Jeremiah 32:26-27; “The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: ‘Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for me?'” Matthew 19:24-26; Jesus said, “Again, I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God.’ When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished saying, ‘Who then can be saved?’ But Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man, this is impossible; but with God, all things are possible.'” (ESV – all emphasis mine)
One of the biggest issues many humans face is trying to put God into a category that fits human understanding. For example, we know the Trinity is three entities that really are one – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We can believe they exist, yet we can never fully understand how this is possible through our meager human mentality.
One part of this Trinity, the Son Jesus, allowed Himself to become lower than the angels that He created, to become a human for a time on this earth that He also created (Hebrews 2:9). He, the Father, and the Holy Spirit love the humans that were created so much that there was only one way we sinful beings could be with them forever. A perfect, sinless blood sacrifice had to be provided in order to satisfy the Father’s need for acceptance. No animal, bird, fish, or any other human could ever fill this requirement, so the Father had to supply a part of Himself to cover our sins – My Sins!
John 1:1-2; 14; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God… And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.”
One of the hardest issues we humans have at times is to look past this earth and our present lives here. What we are experiencing is less than just a blink of an eye compared to the eternity that lies ahead. Where we spend that eternity depends on what we choose as most important here and whether we follow Jesus or we follow Satan. There is no third option.
In the opening of this message, it was stated how difficult it is for a “rich person” to enter heaven. It’s not about their wealth but how important they perceive their earthly riches to be over having the Son of God as their eternal Savior. To many, their wealth is their god, and they cannot see beyond that.
Ephesians 2:4-9 may seem like a lengthy read, but consider the message in those verses. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the Heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”
The best part of it all, we have a Father who never changes. His words have been true from the beginning, and they will stay true throughout the life cycle of this earth and all throughout eternity. What’s difficult for earth-bound humans is believing in something they can’t see.
All that Satan throws at us is up front and personal, and he does his best to make it as alluring as possible. He does everything to draw our souls away from the Lord. Jesus knows this, and as He said to Thomas, “…have you believed because you have seen Me? Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).
Prayer is a tool the Savior taught us how to use to talk to the Father and make our petitions known. We hear the saying, “Strength in numbers,” and we realize that believers praying for each other and together gives us a powerful tool against evil.
In 2014, Mark Bishop released a song called “Pray On The Little Days.” It contains a valuable lesson that tells us we can have our faith increased by talking to the Father.
1.) I’m just like you in so many ways. I’ve had my share of tears, had my share of rainy days. Yeah, there were ups and downs, and the seasons turn. But through it all, the greatest lesson I have learned is to just let God be God on those little days, and He’ll be God there on the bigger days.
Ref.) Why do we wait until things go wrong, when we could have Him by our side all along? Let God be God in the best of times, and He’ll be God when you’re going through the worst of times. When you need God to move in mighty ways, when you need God to be there in the bigger days, pray on the little days.
2.) It’s more than a book sitting on a table. God can change your life; He’s willing, and He’s able. Oh, but we keep Him small, and then we stay the same; but we could change the world by calling on His name. Let God be God on the little days, and He’ll be God on the bigger days.
Romans 10:17 says, “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:9-13 gives the steps to Salvation that are only difficult if someone is looking for hidden messages. It’s actually plain as “A – B – C”; Admit we’re sinners and cannot find forgiveness and eternal Salvation on our own (Romans 3:10; Romans 3:23); have faith and Believe that Jesus is the only way (John 14:6), and Call out to Him to forgive you and to be your Savior forever.
Take the time to read from God’s Love Letter to us – the Bible – every day. For anyone just starting out, the Book of John is a good place to start, followed by Romans. Reading just a chapter or two a day will help keep us focused on the Savior and all He has done for us.
For anyone who has never asked Jesus into their heart and for Him to be their Savior, now would be a very good time to do so. The events of this world are pointing more and more toward the end of this age, and we don’t want anyone left behind when Jesus calls all believers up to meet Him in the air to avoid the coming Tribulation/Wrath. No one knows the exact day or hour, but the condition of this world is totally in the prophecies of the last days of this age.
He is waiting for anyone who truly asks for forgiveness and would be happy to add all to His precious flock. God will force no one to call out to receive and accept the gift, but at the same time doesn’t want anyone to fail (2 Peter 3:9). He will, however, allow each and every person to make their own choice as to where they will spend eternity. Jesus paid dearly for that gift, and the only unforgivable sin is to not receive and accept Him as our Lord and Redeemer when their last breath is taken on this earth. That would result in an appointment at the Great White Throne of Revelation 20:11-15.
No one has sinned so greatly that the Blood of Jesus cannot reach them. There are no works we can do to earn our Heavenly Home, as given in Ephesians 8-9, and no special “price” we can ever pay for that gift. Today would not be too late to call, yet tomorrow could just be too late to avoid the Wrath.
Hope to see you at the Rapture and at the feet of Jesus!
Come, Lord Jesus!