Instant Access

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What marvels cell phone plans offer to new customers! Access – instant access – anywhere, anytime, unlimited data.But – instant? One may be able to “call home” across the continent from a moving car or plane or while hiking in the woods, but try a simple call to an office in the same city!

You will probably meet the familiar “press one – press two” set of choices, followed by a long and tiresome explanation of what a great company you have reached, interrupted by a different voice insisting, “Your call is important to us; please hold.”

Contrast that with the clear promise in the Word of God: “Before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24). Incredible! “Before they call,” the answer is on its way. Then “while they are still speaking,” He hears. There is no “voice mail” — nothing between the listening God and the praying soul. Truly, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Then there is Caller ID. A glance at the ringing phone and you know whether to pick it up and say, “Hi!” or, if the number is strange to you, to just ignore the call.

God has Caller ID too. He says of His own, “I know them” (John 10:27) and their calls reach Him at once. But there are others to whom He will one day sadly say, “I do not know you, … Depart from Me” (Luke 13:27).

But your new cell phone must be “activated.” It is not enough to have the phone and to know all about its use, you must have it “activated.” Otherwise, the phone will be just dead and useless.

That is most important and so easy! The Lord Jesus paid the “activation fee” when He gave His life on the cross of Calvary. Now you simply have to accept – believe and receive – His sacrifice personally. “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name” (John 1:12). The activation – the power – is now the right of every believer, with all the everlasting benefits that accompany it.

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God” (Romans 5:1-2).

Bible Truth Publishers

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