Bible Ballistics: Final Recall ?????? Vol 4 #12
I’d like to share a burden that is weighing on me today. There is a time coming when every human being will be called to stand before a holy God and give an account of themselves. When that day comes there will be no opportunity to receive Jesus, the day of grace will have passed. What will you say when you stand before HIM? Are you ready to face God? Where have you placed your confidence?
If that day were today would you be ready? What are you counting on to be right before God? What rules your life? Have you given your life to Jesus or are you still sitting on the throne of your own heart? What things are you giving your life to? Who or what do you make time for? Is God on your priority list, or is He somewhere down in the, “when I get time” portion of your list? If you haven’t yet had time for Him, then it’s not likely that you will ‘find’ time for Him. In fact, I’ll guarantee that you will never “find” time for God. You must ‘make’ time for God. What are you making time for?
At that coming day, God won’t ask if you are current on trends, fads or how many friends you have. He won’t ask if you were popular, or how many gadgets you mastered, but He will ask what you did with His Son, Jesus. The one who came and died, was buried and rose again so that you could have life in Him. But as John 14:6 tells us, He is the only way to God. No matter what the world may say, God has said there is only one way—Jesus. And He changes lives.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Romans 14:12 says, “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
How will your account look to God? Is Jesus your advocate or are you counting on something or someone else to make you right with God? Jesus has some stark things to say in Matthew 7, and I think it would serve us well to search out what Jesus says about “that day”.
Matthew 7:21-27, “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.”
In this part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, we can learn a lot about ‘that day’ and appearances. Let’s search out what it says:
–Saying ‘Lord, Lord’ doesn’t make you a believer!
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”
How do I ‘do the will of the Father’? Only when I have received the righteousness of Christ—in salvation.
2 Corinthians 5:21, “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” My sin replaced by HIS righteousness. Have you been to Calvary?
–Many who say ‘Lord, Lord’ will be rejected
because they “work iniquity”. In other words, they talked a good talk, they worked a good work, they accomplished great miracles—BUT
—Jesus knows the truth—
He said ‘depart from me’
‘ye that work iniquity’
all they did was for self NOT God—
You can fool people but you can’t fool God…
Jesus goes on to make one of the clearest pictures of salvation in all of scripture. Yet, one that we often relegate to simply being a children’s song. Jesus makes a conclusion with this picture or parable.
–Therefore—concluding with the contrast/comparison reveals that if you:
hear His words and do them=
build on the rock—a sure foundation
storms WILL COME—
if you are built upon the rock the storms will not be able to destroy you because you are built on the rock.
hear His words and don’t do them=
build on sand—
implying a similar looking structure
looking like the other by all appearances
But with a major difference—
an unsure foundation
storms WILL COME—
because there is no sure foundation the house collapsed and GREAT was its fall!!!
Looking good isn’t enough.
So in conclusion, what are you building on? Are you saying one thing and living another? Do you claim to know Jesus and yet have no time for Him, His word or His work? Remember—saying so, doesn’t make it so. Does the ‘spirit of Christ’ dwell in you? Have you heard His voice?
Romans 8:9, “But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.”
Please be sure who’s you are. Jesus is coming soon and I want to know that those that I love are going to join me in heaven. I pray that you will examine your own heart before God. If you’re His—press on with Him. If you’re not His, repent and believe and He will save YOU.
(See Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Revelation 3:20, 1 Corinthians 15:1-5, and if you need more information please message me, leave a comment, or email me and I’ll try to help any way that I can.)
He is coming soon. Please be sure you’re ready.