Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Don't Let it Only be an Act for People to See
Don't Let it Only be an Act for People to See
Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6
Your relationship with God is largely determined by your faith. When you come to Him, you must believe that He exists and that He is exactly who He has revealed Himself to be in Scriptures. You must also believe that He will respond to you when you earnestly seek Him. Without this kind of faith, you cannot please God. Regardless of the morality of your life, the good works you perform, the words you speak, or the sacrifices you make for His sake, if you do not have faith, you will not please Him. It can be tempting to substitute religious activity for faith in God. Christians may claim they are being “good stewards” of their resources when, in fact, they are wanting to walk by sight rather than by faith (Heb. 11:1). They may refuse to do what God tells them unless they can see all the resources in place first. You may say, “I love God, but I just have difficulty trusting Him.” Then you are not pleasing to Him. You cannot struggle at the core of your relationship with God and still enjoy a vibrant fellowship with Him! Faith does not eliminate problems. Faith keeps you in a trusting relationship with God in the midst of your problems. Faith has to do with your relationship with God, not your circumstances. Some may say, “I'm not much of a person of faith. I am more of a practical person!” Yet you will never do anything more practical than to place your trust in the Lord! Nothing is more secure or certain than that which you entrust to God. - Blackaby Experiencing God Day by Day
Is your life really an act you play out? In front of people at work you are one kind an actor, at home a different actor? Do put on a show for different kinds of people based on who it is?
Do you believe your striving to be a good person will ever get you into Heaven? Do you have some belief thay "maybe the good will outweigh the bad"?
It's a hard pill to swallow but it doesn't matter.
What? Seriously, in light of God's Word those kinds of things do not matter.
Without FAITH it is impossible to please God. Scripture says that.
FAITH without works to prove it is dead. Scripture says that.
Without Salvation in Christ Jesus alone for it, you cannot be sealed in the Spirit of God. Scripture says THAT is the key to the door of Heaven. You must do more than believe that God exists. Demons do more than believe that God exists. They at least acknowledge that if their efforts fail, which again Scripture says they WILL fail, they know and understand they are going to spend eternity in torment in the Lake of Fire. Scripture says so.
YOU are the ones who either are deluding yourself or are flat out denying the importance of God in what He has said or you don't.
There can be no acting when it comes to the day you stand before Christ. There will indeed be a day when you will. Apart from having the mark of the Spirit on you showing that you belong to God, you will not be allowed into Heaven. NO EXCEPTIONS.
Give up your acting. Give up on your trying to be a good person without God. Quit lying to yourself about how good you think you are.
Scripture says clearly Let God be found true and every man a liar. God is truth. Jesus is God. Every knee shall bow every tongue WILL confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. You WILL confess some day before Jesus, either willingly or unwillingly you WILL.
My friend quit also trying to embrace this world. Those in Christ are strangers here. When we come to Christ we get a new citizenship. It's in Heaven. When we leave this world we arrive at our home. The Spirit brings us to that place of promise.
Likewise without Christ you are taken to your temporary home which is Hell. Read for yourself what that entails. Luke 16:19-31 "Now there was a rich man, and he habitually dressed in purple and fine linen, enjoying himself in splendor every day. And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed from the scraps which fell from the rich man’s table; not only that, the dogs also were coming and licking his sores. Now it happened that the poor man died and was carried away by the angels to Abraham’s arms; and the rich man also died and was buried. And in Hades he raised his eyes, being in torment, and *saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his arms. And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been set, so that those who want to go over from here to you will not be able, nor will any people cross over from there to us.’ And he said, ‘Then I request of you, father, that you send him to my father’s house— for I have five brothers—in order that he may warn them, so that they will not come to this place of torment as well.’ But Abraham *said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’”
THAT is a direct description from Jesus Himself.
THAT is what you have to look forward to if you refuse Salvation in Christ Jesus.
There are no atheists in Hell. Everyone who has died rejecting Christ is in Hell, in the same state as that rich man. There are millions and millions of religious people in Hell. Religion does not save you. Being a good person does nothing to save you.
It's time to quit acting. An actor is one who plays a part that isn't really them. In its cruelest sense it's an intentional deception. You deceive both yourself and others by living a lie.
In no way can a Righteous God "look the other way" in regards to the sin of an unbeliever. In Christ Jesus forgiveness of sins is found. In Christ Jesus forgiveness is granted to those who ask. He then casts those sins as far as the east is from the west. Remembering them no more.
It's time to stop running. If you are not saved you are wasting your time in this life trying to be a good, moral, upright person.
It's time to run TO Jesus instead of away from Him. Be real for once. No more acting. Your version of morality will not save you. If it were possible then everything Jesus suffered through was all in vain.
Close down the production and get on your knees before God and ask Him to save you, to become the Lord of your life. Ask Jesus to be your Savior and to forgive you of your sin. Find out was living life is all about.