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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

LOST


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Each and every year there are people lost either skiing or mountain climbing, about half of the time they will be found alive. Today hunters and hikers, when lost, are better discovered if they remain in the area where they are hunting. They are usually found in a few days.

Being lost is a frightful experience. I can’t remember very much around the tender age of about 3 or 4, but the one thing that stuck in my mind was being in what in those days was a large store and getting lost.

I had this habit of biting my mothers hand till she let me go and during my freedom I got separated from her. It wasn’t long before I was running the aisles screaming, “Bea, Bea” my mothers name. I thought my world had come to an end. I finally got my tears to stop when she found me, and my hand biting was over for that day.

Being spiritually lost is far worse than my being lost in the store experience. We are told stories about near death experiences where some go floating away on a cloud and others where they descended into Hades itself.

I can’t feel what they felt because I didn’t experience what they did.  But having been born again I did experience the transformation from spiritual death to spiritual life as described in the Bible and that reality convinced me that I was no longer lost but had been found.

People do not want to believe that there is a place called Hell or Hades where the unsaved go at death and there are as many denials of its existence as there are unbelievers. Neither do they want to believe there will be a final judgment.

As for myself I availed myself of the remedy provided by Christ to escape from that unhappy ending.

In Luke 16 the rich man finds himself in Hades waiting for the final judgment and; Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus that he might dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame.

There are two scriptures that stand out in relationship to the spiritual lost and the final judgment. Revelations 20:10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. Revelations 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

In today’s world people do not want to follow the rules, they want to set up their own standards for righteousness and tell GOD take it or leave it.

This conduct wasn’t acceptable in Genesis 6 and isn’t today. “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.”

Jesus Found Me
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His Grace is available for us also so that we will not need to be lost.

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This post is Linking with Jennifer at God Bumps and Incidences Wednesdays

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