!
God Could Never Forgive
What I've Done!!
a) But because Jesus lives forever, He is has
a permanent priesthood. Therefore, He is able to
save completely those who come to God through
Him, because He always lives to intercede for them.
Such a high priest meets our need - one who is holy,
blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted
above the heavens.
b) You see, at just the right time, when we were
still powerless, Christ died for the UNGODLY. Very
rarely will anyone die for a righteousness man,
though for a good man someone might possibly
dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love
for us in this: while we were still sinners,
Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8
The fact that you are acknowledging that you
are a sinner is evidence that the Holy Spirit
has brought you under conviction.
Christ is able to save You, not because of who
you are, or because of what you've done or
haven't done - but because of who He is, and
because of what He's done!!
5) If You Have Never Accepted
Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior
You Can Do So Right Now,
Right Where You Are!
Savior means that Jesus is able and willing to forgive
all those who cry out and ask forgiveness for their
sins, and repent, or turn away from sin with
the help of the Holy Spirit!
To ask Jesus to be the Lord of your life means to ask
Him to be the Supreme authority in your life, and to
guide and lead you, to teach you His ways, and to
have fellowship and a personal relationship
If you feel a "tug" if you will, at your heart, mind and
spirit, that's the promptings of the Holy Spirit calling
you. You see the Bible teaches that we don't just
decide to follow Jesus. "He" calls us - and we either
accept and respond to that calling, or we harden
our hearts and turn away!!
To turn away from God's calling is Very dangerous
spiritually and could determine your entire eternity
as the Bible says that if a person continues to turn
their back on God, their heart can harden to the point
they will no longer hear Him calling!
Isaiah 55:6, says " Seek the Lord while He may be
found; call on Him while He is near." 2 Cor 6:2 For
He says, "In the time of my favor I heard you, and
in the day of salvation I helped you." I tell you,
now is the time of God's favor, now is the
day of salvation.
6) If you accept Gods free gift of
salvation while He is calling you,
please pray the following,
if you mean it with all your heart.
Dear Jesus. I believe you are the Son of God
who came to earth, humbled yourself and lived a
perfect life, was crucified, died, and rose again
on the third day as the only perfect sacrifice for
all my sins. I ask you in faith believing to forgive me
of my sins. I repent, of my sins and ask you to be
my Lord and Savior!! Teach me to live a life that is
pleasing to You and brings you glory and honor.
I ask it in the Precious name Of Jesus!
If you just prayed this prayer from your heart,
then please let someone know as we are
taught in the bible to profess our salvation.
I would greatly appreciate it if you'd drop
me a line at
and let me know if you have accepted Jesus
into your heart, or if He is calling but you are still
holding back for some reason.
If you need a Bible, or help finding a good church
in your area, please let me know and we'll
be glad to help all we can!
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front page or our personal address for your
comments, praise report, needs or
questions to me.
Bye 4 Now!
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