Set Free!

Set Free!

If you’ve spent much time outside in the yard lately you have realized that this must be the year of the cricket. They seem to be everywhere.  I have a watering can that I keep just off my porch area that I use to water my plants.  There was a good amount of water left in the can and I noticed a cricket on top of the water struggling to stay afloat.  So I grabbed a leaf and tried to coax the cricket onto the leaf to lift it out of the can and it kept jumping off back into the water.  This happened over and over again until I was finally able to move fast enough to get him on to dry ground. I think it had become worn out and could no longer resist my attempts at salvation. But I was determined to set this little guy free.  People are sometimes no different.  You may know and have even been praying for loved ones who have resisted God’s offer of salvation for years and years.  They have been dodging God every chance they get not realizing that, if they stay where they are, the outcome will not be good.  But God is a persistent One, and He will never stop pursuing those who are floundering. He will keep pursuing and it may even come to the point where that one is just too worn out to resist any longer and then BAM…they’re saved and set free!  Aren’t you glad we serve a God who will never give up on us?!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! 8 If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there.  Psalm 139:7-8 (NLT)

6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever.  Psalm 23:6 (NLT)

3 So Jesus told them this story: 4 “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders. 6 When he arrives, he will call together his friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.’ 7 In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away! Luke 15:3-7 (NLT) 9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 (NKJV)

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For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Luke 19:10 (NLT)