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8
Aug

It leaves earth for Heaven–or for Hell!

   Posted by: jmueller

(James Smith, “CONSIDER!” 1859)

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: Consider your ways!” Haggai 1:7

God commands you to consider–and you cannot neglect to do so, but you sin. Your circumstances require it of you–and you cannot neglect to do so, but you must be losers thereby. God complains, “My people do not consider!”

Inconsideration has ruined thousands–and will ruin thousands more. But shall it ruin you? It will–if you give way to it. Let me entreat you to do so no longer.

Consider that you are immortal–and must live forever.
Your BODY will die–and perhaps soon.
But not so your SOUL–it never dies.
Death changes its place–but not its nature.
It leaves earth for Heaven–or for Hell! It lives as much when the body is dead–as it did before. It is conscious–and capable of enjoying the highest pleasures–or of enduring the most dreadful torments! And one or the other will be its lot.

Heaven–or Hell,
happiness–or misery,
always follows upon death!

Surely an immortal being ought to consider:

Where shall I be after death?

What shall I be?

Among whom shall I have my eternal portion?

Is it rational to confine our attention to the present time, and the present world–when time bears no comparison to eternity; and our stay in this present world must be brief?

Consider that you are a sinner.
You have broken God’s law.
You have incurred God’s displeasure.
You are condemned by God’s Word.
You deserve God’s wrath.
Your heart is alienated from God.
You act in opposition to God.
You lie absolutely at God’s mercy–and at any moment He could cut you down, and send you to Hell.
You have no right to expect anything but justice at His hands! And if He dealt with you after your sins, and rewarded you according to your iniquities–your doom would be indescribably dreadful!

Reader! “Consider your ways!”

Consider that you are immortal–and that you must live somewhere forever!

Consider that you are a sinner–and that you cannot live in Heaven as such!

Consider that you may be saved–for the Lord Jesus Christ is both able and willing to save sinners!

Consider that you can only be saved by sincere faith in Christ!

Consider that you must denounce your own righteousness, and rely solely on His finished work!

Consider that if you are saved by Christ–you will live to Christ.
He will be your Lord–as well as your Savior.
He will be your example–as well as your atoning sacrifice!

Consider that faith is the root of holiness, and a holy life alone proves our faith to be genuine.

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: Consider your ways!”

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12
Apr

Are You Really A Christian?

   Posted by: jmueller

Todd Friel has this message on his website at Wretched Radio.  It is a very good message based in 1 John.

Todd Friel – ‘Are You Really A Christian?’

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26
Jan

God’s Plan of Salvation

   Posted by: jmueller

Are you saved? Do you know, with certainty, that when you die, you will go to Heaven?  I know, I know. You say that there is no way of knowing where anyone is going when they die.

This is one of the biggest questions that needs to be answered.

You can know for certain if you are going to Heaven.

The Bible tells us that you can know this.  As a matter of fact, the Bible tells us why mankind was created, who created mankind, why there is evil in the world, why there is a Hell, and how we can enjoy God forever in Heaven, and much, much more.  According to Genesis 1:1, God created the Universe.  Genesis 1:27 tells us that God created Adam and Eve on the sixth day.  Now, in spite of being placed in the perfect Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve grew full of pride and rebeled against God’s command to not eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Gen 3:1-13).  Sin entered the world through this act.  Each one of us has sinned against God (Romans 3:23).

At this point, many people say ‘Yeah, but I’m a prettygood person.  I do lots of good things for people’, or ‘I’m not as bad a Hitler’, or some such thing.  So let’s look at that for a moment.  Let’s go through a short test to see if you are really a ‘Good Person’.  How many lies have you told in your life?  Even ‘little white lies’ are still lies (Ex 20:16).  Have you ever stolen something, even if it is small?  A piece of gum from a store, a pen from the office, music from the internet (Ex 20:15)?  Have you ever used God’s name in vain?  This means to use His name in way that is not honoring to Him, usually as a cuss word (Ex 20:7).  Have you ever had a lustful desire for another person?  X-rated thoughts about someone else?  Jesus said that if a person lusts after another person, they have committed adultery in their heart (Matt 5:27-28, Ex 20:14).  Have you always kept God first in your life?  Is He precious to you (Ex 20:3)?  We have looked at only five of the Ten Commandments (Ex 20:1-17).  There are five more that are still left to convict you.  In addition, the Bible teaches that if we break just one of the God’s laws, we are guilty of breaking them all (James 2:10).  It only takes breaking one law to become a criminal, whether you look at civil law, or God’s law.

The punishment for breaking God’s Law is severe.  The Bible teaches us that the punishment for sin is death (Rom 5:12).  It also tells us that anyone who has sinned will not go to Heaven (1 Cor 6:9-10). And like I showed earlier,  everyone has sinned (Rom 3:23).  That sounds very harsh, doesn’t it. But here is an analogy: if I lie to one of my sons, how much trouble do I get into?  Not very much, right?  What if I were to lie to my wife? I would be sleeping on the couch.  What if I lie to a police officer? I could be thrown in jail.  What if I lie to the President?  I could be executed for treason.  So, in every one of those situations, I did the same thing wrong.  So what made the punishment  change?  It was the one against whom I lied.  The importance and power of that individual.  So finally, what if I commit a lie against God – the Infinite, Eternal Creator of the Universe?  The punishment should be eternal and infinite.  And that is exactly what each of us desrves for violating His laws.  And you might say ‘But I thought that God was forgiving’.  If God were to just forgive everyone that has broken His law, then he would not be a good and just God.  He cannot let lawbreakers go free.

So now what?  We all deserve eternal punishment.  Is there any way to be saved?  In order to let a criminal go, the punishment must be fulfilled or the fine must be paid.

There is Hope

God sent His son to earth, who was fully man and fully God, 2000 years ago.  Just as was prophesied (Isa 7:14), Jesus was born of a virgin (Matt 1:18).  He lived a sinless, perfect life. He performed many miracles (Heb 2:4).  He healed  people of blindness (John 9:1-41), leprousy (Matt 8:1-4), and even death (John 11:1-44).  In spite of the miracles, the Jewish religious leaders refused to accept that he was the Messiah.  They paid one of his Apostles to betray him (Matt  26:14-16).  He was convicted by the Sanhedrin of blasphemy and sentenced to death (Matt 26:57-68), and the Roman Governor bowed to their wishes (John 19:1-15).  So Jesus was whipped, beaten and put to death on a Roman  cross (John 19:1-38).  He suffered the wrath of God on that cross, and took the punishment that you and I deserve (Rom 3:25-26).  Then, three days later, He rose from the dead conquering Death.  He paid the price for our sins.  It is  through His sacrifice that our sentence can be commuted, and we can be set free.

Does that mean that everyone gets to go to Heaven, then, because of what Jesus did? Certainly not. Only those people that trust in the fact that He paid that price and turn to Him in repentance will be saved.  This means that you need to acknowledge that you have sinned against Him, apologize to Him, and turn from those sins. Pray to Him exactly what you are feeling, and trust that he is listening.

Read the Gospel of John with an open mind and an open heart. If you don’t have a Bible, there are several websites that will let you read it online.  Here are just a few of them:Logos.com, Bible.orgBiblegateway.com, and ESV Bible.  If you have questions about any of this, please feel free to contact me at jeffmueller@relleumffej.com

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