Deep down, we all know when we sin. Please do not try to cover it up but be open about it with God and man. Examine your faults, say sorry to those that are offended, and turn from every wicked way. Come to Jesus with all your baggage. Lay on the table, every addiction. Confess them in prayer and forsake them today. Ask for His power to come over you to give you the strength to resist temptation. Come to God and repent, before it is too late! Solomon said, 1“If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it?” Because you chose to sin, you already knew the choice you were making and where it would lead. You knew what was involved even before doing the wicked deed. However, some may even say, “I am young, I can just repent later. There is still a lot of time in life to get right with God.” What foolishness and a lack of understanding when it comes to these people’s lives. To think that they are in control of their lives and know how long they will live is laughable. God takes people at all ages. No matter if we are old or young. He has the power to seal our fate at any moment. So the question is, are you ready to die tonight, how about tomorrow? Have you even thought about what might happen to you after death takes a hold of you? Well, the truth is, judgment awaits everyone. Paul said, 2“it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” And on that day, God’s mercy is upon those that die in their faith, where His wrath is upon those that die in their sins and unbelief.
Those that die in their faith, have done more than just believe. 3They have realized that faith without works is dead and therefore did as God’s Word says. They, therefore, lived out their life for Christ. They have chosen to trust in Jesus and do what He says. Speaking of God’s will for us, Solomon said, 1“shall not he render to every man according to his works?” And since the judgement is based upon God’s good works inside of us, only those that lived a life for Jesus will have them and many fruits thereof. John talked about the day of judgement when he said, 4“the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” Therefore, those that are washed clean by the blood of Jesus will have a great reward in heaven. They will be with their Lord and King forever. God promises, 5“he that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” What a glorious day for the righteous. 5“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” Where do you want to spend eternity? Heaven or hell? Make your decision today and become right with Jesus, who saves. This life is short. Do not waste it and wish you could had a redo, as you spend eternity in hell. Heaven is waiting for everyone that follows Christ, our Savior.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, please help those in the faith understand the importance of repentance. May they come to realize how short this life is and get right with You before it is too late. It is such a foolish thing to put off our day of repentance but too many decide to do so and are paying the consequences, come judgement. Oh how fearful that day is for the wicked. I just pray Lord, that less people that proclaim to be Christians do not fall into this category. I know that many so-called Christians are already on a path to destruction and hell awaits them. This saddens me deeply. Because they decided to live a different life than what You instructed in scripture, they will be judged according to their knowledge. And I know that when You said to not call you Lord, if I do not do what You say, You meant it. For we will not be accepted into Your kingdom if we were not for You in this life. I know now how important it really is to be made right in Your presence. To be made clean is so important. Now that the Holy Spirit is in my life, I never want to quench it or be left alone. If I am in sin, I want to know and repent immediately. I know that it is better to turn from my sins and have forgiveness, then pay the price later. You are my God and it is my desire to live for You. I love You more than the things of this world. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Proverbs 24:1-16 (KJV)
1 Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them.
2 For their heart studieth destruction, and their lips talk of mischief.
3 Through wisdom is an house builded; and by understanding it is established:
4 And by knowledge shall the chambers be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.
5 A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
6 For by wise counsel thou shalt make thy war: and in multitude of counsellors there is safety.
7 Wisdom is too high for a fool: he openeth not his mouth in the gate.
8 He that deviseth to do evil shall be called a mischievous person.
9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.
10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.
11 If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain;
12 If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that pondereth the heart consider it? and he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? and shall not he render to every man according to his works?
13 My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste:
14 So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul: when thou hast found it, then there shall be a reward, and thy expectation shall not be cut off.
15 Lay not wait, O wicked man, against the dwelling of the righteous; spoil not his resting place:
16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.
2Hebrews 9:24-28 (KJV)
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
3James 2:14-20 (KJV)
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
4Revelation 20:11-15 (KJV)
11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
5Revelation 21:1-8 (KJV)
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.