God gave us everything we need to live a victorious life. We have the scriptures, were God lays out his instructions and teachings, how he wants us to behave toward him and behave toward our fellow man. It’s all there for anyone to read, understand and apply those principles.
Is it God’s fault if you don’t take the time to read his instructions and teachings and apply them to your life? If you have a miserable life, is that God’s fault? He said he has come to give us life and life more abundantly. If you are not living an abundant life is that God’s fault?
If you are not reading, understanding, meditating, and applying his instructions and teachings you have no one to blame but yourself. Oh, sure you can blame God. You can whine, bemoan the fact that your life sucks, but take the responsibility for your actions and behavior and man up that it is you who are at fault and not God.
God is not going to come and sit by your side and make you read his instructions and teachings, nor is he going to whack you upside the head if you don’t. God leaves it up to you. That’s right, God leaves it up to you how or if you want to be in a relationship with him. In the end no matter how much you point fingers at your preacher, wife, husband, friends, co-workers, television, internet, all these excuses are going to amount to naught when you stand before him in in his court of judgment.
So lets stop pretending and start making progress with getting into his instructions and teachings and applying the principles he has laid out in scripture so that when we stand before him in his court of judgment we don’t have to worry or fret about what excuse we can conjure up, because at that time no excuse is going to make a difference, if you failed him in this life your reward will be, your sentence after being judged in his court of judgment will be the Lake of Fire. He won’t like tossing you into the Lake of Fire, but because of his holy justice he won’t have any other recourse, you and you along forced him to execute you in the Lake of Fire. Do you really understand that? You and only you will be the reason you are sentenced to the Lake of Fire. Right now your actions and behaviors are leading you to the Lake of Fire or they are leading you to paradise on earth, eternal life in his Kingdom. You make that choice, NOT God. He has done everything in his power to see that you do not end up in the Lake of Fire, even to the point of letting mankind kill his only son, just so you have the opportunity to accept and be saved or reject and be damned.
The choice is yours, make the right choice, choose wisely.
You may say, “But I don’t understand the bible when I read it, it makes no sense!”. If that is what is happening to you then my friend get on your knees and ask God to enlighten you, give you the wisdom to understand.
“For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14
This block of verses from 22:1-14 shows just what I refer to. It just depends on your excuses or not whether you are receptive to God’s call. As I said, God is NOT going to grab you and drag you into his Kingdom.
“For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but to us which are saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthian 1:18
“But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling-block, and to the Greeks foolishness; But to them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:23-24
What we have here in these block of verses is God telling humans that he does not accept everyone who he calls. It just depends on their attitude, what they focus their attention on in life, and whether that human (meaning you and I) even care about spiritual things. If you are not receptive, God is not obligated to keep returning to you and giving you multiple chances to come to a saving knowledge of him. At any point in time in your life, if you have NOT gotten right with God through his son, God’s only obligation is to pay you your wages for the sin you have committed. Everyone knows what those wages are, you’ve heard it often enough, the wages of sin is DEATH in the Lake of Fire.
That death does not come quickly. You MUST pay the wages meaning before you die in the Lake of Fire you will suffer according to your works, your action and behavior you did while alive here on earth. Wow, some people are really evil and wicked, other people lived a rather moral, decent life BUT did not accept the call. The evil wicked person will spend more time suffering in the Lake of fire before they die then the good, moral, decent person.
“And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he comes shall find so doing. Of a truth I say to you, that he will make him ruler over all that he has. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delays his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looks not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes.” Luke 12:42-48
Yes, I know this is referring to believers, what I want you to notice is that BOTH servants were beaten, the one who knew his Master’s will and did not obey him AND the one who knew not his Master’s will and therefore failed to obey. There is no excuse for any believer to NOT know the will of their Master, it is all written in the scriptures just read it or not if you want to be beaten with stripes.
The point is, if the Master beats those who claim to know him and do not obey THEN how much more those who make no claim of knowing him at all!
“Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver you to the judge, and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison. Verily I say to you, You shall by no means come out of prison, until you have paid the uttermost farthing.” Matthew 5:25-26
Who is your adversary if you have not accepted God’s call to get right with him? No it’s not the devil, it is God who is your adversary…. “He that believes on the Son has everlasting life: and he that believes not the Son shall not see life: but the wrath of God abides on him.” John 3:36
The wrath of God abides on the unbeliever, those who will repent and get right with him.
Who is the judge? No, it is not God, it’s his son Messiah or Christ…… “For the Father judges no man, but has committed all judgment to the Son: That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honors not the Son honors not the Father which has sent him. Verily, verily, I say to you, He that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death to life. Verily, verily, I say to you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live..And has given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.” John 5:22-27
So here we have the son AS not only the judge but also the executioner. So now let me paraphrase that verse…. “Agree with your adversary, God, quickly, while you are in the way with him, while you are still alive and can choose; lest at any time God, your adversary, deliver you to the judge, his son, and his son the judge deliver you to the angel, his officer, and you be cast into prison, the Lake of Fire. Verily I say to you, You shall by no means come out of prison, die in that Lake of Fire, until you have paid the uttermost farthing, the total wages of your sin.” Matthew 5:25-26
That may not be a good paraphrase but you get the point.
So if you try to read the scriptures and they make no sense to you then according to scripture you are lost, and unbeliever, not saved, on the broad road that leads to destruction.
The question is DO YOU REALLY WANT OT UNDERSTAND the scripture? The price you will pay if you really want to understand the scripture is YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO OBEY THE SCRIPTURES!
“If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever does not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sits not down first, and counts the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sits not down first, and consults whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that comes against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends an ambassador, and desires conditions of peace. So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsakes not all that he has, he cannot be my disciple.” Luke 14:26-33
Count the cost, my friend, before you go asking God for wisdom to understand his word!
“For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, If they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” Hebrew 6:4-6
“Afterward Jesus finds him in the temple, and said to him, Behold, you are made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come to you.” John 5:14
Look at that, when you are made whole by being given the understanding, that your eyes are open to the truth, the knowledge of how to be saved, better make sure you follow through or you will end up worse off then when you were just an unbeliever not knowing the truth.