Soon find Christ.

“When men earnestly seek the Lord and are in earnest about their salvation, they will soon find Christ. You do not need to go up to the heights to bring Him down, or down to the depths to bring Him up, or go off to some distant city to find Him. This day He is near to every one of us.” D. L. Moody 

Romans 2:12For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law

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A lowly donkey.

How incredible to think that the Lord had need of a little donkey. But He did. He chose to be carried into Jerusalem on a lowly donkey. God has also chosen lowly creatures like us to carry the Savior to this sinful world. How incredible.

Luke 19:31And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it.’ ”

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“What if someone doesn’t think lust is a violation of the Ten Commandments?”

If a man commits rape and doesn’t consider it a violation of the law, it doesn’t change the fact that it is. Here is proof that lust is a violation of the Ten Commandments: “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery’ [Seventh Commandment]. But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart” (Matt. 5:27,28). So there you have it from the highest authority on earth—the Word of the Living God. If you have the word of a king or a president, you have it on great authority. But this comes from the authority of the Word of God Himself. So, make sure that you quote the verse and don’t just refer to it. Jesus quoted the Scriptures word for word when He was tempted by the devil. God’s Word doesn’t return void. It is quick and powerful and cuts through to the marrow of a sinner’s bones, so quote it when you share the gospel.

Another way to strengthen the lust argument is to reason about it. Tell the sinner that lust is “pornography of the mind.” Ask if he consider child pornography to be okay. The odds are he will say it is morally wrong. That is his moral standard. God’s standard is higher than his, and He says that lusting after anyone other than your spouse is morally wrong.

Also, never forget that you have the sinner’s conscience on your side. It bears witness with the Law (see Rom. 2:15), and of course you have the help of God Himself, who promises that the Holy Spirit will convict of sin. So plant the seed and trust that God will faithfully cause it to grow.

Proverbs 6:25 Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, Nor let her allure you with her eyelids.

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The hope I have is not nebulous; it is concrete.

Some people have the idea that Christians will spend eternity sitting on clouds playing rusty harps. If that’s all I hoped for, I wouldn’t be a Christian. The hope I have is not nebulous; it is concrete. It is an “anchor of the soul,” and is both sure and steadfast. Here is my hope. Consider the beauty of this massive earth. Think of a majestic snowcapped mountain, a clear babbling brook, or a beautiful beach with clean white sand and turquoise waters filled with an amazing array of brightly colored fish. The pristine waters reflect a clear blue sky, and the beach is surrounded with tall, lush palm trees. Think of magnificent California redwoods or of the incredible assortment of tasty fruit trees, or the breathtaking beauty of a sunset, or the magnificence of the Grand Canyon or Niagara Falls. Got it in mind?

Now consider this. All who repent and trust in Jesus Christ, whether Jew or Gentile, black or white, male or female, rich or poor, will “inherit the earth.” God has given it to us, and it will be ours for eternity. God’s spiritual Kingdom came to this earth on the day of Pentecost, and the time will come when the literal Kingdom will come to this earth. God will replace this cursed and fallen creation with a new heavens and a new earth, and God’s will, will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We not only escape hell, but, by God’s grace, we get heaven on earth. What an unspeakably incredible future we have! We are going to see God and fellowship with Him forever, in a “world without end,” where we will have “pleasures forevermore.” If you are not saved, please think about your sins, and then think about the Savior. Think about what He did for you on the cross, because if you die in your sins, you will not only miss out on the pleasures of heaven on earth, but you will have to endure an everlasting hell, and that would be an unspeakable tragedy.

Psalm 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.

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The other 9 commandments.

“The First Commandment, ‘Thou shalt have no other gods before Me’: My friend, are you ready to be weighed against this Commandment? Have you fulfilled, or are you willing to fulfill all the requirements of this Law? Put it into one of the scales, and step into the other. Is your heart set upon God alone? Have you no other God? Do you love Him above father or mother, the wife of your bosom, your children, home or land, wealth or pleasure? If men were true to this commandment, obedience to the remaining nine would follow naturally. It is because they are unsound in this that they break the others.” D. L. Moody 

Deuteronomy 30:10if you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which are written in this Book of the Law, and if you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.

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The fire must consume the leaf.

If you were to place a dried-out leaf into the presence of fire, you would notice that the fire would not hesitate to consume the leaf in a matter of seconds. The fire must consume the leaf because of its very nature. Even if the fire didn’t want to dispose of the leaf, it wouldn’t matter; it still must consume it because their natures are diametrically opposed to one other.

Our God is a consuming fire. By His very nature, God must consume anything and everything that opposes His nature. We must put on the Lord Jesus Christ, or we will be consumed by the ever-pure, burning holiness of the King of kings. In a fire, the only safe place is where it has already burned. On Judgment Day, the only place of safety is where God’s wrath has already been—Christ.

Deuteronomy 4:24For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

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Their sins hang upon them.

“That’s the trouble with the sinners…they’ve turned against God, broken His Commandments, trampled His Law under their feet, and their sins hang upon them; until they show signs of repentance their sin will remain. But the moment they see their iniquity and come to God, forgiveness will be given them and their iniquity will be taken out of their way.” D. L. Moody

Daniel 9:11Yes,all Israel has transgressed Your law, and has departed so as not to obey Your voice; therefore the curse and the oath written in the Law of Moses the servant of God have been poured out on us, because we have sinned against Him.

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