Our Point of View Doesn't Change Anything With God
"What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring charges against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, but rather, was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or trouble, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? Just as it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We were regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:31-39 NASB
"Again He began to teach by the sea. And such a very large crowd gathered to Him that He got into a boat on the sea and sat down; and the whole crowd was by the sea on the land. And He was teaching them many things in parables, and was saying to them in His teaching, “Listen to this! Behold, the sower went out to sow; as he was sowing, some seed fell beside the road, and the birds came and ate it up. Other seed fell on the rocky ground where it did not have much soil; and immediately it sprang up because it had no depth of soil. And when the sun had risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among the thorns, and the thorns came up and choked it, and it yielded no crop. Other seeds fell into the good soil, and as they grew up and increased, they yielded a crop and produced thirty, sixty, and a hundred times as much.” And He was saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
As soon as He was alone, His followers, along with the twelve disciples, began asking Him about the parables. And He was saying to them, “To you has been given the mystery of the kingdom of God, but for those who are outside, everything comes in parables, so that while seeing they may see, and not perceive, and while hearing, they may hear, and not understand, otherwise they might return and it would be forgiven them.”
And He *said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? How will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. These are the ones who are beside the road where the word is sown; and when they hear, immediately Satan comes and takes away the word which has been sown in them. And in a similar way these are the ones sown with seed on the rocky places, who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy; and yet they have no firm root in themselves, but are only temporary; then, when affliction or persecution occurs because of the word, immediately they fall away. And others are the ones sown with seed among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of wealth, and the desires for other things enter and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. And those are the ones sown with seed on the good soil; and they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty, sixty, and a hundred times as much.”
And He was saying to them, “A lamp is not brought to be put under a basket, or under a bed, is it? Is it not brought to be put on the lampstand? For nothing is hidden, except to be revealed; nor has anything been secret, but that it would come to light. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.” And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” Mark 4:1-25 NASB
I often am looking at the 'pulse' or whatever it is we wish to call this world in which you and I live. I look at many things differently than most people I guess. I used to think that I was an introvert only but have come to realize that in terms of the subject I can be a full blown extrovert.
I am also saddened by things in this world but at the same time am glad. Have seen a post saying that we choose what to be joyful in. Maybe.
We see the events in areas of this world, we have seen what this world is going through as a whole in the last few years and either we dig a hole and separate from the world hoping it passes or we react to it openly. Both are reactions to what we listen to. That's what brought Mark 4 to mind. Being careful about what you listen to.
Yesterday I was reading and possibly wrote about the impact of the light we see and know. The light of Jesus is unbiased. It is all-knowing and goes everywhere we don't necessarily want it to go.
We develop a point of view growing up that either is for what the Spirit shows each of us or it's against it. That's why everyone will be without excuses when they stand before Jesus in Judgment should they not receive Him as Savior.
A believer is one who's accepting what the Spirit is showing them about sin, death, the cross of Christ Jesus. About the truth of existence and the reality of the Bible.
Denying all that is what unbelieving people do. But the consequences of that are indeed eternal.
It is interesting to consider people like Cain who murdered his brother. Of Judas who betrayed His Master, Jesus. Of the other thief on the cross. Of Pharaoh who died chasing Israel into the sea.
It's interesting because their point of view on God never changed God's point on sin, on death or what was to happen next with them. All indeed inherited eternal life! In torment in Hell at the present moment.
You may indeed think that your choice is your choice. But your choice doesn't change God's judgment concerning you.
Anyone who dies without receiving Christ as their Savior will never see Heaven. Will never find a peaceful existence after they die. What's interesting is when you really look at the story of The Rich Man and Lazarus you read of only ONE moment when fear grips the Rich Man. It's when he knows that his family might join him at any moment in the torment he was experiencing. He's afraid of them finding what he found to be true. God's Word indeed was true about sin, about needing a Savior and that unrepentant unsaved people end up where he was.
You can be obstinate, you can be thinking you don't believe. On some level of your thinking at some point in your life you have or will have a thought about life after death.
You my Dear Reader are the one who decides if you are going to Heaven or Hell.
Blame is not on God the Father, not on the Spirit nor on Jesus. You choose whether to believe that which the Spirit has shown you. Denial changes nothing. God's truth is always true.
Worries of this life choke the Word of God from many lives. They are the smoke and mirrors of Satan to keep your mind from understanding the truth until its too late.
To be without excuse is an absolute truth. Even when we look at other Scripture, when Jesus separates people. It's always separating the believers from the unbelieving. There's no middle ground.
You choose what you listen to. Who you listen to. There's a chief reason why God's Word says, for the Believer, to set your mind on things above. That is Heavenly things. It prioritizes your life in a way that isn't Earthly. It isn't of this world.
Everyone will be given an absolute amount of time to come to the truth of Jesus Christ. They will never leave this world until the point of no return has happened in their denying Jesus.
Everyone's opinion of God the Father, of Jesus, of the Spirit and the requirement of God that without salvation in Christ Jesus alone, is irrelevant. The truth is that everyone who rejects all of it will find themselves in torment in Hell, forever separated from God. Weeping is found in many who are in Hell. They realized too late that the truth of God was indeed true. Their opinion on it didn't matter. Gnashing of teeth-angry people- realize too late that they too cannot change things. That their insistence on their way of life mattering didn't make them right. That it didn't matter. They are also angry at God because He judged as He said He would concerning sin.
Opinions don't matter. Everyone has one.
It's whether you believe the God of the Bible or the god of this world. Like Heaven and Hell, like these, you do believe only one. Choose wisely because your eternity depends on it.