Think about that. He took it all for all, not just certain people. Again He took it all for all! Remember this as you read the rest of this.
I know what I am about to say will be hard for some to grasp and many don’t want to believe it but its true. We are going to be so in shock when we get to heaven, who will be there and who will not.
So many think they know how God thinks just because they have read His word but its not so. He tells us in Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
He also tells us in Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, I never knew you; depart from Me.”
You see 1 John 1:8-9 tells us “If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
Many want to put sin in categories or rate sins. An example…..this person was an abuser so we will put his or her at sin number 6 but the person who kept the extra money from the cashier we only put them at sin number 2. SORRY but sin is sin in Gods eyes. 1 John 1:10 tell us “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us” and Romans 3:23 says “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.”
But there is hope. There is no end to the Lords abundant grace, mercy and forgiveness. All we have to do is come to Him with an open heart, be willing and want to give up the things that have been pulling us away from Him.
For example Isaiah 55:7-9 tells us “Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the LORD, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon” and 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
You see, someone special, my best friend and sister in Christ Pat told me one time that she had told a man that it took just as much blood to save his life as hers. This is so, so true!
Think about it. His blood not only saved you but it can also save the homeless person on the street, murderers, abusers, alcoholics, prostitute, drug addicts, lairs, haters, gossipers, the soul that feels so lost that they see no hope, the list could go on for pages and pages. Remember who He used in the Bible – Jacob, Moses, Gideon, David, Rahab?
Thankfully in an instant our life can change in an awesome way. All we need to do is reach out to Him and ask for forgiveness, no matter what we may done, we can be forgiven and those sins will be forgotten by our Lord, never to brought up again.
Acts 3:19 says “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord and “Hebrews 10:17 says “And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.”
The Lord also tells us in Romans 10:9 “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Yes this can even mean with their last breath that they confessed and received Him as their Lord and Savior.
Now this doesn’t mean we can go right back doing the same thing over and over when we know better and when we received a new heart from God. If we do it would mean we are making a practice of sinning and the Lord tells us in 1 John 3:4 “Everyone who makes a practice of sinning also practices lawlessness; sin is lawlessness.”
It means we should be growing in His ways and His will and our life should show that. That means we don’t keep getting drunk, we don’t keep cussing, we don’t keep doing the things we know that are not right.
We are told in Titus 3:3-7 that “For we ourselves were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, passing our days in malice and envy, hated by others and hating one another. But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by his grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
I am grateful that I know and serve a mighty God and that I did not wait until my last breath. To think if I hadn’t come to Him when I did, that I would have missed out on the many things that I am experiencing now, just boggles my mind.
Great song! Clean by Natalie Grant. Goes well with this.