Are You Persuaded?

Are You Persuaded? by Kirk Hunt

Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’

Luke 16:29-31 NKJV
Please also read Luke 16:19-31

The parable of The Rich Man and Lazarus has always haunted me. Simply put, Jesus is telling us that there are limits to grace and mercy. Those who are not persuaded will be prosecuted. It takes an overt act of mercy or grace when our holy and just God withholds justice and judgment.

Mercy is not receiving the punishment or penalties you earned. Grace is receiving gifts and benefits you do not merit. Mercy and grace suspend, or refuse, justice and judgment.

At Psalm 103:8-10, King David explained simply: God will not restrain His anger indefinitely. You can listen voluntarily now or be compelled before His judgment throne. Do the math.

Being teachable does not make a man or woman weak or gullible. We listen to wisdom, and compare it with scripture, think carefully, and pray thoroughly. Then we make a decision.

You have been exposed to Scripture and Godly teachers. Are you persuaded? When judgment and prosecution come, it will then be too late.

Think: God speaks through scripture and teachers. Are you listening?

Pray: “Lord, guide me to Your truth and make me teachable.”

Copyright © August 2021, Kirk Hunt

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Better Marks For Peter

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Better Marks For Peter By Kirk Hunt

 

And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Matthew 16:18 NKJV

 

Simon, son of Jonah, gets a lot of press among Christians.  Most of that press is bad.  Worse, some of it has come from me.  Peter deserves better marks than he generally gets.

 

Make no mistake.  Simon, called Peter by Christ, was a man of unique strength and capability.  Jesus had good reasons to select him to lead the Church after His ascension.  The reasons are not too hard to figure out.

 

When Peter did not understand, he asked.  That marks Peter as discerning and teachable.

 

When they came to arrest Jesus, Scripture records only Peter attempted a defense.  That marks him as courageous, loyal and willing to swing a sword.

 

When Peter declared Jesus as Messiah, Jesus commended Peter for being spoken to by God.  That marks Peter as pursuing a deeper relationship with God.

 

Peter earned high marks for being a man of character who pursued a personal relationship with God.  We laugh at his imperfections, but we should admire his strengths.  We should also follow his example in our pursuit of God.

 

Let them laugh, if they must.  You can pursue God and become the man or woman you see in your dreams.  Chase after high marks in Jesus, and they will come.

 

Think:            What marks do I get as a follower of Jesus Christ?

Pray:              “Lord, help me to seek high marks from You.”

 

 

Copyright © February 2014, Kirk Hunt

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