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Convinced Again

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As Christians, we face forces designed to erode what we believe. Many of our worship services are a ‘convinced again’ experience. Other personal experiences convince us again of the realities of the unchanging truth. Recently another ‘convinced again’ experience was going along with a three-day evangelism effort in New York City. I believe the youth would testify the same.
We were convinced again how man can build impressive buildings, bridges, and subways but fail to find answers for himself. The new One World Tower and nearby subway station are remarkable accomplishments. But as one looks into the faces of the masses, many are sadly failing to find answers for their personal needs. We saw impressive achievements above and below ground in the city but people that look so unhappy.
We were convinced again of the conflict between the two kingdoms. It was obvious some loved the gospel singing, and others despised it. Jesus warned that those who chose to follow Him would face rejection and persecution. In street evangelism, we meet those who seem to have wholly given themselves to the other kingdom. Yet we believe in the penetrating power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
We were convinced again sin brings bondage. Oh, the sad, sad faces! Years of sin and selfish living shows on the face. Multitudes of stone-faced people. (Having a cold and emotionless facial expression.)
The Bible says the way of a transgressor is hard. Following the flesh brings heartache, guilt, coldness, and hardness. A man pulled up his sleeve and showed me his bruises from the heroine needle. He shared how he relapsed and has just gone for help. Yet, in despair, he said the medication they give also becomes an addiction. Many of us are not in his dilemma, but we all face temptations to sin. Are we convinced that sin only disappoints?
We were convinced again, Jesus Christ is the only answer to man’s dilemma. Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature. Old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new. The answers and changes available through Christ far outweigh the impressiveness of Manhattan. Until men and women are reconciled to their Creator God, peace and joy are evasive.
We were convinced again there is a remnant that’s listening to the Holy Spirit’s voice. We met individuals that were converted from other religions. A man testified how he expected Christians when he came to America, but he discovered many are atheists. It is encouraging to meet individuals that have overcome their disadvantages and have placed faith in Christ.
We were convinced again; our separation from the world does not hinder our witness. While our intention was not to stand out, that is precisely what happens when we obey the Scriptural teachings amid an ungodly society. Modest, simple, and non-conformed clothing and appearance reminds people of the other kingdom that has a totally different emphasis. Our young sisters not wearing jewelry and makeup but instead wearing a headship covering is a significant witness for Godliness. I overhear one passerby tell another, “They are Jesus people.” If they see the joy of the Lord in our faces instead of feeling sorry for us, they may want to join us! Praise the Lord if that happens.
We were convinced there’s an urgency to be a faithful ambassador. Multitudes are in a hurry and heading somewhere. He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.
At the end of their earthly walk, will they be where they want to be? Only if they had the Son. There is no other way to avoid eternal punishment! We should ponder hell more and the fact that it’s a place of torment forever. The Bible uses various descriptions of hell. A few are a furnace of fire, where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched, everlasting fire. It’s incomprehensible that after a million years, the torment of the flame and the hopelessness will continue. May the “lostness of the lost” grip hearts and move us to be a faithful ambassador Christ day by day.
As a Christian, we should have a deep appreciation for what Christ has done for the salvation of our soul. The Bible says, for the love of Christ constraineth us and knowing, therefore, the terror of the Lord we persuade men. King Agrippa experienced Paul’s persuasive efforts. Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. May we be convinced again that persuading individuals into faith and obedience to Christ is our calling. Many times we feel inadequate and scared of this serious responsibility. Therefore, we don’t say a word for the Lord as we should. May we take courage! As we depend on God, the Holy Spirit will lead us. The Holy Spirit loves to connect the willing worker with the needy sinner. May each of us take opportunities in daily life to shine for Jesus and not wait until some special evangelism effort, because Jesus is coming back soon!