Thursday, October 9, 2008

There Is But One Way

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Yes, just One way! And that way is through Jesus Christ! It may not be a popular position… or politically, socially and culturally correct, but God is not subjected to the passions and theologies of men. Because He is God and Him alone, and He makes that clear in His Word. It does not matter how much prestige you have in this world. Oprah Winfrey, psychic Sylvia Browne, and the Dalai Lama cannot make God to be something He is not. He is a good and merciful God, and He extends mercy to all who will accept it---own His terms. Not our terms. Money will not save you, your Hindu gods cannot save you, Mary and Joseph cannot save you, only Jesus can. ONLY HIM!!! Nor put your trust in church attendance, choir practice or your Jewish heritage…put your trust in Him.

Matthew 7:13-14
13) "Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it.
14) For the gate is narrow and the road is hard that leads to life, and there are few who find it.”

The way is NARROW. Jesus Himself said ‘few will find the way’. He wants all people to be saved but not all will be saved. You see, we have a part in this and we have a decision to make. Time is running out. Today even the secular media ponders how our world with national leaders possessing the ability to make nuclear decisions continue much longer without some international “incident”.

2 Peter 3:9-10
9) The Lord is not slow about his promise as some count slowness, but is forbearing toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.
10) But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and the works that are upon it will be burned up.

Heaven and Hell is real. Because someone may not understand it, does not change the fact Hell exists. We are subject to human frailties, but God is sovereign and the supreme judge of all things. Hell is not a metaphor for bad people, or some state of inner conscious limbo. I have noticed seeker friendly churches avoiding the subject, some ministers don’t preach it fearing it will turn off people. Yet there is a place for preaching it, as well as the love God has for all mankind. So great a love that Jesus Christ laid down His life for us (John 10:18). For you, for me. Believe it, for it is true.

Romans 5:6-10
6) For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
7) For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.
8) But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
9) Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
10) For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.

Many non-believers believe Hell to be a fear tactic—a mechanism for exerting social and political control. That is precisely what I believed as non-believer for many years. Until I had a very negative supernatural encounter, and I could no longer deny the supernatural existed. My non-believing mind reasoned if such evil exists than maybe God is real. Nevertheless, there were those times in my life when people witnessed to me and I wondered if Jesus was the Son of God. I will never forget watching the musical “Jesus Christ Superstar”, and I thought, “it’s too bad Jesus is not real”. And I remember immediately hearing so distinctly these words (not audible) “I am real”. I was astonished and I wondered to myself, that it was the strangest thought I ever had in my life. I heard Him, yet I kept running. Now I can look back and see how many times God was calling out to me.

Daniel 12:1-2
1) "At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time; but at that time your people shall be delivered, every one whose name shall be found written in the book.
2) And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”

The universe is not a random accident nor did we evolve from apes. This is a blinding lie.

2 Corinthians 4:4
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

We have no guarantee that tomorrow will occur. Make the right decision today. Turn to Jesus Christ and receive God’s grace and mercy today.

Matthew 18:11
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

1 Peter 1:18-21
18) You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold,
19) but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.
20) He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake.
21) Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are set on God.