Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
1 John 5:5
There is a huge swath of our society today that live assuming that their good works or morality earn them a seat in heaven. You hear people say, “Oh, they’ve gone to a better place.” The reality rocks people to their core. There is ONLY one way to gain entry into heaven and that is through belief in Jesus Christ. This statement garners comments that Christianity is somehow non-inclusive, and on this subject, it is.
Without Jesus, there is no eternity in heaven. We cannot stray from God’s word to please the world, but we should compassionately seek to share the Good News with anyone who will listen.
Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and came to the high priest’s courtyard. He went in and sat with the guards and waited to see how it would all end.
The breakdown of friendships and marriages can all be traced to one deficiency, communication. Once communication breaks down, stress-cracks begin to form. The same can be said about our faith. If we’re not spending time in God’s Word and praying on a daily basis, our faith becomes second and other things become first. We are basically following Jesus at a distance.
Follow Jesus closely! Grab onto His robe and allow Him to lead you! Never let your faith become second.
Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.
We must all have an active prayer life. Not doing so can be considered a sin. Think about it; we’re eager to hit our knees in the midst of a crisis, but can set prayer aside when things are going great for us.
Prayer prepares us, protects us, and gives us an opportunity to give God thanks. We should do this daily!
Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
“Oh, I would never commit that sin!”
Pride. It gets in the way of nearly every situation and every relationship. It’s like being a know-it-all. One has to admit that they will always be in a perpetual state of learning if they are to avoid the pitfalls of the haughty heart.
At the foot of the cross, we are all equal. Living with that in mind will help you to steer clear of pride’s trap.
If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall.
1 Corinthians 10:12
It’s so important to stay connected to God’s Word and fellow believers. We, as fallible as we are, have one of the most detrimental characteristics, pride. We think we can do things through our own strength and it’s so easy for our reliance on God to sway. This is the landscape of the backslider.
Keep your focus on Jesus and you will overcome life’s trials.