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Saved At The Last Minute

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(Mark 2:1-12) And  again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, ………..they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion.

One day God began to talk me about the man in the Bible who was let down through a roof. I knew the story. But God wanted me to see something in there I had not seen before.

In this story the man does not speak. The men who carried him do not speak. Jesus is the one who speaks to this man. He says to the man who does not speak or ask for forgiveness..”Son your sins are forgiven  you.”

Later I understood why he had made me see these passages as he did that day.

My dear brother spent his life drinking. He tried so many times to live for God. But he never was able to overcome the drunkenness. But prayer was made without ceasing for him. Not only by myself, but by other family members. And others. Of course he prayed himself to quit. But he drank and drank and drank. He finally gave up trying and just kept on drinking.

One day the sad call came that he had passed away. I was devastated and deeply troubled by this news. I knew he was drinking to his last day. I was told he had gotten drunk the night before he died of a massive heart attack. My brother died drunk? But God all the prayers for him. God you are faithful and true.  I had no peace on hearing this. He died suddenly I was told. One minute he is alive. Next minute suddenly gone. I wondered about all the prayers. I knew my brother loved God, but would not, did not, or could not stop drinking.

I knew God was a loving God who answers prayer. What happened that he is dead without being saved? I was about to find out something wonderful.

God said to me, that right before my brother passed from this life to the next, Jesus spoke to him the same words he spoke to the paralyzed man in the Bible..“Son your sins are forgiven you.  God said to me You were looking at his life, instead of at the life that was lived for him.” Then I understood why the Lord had given me this understanding of the man let down through the roof. Jesus saved my brother at the last-minute. Those are the words my brother heard. Prayers of faith had carried my brother through the roof of unbelief to the feet of Jesus.

So we may think someone is lost when they are not lost. I learned this. So who knows how many have heard Jesus say to them right before they died…“Son your sins are forgiven you.” When we bring, by prayer in faith, people to Jesus.

When we make a hole in the roof of unbelief to bring the person right to the feet of Jesus BY FAITH for healing. The Lord is not neglectful to hear and answer our prayers. He is faithful.

It says in that passage Jesus saw their faith. Let us have faith God can see. He honored that faith. Same when we pray for another to be saved. God may have to take their physical life to save their souls sometimes.

God saw our faith and saved my brother at the last-minute. Right before he died he heard what he needed to hear. Son your sins are forgiven you. He needed that more than he needed deliverance from the alcohol. So don’t give up praying for others. God will answer. Even if it is a last minute right before you die salvation.

The Bible is clear that drunkards will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But my brother did at the last minute have his sins forgiven so he could enter where he had wanted so long to enter. I know what God can do.

Be encouraged.

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