I've heard many people say "well I can't stop doing what I do" or "I must be meant to go to hell" etc. Even people familiar with the Word of God believe we are predestined to go to either hell or heaven.#FALSE! God mad us all in his image and from the beginning that image was good. WE chose what we want to do, where we want to go, and how we want to live.
"For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-" Ephesians 1:4-5
*Meaning: God made us blameless and pretty much good, but as we grow into who we WANT to be and not who we NEED to be we venture off for our pleasure. Clearly we all are made and meant to go to Heaven. Sincerly saying, we send ourselves to hell.
I've stated many times in my notes "Is it worth it?" We are able to control our actions. We are able to fight for what is right. We are able to live holy and its not JUST because we are humans that we fail, but because as humans we tend NOT to think spiritually and for our future. We are born as sinnersYES, but we dont have to live up to that. Live holy, worship God, believe in Jesus. We indeed learn from our mistakes, but our destination should be heaven. Live life according to his will. HIS not ours. So when an obstacle comes, first, look at it as option 1 [SIN] and option 2 [NO SIN] ...go to the option where there is no sin and try to maintain that holy life style. God wants us all to go to heaven...the question is...Do YOU want to?
I read this just now and decided to send this to you all.
Philippians 3: 13-14
"But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. "
This is Paul writing and he is telling us what we should do in my perspective during bad and/or stressful times. On many occasions in the Bible it speaks about NOT being stressed and not letting other people get in the way of our blessings etc.
ex. Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food and the body more than clothes. (Luke 12:22-23)
Just continue to push forward in life, set your goals, and make Jesus Christ and pleasing God your FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD priority. Everything else will fall into place. :)
my friend, the potter wants to put you back together again,
oh, the potter wants to put you back together again
This was a snibbet of the song *The Potter's house by Tramaine Hawkins* For all my people, the world is not going to be here forever. You will not live on this Earth for ever. "Live as temporary residents on earth" - 1 Peter 1:17. From my understanding this is saying do not live on this Earth as if this is your home. You should be trying to get right to meet your maker and make Heaven your home.
Giving your life to Christ and letting God use you for his purposes is not as hard or bad as most people make it. It's fulfilling. Too many people this day and age believe that their time here on Earth will last until old age, but look around; so many young people are dying. I know of more young people dying now than older people. *GET YOUR LIVES IN ORDER* Don't let your opportunity to reside to Heaven be snatched from under you for petty fun here on this non everlasting life here.
Galatians 5:19-21 says, "Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God." We do not need all this in our lives. Personally, these sins make life worse. All sins have a consequence. And *NO* we are not perfect and we will make mistakes, but it's us not continuing to do these sins is what shows God we are serious about making Heaven our home. Talk to God. Ask him for forgivness and let him use you to better your life. Most people wonder why so much negativity is happening to them. *LOOK AROUND* when was the last time you *DIDNT* use God's love and take his grace for granted. Be a faithful servant unto the Lord. If you are able to read this, then it's not too late for your BROKEN SPIRIT to be rekindled and saved.
We all know tomorrow is not promised to us. So why wait on llife to end before talking to God. Surprisingly I do not think it works like that. Show God now! Love and adore him. Go to church. Pay your tithes."
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Stop trying to please the world and please God. He is all that really matters. No the club, not drinking, not sex, NOT MONEY. None of these things will please God and none of these things will give you entry to Heaven. *EVERYONE* wants to go to Heaven, but nobody wants to live right. Trust me. Your time will come, please don't be left behind. *THINK ABOUT IT*
The saying "God knows my heart" is just an excuse to continue to do wrong in your life".
You know when/if God is pleased with your actions. Why jeopardize your spot in Heaven for a "good time" on Earth? My friend Ebony Huffman stated a while back on twitter "I'm saved and I have a life. I really do, but it's a saved life." Meaning you can have a life full of fun and happiness and still make it to Heaven. Did you know when/if you make it to Heaven you get rewards, trophies, mansions, etc? Why chase that materialistic aspects of life here on Earth when your stay here is limited... 1 Peter 1:17 stats, "Live as temporary residents on earth" Clearly we should live life to go to Heaven, NOT live life as if our true home is Earth. Living for the world can surely cost you your spot in heaven.
Heaven/Hell will be for eternity. I rather have Jesus than silver or gold. (aka that good time). honestly...I don't think many people want to go to Heaven. Why do I believe this? GLAD YOU ASKED...b/c people tend to believe that they will die at 89...when you can die tomorrow. We young people really need to think about how were are living. Is it the walk with Jesus or the walk with Satan? If you were to die today would you enter Heaven? REALLY! Would you? We have to start living our life according to God's word because we NEVER know when our time is up. We CANT continue to think God will continuously forgive us for the same sins when we purposely do them. He is a jealous God and everything we do or pay attention more then him upsets him. many young people say "Imma do me anyways" (meaning I will live life for me) ...lol are you really?... do you honestly think that "doing you" will give you that pass to Heaven. No seriously, think about it. I'll wait!
In conclusion, don't let your so called wants and needs distract you from God. Its not worth it. An eternity in hell is not worth it. Walk with God. He orders thy steps. Trust him.
Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (1)Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.
Cleary God wants us to love one another just as if we love him and ourselves. Having hatred and madness in our hearts and on our minds does not bring happiness or an entry in Heaven.. No matter what people have done to you in your life, just forgive them SINCERELY
*Matthew 6:14-15 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses*
*(1)Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
* We all should be living on this Earth to help one another and to love one another. We should spend our time praising God together not fighting and cursing one another out. We shouldn't be worrying about who is hating on us or disliking each other, we should be trying to come together for God. If you aren't living your life trying to please God on a daily basis you are not living the right life. There is a difference in living life to the fullest dangerously and living life to the fullest with God. *which are you living?*
Love one another, come together as one and life will be happier. Did you know it was a sin to hate and to have continuous dissensions (disagreements/fights). It's time to put all that anger aside and go to God. LOVE LOVE LOVE is the strongest emotion. God gave us all hearts for a reason. Use it...don't abuse it.