Come to Jesus…
Jesus gives mankind the deal of a lifetime, when He says…
“Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and LEARN OF ME; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Mat 11:28-30).
David admonishes us in Psalm 100::3,
“Know that the LORD is God. It is He who made us (we did not make ourselves), and we are His; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.”
Then Isaiah goes on to say, in Isaiah 55:1-7
“Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
Why do you spend money for what is not bread,
And your wages for what does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,
And let your soul delight itself in abundance.
Incline your ear, and come to Me.
Hear, and your soul shall live;
And I will make an everlasting covenant with you—
The sure mercies of David.
Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people,
A leader and commander for the people.
Surely you shall call a nation you do not know,
And nations who do not know you shall run to you,
Because of the Lord your God,
And the Holy One of Israel;
For He has glorified you.”
Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him; And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
Not too many folks will tell you, “I’m an atheist.” At least not with their words; but their lifestyles and the way they conduct their lives say otherwise.
I know a lot of people (and you do, too) who are living their lives as if there were no God.
They do not take God into consideration at all, with regard to what plans and destiny He might have for their lives.
In fact when you stop to consider it, that attitude is the very nature of what sin is all about.
Sin is anything that contradicts, or goes crosswise or against God’s original plan and purpose.
This attitude, which is common to all mankind, is the very nature which we all have inherited from our father Adam; and it is the reason why we ALL must be born-again, through the propitious work and shed blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary’s Cross, in order to have our sins forgiven and be reconciled back into God’s family.
It’s also the reason why Jesus had to be born of a virgin, because otherwise He would have carried that same sin nature as we do, that has been passed down to us through the blood of Adam.
The fact is most people leave God out of all their lives completely, their reckonings, their speech, their plans and their deeds.
They completely disregard God’s commands and precepts found in the Bible, and instead relying on their own wisdom, and are thereby refusing to hope in the goodness of God the Father.
This attitude is prevalent and can be seen all around us today, in our present day society; and this is the reason why Jesus (in Mat 7:13) tells us to,
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.”
In the Jewish culture this is what characterizes the “evil” and “wicked” people (as mentioned in the Bible); they are all those who are not actively pursuing GOD, who are not abiding by, nor following His Word, and are not seeking the Rhema mysteries that can only be found in His Word.
The character of the Wicked Person(s) In the Bible…
WICKED: (Heb. rasha) is the unrighteous who are evil, being guilty of willfully and purposely violating the standards of God.
In the Old Testament it refers to the one who refuses to acknowledge or obey God.
In the book of Proverbs explicitly, it refers to the foolish one who ignores or refuses to follow the divine teachings of God.
It is a state or condition of evil that focuses on the violating of God’s laws or standards. – Prov. 3:33; 18:3.
The Characteristics of Evil Men in the Bible…
2 Timothy 3:1-17
Separate from the ungodly
3:1 But know this, that in the last days, grievous times will come.
3:2 For men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful,
arrogant, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3:3 without natural affection, unforgiving, slanderers,
without self-control, fierce, no lovers of good,
3:4 traitors, headstrong, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God;
3:5 holding a form of godliness, but having denied the power thereof.
Turn away from these, also.
3:6 For of these are those who creep into houses, and take captive gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts,
3:7 always learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
3:8 Even as Jannes and Jambres opposed Moses, so do these also oppose the truth;
men corrupted in mind, reprobate concerning the faith.
3:9 But they will proceed no further.
For their folly will be evident to all men, as theirs also came to be.
Identify with the godly
3:10 But you did follow
my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, steadfastness,
3:11 persecutions, and sufferings: those things that happened to me at Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. I endured those persecutions. Out of them all the Lord delivered me.
3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.
3:13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived.
3:14 But you remain in the things which you have learned and have been assured of,
knowing from whom you have learned them.
3:15 From infancy, you have known the sacred writings
which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus.
3:16 Every writing inspired by God (literally, God-breathed) is profitable
for correction, and
for instruction which is in righteousness,
3:17 that the man of God may be complete,
thoroughly equipped for every good work.
The way you live your life speaks louder than words, and so don’t let your life deny your belief in God; and also don’t be foolish enough to think that you can ignore or reject the gospel and Jesus Christ, and that you will somehow get into heaven on your good works.
Jesus said, I AM the WAY, the truth and the life and NO ONE can come unto God except through Me. (John 14:6)
And to Nicodemus Jesus said (in John 3:3-21),
3 “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old?
Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”
5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You MUST BE BORN AGAIN.’
8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”
9 Nicodemus answered and said to Him, “How can these things be?”
10 Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?
11 Most assuredly, I say to you, We speak what We know and testify what We have seen, and you do not receive Our witness.
12 If I have told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things?
13 No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the Son of Man who is in heaven.
14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up,
15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.
16 FOR GOD SO LOVED THE WORLD that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.
21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Yes it’s true, Jesus is the ONLY WAY to heaven...
Such an exclusive statement may confuse, surprise, or even offend, but it is true nonetheless.
The Bible teaches that there is no other way to salvation than through Jesus Christ.
He is not a way, as in one of many; He is THE ONLY way, as in the one and only.
No one, regardless of reputation, achievement, special knowledge, or personal holiness, can come to God the Father except through Jesus.
We MUST be born-again!
Selah (let us pause and calmly think about these things)
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