Thursday, February 17, 2011
~ "Just going to church won't get you into heaven..."
If you know these things, happy are you if you do them. (John 13:17)
Matthew Henry writes " From yesterday's pardon, we should be strengthened against this day's temptation." How is it that we have all the answers and yet still fail??? Quite simple, really ~ we are human! In all that we know and do, many still can't see what is right in front of them. That selfish self-centeredness rears its ugly head each and every time. It's not about what we do ~ it's about what was done for us! Now, a few people (actually, quite a few) tend to take that as literal - "we don't have to do anything" - we're going to heaven when we die!" Its a reasonable assumption if one does not read one's Bible.
Just because someone tells you something doesn't mean it's true. All the truth regarding our place in eternity has been written down. If you don't read it, you won't know! If your preacher isn't "preaching" from the Word of God, then maybe you need to find one who does! If you aren't living your life by what is written in the Word of God, then maybe you need to start. The sins of this world and the demons that inhabit it will NOT be in heaven. Satan has many powers and he uses them to take us off the path of righteousness or keep us from ever stepping foot on it. Forgiving sinners is in Jesus' resume ~ talking through the dead is in Satan's. You only need to read your Bible to know this! Anything that will take you away from the will of God is designed by the enemy (who is very real). Our "addictions" and "bad habits" take our focus away from God. How can we possibly hope to gain knowledge about anything if we don't learn about it or study it? And in our learning, we will make mistakes ~ we will not get it 100% right 100% of the time! Identify it, acknowledge it and ask God to either remove it or ask for the strength to overcome it! He loves to hear the sound of your voice in prayer!
Be enthused about God's word! Be enthused about God! Voice your praises, raise your hands and hit your knees! He IS the only one worthy!!!