For Seeking Souls

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"Oh that I knew where I might find Him!"
Is that perhaps the burden of your troubled soul? You have wept as you thought of your sins, and prayed that you might be forgiven; but still you have no assurance that your soul is saved-you cannot say, "I have found Him," that "My Beloved is mine, and I am His."
Why is this? Is it because God does not love you? No, that cannot be, 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" John 3:1616For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16). Is it then because He will not save you? Never, for God "will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth." And again, He is "not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance" 2 Peter 3:99The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9).
The fault then is all your own. You have been occupied with yourself and your doings, trying to improve that which God has condemned, for God says, "There is none that doeth good, no, not one." Rom. 3:1212They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. (Romans 3:12). Also God says: "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works." Eph. 2:8, 98For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. (Ephesians 2:8‑9).
"How then can I be saved?" you ask. The answer is in God's Word: "Who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree." 1 Peter 2:2424Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. (1 Peter 2:24).
Yes, the debt is paid; sin has been atoned for; and just before He died He said, "It is finished." The work of redemption has all been done. God is satisfied. Then why delay? Accept Him as your Savior now, and then, like Philip of old, you will be able to say, "We have found Him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth." John 1:4545Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph. (John 1:45).