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Breaking Point

  Every human being comes to a BREAKING POINT some time in life. Pressure from others gets to be too much strain on our minds. Family conditions begin to get too much for us. Tension mounts up when world problems and domestic troubles confront us.
Questions arise with no answers, and we ask ourselves, “What must I do? Whom can I depend on? Where can I go for help?” Dad is too busy, son has so many other problems, he can’t help me! Pastor is on vacation or just hasn’t time for me because I haven’t got the money, the type of job where I can do  more, or there are too many people besides me for the pastor to see, or he just hasn’t time because I live so far away. These thoughts arise in our minds when everything seems to go wrong.

“Wherefore, thus saith the Holy One of Israel, because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon: Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out of a high wall, whose BREAKING cometh suddenly in an instant. And he shall BREAK it as the BREAKING of the potter’s vessel that is BROKEN in pieces…,” (Isaiah 30:12-14)
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A breach here means a GAP, an empty space between two points. Sin against God separates us from contact with our heavenly creator. When sin is present in our lives, we are tormented, have no peace, no joy in our minds, and happiness in our homes vanishes.
“Maybe I ought to quit church, my job, leave my family, or just get away from it all.’ A BREAKING POINT has come. What must I do? PRESSURE is weight. Hebrews 12:1 says, “Wherefore, seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every WEIGHT and the sin which doth so easily beset us…”

Young and old alike are seeking for an escape. “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death,” (Prov. 14:12; 16:25). We do as much as we can for ourselves and then we do not know what else to do. We turn to visiting bars, then our marriage is on the rocks. our children see what is happening: spats, fights, brawls, bankruptcy, then divorce. The children, their home split up, are running the streets while the parent tries to make ends meet. Then we find junior or daughter took up grass, pills, and finally heroin or LSD to drown their troubles in.

Soon, daughter is found pregnant and no one wants to keep her and the fatherless child. Junior gets booked on a felony, breaking and entering, armed robbery, and who knows what else to support the habit he’s picked up. Then comes the day of his hearing. His name appears in the papers. People who knew him and the family pointing an accusing finger at him, saying, “I told you so. I knew it would happen. There is no good in that family…,” etc.

Then Junior is put on probation. Now try to find a job with a record, home broken up, parents too busy to help, no place to stay, our minds reeling so we can’t think straight — “WHAT CAN I DO?”

A thought enters our mind. The nearest bridge…cut our wrists…an automobile idling with a hose in the exhaust and the windows rolled up…a rope around our neck…an overdose of pills…some way to end it all! BREAKING POINT! All alone, strain, pressure, tension mounts up and grips our minds to the point we cannot think straight. We are all alone with no one to turn to. No one cares for us. ‘I’m a nobody.’ Just a body to fill in a sin-cursed world like many others who feel the same way.

This is the situation today and what goes through a lot of our minds. There has to be a BREAKING POINT some day. There IS an escape. The Bible tells us in James 4:4; “Ye adulterers and adultresses; know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.“ “Submit yourselves to God…” (verse 7). Before our minds are tormented and our bodies destroyed, because of TENSION, STRAIN, PRESSURE, get a hold of JESUS CHRIST.
There is an instance in the Bible when tension had mounted up, pressure was on peoples’ minds, fear came to their minds at hearing the Word of God, for they were sinners when they heard the preaching of Peter.

The foundation of God’s church was about to be laid, the door of the kingdom of heaven was about to swing open to all mankind, to the Jew first, (Acts 2:38). and to the Gentiles (Acts 10:43-48; Acts 19:1-7). Hearts were pricked when they discovered they were lost. They came to a BREAKING POINT in their life. “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37).
NOTICE: Peter took the keys that Jesus gave him in Matthew 16:19, and OPENED THE GATES TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN. THE GATES SWUNG OPEN WHEN PETER SAID, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, For the promise is unto you, and to your children and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our god shall call” (Acts 2:38).
Find an Apostolic Church that will immerse (baptize) you in water in the Name of Jesus Christ for the remission of your sins. This salvation is for you. (Mark 16:15-18).

-- by Philip M. Porter, Sr.
 

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