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596th -- It Must Be Settled Tonight


We should never play games with our eternal soul by postponing or ignoring
the invitation to salvation that Jesus Christ offers to mankind. The Lord
in His infinite love and mercy wishes for none to perish but for all to 
come to repentance and accept Him as their personal Savior. The Lord Jesus
will never force Himself upon anyone because He has given us all free will 
to either accept Him or reject Him. (2 Peter 3:9) (Revelation 3:20)

The consequences that follow our acceptance or rejection of the Lord rest
solely upon ourselves and can never be blamed upon someone else because 
each of us will stand before God and give an account of what we did while
we were on the earth. If you have never done so before, please make the 
wise decision to repent of your sins and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as 
your Lord and personal Savior. He loves you and died on the cross so that
you may live Eternally with Him. (Matthew 10:32-33) (Romans 10:8-13)

I hope this message encourages your heart to think of your salvation and if
you have never made the decision to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and 
savior, that you would do it this day.


The burly miner blinked as he left the dark interior of the coal mine. 
Stopping at a faucet near the mine entrance, he washed the worst of the
grime from his face and hands, then headed towards his home on the 
outskirts of the village. As he trudged along the dusty lane, he passed
the open door of a little church. Inside, a small crowd listened intently
as an energetic man gesticulated from the pulpit. Interested, the miner 
stepped to the door.

“Absolute surrender is what we must have,” the minister was saying. “Are 
you willing to surrender yourself absolutely into His hand? If not, you 
are not ready to meet your God.” The minister paced back and forth on the
platform. “We do not know how much longer our earthly probation will last.
Tonight you are living; tomorrow may be too late. Ask yourself, I beg of 
you, 'Am I ready to meet the Lord?'”

The miner, touched to the quick, slipped into the back pew. I am not ready
to meet God, he thought. I have lived a careless, godless life. How can I
make peace with Him? The meeting ended, and the people filed out. Still 
the miner remained in the pew, his head in his hands.

Finally, the minister touched him on the shoulder. “Brother, are you ready
to meet the Lord?”

Blindly, the miner shook his head. “I know I am not. Oh, help me find peace!”

An hour passed as the minister shared the plan of salvation; yet something
held the miner back from full surrender.

“It's getting late,” the minister finally said. “Go home, and continue to
seek the Lord.”

The miner shook his head. “Stay with me a little longer; it must be 
settled tonight.”

Once again the minister explained the way of salvation and prayed, but in
vain. Another hour passed.

“You must go home,” the minister told him. “It's late, and I cannot make it
any clearer.”

“It must be settled tonight,” the miner repeated, his eyes burning with 

“Then we shall stay here together,” the minister agreed. Once more he spoke
of Jesus, and shared promise after promise. Once more he prayed, but in
vain. “I must go,” the minister finally said. “It will soon be morning. Go
home, and return tomorrow night. Maybe then you will find peace.”

“Sir, I cannot leave this place until I find peace.”

The poor man's voice trembled. “Tomorrow may be too late. It must be 
settled tonight.”

The minister could not resist his appeal. “By the help of God.” he said,
“it shall be settled tonight.”

Again he explained the steps of conversion; again he prayed. As he spoke,
the miner broke into sobs and tears, and at last the light pierced his 

“I see it!” he cried. “I give myself absolutely to God, to His will, to do
only what He wants. It is settled. Praise His name, it is settled!” 

The two men knelt again, but this time to thank God for bringing light to
a sinner's soul.

The next morning the miner went to work as usual. During the day he was 
sent to a distant part of the mine to fetch some tools. When he did not 
return, his fellow workers went to look for him. 

They found that the mine walls had caved in on him, and he was buried in 
the debris. Working with pick and shovel, they began to dig. Finally, from
the fragments of rock and rubbish and stone which hid him from sight came 
a faint sound: “Tonight ---- would have been ---- too late. Thank God ----
it was settled ---- last night!”

I am ready to meet the Lord!

Author Unknown

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

1 John 1:9-10 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive
us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we
have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”

Isaiah 55:6-7 “Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him
while He is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man
his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and He will have mercy upon
him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.”

Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus,
and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, 
thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness;
and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

1 John 5:11-13 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal 
life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he
that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written 
unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that
ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: HE TOOK MY PLACE
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem170.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: THE LORD WILL HELP YOU THROUGH
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony129.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
Gods Work Ministry


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