Ulterior Motives

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To many times people think that “getting right with God” means living one’s life and then just before they die, they get right.

Is God a parachute that man puts on to save himself from death and destruction? Or is He something else?

God, the God of the Bible that is, is not an escape hatch, or a reset button or a life insurance policy. God is the Judge, jury and executioner that stands at the ready to receive you upon your death.

God has decreed laws, commandments, or rules, if you will, life for man to live by. He demands sinful man to get right with Him now, not in time, not when he has had a career, not when he has made enough money…no, NOW!

This is the problem with religion in particular. It thinks that man can live his life and try to be good, but at the end of the game, if he “gets right” with God, everything will be okay. My father believes this. No matter how many times, I have spoken to him, he believes that if he lives a “good” life, he will have nothing to fear on That Day. He says, ‘God will sort it all out’.

Really? What does the Bible say about it? We are told all through the New Testament that we are to repent of our wickedness, turn from it and serve the Lord Jesus Christ with all our might. We are told that at the end of our lives, when we stand before the Great Judgment Seat of Christ, we will give account of our lives, works and motives. Once that last breath is breathed, it’s over. There’s no reset button, no starting over, there’s no second chances to get it right. You will not be able to defend yourself and plead ignorance and get another chance to do it all right. Once your life is spent, that’s it. Then comes the Judgment.

Taking this truth into account, what will you do with it? Will you continue to live your life in your feigned ignorance? Or will you change?

To get right with God means it all changes. Your life, your motives, your desires, your past, present and future. Nothing remains the same for you. Yes, you still have that sin man following you around like some sort of insidious shadow, but he will no longer have the power to force you into sin. Your whole mindset changes. You want to serve God. You want to live for Him and if so, even die for Him. You no longer live for yourself, but for God and His glory.

‘Getting right’ with God means the entire course of your life changes to reflect Him and His desires and motives. It doesn’t mean that when your conscience gets the better of you, you go to church and shake some hands and pray and sing a bit until you feel better. This is nothing more than works, and those works are steeped in selfishness and will only add to the fire of your judgment.

Getting right with God is a life-changing event that will strip you, break you, crush you, and destroy you, leaving nothing left but ashes. And through those ashes, God will start building His temple. Brick by brick, inch by inch, you will be built, conformed, stretched, molded and made into the man that brings Him the glory He deserves. You will in fact reflect Christ Jesus at the end of the process. This is salvation. ParachuteTwist2

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Jesus Is Able to Preserve

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“Jesus is able to preserve to the end all who believe in Him, and become His disciples. He can give them grace to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil, and fight a good fight at the last.  He can lead them on safely in spite of every temptation, carry them home through a thousand dangers, and keep them faithful, though they stand alone and have none to help them.  ‘He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him’ (Heb. 7:25).”  –J.C. Ryle “Practical Religion”  P 341

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Jesus is Able To Save!

wpid-wp-13983608739581 (2)“Jesus is able to convert the hardest of hearts, and create in man a new spirit. He can take the most thoughtless and ungodly people, and give them another mind by the Holy Ghost which He puts in them.  He can cause old things to pass away, and all things to become new.  He can make them love the things which they once hated, and hate the things which they once loved.  ‘He can give them power to become the sons of God.’  ‘If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature.’ (John 1:12; 2 Cor. 5:17) ”  — J.C. Ryle “Practical Religion” p. 241

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Oh That Rugged Cross

Why is the cross of Christ so important? Only when a human being is saved and realizes how close he came to an eternity of hell, damnation and wrath, does he embrace the beauty of the cross.

He knows that it was only through the grace of God, he was saved. He cries tears of joy and thankfulness over the realization that he has passed from damnation to salvation. No longer is he looked upon by God as an enemy–but now is seen as a child.

Dear sinner, come to the cross. Come to Jesus who died for you. Come to the Saviour and surrender.

You have no other choice.

You’re Never Bad Enough!

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“Jesus is able to pardon and save the very chief of sinners  He can deliver the most guilty conscience from all its burdens, and give it perfect peace with God. He can wash away the vilest stains of wickedness, and make a man whiter than snow in the sight of God.  He can clothe a poor weak child of Adam in everlasting righteousness, and give him a title to heaven that can never be overthrown.  In a word, He can give any one of us peace, hope, forgiveness, and reconciliation with God, if we will only trust in Him.  ‘The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses from all sin.’ (I John 1:7)”  –J.C. Ryle “Practical Religion” p. 340-341

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Do You Know What the Cross Means?

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Do you know what the Cross means? The Cross means you are bad enough to go to hell and you needed something supplied outside of your efforts to make a way to heaven, and that is offensive to self-righteous man and to his pride. Because it says: Man, you are NOT good. You are so bad and sinful that God had to slaughter His own Son as a sacrifice in order to make a way for you to be saved from your sin that is so filthy.