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The Lord is merciful. He is reaching out His hand for all to receive Jesus today, not tomorrow. Don’t think simply because you are young that means you then have a visa card of life to do whatever you want without consequences. Not true. God is against sin because sin will kill you.

Often “reproved” means that he’s been warned and warned and warned. The Holy Ghost will warn you not to do this, not to go this way, not to be with these people, not to be in this place. He’ll keep warning you. As he keeps warning people, there are people who will listen and then there are people who will not. They keep going their own way. Yet God keeps trying to get to them. You may have been rejecting God. God keeps calling for you, and you keep on rejecting him because you want to do what you want to do, the way you want to do it, and still think you’re going to get into heaven. Well, the scripture says that he that is often reproved shall be destroyed suddenly without remedy. (Proverbs 29:1)

Suddenly he will be destroyed, and without remedy. I heard R. W. Schambach talk about how a 15- or 16-year-old boy came to a church that he was pastoring. He drove a motorcycle. And the spirit of God moved on him to minister to that young boy and told him, “Son, you need to get saved today; Get saved today.” The boy was being drawn by the Holy Ghost and shrugged it off. He said, “I’m not ready yet. I’ll do it when I’m ready.” He walked on out of that church. He got on his bike heading home. The pavement was wet and he therefore lost control of that bike and wound up in the grill of an 18 wheeler truck. He met eternity suddenly. He wasn’t prepared. He thought he had all day.

I submit to you that you don’t have all day to decide to follow God. Who are you to tell God to wait? Who are you to tell God when you’re ready? When God calls you, you’d better answer and come. He loves you, and His mercy is out there. So come to Him now while it is called today.

Daily Devotional: “Receive the Lord Today”  was originally published on