Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Disappointed People, Knocking At The Door by Joseph Chambers

The saddest day in human history will be the day after the rapture. The Son of God,
our Lord Jesus, spoke the truth plainly. He was asked the question, “Lord are there few that be saved?” The Lord was not a person to mince words or to spare someone’s feelings. His answer was probably shocking to the person asking the question as it is to the multitudes of religious people today. His answer was, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:…” (Luke 13:24-25) You can easily get hated for words like these words. His plain speech was one of the reasons they helped crucify Him. They wanted religion without purify and heaven without obedience.

Religious people will chew your ears off today if you tell them they must quit living in sin. I’m not talking about sinless perfection, living by our good works or claiming to be holy by the strength of flesh. Godliness is what the power of Jesus Christ does within me. It is not Pharisaical. You cannot earn this wonderful salvation. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:.” (Ephesians 2:8) He died to purify His saints unto righteousness and there is no hope in living in sin. His Blood never covers one sin nor one willing sinner, but His Blood cleanses us from our sins if we will surrender to Him alone. Yes, as Jesus said, “Strive to enter in at the strait gate.”

The world is full of disappointed people in the natural realm. Many people have started out to get a college degree but gave up in disappointment. It was just too tough. The larger percentage of ministers give up the calling because the way is hard. More businesses go under than go over. More lives are lived in failure than in success. Our world is full of disappointment. Sometimes people fail because they have tried the wrong course or circumstances were stacked. Most often people fail because almost every course of life is tough and only tough people succeed. The world is just not fair in most situations. Those who fail in the natural world often fail in the spiritual world.

But the truth is plain to read. You surrender to God, live in your Bible, live by every Word of God and you can succeed. The Holy Scripture has plainly promised that the Heavenly Father has predestined every one of us. There is no failure with God or with anyone that fully obeys Him. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 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. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:28-31) That is God’s program for success. It cannot fail. No one can cheat you out of success, because the victory of our life is in Jesus Christ and all His works are supernatural.

Here is a letter I just received from a failure in the Christian walk. The Blood of Jesus is mighty to save and to break the powers of sin. This dear soul needs a pastor that lovingly takes him into the meat of the Word. This is exactly as it came to me by e-mail.

“Message: There is no such Thing, You are saved and will be raptured or you do not believe that God came in the flesh { JESUS } We are all sinners every day my friend_ every day ! Can you be saved and sin _yes_ we sin every day. You make a mockery of Christ dying on the cross to say Cheap Grace , there is nothing cheap about the blood of the Lamb. I am aved by this cheap grace you talk about , I sin willfully every day in some way but the blood covers my sins. You come very close to the Law and apostates that say yes Jesus died on the cross BBBBBBut!!!! I am a sinner saved by grace , thats it and I will be raptured along with the people that feel they dont sin like….(I guess he means me!)Rant”

Can you imagine the disappointment of this multitude that Jesus identified. He said, “Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.” (Luke 13:26-28) He clearly identified this crowd of said souls as, “workers of iniquity.” These were sinners claiming to be His followers. Every believer has the possibility of failure and sin, but a Born Again and obedient believer will repent and rise above the error. The Bible says “For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.” (Proverbs 24:16)

Get up when there is failure and run to the cross of safety. Yes, we can sin but we do not wallow in it. John said it best, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” I John 2:1-3) This is the Rapture ready crowd and we will not be disappointed.