Daily Devotional for Friday April 22, 2016
What Jesus You Believe In Does Matter!
(2 Corinthians 6:14)
***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, please watch over me today and keep me from all harm. I look to you for protection from the evil in this world. Father, you know my challenges today. I give them to you. Let me be about your business today, as I know you will be about mine. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
What Jesus you believe in does MATTER!!! The music icon Prince died Thursday. Like all men, the moment he took his last breath he was before God His Creator. His belief in the lies of the Jehovah Witness cult were well publicized. I listened all day as those in the media talked about his “faith,” his “spirituality.” They spoke of how he was in heaven.
As world renown as Prince was because of his extraordinary musical gifts, the sad reality is that Prince is forever in hell. Like each person who dies, the only thing God cared about was if Prince knew Jesus as his personal Savior, and yes, IT DOES MATTER WHAT JESUS YOU PUT YOUR FAITH IN!!!
Some people may feel this is a very cold Devotional. Quite the opposite. It is because we have a generation of gutless pastors that I MUST share this message with you today. What I am sharing with you today is the most important issue in life, and one that needs to be discussed since death is a very real part of our life, and something each person reading these words today will experience in the future.
The Bible clearly tells us that tomorrow is promised to none of us. The fact is, the moment we take our last breath we will stand before God. At that instant, there is only one thing that will matter and that is whether you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and life by faith. At that moment, those who have accepted Him will be forever with God their Creator, those who have rejected Him will be forever separated from God their Creator.
It is impossible for us with our finite minds to even begin to comprehend the glory of Heaven, being with God our Creator for eternity. Likewise, it is impossible for us to even begin to imagine the horrors of Hell, being separated from God our Creator for eternity.
HELL IS NOT A BAD VACATION, IT IS ETERNAL SEPARATION FROM GOD YOUR CREATOR AND THERE ARE NO WORDS THAT COULD EVER DESCRIBE THAT HORROR!!!
The Bible, which is our final authority in ALL matters is very clear on death. It is final. There is no such thing as reincarnation, we are not coming back as a petunia. We don't die and go to some special place where people can pray us into Heaven over time. The moment we die our body is no longer of any use and our soul lives on for eternity, either forever with God, or forever separated from Him. That eternal destination is determined by only ONE THING, our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Being a member of a certain church CANNOT save you. Being baptized as a baby CANNOT save you. The faith of your parents CANNOT save you. Good works CANNOT save you. A pastor or priest simply praying over you while you are dying CANNOT save you. The ONLY THING that can save you is putting your faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. It is a choice, a conscious choice, that YOU and YOU ALONE have to make BEFORE you die.
Sadly, based on his own words, Prince had rejected faith in the Jesus Christ and bought into the lies of the Jehovah Witness cult that denies the deity of Christ. If Jesus is not God than we are all lost in our sins since it is a key tenant of the Christian faith! The Mormon cult also denies the deity of Christ along with a plethora of other anti-Biblical beliefs. However, denying the deity of Christ alone makes them a cult and those who put their faith in their lies makes them as lost as an atheist!
The Bible tells us that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." You see my friend, it is our SIN that separates us from a Holy and Righteous God, and why only faith in Jesus Christ, who paid for our sins can allow us to be reconciled to God. Prince did many good works throughout his life. However, the Bible tells us in Ephesians 2:8,9 that good works will not save you.
I have no doubt that somewhere in the world, within a few minutes of the passing of Prince a man who had accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior also died. This man was not known by the world, he did not have great wealth, but death is the great equalizer. If Prince died without the Christ of the Bible, this man that was known and loved by the world, this man who had all the wealth this world could offer, was instantly cast into eternal darkness.
At the same time, the man who DID know Jesus as her Savior by faith, who had no fame or fortune in this life, was instantly ushered into the presence of Almighty God for eternity. "What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, but lose his soul?" (Luke 16:19-31)
I love you and care about you so much. Being a famous person in this life does NOT guarantee you anything when this brief journey is over. Each person is responsible for their own eternal destination by their choice in regard to Jesus Christ. IT MATTERS WHAT JESUS YOU PUT YOUR FAITH IN! You see, it was the Jesus of the Bible that died on a cross 2,000 years ago for your sins and mine. That is why ONLY faith in the Jesus of the Bible can save you.
If right now, this very moment, you do not have the assurance that when your life is over, you will be forever with God, the Bible says that TODAY is the day of salvation. You never have to doubt or wonder again, Bow your head right now, ask God to open your heart, and read the words at this following link: http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm I will be praying for you as you make the most important decision that you will make in this life, where you will spend eternity.
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,