GOD IS NOT AGAINST YOU
Thursday, 26 February 2015
“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13-14 (KJV)
It is sad to know that when some believers read this text they think that that scripture is saying that only a few people will go to heaven. That is a lie. Revelation 7:9 says, “After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands” (KJV). Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. God will not throw you into hell for committing one offence; no, He loves you and wants you to reign with Him forever. He has already prepared a place for you and in Jesus’ name; the devil cannot take it from you.
So do not be stiff. Relax and enjoy Jesus because God is for you and is not mad with you. The more you know Him, the more you enjoy Him; the stronger you are in Him, the more you will enjoy His power. If you read the Bible closely you will see that Jesus is always close to people. Various religious people may throw other people away but Jesus will not.
I have read the story of Cain and Abel and have heard all kinds of explanations for the scripture. But if you read the story very well, you will realize that God was saying to Cain, “I don’t want your personal effort. What I want is the sacrifice made on your behalf because your righteousness is like a filthy rag.” Cain came with the intention of earning God’s approval, but God was telling him that he could not earn it because it comes from grace. In that account, God said to Cain, “If you do well, you will be accepted.” God wanted Cain to realize that He had brought a sin offering. It was at the door of Cain’s house so that he could offer it and be saved. But with his sacrifice, Cain was telling God, “You must accept me based on my works.”All God wanted from Cain was for him to complete the offering as Abel had done. However, Cain refused to do so and was rejected.
If you come to God based on your own efforts, rights, or privileges, you will be rejected. Always come to Him saying, “Lord, You are my Righteousness, my Redeemer, and my Sanctifier.” When you do so the door of heaven is split open for you to come in because that’s what God wants.
Further reading: Genesis 4:1-7, Revelation 7:1-10 Daily Bible reading: Morning-Numbers 12-14, Evening-Mark 5:21-43