19 July, 2016

Don't Be Deceived

A lot of people have fallen into the trap of saying, "I love God" and thinking that makes them in good standing with Him. But let's look at it this way: If you told your spouse that you loved them, told everyone else that you loved your spouse, but you never went to see him/her, never spent time with them, but instead offered excuse after excuse why you could not spend time with them, how long do you think it would be before people began to understand that you did not really love your spouse? Do you think your spouse would be fooled? Yet countless people try this same thing with God. The ONLY person being fooled is yourself and you had better wake up. Jesus is coming soon and only those who KNOW him are going to make it to Heaven. Not know about him, but actually, know him. That's just the way it is.

Wait... before you even think about the arguments
1) You can't judge me...
2) God knows my heart...
3) You don't have to go to church to worship God...

1) Let me just say that the Word of God tells us very clearly and plainly how we will know the followers of Jesus. Matthew 7:16 Jesus said, "You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?"
If Jesus said we can know/identify them by... then he clearly is telling us that we can judge if they are or are not followers of Christ. And in John 13:35, Jesus said, "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." It's pretty obvious that he says we will KNOW them, (which implies making a judgment call) AND that if you love God, you will want to spend time with those you love... other followers of Christ.

2) God does know your heart, and he says in His Word that, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked..." (Jeremiah 17:9)

3) Again you want to spend time with those you love and who are like minded. Also, Hebrew 10:24-25 says, "And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching."

So, your words mean nothing. Your actions show where you stand.
Time is growing short... VERY short. I don't want any of my friends or family miss Heaven and spend eternity in Hell. Before you come back with "I know I'm OK with God" let me share one more thought with you.
Jesus made it so crystal clear that many will think they were "OK with God" but the fact is they are deceived. How do I know this? In Matthew 7:21-23, "Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!"

Please... stop fooling yourself. Surrender your life completely to Jesus NOW, before it is too late. There WILL NOT be a second chance.

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