THE CHOSEN DAILY DEVOTIONAL ...
DATE: FRIDAY, JANUARY 8TH, 2016.
THEME: BELIEVERS SHUT OUT OF HEAVEN
TEXT: Matthew 25:10
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
MEMORY VERSE: And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Revelation 22:12-13
The ultimate goal of believers and followers of Jesus Christ is to be In heaven at the end of this life. Lack of knowledge or ignorance has nothing to do with the fact that this present world will soon pass away with all its grandeur.
If heaven is your goal, how are you preparing to go there? In our opening text, those who were not prepared by toying with their salvation could not enter into the marriage supper of the lamb even though they were Christians.
You must ask yourself some probing questions about your salvation and answer them truthfully. Is anything standing between you and God? Are there secret sins? Have you experienced genuine salvation? The crowd in the Lord’s Chosen may be great but God knows us one by one according to the work of our hands and there is no respect of anybody.
Do you imagine getting prepared to travel abroad with your visa and necessary requirements and as soon as your plane touches down on that country of your dream, your visa is examined and cancelled as fake and you are repatriated! Such an experience has ruined many people and will continue to do so.
Stop and think: what can make holy angels to turn you back from the gate of heaven after your life here on earth? Worldly dressing, inconsistent Christian life, little lies, immorality, dishonesty, tradition, unfaithfulness, love of the things of this life etc. is it worth it?
Remember that no one is a child of God until his or her name appears and remains in the book of life. If there will be believers shut out of heaven, it will be careless Christians who are in the camp of Judas, Esau, Gehazi, Demas and their likes, so examine yourself now before it is too late.
According to our memory verse, the Lord is coming quickly, so make haste now.
Pray and reject anything capable of shutting you out of heaven.
Pray for daily spiritual strength to carry on the race till the end.
AMEND YOUR WAYS: If you are not born again you must do something as a matter of urgency. He that commits sin is of the devil (1 John 3:8). If you are into lying, cheating, bitterness, keeping malice, pride, manifesting anger, quarreling, unforgiveness, hatred, envy, contention, strife, gossiping, taking or giving bribe, selfishness, kidnapping. If you are into masturbation, fornication, adultery, prostitution, abortion, lesbianism, homosexuality, you need to repent. Are you into idolatry, do you make or use charms, rituals, bow down to images, Are you into occultism? Do you smoke cigarette, cocaine, heroine? Are you lusting, covetous, alcohol drinking, divorcee or into worldliness?, you must stop bleaching your body, or painting your lips, eyes, fixing attachments, weave-on, earrings (Gen 35:2-4) Are you one of those that put on nude dresses, short skirts, transparent dresses to seduce (A seducer is not a Christian) do you wear trouser as a woman? Repent and give your life to Jesus Christ.
LET'S PRAY: If you want to give your life to JESUS pray this short prayer with me: Almighty God, I come unto you in the name of Jesus. Father I confess that I am a sinner. All my sins I confess to you. I am very sorry for all my sins. Lord I promise you that from today I will never continue in them anymore. I believe that Jesus Christ died and rose again on the third day for my justification. Almighty God, use the blood of Jesus to wash my sins away. Lord Jesus, come into my heart, be my Lord and Personal Savior. I surrender my life to you. Cancel my name from the book of death and give me grace to make Heaven. AMEN!
AUTHOR: PST LAZARUS MUOKA