Receiving the true message of Gospel doesn't stop to just receiving Jesus as our guarantee that we won't go to hell. Jesus is not just a "fire insurance". If we have enough faith to just buy that "fire insurance" policy, then we are missing the true meaning of God's grace.
You see, our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ has so many wonderful promises that we can enjoy while we are still here, living on this planet. He never said that our lives here would come easy or without challenges but He did say that what is impossible with man, is not with God" [Mark 10:27].
As men, we are prone to brag about the things or accomplishments we have done or achieved. But God makes it clear that eternity has nothing to do with that. It is not about what we have done for Him but what He had done for us that bring us to do "good works"...
"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no on e can boast. For we are God's workmanship , created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." [Ephesians 2:8-10].
We don't have to wait until we die and go to heaven to enjoy His promise of eternal life. Amidst the trials here, we can still enjoy living our lives for Jesus said that He came here to give us life, and have it to the full. [John10:10].
Our personal relationship doesn't stop receiving Him in our hearts. God's desire is an everyday, on-going relationship with us. He wants to equip us with things that we can use to withstand the arrows of our spiritual enemies.
To me, not only Jesus provides a FIRE INSURANCE, He also gives us HEALTH INSURANCE, LIFE INSURANCE. He is the GREATEST PROVIDER for our financial needs. He is the ULTIMATE PROTECTION against unseen enemies. He is our GUIDANCE in this life's journey when we are lost.
This video is funny. But your choice about your eternal destination is not. It is a real deal! There are only 2 eternal destinations. Where do you want to go? "Heaven or hell?" To me, I would rather enjoy His presence with me now here while on earth and not want to miss His grace. My life's journey is more meaningful now, that I am following the Savior's footsteps. I used to wander like you. But I used to end up with frustrations and feeling empty, despite my own victories. I used to even doubt like you about His existence. But doing so did not take me anywhere. For life apart from Christ is NOTHING. [John 15: 1-8]
"Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." - Matthew 10:39 [NIV]
"Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell." -Matthew 10:28 [NIV]
Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. - John 14:6
The Attacker (5/15/09)
The sun was just peeking from the Eastern skies.
Out in the prison’s yard, some huge Sheriff’s buses were illuminated by the soft glow coming from the lights all over from the tall lamp posts. Their engines were turned on, warming up, before the buses would take the inmates to the different courts where they would have their trials.
Orange-uniformed men were lined up in pairs, joined together with handcuffs and chained, forming a long line. They already had their breakfast and had their morning medications prior to going to courts. Some were fidgeting, as they waited to board those buses.
All of a sudden, all hell broke loose! Two men were engaged in a fight, using weapons they made secretly for a while. Deputies called for help on the radio, both for custody back-up and medical staff, as well.
When the air was cleared and the other inmates were secured, one man was down on the floor. He sustained multiple gashes but two of them were deep. One cut was vertically etched from his left ear going down to the jaw line. The other dangerous cut was horizontal on his left neck, close to the jugular vein. Pool of blood dripped all over the floor. Holding his bleeding neck, he was pointing at the other inmate few feet away, being guarded by the other deputies.
The other man being accused was not hurt. There were no lacerations nor any other signs of trauma. He was obviously very agitated as he was being questioned by those deputies, while the medical staff started treating the other man on the floor. They cleaned the wounds and controlled the bleeding. That man was sent to the nearby hospital.
When the investigation was finalized, it turned out to be that the “downed man who was accusing the other inmate” was the attacker and the other one who didn’t have injury was the one attacked. The deputies found out that it was the second attempt to attack the unhurt man. Both attacks on him failed. He was well-prepared after the first attempt on him, that when the second attempt was done, he was able to defend himseld and ended up injuring his attacker severely.
[Source: Life Application Bible]:
We also have an “accuser of the brethren.” Satan and his army of demons are the enemies of God and of everything good.
“Because God’s children are human beings – made of flesh and blood – Jesus also became flesh and blood by being born in human form. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the Devil, who had the power of death.” –Hebrews 2:14
Because of what Jesus had done [dying on the cross], we, who live in constant fear of death shouldn’t be afraid anymore. Jesus had freed us from that fear so we can live for Him. When we belong to God, we know that death is only the portal that leads into “eternal life”. [“Thank You Lord!].
Paul warned us, too that we also battle against the evil forces of Satan, who is a vicious fighter. But to be able to withstand their attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor. We face an army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church. When we believe in Christ, they become our enemies. They will try any device to turn us away from the Lord.
Fear not! For God has provided His supernatural power to defeat Satan and his army, through His Holy Spirit within us. So, arm yourselves with God’s armor.
Let us be strong in the Lord's mighty power. Let's put on His whole armor to resist the enemy's attacks: put on the sturdy belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News, so that we are well-prepared. We will need faith in every battle as our shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed by Satan and his army. Let us put on salvation as our helmet, not forgetting the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Let's pray at all times, on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. We must stay alert and be persistent in our prayers for all Christians everywhere. [Ephesians 6:10-18].