The Hardened Lost Sinner & Conviction for the Believer
Romans 1:24-25; Psalms 23:3
3-12-21, Even those who are scorners hostile to almighty God can come to repentance. He is able to reach anyone — even blaspheming scoffers. Consider the apostle Paul’s conversion. Scripture does teach that the Lord eventually may give people over to their reprobate minds due to the hardness of their own hearts. Romans 1:28 There may come a point when He no longer draws them by revealing their need for a Savior.
The situation is different for faithful obedient repentant believers, though. When we, in our humanness occasionally sin, the Holy Spirit quickly convicts us so we repent intending not to do it again. Unlike the habitual unrepentant sinner who has no remorse or intention to quit it! They have become desensitized and cease hearing God's warning; they've been given over to their wickedness. Romans 1:28
That's the danger for those hardened people who continually blaspheme and scoff at God and His commands.
Those who are genuinely children of God, loves Him too much appreciating what He's done for us to want to deliberately disobey and scorn His commands. Though chastisement and conviction are never pleasant, the Lord knows our travelling down the wrong road results in much greater heartache. The Lord is a shepherd, using His staff and rod to lovingly bring us to green pastures.
On the Christian journey, there will be temptations to stray, falsely promising to satisfy longings. Stay closely connected to Jesus through His word and prayer. Be listening so you can immediately obey when He calls you to change course. In the long run, living God’s way brings the greatest joy. Pastor Charles Stanley here
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