by Ernest Easley

The Faith Test
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
2 Corinthians 13:1-6,11

On this Sunday before Thanksgiving .. what are you most thankful for? The Apostle Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5.18, ''in everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.'' And then in 1 Chronicles 16.8 we find recorded a psalm of David which says, ''Oh, give thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.''

What deeds? Those deeds that directly impact your life! May I tell you today that the greatest deed God has ever done that directly impacted my life was done through His Son Jesus .. when He died on the cross as my substitute and as a sacrifice for my sin! And for that .. I give thanks to the LORD this Thanksgiving!

''Oh give thanks to the LORD. Call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.''

Now because He did what He did ... I could do what I did! You say, ''Pastor, what did you do?'' I said ''yes'' to Jesus! I said ''Yes'' to His sacrifice! I said ''Yes'' to His substitute!

And listen to this: I was saved! I was born-again! I was visiting with a woman a couple of Wednesday nights ago in the Vision Center about coming to Jesus. She began telling me how she came from the Catholic church and was making the transition into the Baptist Church.

I quickly reminded her of some of the things we Baptists have in common with Catholics: Jesus the son of God born of a virgin ... bible is the Word of God .. the holy trinity .. literal heaven .. literal hell to name a few.

She then told me that she wasn't born again. I asked her why not? She said, ''it just hasn't happened to me yet, but I want it too.'' Hey folks, anybody who wants to be saved can be saved! I went on to explain to her how it could happen that very night.

I cannot begin to express in words how thankful I am for His sacrifice and substitute and for My salvation!

Now having said all of that .. on this Sunday before Thanksgiving .. I need ...

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