MORNINGTIME 3536by Benjamin Munsell on July 17, 2020
Jesus saith unto him, I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, BUT BY ME. John 14:6. Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, AND FEW THERE BE THAT FIND IT. Matthew 7:13-14. THE HEART IS DECEITFUL above all things, and desperately wicked: WHO CAN KNOW IT? Jeremiah 17:9. (Carefully read the Concept here). As an illustration, before Salvation ALL men's hearts are wicked, but the Depth of that Wickedness is not necessarily known by that man. I'll explain. Some men hear the Gospel, and under Conviction quickly understand that they are wicked sinners, and RUN to Christ for Salvation. They KNOW the Wretchedness of man and want out. But some are simply told by a trusted friend or parent, "You need Christ, repeat this prayer after me". They do, they're told, "You're now a Christian, read the Bible and ask the Lord for understanding". Out of blind Faith they do, and over the years slowly Grow in the Understanding of their old life wretchedness, Love, Mercy and Grace, and Grow in CHRISTLIKENESS. I was such a person. My dad got Saved when I was 13 years old and soon after told me that I needed to "get saved". I figured if it was good for him, it was good for me. So, I "said the prayer", and that was the start of my Walk With Christ, with very little understanding at all. Again, my understanding of sin, wretchedness, Mercy and Grace SLOWLY Grew over the years until finally, at one point, "it caught", I understood, AND RAN TO CHRIST to Praise, Honour and Worship Him for His Work on Calvary. I've never looked back. For years I've wondered when I actually "got Saved", and it wasn't until this morning I realized, "I gave my Heart to Christ when I was 13 years old at a prayer meeting in New York city in 1965". THE LORD KNEW MY HEART THEN, and how I would today, Be Blessed.