Wednesday, November 26, 2008
I've had conversations where people say that they sincerely believe in God and they are willing to bet their lives on it. Of course they are betting their eternity on what they believe.
"Therefore, brethren, be all the more diligent to make certain about His calling and choosing you; for as long as you practice these things, you will never stumble" (2 Peter 1:10 NASB) Read previous verses to find out what "these things" are.
This reminds me of James 2:19 "You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder" (NASB) It's not enough to simply say we believe in something. So what matters is not what we believe but rather what we believe is true.
While dead in our sins and trespasses we are hopeless and blind, drinking iniquity like water and then by Gods amazing grace He chooses to have mercy on whom He has mercy. Making grace, truly amazing. Because none of us deserve heaven but all of us deserve the lake of fire, me included. I believe I'm more deserving of hell that anyone. But my life has changed and it is not a result of anything I have done.
In Romans 3:11 it is written...
"THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD"
Even though none of us seek God and that not one of us understands we are still without excuse when we stand before God. Our conscience being our witness to what we have done in secret.
So dead I was before I was drawn (John 6:44) to Jesus.
Written by the Apostle Paul to believers...
"And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), (Ephesians 2:1-5 NASB)