Tex Waston wrote“In the world when something is broken, it is set aside. But in the Kingdom of God, He sets aside the unbroken thing. It is the precious, broken thing that He uses to confound the wise and show the world His glory through vessels of clay. Or H.A Ironside wrote, ”God is looking for broken men who have judged themselves in the light of the cross of Christ. When He wants anything done, He takes up men who have come to the end of themselves, whose confidence is not in themselves, but in God.”
John Newton wrote a hymn called Amazing Grace is well-known in declaring the gospel. One part hymn states, ”Twas grace that taught my heart to fear And grace my fears relieved; How precious did that grace appear. The hour I first believed.
Let examine the hour I first believed, first twas grace taught his heart to fear;How precious did that grace appear.The hour I first believed.
John Newton,he forgot the Saviour whom his mother had so often commended to him in childhood, and while he became, like one of old, a ‘blasphemer and injurious,’however, it was all leading to a day – in the midst of a tremendous storm at sea – when he was brought to say: ‘I stood in need of an Almighty Saviour, and such a one I found described in the New Testament. To say all-around bad guy would be an understatement, often he would use foul language around a Christian, or mock Jesus he took great pleasure in sneering the Christian.,
However, it was all leading to a day – in the midst of a tremendous storm at sea – when he was brought to say: ‘I stood in need of an Almighty Saviour,
After Newton ended his seafaring days he became tide-surveyor in Liverpool, a thriving slave port with a population of 22,000. It was here that Newton first heard the great evangelist, George Whitefield, With the message that forgiveness and redemption are possible regardless of sins committed and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God. At grace site these words written,”JOHN NEWTON. Clerk. Once an infidel and libertine a servant of slaves in Africa was by the rich mercy of our LORD and SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST. He understood that he failed God, yet understood yet also understood instant forgiveness. How precious did that grace appear.The hour I first believed.
For example, the Apostle Paul is known as Saul persecute the church attempted to destroy the church in the infant stage. While on the road to Damascus Saul was still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord. He went to the high priest and requested letters from him to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any men or women who belonged to the Way, he might bring them as prisoners to Jerusalem.
Suddenly a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him.
Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
“Who are You, Lord?” he said. “I am Jesus, the One you are persecuting,” He replied. “But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
The last voice he expected to hear was Jesus’s voice, remembering he was attempting to destroy the church.
But Jesus stated But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do. Most people would have lower Saul ears and would said how dare destroys my ministry and the people who were serving me. Yet Jesus stated, But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.
In Acts 26:17-18 I will rescue you from the people and from the Gentiles. I now send you to them to open their eyes so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that by faith in Me they may receive forgiveness of sins and a share among those who are sanctified. Saul understood he was forgiven for persecuting the church.
He later wrote,one who was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an arrogant man. But I received mercy because I acted out of ignorance in unbelief. This saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” —and I am the worst of them. But I received mercy for this reason, so that in me, the worst of them, Christ Jesus might demonstrate His extraordinary patience as an example to those who would believe in Him for eternal life.
Another example is a Samaritan woman who had five husbands, and man living with her was not her husband. She stated “I see that You are a prophet. Later on she state.The woman said to Jesus, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ ). “When He comes, He will explain everything. In John 4:26, Jesus stated, “I am He, “the One speaking to you.”
Then the woman left her water jar, went into town, and told the men, “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could this be the Messiah?” They left the town and made their way to Him.
Remember she came to draw water, and avoiding the town people on the account of her life style. She understood all her sins we’re forgiven. Later on chapter stated, ” Now many Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of what the woman said when she testified, “He told me everything I ever did.” And they told the woman, “We no longer believe because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves and know that this really is the Savior of the world.
Another example is found in Luke 7:37-50, And a woman in the town who was a sinner found out that Jesus was reclining at the table in the Pharisee’s house. She brought an alabaster jar of fragrant oil and stood behind Him at His feet, weeping, and began to wash His feet with her tears. She wiped His feet with the hair of her head, kissing them and anointing them with the fragrant oil. When the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he said to himself, “This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what kind of woman this is who is touching Him—she’s a sinner!”
Turning to the woman, He said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she, with her tears, has washed My feet and wiped them with her hair. 45 You gave Me no kiss, but she hasn’t stopped kissing My feet since I came in. 46 You didn’t anoint My head with olive oil, but she has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 47 Therefore I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven; that’s why[n] she loved much. But the one who is forgiven little, loves little.” Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” And He said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”
Prior Jesus stated these words, Jesus replied to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.” “Teacher,” he said, “say it.” 41 “A creditor had two debtors. One owed 500 denarii, and the other 50. 42 Since they could not pay it back, he graciously forgave them both. So, which of them will love him more?” Simon answered, “I suppose the one he forgave more.” “You have judged correctly,” He told him.
In Romans 5;20 The law came along to multiply the trespass. But where sin multiplied, grace multiplied even more. Furthermore, scriptures declares, All have sinnned, and fall short.
In Mark 5 ; 1-20, In the region of the Gerasenes an unclean spirit came out of the tombs and met Him. He lived in the tombs. No one was able to restrain him anymore—even with chains — because he often had been bound with shackles and chains, but had snapped off the chains and smashed the shackles. No one was strong enough to subdue him. And always, night and day, he was crying out among the tombs and in the mountains and cutting himself with stones.
When he saw Jesus from a distance, he ran and knelt down before Him. And he cried out with a loud voice, “What do You have to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You before God, don’t torment me!” 9 “What is your name?” He asked him. “My name is Legion,” he answered Him, “because we are many.Jesus casts the demons into the pigs.
They came to Jesus and saw the man who had been demon-possessed by the legion, sitting there, dressed and in his right mind.
As He was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed kept begging Him to be with Him. But He would not let him; instead, He told him, “Go back home to your own people, and report to them how much the Lord has done for you and how He has had mercy on you.” So he went out and began to proclaim in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him, and they were all amazed. Remember he had 6 to 8 thousands within him and, they torment him night and day. The next minute he dressed and in his right mind. All he would do declare that Jesus had mercy on him. Remember he was well known in this region.
Another example would be David Berkowitz known as Son of Sam While serving his time in prison the fear and anguished still haunted him, and lived in torment for ten years. Especially at nighttime when he was alone in his cell trying to sleep the demons would would still torment him.
However, David encountered a man named Rick, He told him that Jesus Christ loves him, and he wanted to forgive him, and had a plan and purpose in his life, and God sent me personally to this prison to tell you this.” Berkowitz shook his head, immediately dismissing. “There’s no way Jesus Christ could love me,” Berkowitz said. “I’ve done too much evil.” Rick insisted, “Jesus doesn’t hate you. He loves you”, however, David did accept the New Testament with the Psalms and Proverbs. Until he read Psalms 34;6 where it said, “ This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him from all his troubles.”
In 1987, David Berkowitz known as Son of Sam repented of sins, and became a Christian. According to his personal testimony, his moment of conversion occurred after reading Psalm 34: 6; “This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him And saved him out of all his troubles.” He said this prayer; I told Him that I was sick and tired of doing evil. I asked for Jesus to forgive me for all my sins.” In his own words he stated, “ I spent a good while on my knees praying to Him. When I got up it felt as if a very heavy burden an invisible chain that had been around me for so many years was suddenly broken. A peace flooded over him. He did not understand what was happening. But in his heart He just knew that my life, somehow, would be different. He slept li like a baby. Another favourite text is Romans 10:13. It says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Here, it is clear that God has no favourites. He rejects no one, but welcomes all who will call upon Him.
Jesus declares these words,Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. He also declared 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned.
Scripture declares, If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
How joyful is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered! How joyful is the man the Lord does not charge with sin and in whose spirit is no deceit!
Furthermore, it, As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve or repaid us according to our offenses. In short, none would enter heaven gates, all of us would perish
So when the individual repents, confesses theirs sins, and believe that Jesus redeemed them from the curse of sins. The hymns,and the scriptures, comes alive within that person. The burden of sin is lifted from the individual, and the world seems brighter and the future is more brighter.
Tex Waston wrote, When he accepted the Lord Jesus Christ into life. the heaviness he felt was gone, and a smile was on his face. The sorrow and restlessness were gone, and it was replaced with endless happiness and it was all for free. He spent all kinds of money on drugs and alcohol and in which brought him no joy. Yet, the free gift from God Jesus brought him endless delight.
The heart of the gospel is found in John 3:14-18 it states, 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 so that everyone who believes in Him will[i] have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.