Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Almost Persuaded

Acts 26:28 “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.”
We have heard it said…”Almost don’t count” and it doesn’t.
To almost do is not to.
To almost say is not to.
To almost anything is, in the end, to not have anything.

Luke 8:18 “Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemth to have.”
To seem to have is like “almost”….it is nothing for eternity.

Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.”
Ordained means to make full provision for. God has done that for us. Anything He ask us to do, or say; He has provided the grace, power, and even the joy if we will have it; to do it.
We have been saved from sin, and made the workmanship of God, in order that we might walk in good works which God prepared for us.
Yet we often shrink back, hesitating to begin. Afraid of that first step, which is simple obedience to His commands.

Acts 26:26-27 “For the King knoweth of these things, before whom also I speak freely; for I am persuaded that none of these things are hidden from him; for this thing was not done in a corner.
King Agrippa, believest thou the prophets? I know that thou believest. ”

King Agrippa knew the facts. They were not called into question. He even believed the prophets. (And how many of them spoke about Christ’s coming, both in suffering and exaltation?)
Yet where was the hesitation?
Acts 26:28 “Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. ”
To hesitate is to simply and knowingly wait for some other force to help you decide.
It is to wait for something to happen, to force your hand.

Isn’t time we stopped “hesitating”, and start standing with the Lord?
For in those three words lies the direction we must go: “with the Lord”.

Stop the “almost persuaded” in your life.
Stop waiting for Him to push.
Stop waiting for a better argument or a better reason to do His Will.
Just do it.

It is now that you receive His Word, or reject it.
Pray about it, think about it; However you say the excuse: it can come down to doing ANYTHING but His Will.
The wiles of the Devil….his temptations, tricks, and suggestions, figure in our thoughts about this; for he wants to defeat God’s people in any way he can.

Acts 26:29 “And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, we’re both almost, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.”

Paul wanted Agrippa and all who heard him to know and follow Christ as he did.
Christ calls all His people to come and follow Him….now, into the good works He has laid out for them to walk in.
Not almost, but altogether, come.

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