heard the other day about
conversations with people that
say they don't want to accept
the Lord into their lives
because either they say they
aren't ready because they
perceive they will have to give
up habits in their lives they
enjoy or because they have met
people that they call
"hypocrites," and they use that
as an excuse to not accept the
Lord into their life.
Let's tackle the first one - the
excuse of not wanting to change.
First accept the Lord. True
acceptance will enact true
change. It would be willing and
not a sacrifice. Here's a
thought....maybe those folks
people look at and think of as
hypocrites are just people
growing and making mistakes like
we all do; trying their best to
get there but being human and
making mistakes along the way.
There are those that hold
themselves in high regard and
set themselves as the standard!
They are to be pitied for their
ignorance but not a barrier to
you and the Lord. Education in
God's word - the Holy Bible -
(the actual Holy Bible, not some
religion's add on or pamphlets -
know the actual word of God for
yourself) will not make us
perfect but will hopefully
lessen our "offenses" in other
Now let's talk about
that all the time, right? Don't
want to be considered part of
that hypocrite group?! Well, I
heard someone say the other day,
“Use that argument when you
stand in judgment before the
Lord!!” Seriously, would anyone
think that rejection of the Lord
based on that excuse would hold
water? or rejection under any
reason? “Sorry, God, I rejected
you because of those people over
there!!” Well, He will probably
let you go reside with your
peers that also rejected!
Will there be "warm comfort"
knowing you lived a sinful life
that pleased you and not God?
Oh my, now time for someone to
say that sounds like a scare
tactic! The unsaved should be
My point in saying that is -
don't let acts of another person
drive a wedge between you and
your Heavenly Father. You
wouldn't let a hypocrite keep
you from your favorite
restaurant or best friend or
something else you treasure.
Certainly don't let it keep you
from God's promise of grace and
eternal life with Him in heaven.
No hypocrites in Heaven!
*by Carol Diane Gray*
By Faith Be Ready
Faith is defined by
Webster as: 1) belief without proof;
confidence; reliance, 2) belief in
God, 3) loyalty; fidelity to an
agreement or promise.
I feel so
fortunate that my whole life I was raised in
a Christian home and Christian church.
My faith and belief come from my heart, not
just programming; but yet I can say the
upbringing fostered and didn't hinder.
I knew at nine years of age I was God's
child and wanted to be part of the family of
for saying this is that not everybody is
exposed to God's word like that.
Exposure doesn't have to equate to belief or
faith either but it helps. Look how
mean the world of people are--"self"-based
and "self"-motivated. We have it in
our families, our work places, our churches
ad everywhere we go--and ourselves on any
given day! I am afraid for people.
My heart breaks for people that don't
understand the power or love of God--that
God is real!! Even professing
Christians! I notice more and more in
my own life the distractions and
circumstances thrown in my path to distract
and take away from my focus, harmony and
basic joy of life! Attitudes ungodly,
even from good people, unwittingly do the
work against God and create atmosphere of
stress and disharmony and change daily
I feel a
sense of urgency in my own family members
that are sitting on the fence not sure and
definitely living in the chaos and
misinformation of this world and creating it
as well. Come on! Let's change
focus! Get it where it belongs!
Off of "self" and onto the Lord.
Education in God's Word will prevent straying
thoughts and false teachings into our lives.
It's a whole lot easier to have faith in the
right direction with the right information.
been reading about the prophecies of the
Bible. Our time here could be short--I
know, that has been said for centuries--only
the Lord knows. Actual Bible
prophecies are quickly taking place right
now--in our lifetime, we are witnessing a
lot. Look at the little tiny county of
Israel. Jewish people scattered for
generations, brought back by a promise,
living in hostile area among enemies!
Yet, this is a promise and prophecy of the
Bible. God keeps His promises!
In the scheme of the universe we don't
register as a speck, but the Bible tells us
God knows the very number of hairs on our
head! I love my children fiercely and
would sacrifice myself for them, but I
couldn't tell you the number of hairs on
then also believe that eternity is eternity.
Where do you want to spend it? It's
for certain either way - eternity. The
Lord promises Heaven to us through His
grace! All He asks of us is
faith--faith in God and that His son Jesus
died for us so we can be saved. His
Word is true. He also tells He will be
back. I want to be ready! I want
my family and friends to be ready! I
don't want to be separated from them.
I also want to live the best I can according
to His principles as not to be ashamed.
I have failed miserably, but that's the
glory of God's grace! He loves me
anyway. He doesn't want our
perfection--it isn't possible and none of us
can measure up - only our faith and love.
If you are
reading this and you are a
believer--consider the urgency of those
loved ones left behind if we don't share!
If you are not a believer but are
considering the information God offers to
you, remember--eternity: Heaven or Hell IS
FOR CERTAIN, (Just to be blunt)! Read
the Bible, pray for clarity, meditate on
what it is saying. Don't take a chance
or just listen to the word of other
uninformed people; there is too much at
stake. Know for yourself before you
don't have a chance anymore. We aren't
living in eternity at this moment, but it
could happen at any time.
ready?! Would you be ready if it
happened before you finish reading this....!