God’s Will

Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

These very verses are what shook my belief in religion and caused me to consider Christ. I asked myself, “What if what I did was not enough to merit Heaven?” “How was one to know what it took?” “Does God even want me?” “Can I know I am going to Heaven?”

I was brought up that you need to take part in your church. Utilize what God gave you and take your place. If you can sing, then sing. If you can serve, then you serve. If you can lead, then lead.

I could both sing and lead. I became a part of what was known as the Folk choir. We had several guitar players, a bass and a flute. We had about 15-20 singers, and we met weekly to practice. It wasn’t so much that I lead; it was more like facilitating. After our practices, I would be alone in the sanctuary. Part of me so desired God to speak to me, and I would often have conversations with God out loud there.

I had questions, but no answers came. Soon, I had taken a new job, and it was there that things began to change.

Those questions continued to plague my mind. Then, I met someone willing to challenge my belief system. This man posed questions directly related to truth. He shared how God is ready for me to go to Heaven with Him.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

But then, this man began to show me where my strongholds held me from trusting. It was the traditions of my religion. I looked back at Mom and Dad’s church and teaching. They were adamant about what they believed. It was admirable, but not biblical. 

I saw how simple it was to trust Christ.

John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

If I asked, God would give me the power to become His child. It was not something earned or achieved. It was not something I could do – it was trusting what has already been done.

As I fought to reconcile this against the traditions of my religion and my parent’s upbringing, I saw myself between two beliefs. One had to be right, and one had to be wrong. One was telling me I was to add my work to my belief and that there was no guarantee of Heaven because it was an unknown measure against an unknown standard.

The Bible was much clearer. 

John 3:17-18 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”

Mark 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.”

I felt I had the belief needed. Until I was shown:

James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

I could not keep all that my religion said I needed to do to go to Heaven. I was so utterly disappointed. I couldn’t fathom Hell and what was presented me. 

Luke 16:23-24 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.”

Matthew 13:49-50 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

The guilt began to overwhelm me. I felt doomed to an eternity in Hell with no escape. I felt as if I was holding to my parent’s religion and the Bible truth of Christ as Savior. As I clung to both, I felt as if I was dangling over Hell and forced to choose. 

Clarity came when I realized I could not deny Jesus Christ and released my hold on religion and fully trusted Christ on June 18th, 1990. 

Here is a thought: No place in the Bible states that our names are written in the Book of Life after we are saved. 2 Peter 3:9 suggests that God has written every name in the Book.

2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Any act regarding names in God’s Book were to be blotted out, not written in. Moses was told by God what would happen to those who sinned.

 Exodus 32:32-33 Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written. And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.”

Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost. Those trusting anything other than the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ will suffer eternal consequences. Being settled in your salvation brings great peace and comfort. If you still struggle, click here to look into what God says in detail about salvation. 

If your struggle continues, I am more than willing to guide those seeking salvation in Jesus Christ. Message me, and we can discuss it privately.

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