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Today's Christian thought: Wednesday October 8th, 2003

How high a price for salvation?

Over the last two days, the thoughts have been quite long. I promise to make this one a little shorter. Two days ago I mentioned the financial cost to Noah in building the ark, today I would like you to think about the personal cost he paid.

And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

And Methuselah lived an hundred eighty and seven years, and begat Lamech: And Methuselah lived after he begat Lamech seven hundred eighty and two years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.

And Lamech lived an hundred eighty and two years, and begat a son: And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed. And Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years, and begat sons and daughters:

And all the days of Lamech were seven hundred seventy and seven years: and he died. And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth. (Genesis 5:21-32)

Now this is what I want you to pay attention to. Noah's father was Lamech. Lamech was 182 years old when he fathered Noah. After that Lamech lived another 595 years and had more sons and daughters. Now look at this: And Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters was upon the earth. (Genesis 7:6)

Noah was 595 years old when his father Lamech died, 5 years later God flooded the earth. When Noah was 600, we see in Genesis 7:16, that God shut the door to the ark, and the flood came. Noah had brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews outside, and they undoubtably cried out to him, "Help me brother, help me!" "Help me uncle, help me!" Noah paid a big and terrible price for his salvation, but, understand this, God is God, not just some guy down the street. He is God the Creator, the creator of all things. And if you are to be His, then you have to put Him first.

Whosoever therefore shall confess Me before men, him will I confess also before My Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny Me before men, him will I also deny before My Father which is in heaven.

Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword. For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after Me, is not worthy of Me. (Matthew 10:32-38)

Do you understand what I am telling you? Do you understand that your salvation comes at a high and not easy to digest price? Do you understand that you must put the God that created you ahead of everything to keep your salvation? Do you understand that if you don't, you are damned?

Lord, help Your sheep, help them Lord, help me Lord, for in today's America it is very hard to grasp the principal of being a salve and putting anyone ahead of ourselves and our families. Lord help us, help us before You shut the door. Amen.

The Lord be with and bless you all and may you all keep this very important point in mind. It is better to be a horse fly in the stables of the Lord Jesus than the CEO of hell.

Lord I would also ask You to be with my friend Mac, and for the salvation of Michael Savage and Rush Limbaugh. Amen.

All Scripture is quoted, in both sermons and daily thoughts, except when done by a guest, is from the ACP/authorized 1611 King James Version. The words in red are those quotes of God the Son, the Lord Jesus and the words in purple are those qoutes spoken directly by God the Father and the words in this sickly greenish color are of satan. But all of the Bible is spoken by God and should be viewed as God's handbook for us to run our lives by 2 Timothy 3:16.



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