INTRODUCTION

There are many people who have heard the good news of the gospel, that Jesus died for their sins, (John 3:16, Romans 5:8, 1 John 4:10, and many more) and it’s because of His mercy that we are saved (Titus 3:5) and that we are saved by grace and not by our good works, (Ephesians 2:8,9) but they enjoy their sins too much to turn from them and turn to God in full surrender. (John 3:19) (2 Thessalonians 2:12)  

God is patient and merciful, and when we come to Him, He does not treat us as our sins deserve. (Psalm 103:10) He longs to wash us clean from our sins; (Isaiah 1:18) they not only keep us in bondage, but also rob us from a life that is rich and satisfying. 

His desire is also to heal us emotionally from all the pain inflicted upon us by others and from life’s circumstances that have held us back from being the person we want to be, so we can have a life filled with joy, in spite of the many trials that will continue to come our way on life’s journey.  (Matthew 11:28) (John 10:10)  However, God’s desire is for us to live a life that brings glory to Him; it’s not mainly about our happiness and fulfillment, but living a life that seeks to point others to Christ, in spite of the sufferings we will continue to go through on this road called life.

Some people also think that if we just live good and moral lives, and go to church every Sunday, and the good in our lives outweighs the bad when we stand before God on judgment day, that we’ll end up in heaven.  However, God’s standard is 100% perfection, because He is completely pure and Holy.  If it was possible for us to enter heaven by our own efforts, why then would God have sent His only begotten Son into the world to become the atoning sacrifice for our sins?  Why would Jesus endure all the unimaginable excruciating pain of crucifixion, if it was possible for us to enter heaven because of our own righteous deeds ?  

God’s Word clearly reveals to us that our only hope is in Christ alone, and not in our good works.  (Ephesians 2:8,9, Colossians 1:21-23) Our works are only the evidence and the response of a heart not only filled with godly sorrow over our sins that brings true repentance, but also a heart filled love and gratitude for Jesus taking God’s wrath upon Himself that was intended for us.

Tomorrow is promised to no one, so if you feel God’s Holy Spirit dealing with your heart about repenting from sin or showing you your need for a Savior because of the weight from the guilt of your sin, I urge you to respond to God’s Spirit, and come to Him in complete surrender and be reconciled to God!  “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)

Many of us who have come to know what true Biblical faith is, have a strong desire in our hearts for our loved ones to also come to the understanding of God’s love and forgiveness that comes through Christ alone. We share God’s Word  with gentleness and respect with all who are near and dear to our hearts, as well as with those whom God brings into our lives whenever God presents an opportunity to us.  Not only do we want them to come to understand the truth for this present life, but we also know the eternal consequences that await those who place their trust in anything or anyone other than Christ alone,  because He is the only mediator between God and men, (1 Timothy 2:5) and the only way to have peace with God, (Romans 5:1) (Colossians 1:19,20) and the only provision that God has given to us to purify us from sin (Hebrews 1:3) (Colossians 1:21-23) (1 John 1:5-10) (Colossians 2:13-15) and as a result we are saved from the consequences of our sins, which is spiritual death; the eternal torments of hell. (2Thessalonians 1:8–10, 2:10-12) (Hebrews 10:1-31) (Revelation 20:14, 21:8)

Please prayerfully consider watching these videos, and search your heart before a holy God:

When time allows, I will be adding more to my introduction, but I want to share more Scriptures with you now, because God’s Word is what’s really important for you to  read and know.

SCRIPTURES FOR YOU TO REFLECT UPON

“For the Word of God is living and active.  Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.  Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:12,13)

“I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness could be gained through the law, Christ died for nothing!” (Galatians 2:21)

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” (Ephesians 2:8,9)

“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say  “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:11-14)

“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.  We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we have done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” (Titus 3:3-7)

“So as the Holy Spirit says,  “Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts…” (Hebrews 3:7)

“I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”          (2 Corinthians 6:2)

“The LORD is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness.  He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.  The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Galatians 5:7,8)

“This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.  Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light, for fear that his deeds will be exposed.  But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God.”             (John 3:19,20)

“As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Ephesians 4:1)

“Since, then we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men.”       (2 Corinthians 5:11)

“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do in the futility of their thinking.  They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.  Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.  You, however, did not come to know Christ that way.  Surely you heard of Him and were taught in Him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus.  You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”(Ephesians 4:17-24)

“We who are Jews by birth and not ‘Gentile sinners’ know that a man is not justified by observing the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ.  So we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law, no one will be justified.” (Galatians 2:16)

“Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God?  Absolutely not!  For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.  But the Scriptures declare that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.  Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed.  So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.” (Galatians 3:21-24)

“Therefore no one will be declared righteous in His sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.” (Romans 3:20)

“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.  There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood.  He did this to demonstrate His justice, because in His forbearance He left the sins committed beforehand unpunished–He did this to demonstrate His justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies the man who has faith in Jesus.  Where then is boasting?  It is excluded.  On what principle?  On that of observing the law?  No, but on that of faith.  For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.” (Romans 3:22-28)

“But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.  What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things.  I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ–the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” (Philippians 3:7-9)

“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”          (Galatians 6:14)

TOO LATE

“One day I’ll commit my life to Christ, before it gets too late,”

How many times have these words been said to bring about someone’s fate?

Good intentions set aside, to seek sinful, worldly pleasures,

Ignoring God’s conviction, love, and grace, and His promised heavenly treasures,

How He longs to satisfy your dry and thirsty soul,

To heal you from all buried pain, and to cleanse and make you whole,

Life in Christ, still with trials filled, brings a peace beyond compare,

Don’t put it off  and find it’s too late, I really want to see you there!

Written in August 2010

Copyright©2010 Mary K. Dalke/Living For His Glory/Living4HisGlory All rights reserved.

Scriptures taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version® Copyright©1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.  Used by permission of Zondervan.

Picture obtained from Photobucket-Judgement Day 1-1

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