Have you ever been so excited about something that you wanted to share with everyone? Something that could bring them joy and happiness for the rest of their life. Perhaps it might change their lives forever. Changing someone from poverty to inner prosperity, giving them a whole new look at life.
Or on the other hand, someone could be in horrible danger. Something that is threatening their very life or livelihood. It could be a disease that may kill them. They have been ignoring the warning signs and refusing to see the danger they are in.
It could be that they are on a dangerous road in the lifestyle that they are living. Abusing substances, destructive behavior, or a million different scenarios that led a person down a road that reaps a life of destruction or even leads to death.
You may know exactly what I am talking about. You may know others you care about that are going through something similar or you are that person headed in the wrong direction. I hope and pray you will listen carefully to what I have to say.
I want to tell you that I have a message for you, a warning so vital to your survival, you have no idea. It is all these things. It is a message of joy and hope if you are willing to accept it. But first of all, it is about great danger and warning that you must not reject. Because it is the truth of your situation, your condition. It is about your eternity and how you can obtain the promise of Heaven when you die.
Did you know that you have a very serious problem? It is not a physical disease but is a spiritual disease called sin. There is a God who has created all things to glorify Himself. He even created you for this reason. But you have a sinful nature that causes you to do and behave in a way that is contrary to what He wants you to do. Unfortunately, there is a price to be paid when you disobey His ways.
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the Kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Everyone around the world knows instinctively that lying, stealing, anger, greed, adultery, and killing are wrong. It is evident when you become offended when someone else commits one of these sins against you. It stirs up something inside of your soul, doesn’t it?
This is the hard part to hear. But it is so important to look at yourself with honesty.
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire.” Matthew 5:21-22
Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” “If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.” Matthew 5:27-28,30
There is no one who can avoid these facts. No one is innocent, for all of us are sinners, we have all broken God’s Commandments. We have become a criminal in His eyes because of sin and are headed to a place of judgment one day called Hell.
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, Romans 3:23
As it is written: “None is righteous, no, not one; no one understands;
no one seeks for God. All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good, not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave; they use their tongues to deceive.” “The venom of asps is under their lips.” “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.” “Their feet are swift to shed blood; in their paths are ruin and misery, and the way of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:10-18
But now onto the wonderful and glorious good news! God loved you so much, He made a way of escape from that prison. He did this even before you were there. He provided a sacrificial lamb to take your punishment for you.
Jesus Christ is that perfect and spotless sacrifice. He lived a perfect life, without sin. He suffered on the cross, taking your punishment, the Wrath of God for your sins. He died and rose again three days later. Therefore, defeating both sin and death that you as well may live and be forgiven of your sins.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.
And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his works should be exposed. But whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.” John 3:16-21
The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, 1 Timothy 1:15
Be honest with yourself and God. You have broken God’s Commands and Laws. You can find them in Exodus 20. He offers you mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Gifts you do not deserve but He offers them to you anyway.
But you must turn your heart away from your sinful ways. This is called repentance. To no longer seek your sinful desires but to obey, trust, and follow Him. Cry out to Jesus with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. He promises to hear you, answer, and forgive if you seek Him with all your heart.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the LORD, Jeremiah 29:11-14
I pray that your eyes have been opened to the danger that you are in. Sin leads to death. It is the wages God owes to you. But if you turn to Him, believe in Jesus Christ, repent, and follow Him for the rest of your life. You will build up treasure in Heaven.
A wonderful kind of wages earned through serving Him for the building of the Kingdom of God. Wages that will be a true and eternal blessing to you. A blessing that will not be denied or taken by the passing of time or death.
Consider this message I have written to you this day. This life of sin is temporary and does not last long. But your eternal destination will be final and what you do here on earth will determine where you will go and the rewards or punishment you will receive.
The disease of sin you have is real and you have a decision to make. Either you will choose Jesus Christ and life or you will choose your own path and death. Please choose carefully.
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, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. 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. Daniel 12:1-2