The Bible is made up mostly of the response of men to the will and Word of God. In Matthew 23:37-39 Jesus laments Jerusalem and utters these words: "how often would I... and ye would not." See Ezek. 3:10-21 and Acts 20:18-32. Have you ever had a turning point in your life? The Thessalonians "turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God." (1 Thess 1:9)
The significant thing to see about any Bible character is the message they heard, the response they had, and the outcome they experienced. Your life is made up of your responses. Some people have this mentality: Tell me what I have always heard so I will know what I have always known, so I will believe what I have always believed, so I will be what I have always been. I would like to show you some real people and their turning point in life:
- Nicodemus had a turning point in his religion. Nicodemus had to turn his back on all those years of learning and the influence of his people... but he did and became a follower of Jesus Christ. (John 3:1-12)
- The woman at the well in John 4 had a turning point in her reasoning. Some people just don't understand. They are sincere, yet sincerely wrong. In verse 19, she perceived He was a prophet, but in verse 29 she is convinced that He is the Christ... and in verse 39-41 she convinces many in the city that He is indeed the Christ. Finding Christ as Saviour was her turning point!
- The turning point for the woman ruined by sin in John 8:1-11 was in finding hope after living such a low life. Notice Christ said in verse 11, "Neither do I condemn thee..."
- The turning point for the repentant publican in Luke 18:9-14 was when he confessed himself a sinner and asked for forgiveness. "This man went down to his house justified." (verse 14)
- The turning point for the demoniac ruined by Satan in Mark 5:1-20 was when Jesus passed by. Please read this account and notice the change.
- The turning point for Paul (Saul of Tarsus) had its beginning when he heard Stephen's Holy Spirit filled message in Acts 7. I am sure it cut him to his heart (Heb 4:12) and lead up to the turning point in his life. Please read Philippians 3:4-14 for Paul's own testimony of his turning point.
Where do you go from here? What will be the outcome of your life? Where will your decisions of today lead you tomorrow? Are you ready for a turning point? Listen to God speaking to your heart. Let go of your own way and begin today to experience the turning point in your life. You will never be the same again! If we can help get your life turned around, please write.