Nothing can separate us from Gods love!

Romans 8:30-34 King James Version (KJV)

30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us

Out of my King James Study Bible:

Do you ever think because you are not good enough for God, he will not save you? Do you ever feel as if salvation is for everyone else but you? Then these verses are especially for you. If God gave his Son for you, he isn’t going to hold back his gift of salvation! If Christ gave his life for you, he isn’t going to turn around and condemn you. He will not withhold anything you need to live for him. The book of Romans is more than a theological explanation of God’s redeeming grace – it is a letter of confidence and comfort addressed to you.

Which Destination do you Choose?

Hi everyone! I have been thinking about this post for a while and while at church Sunday one of the members of the church (we don’t currently have a pastor) preached about this very topic! I was so excited and thought to myself “YES! I have help getting this down on paper”

Before I go any further I would just like to send out a big Thank You for the two men who get up and preach God’s word and volunteer their free time until God sends a Pastor. Also a shout out to the Pastor Gary who does come once a month to preach to us! He was one of my pastors when I went to church as a kid and went with my mom. How ironic is that?!

John 5:28-29 28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. Retweet

Only two destinations after death. Heaven or Hell. They are very real, which do you choose? It is your choice.

Those who rebel against Christ and do not believe will still be resurrected and have to face Judgement and will be sentenced to eternity to Hell. He does not want that for anyone but he leaves you the choice to live your life the way you wish to. Click to tweet

Acts 24:15 and have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

1 Corinthians 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

Paul compared our bodies with the growth in a garden Seeds placed in the ground don’t grow unless they “did” first. The plant that grows is very different looking from the seed, for God gives it a new “body”. Our resurrected bodies will be different from our earthly bodies. They will be spiritual bodies full of glory if you choose to accept Christ as your Savior.

Some people like to ignore that someday we will die . Dying is a part of living and we must prepare for it. Which destination do you choose? Heaven or Hell? Most are afraid of the physical death but really they should be afraid of a spiritual death.

Psalms 89:48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.

Men and women who reject God

Matthew 13:36-43 36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parble of the tares of the field. 37 He answered ad said unto them, He that soweth the good see is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and reapers are the angles. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and bured in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity. 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

From these verses we see that those who reject God and his word:

  • will be sent to a place of fire
  • Sent to a place of everlasting destruction.
  • Will be separated from God.
  • There will be Wailing – Sorrow or remorse.
  • There will be gnashing of teeth – shows extreme anxiety or pain.
  • Experience a second death which is eternity in the Lake of Fire. 

“Those who don’t care what happens to them after they die  don’t realize what they are saying. They will be punished for living in selfishness and indifference to God.” KJV Study Bible

God says there is a way to escape this eternal punishment. It is possible for a person to live life knowing they will go to Heaven and not Hell. God created us and loves us so much that he made a way to enter into his Heaven after death.

Acknowledge our sinful condition before God (Romans 3 – Everyone is a sinner and we have all fallen short)

Romans 5:8-9 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

Remember that God loved you even before you turned to him. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is the same power that will save you and be with you in your daily life. You will be able to pray and call on him every day to help you through daily challenges or trials.

1 Corinthians 15:3-4 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 and that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

Christ died for our sins, in our place, so we would not have to suffer the punishment we deserve. Click to tweet

1 Peter 2:24 who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we bring dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is a gift of God: 9 not of works, lest any man should boast.

Titus 3:5-6 Not by the works of the righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.  (declares us not guilty)

John 10:27-29 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.

Once you become a true Christian rest and know you will go to Heaven. You can’t be plucked out of his hand once you are saved. Your on the list your not getting off of the list! He takes full responsibility for us.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Accepting Jesus and finding Salvation:

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

Romans 10:9-13 that if though shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and halt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

God wants to forgive

I mentioned about the bad habits…the smoking and the drinking. I was, I think, borderline Alcoholic. There I said it out loud. (well wrote it lol) I’m clearly still dealing with some of that but It is getting so much easier and life is so much more enjoyable.

However, I did not get here overnight. Not even close. God wouldn’t leave me alone to give it ALL up. There was this gut wrenching feeling of guilt and my annoying voice in my head telling me every time I put that drink to my lips not to do it. Did I listen? Nope…Do I wish I did? Yes…I wish I had listened sooner. But that was me being Stubborn Ash…as usual.

You ever have someone hold you down, and they would tap on your forehead over and over until you named ten chocolate bars or something silly like that? LOL I know what a silly game. That is what this felt like. He was telling me and wasn’t leaving it alone that I needed to change get rid of the sin.

This made me pay more attention to the sin in my life and to the areas God may have wanted me to change, like poor decisions, bad habits, shameful behaviors. As a christian we are all still sinners, it is impossible not to be as humans.

Overcoming smoking and alcohol took me a lot of tries and fails over and over again. They have been crutches and security blankets my whole life. I knew God wasn’t going to leave it alone. He wanted better for me, and I knew his way was always better than my way.

I got down on my knees while bawling my eyes out and prayed for the Lord to help me and to be in my life, to help me change. It didn’t scare me anymore, how hard it was going to be to change or the bumps in the road along the way. I knew I could do it with his help. God provided me the tools and the support I needed to overcome the things that needed to be changed.

It is Gods grace and love that frees us and changes us. How exciting to know that even when we are not faithful he is still faithful to us and that he loves us when we are not easy to love, He loves the weak, He loves the undeserving, He loves the wretched, He loves you.

He forgives. Forgiveness brings true joy. Only when we ask God to forgive our sins, will he give us real happiness and relief from guilt. We can not hide from him, and he knows what we have done anyways so why not just ask him to forgive you?!

Psalm 32: 1-2
1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.

David expresses his joy for forgiveness. God had forgiven him for the sins he had committed against Bath-sheba and Uriah. (click the link to read about that in this blog.)

“God wants to forgive sinners. Forgiveness has always been part of his loving nature. He announced it to Moses (Exodus 34:6,7); he revealed it to David; he dramatically showed it to the world through Jesus Christ. These verses convey several aspects of God’s forgiveness: He forgives disobedience, covers sin, and clears our record of guilt. Paul quoted these verses in Romans 4: 7, 8 and showed that we can have this joyous experience of forgiveness through faith in Christ”. – Study Bible KJV

1Peter 5:8 – Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking whom he may devour.

“Lions attack sick, young or struggling animals; they choose victims who are alone or not alert. Peter warns us to watch out for Satan when we are suffering or prosecuted. If you are feeling alone, weak, helpless and cut off from other believers, or if you are so focused on your troubles that you forget to watch for danger, those are the times when you are especially vulnerable to Satan’s attacks. During times of suffering, seek other Christians for support. Keep your eyes on Christ and resist the devil. Then, says James, “he will flee from you” – Study Bible KJV

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