As I write this post, God has just led me to begin by encouraging my brothers and sisters in the faith to continue to seek after the kingdom of God.
Let us all who call upon Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, be mindful that we don’t allow anything to slip in and take priority over our relationship with the Lord. We can accomplish this by being intentional about setting aside special time each day, for prayer and studying the Word of God.
This is so important because there are so many things that will try to pull against this time; Spending too much time on social media, chatting with people on the phone about frivolous things, getting wrapped up in our feelings about what the news media is talking about, and getting pulled into our favorite content on the streaming services(I remember just a few years ago when Netflix was the only one and now it seems like a new one is being launched every two months or so)
We are definitely beginning to see the prophecies that Jesus warned His disciples of; And the ones foretold of in the Book of Daniel and Revelation beginning to come to pass with more frequency. If anyone would’ve told us as we prepared to ring in 2020, that within a few short months, our entire way of life would be impacted by COVID 19..would we have truly believed it? On a personal note, after much prayer to God and a consultation with my primary physician, God gave me peace about proceeding in getting myself vaccinated, last Spring.
While I will not tell anyone whether they should or should not take the vaccine(This is a decision that each one of us must make after praying and evaluating our individual personal circumstances), I’m sure any discerning believer can see how the systems put into place to distribute and store who has and who has not been vaccinated, could possibly be used during the Tribulation period for the Antichrist’s regime to coordinate the Mark of the Beast loyalty symbol. I am not a conspiracy theorist, but when I see things going on around me that prove that what is written within God’s Holy Word is true, I have a responsibility to mention it, out of love for the saved and unsaved.
My fellow believers and those reading who have not yet chosen Jesus, our eternal destination is serious business. Sin is a horrible monster that wreaks havoc and will result in an unsaved person spending eternity separated from God, in the lake of fire and brimstone. I don’t want to scare anyone into getting saved, but I must be honest by warning unsaved men and women of the wages of their sin.
In September 2015, The Holy Spirit led me to start this Blog to witness to the lost and encourage my brothers and sisters in the faith. I have taken this responsibility very seriously, because I fully understand that I will be held accountable for what I share here on WordPress, when I stand before Jesus Christ someday. Christian Bloggers, Pastors, Christian actors and musicians, laypersons; all of us will be held accountable to Jesus Christ for how we handled the Gospel. We must not use God as a prop, in our efforts to gain worldly fame and fortune. We must ask the Holy Spirit to give us guidance on how to minister to the lost and admonish fellow believers who might have stumbling blocks. There are times when we must show loving grace, and there will be some people with whom a sterner approach will be needed to snatch them from “dangling over the fires of Hell.”
I grew up with a cousin, who was around my same age. He was brought up in the church, however during his teenage years, he chose to see what the world had to offer. He developed a drug habit and made a few enemies in the streets. He was shot at and stabbed a few times, but still continued to “run in the streets.” Finally, after nearly twenty-five years, some health issues arose and he desired to find some religion. At first, he began dabbling in the worship of the Egyptian gods. I noticed that guys(calling themselves Master Teachers) were commenting on his posts on FB.
The Holy Spirit led me to reach out to him privately through Messenger, and witness the Gospel to him. I always spoke to him in a loving manner, and my cousin always responded in kind. He gradually began asking me questions about bible doctrine and various Christian subjects; And the Holy Spirit was always faithful in giving me the words and scriptures to respond with. My cousin would often tell me that after all he’d been through, his mom his wife, and me were the only three people that he felt like he could trust, but he still was not ready to get saved.
His mama and I continued to witness the Gospel to him, as often as we could, for three years more, until finally one day my cousin got the news that he was going to need to have hart surgery. He put me and his mama on a conference call, and, All Glory to God, we led him to Christ. He put the surgery off for a few more months; and we all prayed that he’d make it through okay, but this was the time that God welcomed my cousin into His Heavenly kingdom. Though I was sad that my cousin had passed away, his mom told me that my cousin had a peace about everything prior to them wheeling him in for the procedure. I was grateful that I’d been obedient to the voice of the Lord when He instructed me to begin witnessing to my cousin.
God loves every person, but He does not love the sinful things we do, because these deeds will eventually wreak havoc in our life and/or cause us to wreak havoc in the lives of other people.
The Word of God lets us know that the lake of fire and brimstone was originally intended to be the final punishment for the devil and his demonic forces, but it has enlarged itself to house those men and women who choose to enjoy the ways of sin while rejecting a sincere personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
God knows the innermost thoughts of people. He wants to deliver folks from substance abuse, pornography, homosexuality, being racist, having violent ways, and every other sin. None of us have done anything so bad that God won’t forgive us. God loves you and I too much to allow us to stay in a sinful condition, without Him providing a cure. That cure is Jesus Christ…And Jesus is the only cure.
My grandmother and uncle led me to Christ at the age of 11. Has everyday been easy…No. I know what it feels like to be bullied and ridiculed for my faith, but getting saved was the best decision I ever made. Plenty of people who once ridiculed me for my faith, have eventually come to me for prayer and advice. I seen drug addicts and dealers become mighty preachers of God’s Word, People overcome the molestation and abuse of their past to become spiritually and mentally healthy, People who were given only a few months to live go on to live 10+ years. All of this things occurred because these folks chose to place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ.
Our eternal destiny is serious business. Depending upon what we choose to do, each of us will either be spending eternity with Jesus in Heaven, or with Satan in the lake of fire and brimstone.
I love you, but Jesus loves you the most. If you call upon Him out of a sincere repentant heart, He promises to save you; And you WILL live forever in His righteous and loving presence.
If you are reading this and do not know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I would like to extend this invitation to you to receive the gift of salvation today. You can do so by praying and truly believing the prayer below, or by praying to God in your own Words.
I confess that I have sinned against You, and I know that there is nothing I can do by my own efforts to change my condition. I believe that Jesus Christ shed His blood and died on the cross for my sins; And that He rose from the grave on the Third Day to grant me eternal life. I know You love me, God, and I love You. I place my faith and trust only in You to conform my heart to Your will; And to order my steps everyday, from this day forward. Thank You , Lord, for saving me.
When we accept salvation, God saves us immediately, and makes us fit for entrance into Heaven, however some changes God will empower you to make easily, while making other changes will be a process that may take months or even years to make. Regardless of your situation, I assure you that the Lord loves you more than you could ever comprehend, and He will be with you every step of the way. Pray, study God’s Word and ask Him to give you revelation of what you are reading. I also pray that the Lord will direct you to a true Bible teaching, Jesus loving church, where you can have the support of other believers.