Many desire to be saved in heaven but few desire to heed the words of the Lord. You ask these people if they hope to be in heaven, one day, and most say yes, but only few say they read the Bible. Even most will say that they’ve read it before but not now. Many professing Christians also believe they are saved but still don’t give ear to the desires of God, through the Holy Spirit. These people have either lost the fear of God or never had any fear of God from the beginning. It is a well-known belief that God is all loving and loves people for who they are. This is far from the truth. 2God is all loving but also hates sin. He loves those that follow in His will but His wrath is upon the wicked. 5Those that live in habitual sin will have their just punishment handed down to them in judgement. Saying you believe in Jesus will not save Your deceitful heart from going to hell. 1God knows all, from the inside out. Even our worship to Him is a big fat lie if our heart is not cleansed through Him. We can’t be believers in face value alone but also live a secret life of sin and still think we are right with God. This is not a relationship built with God. Understand that God is angry with your sins and cry out to Him, as David did, 3“come and save us. Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. O Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?” 6Confess Your sins openly and allow Him to cleanse Your wicked heart.
David explained how we can escape God’s wrath and anger. He said, 3“Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.” Who is this Son of Man? Stephen taught us, while being stoned to death, 4“he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God, And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.” The man Jesus, 4“the Just One”, whom Stephen preached on, before his death, is our Savior. The people, in his time, did murder and kill Him, as they did many faithful followers of Christ also. But know this… No matter the amount of persecutors that come, Jesus will always triumph over evil. His words will continue to reign true in the lives of those that love Him. You can choose which side you represent. Is your faith true to the Word of God, no matter what? If Your faith is not grounded upon the rock of Jesus, then your soul is in jeopardy of hell fire. You are in great need of repentance before God. You will never get right with God if you aren’t humbled enough to call upon His Name for help. Let these words of David ring true to Your heart, this day. 3“Quicken us, and we will call upon thy name. Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.” If this is your heart’s desire, then act on it. Come to Jesus for salvation.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that my life will always be faithful to You. When temptation comes, may it not take me down with it. May my faith in You come out supreme in the battle against evil. Let not my heart be tarnished by the ways of this world. Give me strength to resist all things evil. May I always remember Your goodness when faced with tough decisions. Your love is greater than all things. Help me to remember this when sin is at the door. Lord, my heart was not always faithful to Your will, but Your love has changed me. My life was dark, in the ways of the world, but the day that I awakened to my sin, I knew I was in danger of hell fire. I was apart from Your love and that scared me to death. I felt Your wrath upon me, in my sins. It wasn’t until I repented and confessed my sins that I was cleaned by Your blood. Only through walking in Your ways have I found true happiness and joy. I am now in Your light. I am no longer in fear of death but openly accept it for I shall be with You. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
11 Samuel 16:6,7 (KJV)
6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the Lord’s anointed is before him.
7 But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.
2Psalm 45:2,3,6,7,15-17 (KJV)
2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.
3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.
6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace.
16 Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.
17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.
3Psalm 80 (KJV)
1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.
2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us.
3 Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
4 O Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?
5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.
6 Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.
7 Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
8 Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.
9 Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land.
10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars.
11 She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river.
12 Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her?
13 The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.
14 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine;
15 And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.
16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.
17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.
18 So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.
19 Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
4Acts 7:52-60 (KJV)
52 Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers:
53 Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.
54 When they heard these things, they were cut to the heart, and they gnashed on him with their teeth.
55 But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,
56 And said, Behold, I see the heavens opened, and the Son of man standing on the right hand of God.
57 Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord,
58 And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet, whose name was Saul.
59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.
60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
5Hebrews 10:26-31 (KJV)
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
61 John 1:5-10 (KJV)
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.