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Ask yourself “if I died today, would I go to heaven?” Please take time to read this and examine yourself.
God is perfect and created all things; from the very beginning, God had a plan for this world. Nothing surprises God or happens outside of God’s sovereign control. God is perfectly Holy and completely righteous (beyond comprehension!). But we are human and are very different from our creator. We all like to think that we are good people but if we examine ourselves by God’s Holy standard we see the truth of what we really are. Let’s look at some of God standards, the ten commandments, and see what we find. Listen to your conscience and answer honestly.
9 Thou shalt not bear false witness:
Have your ever told a lie, even if you think it was harmless? A lie is deceitful and dishonest and morally wrong. God cannot and will not lie – nor will He tolerate lying.
8 Thou shalt not steal:
Stealing is something many try to justify by saying it was caused by their circumstances, but let’s be honest: you know it’s wrong no matter how little value the item stolen is.
3 Thou shalt not use the Lord’s name in vain:
This is called blasphemy. If you have ever used God’s name as a curse word, God sees this as a very serious crime. Jesus said “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36).
7 Thou shalt not commit adultery:
Jesus said that even lusting after a woman in your heart is adultery in God’s eyes (Matthew 5:28). In fact, every thought, word, and deed will be judged by God’s righteous standard.
If you are honest with yourself, you know you have sinned against God. The bible tells us “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) God is a righteous, just judge who will not let any sin go unpunished.” (Revelation 21:8 ESV) But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Please believe God and come to the truth that you deserve the lake of fire for your sin against God. This sounds drastic, but we’ve sinned against an INFINITELY Holy God, so the punishment must be eternal! You need forgiveness of your sins. Do you know what God did which provides forgiveness of sinners? “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8). God became a Man in the person of Jesus Christ who came to this earth, lived a sinless life, and suffered and took God’s wrath for sin upon Himself. He then rose from the grave – thus, defeating death and was “raised for our justification” (Romans 4:25). You broke God’s Law, and Jesus has paid the fine! He has offered His Righteousness to you! Not everyone will receive this gift. Jesus said “except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:3).
This was part of God’s plan from the beginning to bring glory to Jesus Christ while also showing mercy to you. Forgiveness for sin is not something you earn and cannot be bought, it is a free gift of mercy that God gives by His Grace. Because God is Holy, He would disgrace Himself if He allowed sin to go unpunished. Jesus offered a perfect sacrifice for sin, because He is fully God and became fully man, and was able to truly pay for the sins of men. He fully atoned for the sins of those who would believe! Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Don’t try to make a deal with God that you will do this if God gives you a good life or money or health. Come to Christ because Jesus Christ deserves your faith, your trust, your obedience. Jesus loves you, died for you, and is calling you. John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. If God is pulling on your heart right now or you’ve made this decision to ask God to forgive you, please contact us. We want to help you on your new journey with Christ as your Lord.
All Scripture references taken from the King James Version unless otherwise noted.