To Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Victims, When CNN and Everybody Else is Gone, the Lord Will Still Be With You (Gospel Light Minute X #288)

This Sept. 7, 2017 photo provided by the Dutch Defense Ministry shows storm damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, in St. Maarten. Irma cut a path of devastation across the northern Caribbean, leaving thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees. Significant damage was reported on the island that is split between French and Dutch control. (Gerben Van Es/Dutch Defense Ministry via AP)

After three weeks of non-stop hurricane coverage, it seems that things are finally calming down. Gone are the weather experts expounding the dangers of the storm. Gone are the government officials urging people to evacuate or take precautions. Gone are the TV reporters struggling to stand up in hurricane-force winds during live reports as the storm makes landfall.

Within a few more weeks, the eyes of the nation will turn away from twin calamities, Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, the likes of which we’ve never seen. But, during that time, thousands will be returning to their homes (or what’s left of them), mourning their losses, trying to rebuild, and in many cases, simply trying to survive. Surviving the storm is one thing, but now they face the greatest challenge of their lives — getting through the long, difficult days of rebuilding, repairing, and for some, burying loved ones and starting over.

Who will be there for them during that time? The arm of the government can only stretch so far. The compassion of strangers — which has been shown immensely — only lasts for so long. The survivors of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma need something more than the aid of man to get them through this difficult and lonely time. They need someone who will always be there for them. And the only Person Who can and will — and wants to — do that is Jesus Christ. In the Bible, Jesus told His followers, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” He said, “Behold, I am with you alway even to the end of the world.”

For those who lived through one of the worst hurricanes in history, you know what it is like to feel like your world is about to end. But it didn’t. And now you have to navigate its aftermath. And you don’t have to do so alone. After all of the CNN cameras are gone, and all of the other cameras are gone, and all of the newspaper reporters are gone, when the kind strangers who helped are gone, when family and friends are gone, when gawkers are gone, the Lord is still there. So I encourage you to put your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. Place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ and He will never leave your side as you face the difficulties of the future. Here is how you can receive Him as your Savior today.

First, you must realize and admit that you — just as myself — are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s laws. The Bible says in Ecclesiastes 7:20: “For there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not.” Romans 3:23 reads: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” Our sin nature is the reason why we do not get along with each other on earth.

Second, you must understand that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…” — spiritual death and physical death. We die physically and go to the grave because of sin and we die spiritually and go to hell because of sin.

Third, you must understand that you are on the road to hell because of your sins. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” The Bible says in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Fourth, you must accept the fact that you cannot do anything to save yourself! The Bible states in Ephesians 2: 8, 9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith: and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Fifth, you must accept the fact that God loves you more than you love yourself, and that He wants to save you from hell. Because of God’s love for you, he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for your sin. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Because God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins, we can live with God in Heaven for all eternity after we die.

Finally, with these facts in mind, you must repent of your sins, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and pray and ask Him to come into your heart and save you this very moment. The Bible states in the book of Romans 10:9, 13: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you are willing to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour, please pray with me the following prayer to seal your decision once and for all: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and I want to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I want to trust Jesus as my Savior and follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your new-found faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God bless you!

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