Many times in our daily life, we may feel lost not knowing which direction we should be heading to next, especially in times of trouble. We are to take comfort in the word of God, saying:
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye” (Psalm 32:8).
“Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee. Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil” (Proverbs 4:25-27).
At the end of a day’s work we look forward to going home to relax and to get a good nights rest. This maybe very much taken for granted, and it shouldn’t because the day is coming, and it is soon coming when there will be two outcomes on the Last Day: 1) Paradise where there will be peace and rest forever or 2) Perdition where there will be torment and unrest forever!
Who wouldn’t wish to be going home to Paradise?
There is only one person who God has ordained with the power for humans to get to Paradise (John 3:16-18). He is the only begotten Son of God whose name is JESUS.
Jesus says: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
“I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death” (Revelation 1:18).
“Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors” (Proverbs 8:34).
Whenever we are faced with struggles, setbacks and so on, Jesus pointed out that we ought to pray and not faint (Luke 18:1) because the Holy Scriptures says: “if thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small” (Proverbs 24:10).
Let us also be reminded that the Apostle Paul said: “Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).
Many throughout time have doubted and said, in essence, “This is easier said than done.” However, Jesus emphasized, “And I say unto you, ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” (Luke 11:9–10).
Be strong and pray to God in Jesus’ name. Also, be reminded what Jesus also said: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23–24).
Invariably in our lifetime we will face setbacks, sorrows and the like; and when we do we must pray for peace, patience and perseverance to overcome them. In times of such circumstances let us be reminded of these words of our Lord, Savior and King saying: “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).
Jesus says: “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:46-48).
“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (John 9:5).
“I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6).
“I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20).
In this present day, as it was in the old times, among many of us, the spiritual Kingdom of God is not really understood, and Jesus clarified this “when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the Kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, the Kingdom of God cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say, lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you” (Luke 17:20–21).
Anyone who seeks to enter in the Kingdom of God must come to repentance and confess their sins to God in the name of the Son of God. “For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found” (Psalm 32:6). “I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin” (Psalm 32:5).
To enter into the Kingdom of God, we must become baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit; converted; keep God’s commandments; and live every day in his righteousness (Acts 3:19).
During his time, Jesus pointed out, “If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (John 14:23). “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20).
Do you believe in the only begotten Son of God Jesus Christ?
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
“He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:16).
“For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12: 13).
“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.
And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:26-29).
Anyone in a church today calling a priest, preacher or of any other title father must cease doing so because Jesus expressly told his disciples saying: “And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven” (Matthew 23:9). Let us be reminded of our Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name” (Matthew 6:9).
Jesus also warns saying: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” (Matthew 7:15–16).
“For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works” (2 Corinthians 11:13-15).
“He that burneth incense, as if he blessed an idol. Yea, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delighteth in their abominations” (Isaiah 66:3).
Thousands of years ago, God sent his only begotten Son to this earth who give his life for human beings.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God” (John 3:16-18).
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.
For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life” (Romans 5:6-10).
Jesus is very clear when he asks: “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? (Luke 18:8).
“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21).
“For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matthew 22:14).
“NOW we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle” (2 Thessalonians 2:1-2, 14-15).