certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he
sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned
of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and
answered, Go thy way for this time: when I have a convenient season, I will call
Paul, was called
before the Roman Governor, named Felix. He had stirred up the people with His
preaching of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The people would have killed
Paul, had it not been for a Roman Guard. The guard had noticed Paul, and
commanded him to be called up before the Governor. While Paul was there---he
started preaching again. Paul had a great message of what God had done for
him, and he wanted to share it with others, just as we should be today.
When we become a born-again Christian, we should share our good news with
others. We should tell them we are blood-washed and on our way to Heaven.
People should know our testimony. Christians, let me say this to you; the world
should see Jesus in your life.
So, Paul started
preaching Jesus to Felix; and Felix listened intently to what Paul had to say.
He called Paul back, again and again. Verse 25 tells us that Paul reasoned
of righteousness, temperance, and of judgment. Felix began to tremble so he
told Paul, ”Go thy way this time; when I have a more convenient time I will call
you.” Felix was meaning he didn't have time for God right now.
Today, I want to
speak of those three things: Righteousness, Temperance, and Judgment.
He forgave our sins
set us on the right path, and even now as we sit here he is preparing a mansion
for us in Heaven. The world should not have any trouble knowing Christian
people. We should walk the walk, talk the talk, and behave in a manner that the
world has no trouble picking us out of the crowd. Sad to say, too many Christian
people blend in with the worldly crowd.
temperance, which got him in trouble. To be a Christian, the things you once
did--you don't do anymore. The things I once counted for gain--I now count
them for loss. In order for me to obtain Christ---I must let them
go. I've got my eyes on far better sights.
I've got my sight on
Jesus and heaven. I've got my sight on a mansion. I've got my sight
on walking down golden streets. I've got my sight on a crystal river.
I've got my sight on my beautiful daughter who is in Heaven waiting for me. I've
got my sight set on Glory---the things of the past don't matter to me anymore.
Then there is
judgment. Folks, we had better wake up and realize judgment is coming.
People are living as if they don't care. They think they have all the time in
the world to do ungodly things; but as sure as I'm standing here--judgment is
coming. We're going to be judged for our deeds, be they good or bad.
There are things I won't do because I don't want to be caught. Oh, no
preacher! Oh, yes! There's a reason I won't rob a bank, because
I don't want to get caught. I don't want to cheat on my wife, because I
don't want to get caught. “You think it would be bad to get caught
robbing a bank!” Well! there are some things I can handle, Glory to God! But
a woman's scorn! No way!!!”
I don't want to live
for the world because I don't want to get caught in the world. The Bible
says, “Jesus is coming back as a thief in the night, the hour that no man
knoweth.” If that's the case, and I know it is, I want to be caught living for
Jesus. We preachers have preached messages so generic that people
are not afraid anymore...To die without Christ, that is! We don't preach
righteousness; we don't preach accountability; we don't preach responsibility
before God. We have preached messages that are so soft that people are
living like they will always be around. That is not the case. We may not be
here next Sunday. Some of the same people here today may not be here tomorrow.
That's the way life is.
said, “Paul, I hear what you are saying, but right now it is not
convenient to have God in my life.”
How many times have
you heard people say, ” I would go to church, but....I would get right with God,
but....I would pray more, but.....I would read my Bible more, but....”But" is
such a small word; yet, that one little word has kept more people out of heaven
than any word in the entire Bible. None of us know the future; we don't know
when our life will end. That is why you need a daily relationship with God.
Talk to Him often.
Felix was playing
with fire and didn't realize it. "Oh, I don't want to hear that God
stuff today; I'm not ready to talk about getting saved. I just don't have
time now." If this is how you feel, what will it take for you to find the
time? James says, “Our life is but a vapor, we're here for a while, then
we are gone." Your time on earth will come down to one little slash -- the
date of your birth and the date of your death written on your tombstone.
Heaven is waiting for
us. God shall wipe away all our tears. There will be no more pain, no more
death, no cancer.
Many of you have lain
down on the surgery table saying, “if I don't wake up here, I'll wake up
over there.” Just as eternal as heaven is hell. It won't matter what your
walk in life may have been, how big your bank account was, how many rooms were
in your home, or what kind of car you drove; if you were not a child of God,
you cannot enter heaven.
Bro. Jr Fields........June 11, 2006.
Sermon edited by Mary King