Which side of the Continental Divide are you on? by Pat Franklin

 Have you heard of the Continental Divide?  It is a line that runs down from Alaska, through the Rocky Mountains, and on south to Mexico.  Pour a cup of water on one side, it goes into the Pacific.  Pour it on the other side, it finishes up in the Atlantic. 

What an amazing feature of America.   It is like a continent wide metaphor for salvation, which depends on a decision each of us can make.  Do we come down on the side of Jesus Christ and accept His sacrifice for us on the cross of Calvary?  Or do we reject Him and the cross and refuse His offer of saving grace.

 Which side do you come down on?  I was on the wrong side until 1981, when I began to read the New Testament, and saw that I had been so wrong, because Jesus is real, and the gospel is true.  It brought me to my knees, literally, asking the Lord Jesus to forgive me and make me one of His people.  I say ‘asking’, but actually, I was begging, knowing full well that I did not deserve the mercy I was begging for.

 Little did I know then that that was exactly what the Bible is designed to do – bring us to the point where we acknowledge our sinfulness and our need of a Savior, and accept Jesus as the only one who can be that Savior.  Now I understand, and am just so grateful to the Lord for bringing me to that point of accepting Him into my heart.  I will never be able to thank Him enough.

 It was the Continental Divide moment of my life - to accept Jesus Christ as my Savior, or reject Him, as I had been doing.  On my knees I chose the right way, the narrow path that leads to Heaven.  How easily I could have pushed Jesus away and chosen the wide path that leads to Hell. 

 Dear reader, this may be your Continental Divide moment.  Which side will you come down on?  Which path will you step on to?  Will I meet you in Heaven?  Will you say you saw this article and got on your knees to invite Jesus Christ into your heart and accept His offer of free salvation?  He shed His blood so that our sins could be forgiven, but we have to accept that great sacrifice by putting our trust in Jesus, fully man and fully God, who died as a sacrifice for our horrible sins.

 Can you put your trust in Him today?  Or will you come down on the other side, and wind up in a different place?        


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Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father, who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?' And then I will declare to them, 'I never know you: depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.'
Matthew 7:21-23

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