Will You Make The Correct decision?
In this “works based” world of being good enough, there is a question that is always hovering in the back of the minds of those who have this belief and that is : have I been “Good Enough”?, to avoid hell and eventually see heaven. Most do not even want to consider that possibility and avoid even thinking about it. They often consider, at least sub-consciously that they are “good enough” because they do good things, or they are better than their neighbor, in their own minds. But the bottom line is this : How do I really know for sure? The fact is, is that they can not know! They are likely to say, if asked, I am a good person, I have never killed anyone or they have not broken many of the 10 commandments. They do not want to believe that the Bible is God‘s Inspired Word and must be taken seriously! If asked, they have their share of excuses why God should let them into “His Heaven“. What do you believe? Are you “good enough”? If you are not very familiar with the Bible then you probably think that you are pretty good, don’t you? I would like for you to consider what God has to say about this matter. God says that “He alone is Good”. Did you know that? Then where does that leave you if you are not good? It leaves you without any hope at all! Your only hope is to do exactly what God says that we must do! Are you even a little bit interested in knowing what that is! I hope that by now, you are very interested and wish that I would get to the point. I am now ready to tell you. It is a “free gift”! That’s right, it is free but there is a catch. You must believe by “Real Faith”, with all of your heart, soul and strength that Jesus is exactly what He and the rest of the Bible says that He is. For that “faith” is like the “faith of Abraham‘ who was ready to kill his only beloved, promised son because he trusted God and believed by faith that God was able and willing to actually raise his son Isaac from the dead! This episode can be found in Genesis, Chapter 22. Now do you understand how important it is to trust God by Faith? It is not an easy thing to do. Not at all, yet it is necessary to believe with the simple faith of a child! Children are very trusting when they are very young and we are told by Christ that we MUST have that kind of faith! Do I possess that kind of faith? Not always! Trusting God can be a very difficult thing to do especially when suffering and pain and disappointment and many other kinds of struggles enter into our lives. I am going through those kinds of things now and my faith has been weak and I am struggling to overcome my doubts! The Christian life can be and is very difficult at times. Are YOU ready to have the kind of “Saving Faith” that is necessary to escape the horrors of an eternity in HELL? Let me encourage you to do it now because you could die tonight!!! Remember, God knows the number of hairs on our heads and He also knows the number of days that we will have on this Earth! Receive the Salvation that Christ offers through His Death, Burial and resurrection and Ascension back to the right hand of The Father on The Throne of Glory in Heaven!
Which Path will you choose?
In a certain sense, we are given choices that determine our eternal course in this life. Jesus described these choices as between two paths that take us through either a “straight and narrow gate” or a “wide path” that leads to eternal destruction, and many go therein. This is to many today somewhat of a simplified set of choices that seem to be somewhat outdated or even unrealistic. I can assure you that to those of you who doubt that life can be so simple as having these two decisions but it is as true today as it was in Jesus day! We can make the decision to reject the God of the Bible and live that very Godless life which consists of self-gratification and basic selfishness. These people try to do good things to try to satisfy their conscience and do it in the sight of others so that those acquaintances or so-called friends will think well of them but they are still empty inside afterwords when all is said and done, but they never really find true satisfaction, it is only when these people give up their efforts to find satisfaction in anything other than God Himself! They must fill that empty spot in their soul, that God shaped area that only God can fill and then and only then will they start to find true peace and fulfillment. This is the straight and narrow gate that leads to eternal life! It is a narrow path because our choices are limited yet well-defined by the maker of all things and He and only He has the right to say what is good in His eyes and we must obey! The thing to remember is that God truly loves us and only wants that which is best for us so we must give our will to him and simply “Trust”. Since He created us then he absolutely knows what is best! So then, will you surrender your choices to his guidance and simply trust Him? The narrow path is the best path for both you and I! Jesus said to His disciples “Follow Me” and we must do the same I have chosen to follow Him and my life has not been the same! I gave Him the title-deed to my life which he already owned but since he has given us free will, we must make the decision to allow Him to take control of our lives and He will do that which is best for our lives since He knows the future!
Will you consider how well you have done with you in control of your life? Now consider that the Creator of the universe knows how to do it better, much better! Give Him a chance before it is too late! Our days are numbered and He is the only one who knows how much longer we have to make that very important decision and we do not! Once we die then our last chance is gone for ever! We are given plenty of evidence in the creation itself to know that He exists. The knowledge of him is built into us but sometime during childhood, our society manages to put enough doubt into us to cause us to procrastinate and try to manage our lives ourselves. Later we die without making that very important decision and then you are without hope because your life is gone for ever! Please consider that “Straight and Narrow Gate”, while you still can! We have a God-given purpose, try to find it! You do not Know the day of your death! The Lord said that the hairs on our head are numbered and so are our days on this Earth, numbered as well!
It always seems to be the path of least resistance that is taken because it mimics nature, such as electricity or water which follows such a path. It is not the correct choice for mankind though because we are given by God a free will to choose our path. It is that free will that is so manipulated by the enemy of ALL mankind, The Devil! Do you get a mental picture of a little man in a red suit when you hear that name mentioned? I hope not, because it is not even close to the real devil who is Satan, whose name means “the adversary”. He is the enemy of God as well as mankind yet he is similar to a mad dog that is on a chain waiting for an opportunity to attack! He is the one who is ultimately encouraging you to avoid Jesus and the Salvation that He offers by “Faith”. He wants you to take that wide path that leads to destruction! Who will you choose to follow? This is based on Matthew 7:13, for an exact rendering of the passage read the original text.
There is actually one thing that “We Must Do In This Life”. All other things that people think that they need to have or need to do are secondary at best. We must love, God first and to glorify Him and to love our “neighbor”. All of the “Law and The Prophets” are fulfilled in these two things.