“…prepare to meet thy God.” — Amos 4:12
Jesus Christ is coming back for a glorious church without spot or wrinkle—a church that is on fire for Him. He said in Revelation 3:15,16 that we must be hot or cold, because if we’re lukewarm, he’ll vomit us out of His mouth. We are in the last days, and as we approach the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ it is important for us to strive to live holy lives, lives that are pure and clean in the sight of the Lord.
Ephesians 1:4 tells us that we should be holy and blameless before Him in love. This is a serious command and bears with it great responsibility; it is a command that is possible to fulfill only through Him. As much as we try to live holy lives we’ll sometimes sin. Praise God, Jesus Christ has made provision for our sin. He said in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
God hates sin but he loves the sinner. God doesn’t condone sin in any form and tells us in 1 John 2:1 “…that if we sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” When we sin and become convicted of our sins, we should always repent and ask God to forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
God doesn’t want any of us to perish, but wants all of us come to repentance. Who God loves, He chastens and corrects. But we must first be willing to admit to sin in our lives if it is present. If we’re servants of sin, we live in bondage and can never truly experience freedom in Christ. Unconfessed sin will taint our relationship with God and prevent us from moving forward in the Lord. God created us in His image to worship and glorify Him, but Psalm 66:18 tells us that if we regard iniquity in our heart, the Lord will not hear us. Isaiah 59:2 says “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you, that He will not hear you.”
God loves us, and it is His will that we be in health and prosper even as our soul prospers. Proverbs 28:13 says “He that covereth his sins will not prosper but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
God speaks to us in different ways. We must be always willing to obey the Word of the Lord. None of us knows if we’ll live to see the next minute. The most important decision we can ever make is to make Jesus Christ Lord and master of our lives. After all our struggles, after all our labor, and after the many fires and floods we’ve been through, we don’t want to stand before the Lord and have him say, “Depart from me, I don’t know you.” Matthew 7:22 says, “Many shall say unto 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 I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
We cannot afford to miss heaven. If you’re not born again or if you’re a Christian but not where you ought to be with the Lord, I encourage you to confess your sins to Jesus Christ today and ask Him to forgive you, to be Lord and master of your life.
God loves you and He wants you to spend eternity with Him.
If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and would like to accept Him today, please say the following prayer.
In the name of Jesus Christ, I acknowledge that I am a sinner and that I need a Savior. Forgive me of all my sins and cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Your Word says in Romans 10:9 and 10 that if I confess with my mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in my heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, I shall be saved.
For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. I now confess Jesus Christ as Lord of my life. In Jesus’ Name, amen.