Godly sorrow leads us to repentance!
|2 Corinthians 7:10 (Amplified Bible)
10For godly grief and the pain God is permitted to direct, produce a repentance that leads and contributes to salvation and deliverance from evil, and it never brings regret; but worldly grief (the hopeless sorrow that is characteristic of the pagan world) is deadly [breeding and ending in death].
The Bible very clearly says that for ALL have sinned and have fallen short of God’s standards; and therefore it matters not what you have done in your past, or how bad you think you are, because the redemptive work of Christ (Messiah) on Calvary’s cross satisfied your debt, and mine, and every other person who is alive, and who before they depart this earth into eternity, receives by faith, the forgiveness provided, for their sins, in Jesus Christ!!!
This is a very important point that flies in the face of religious pride and erroneous religious doctrines of men, who would presume to earn something for which the Bible clearly says cannot be earned; and not only that, but there is absolutely nothing that any of us can ever do to either add to or take away from that propitious work already provided for us in Jesus Christ, at the cross of Calvary!
The Bible clearly says that Salvation is a gift that comes free to us, that we neither deserve nor can it be earned through any good works of our own; however though it comes free to us, it cost God His BEST, in the life of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ!
So here is my point, and we ALL need to understand this, that as long as we are not yet pushing up daisies, and are still alive, then we each still have a chance to become reconciled back into God’s family, if we do what God has prescribed, as outlined for us in the Gospel message; and it matters not who you are, nor what you have done… God’s grace is more than enough to qualify you and I as a redeemed member of His heavenly family!
I say this because I want to make sure that this message rings loud and clear that when we are confronted with the choice of humbling ourselves before God, which is an absolute requirement before we can repent (meaning to change the way we think), we have to first be willing to admit our own failure, and the fact that we are fed up with insisting upon following our way, and that of the world system any longer. In other words we have to be willing to die to our own understanding and pride, and trust only in Jesus Christ!
Until we are at that stage in our life, however, and as long as we hang on to this lie that there is some other way to God, other than through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ, then we shall remain outside of God’s grace; for by our maintaining that attitude, we are denying our only access into God’s Kingdom.
For what do you think the scriptures mean that say:
There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.”
6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”
Jesus the True Shepherd
1 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them.”
Jesus the Good Shepherd
7 Then Jesus said to them again, “Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who ever came before Me[a] are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture”.
Oh yeah, and there is just one more point I want to make, it won’t be the faith of your grandmother, or your mother, or some other person who loved you and prayed for you that will save you, and get you into heaven; and neither will it be because you happen to belong to any particular church or denomination.
The above scriptures make it very clear that only faith in Jesus Christ, and by a person surrendering their life to His Lordship, meaning you let go of your will and your rights; and then by our accepting forgiveness through His sacrifice, only then can any of us be saved!!!
The Bible calls this process being “Born-again!”
For more information on this, please consult the Owner’s Manual (the Holy Bible); and also here is a website you can check out: http://needhim.org/.
So with that said, I hope those of you who are reading this, who have not made your reservations in heaven, that you will do so now; and not put off until tomorrow, which by the way is not guaranteed to any man, something that will be the most important decision of your life; and will determine where you spend eternity, either with God or in a place you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy!
His name is Jesus Christ… and don’t you leave home without Him!!!