It is amazing how God speaks to us. He works in mysterious ways because we are finite and He is Infinite. That is why His ways are mysterious. Sometimes we will never truly understand the "method behind the madness" so to speak. That is where faith comes in. We should be thankful that we have faith and we can find grace to help in time of need. Let us all be thankful.
Our Redeemer is a Living, Breathing God who saves and redeems us. We are brought with a price. Life and time are of the essence. That means that time is in short supply because it is finite. Therefore it is more precious than gold. Jesus Christ is the same no matter if it was the Jesus that died on the cross or the Jesus that WILL return soon.
Jesus is Lord. There are people who are being deceived at this very moment who don't know that Jesus is truly alive. He died for them. He loved them enough to truly suffer for them. He was mocked, and spit upon. He suffered from a brutal execution after suffering from a brutal beating. He endured so much more than we can imagine. We could not take His place, but He could take our place.
What I am trying to say is that He is the only God who is True. He deserves respect. To say that He has earned our respect would be an understatement. He is the only true God who is to be worshiped. There are many people who want to go to Heaven when they die. There are many who want to see God, but that is only for the pure in heart. Sadly, very few people will end up being truly redeemed because they are found to be truly repentant, enduring believers who are pure in heart.
Millions go to church talking and singing and clapping, and praising a God that they truly do not know. Many are not even born again. There are people who are good, religious people who are not truly born again. Many have been deceived by false prophets and false Christs. Others go through the motions. Others have given up.
There are millions who leave the church because there seems to be nothing of substance. There is violence in the churches. There is division in the churches. There is therefore a lack of love and cohesion in the churches. They fail to realize the impact that their doings or lack thereof have on them, their souls, and the rest of the world. There are millions of people who are suffering and will end up in Hell and then shall be cast in the Lake of Fire because of the failures of the church who will be held accountable. That is something that it a serious undertaking. As I write this, everything I do, think, and write will be held to the light one day. I too will have to give an account for how I have lived my life.
There are two judgements in the Bible that are often discussed: the Great White Throne of Judgement and the Judgement Seat of Christ. You don't wish to be judged at the Great White Throne of Judgement. That is for those who are unbelievers and unrepentant sinners in Christ. They will be judged by their works. Their end will be dire for it will be eternal. They will not be singing with the angels but will be cast alive in the Lake of Fire forever. Meanwhile the Judgement Seat of Christ is for the repentant believer. Scarcely will the righteous be saved. However the believer will enter the Lord's rest. They will not be cast into the Lake of Fire. This is for the pure in heart and the repentant, enduring believer who served the Lord faithfully. This is for the believer who was ready for His return and the believer who truly loved the Lord in word, thought, speech, and deed.
My message to whoever reads this is this: You don't want to spend eternity without God. You don't want to take part in the Lake of Fire. Jesus died for you. He loves you. The Christian walk is not a walk of shame or regret but of love, patience, and endurance. It is also narrow. Sometimes the road will be unpaved and full of gravel. You may even suffer for a while. There will be times when you ask God why. There are times when faith will be shaken. There are other times when you wonder if you will make it another day. But considering all that will happen in eternity the pain is only temporary. One day, believers will no longer have to suffer. There will be no more pain, no more hate, no more fears, and no more poverty.
The Kingdom of Heaven is near. Jesus is returning soon. To 'get to know' Jesus, we must be born again. Being born-again means to be born not of the flesh, but to be born from above. We are born of the flesh yes, but to be born from above means that we will be made new once we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. We are changed from what we were to what we are now, spiritual creations born from above. I guess it is hard for me to explain but those who are saved were once unrepentant sinners who were saved by faith because they believed on the Lord Jesus who is the Son of God who rose from the dead by the Father.
Prayer does not save, but Jesus does. If one believes in their heart that Jesus, the Son of God, rose from the dead by the Father and if he or she calls on the name of the Lord, then they shall be saved. Jesus is the only Way to the Father.
If you are not born again or are not sure you are truly born again, I ask that you would pray this prayer or say it from your own words:
" Lord Jesus Christ, I am a sinner in need of a Savior. I believe in my heart that God rose You from the dead. I am not truly born again and I ask for forgiveness for all of my sins. I ask that You would fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Make me a new creation and may I be redeemed. Thank You for loving me and for saving me. In Jesus' name, Amen."