19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. 21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.
The World Is An Enemy Of God
All who do wrong and live according to the worlds desires of the flesh are currently an enemy of God (Rom. 8:7-8, Eph. 2:1-3, Col. 1:21, Col. 3:5-7, Jm. 4:4). Anyone who continues to sin has never seen or known God (1 Jn. 3:6). God is angry with the wicked everyday (Ps. 7:11). He does not love you if you are in a lifestyle of practiced sin (Ps. 5:5-6). God sees the good and the evil that goes on in this world and he allows it to continue as it has since creation (Prov. 15:3, 2 Pet. 3:3-4). But God has set aside a day when he will judge the world in righteousness (Acts 17:30-31). He will pay back everyone for all the wrong they have done (Rom. 2:5-8, Heb. 10:30). God will punish those that do not know God and those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will punish them with Everlasting Destruction and Shut them out from his presence and from the Glory of his Might (2 Thes. 1:6-10). All who offend God and do what is wrong will be thrown into the Lake of Fire that burns with sulfur forever and ever (Matt. 13:40-42, Rev. 20:14-15, Rev. 21:8). What a Terrible thing it is to fall into the hands of the living God (Heb. 10:31).
Repent! Stop Sinning
God is a merciful and good God (Ps. 100:5, Ps. 145:9). He wants no one to Perish, but for all to come to Repentance (2 Pet. 3:9). If you Fear God (Prov. 9:10) and have a change of mind and acknowledge before God that you have sinned, done wrong, and acted wickedly and you turn to God with all of your heart and soul and look up to heaven in prayer and call upon his Name; he will hear your prayer, uphold your cause and forgive you who have sinned against him (2 Chron. 6:36-39).
Cry Out to Jesus!
The ONLY Name given among men by which we can be Saved is JESUS (Acts 4:11-12, Phil. 2:9-11)!
Only Jesus Can Save You
Jesus Christ is God in the flesh (Jn 1:1,14). Jesus came to earth from his heavenly dwelling place made in the likeness of sinful flesh to purchase (redeem) mankind back from the ownership of the Devil (slavery to sin). He came to reconcile us back to God. He condemned sin in the flesh (Gen. 3:15, Jn. 8:31-47, Rom. 8:3-4, Gal. 4:4-7, Eph. 2:14-22, 1 Tim. 2:6, Tit. 2:14, Heb. 9:12). Jesus having never sinned was falsely accused to be a sinner by wicked men and sentenced to death by being nailed to a cross (Matt. 26:59-60, Acts 2:23, 1 Pet. 2:22). Jesus Christ the innocent, blameless lamb of God offered himself as the perfect sacrifice of atonement for our sins. He who knew no sin became sin. He bore our sins on the cross (Isa. 53, Jn. 10:18, Rom. 3:25-26, 2 Cor. 5:21, Gal. 3:13, 1 Pet. 2:22, 1 Jn. 3:5). Without the shedding of blood there cannot be forgiveness of sins (Heb. 9:22). The death Jesus died was to sin (Rom. 6:10). Jesus became our example of what it means to die to sin and live for God (Rom. 6:11-14, 1 Pet. 2:21, 24). Jesus, through the glory of the Father and by the power of the Holy Spirit raised himself from the dead, mastering death, the penalty for our sin (Jn. 10:17, Rom. 1:4, Rom. 6:4, Rom. 6:8-9, Rom. 6:23, Rom. 8:11, Rom. 10:9, 1 Cor. 6:14). Jesus says he is the ONLY Way, the ONLY Truth, and the ONLY Life. No person can come to God unless it’s through him (Jn. 14:6). Jesus says that if any person would come after him they must deny themselves and take up their own cross and follow him everyday (Lk. 9:23). They will follow his example by getting on their cross and die to their sin, the obedience that comes by faith (Lk. 9:24, Rom. 1:5, Rom. 6:1-3). Faith is being absolutely certain about what you hope to be true; being completely convinced without physical evidence (Heb. 11:1-2). Without faith it is impossible to please God (Heb. 11:6, Jn. 20:24-29). Anyone who has died to sin on their cross just as Jesus did will be raised from the dead (Rom. 6:4-5). Those who have passed from death to life become a new creation. They are born again. The old has passed away; Behold the new has come (Jn. 3:5-8, Acts 3:19-20, Rom. 6:6-7, 2 Cor. 5:17, 2 Tim. 2:19).
Remain In Jesus Until the End
Once you have crossed from the Kingdom of Darkness to the Kingdom of Light (Col. 1:12-14) you must from then on abide in Jesus following him down the straight and narrow path that leads to Life, apart from him you can do nothing. The righteous will walk by Faith (Hab. 2:4, Matt. 7:13-14, Jn. 15:4-8, Gal. 3:11-14). You must endure until the end (Matt. 24:12-13, Gal. 6:7-9, 2 Tim. 2:12, Heb. 10:35-39, Rev. 2:10-11). If you allow Jesus to purify and sanctify you he will give you Mercy and Grace which will teach you to say “NO” to ungodliness and worldly passions (Tit. 2:11-14). If you walk in the Light as he is in the Light the blood of Jesus will purify you from all sin (1 Jn. 1:7). God will set aside his wrath (Ps. 78:38, Ps. 106:23, Isa. 48:9) and credit your obedience that comes by faith as righteousness (Rom. 4:13-25, Heb. 11). Once you have done the will of God and persevered in your faith all the days of your life you will receive the promise of Eternal Life (Ps. 23, Heb. 10:36-39).
Choose This Day!
Remember that all of God’s promises are ONLY for TODAY. Choose THIS DAY whom you will serve. For YOU there may not be a tomorrow (Jos. 24:15, Lk. 12:16-21, Heb. 4:7, 2 Cor. 6:2)
Learn the Lesson of the Potter and the Clay
1 The word which came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2 Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words. 3 Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels. 4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
God is the Potter and we are the Clay—
The potter desires to make us into a beautiful vessel. God wants nothing more than to give us Grace and Mercy providing we choose to turn from our evil and allow ourselves to be run through his hands (v. 8). If we choose to do evil in his sight and not listen to his voice (v. 10) he will give us anger and wrath “shaping disaster against us”. The only way to avoid this Judgement is to “return every one from their evil way, amend our ways, and our deeds” (v. 11). This will only happen if the vessel that is destined for anger and wrath is broken. When you appear broken before God ready and willing to submit to his authority he can then rework you into the beautiful vessel he wants you to be.