Welcome, friends, to 2023. This year many of us, though we do not know what ‘23 will bring, will embark on a new journey. For some, it may bring heartache, while others may experience salvation (I hope so) or, for others, better personal circumstances. Sadly, some will not see the end of this year. Whatever 2023 brings, praise the Lord. He is in control.
There is no need to discuss the world situation around us. Many of us in the church know and see sadness and despair. However, we know the outcome. Christ will, at some point, redeem his church! Though the world is in a state of chaos, God is still on the throne. However, through all the mayhem, civil unrest, and uncertainty, God allows many of us to see another day. He also provides for our homes and families. Most importantly, he saves us from Hell if we allow him. Please know we are nothing without his love and forgiveness. The cross is still the cross, and his death, burial, and resurrection are still miraculous. Nothing or no one changes these facts.
This blog is not about gloom and doom. It is about impacting lives through scripture and life experiences. One day, for many, it will be too late to accept his gift. Therefore, I hope many of you have already done so. However, there may be friends and family who have not, maybe out of fear or disbelief. That said, everyone must decide for themselves. So, this blog is not here to beat anyone over the head about accepting Christ. It is about encouragement and hope. We must always talk about why we have hope in Christ. He is our hope and salvation. But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: 1 Peter 3:15
Many people want to talk about salvation but may not know how to start the conversation. Others will start the conversation however the audience will reject it. Therefore, I have included a video detailing the consequences of indecision or doubt about eternal security. Hopefully, this will help make it easier to tell friends and loved ones about accepting Christ. The goal is to help them understand the importance of their decision. While there may be many friends or relatives who reject this gift, others will embrace it. Often, we talk about God’s love; however, He is also a God of justice and punishment (this is not a popular subject). No one can twist a person’s arm to follow Christ. The decision rest with that person and only that person. However, remember that all of us will die one day.
Now for the best news, life changes once the person accepts Christ. There will still be problems and challenges; however, eternal hope changes from insecure to secure. What a way to start the new year! People always make new years resolutions. Please add this one thing to the list- becoming a child of the king. It does not mean life becomes more manageable or less chaotic; it does mean eternal life is secure. There is nothing secure on Earth. There are taxes, car and house payments, legal trouble, and many other situations. Billions saw the new year come in; however, they may not see the year end. Is it worth not knowing one’s eternal fate?
Thank you for supporting my blog this year. I hope it helps those of you straddling the fence. Remember, God does not promise we will see another day. If you have questions, please speak with a pastor. I hope to visit with you in the coming year. Please feel free to view my YouTube channel as well.
I always end my blogs with the message of salvation., I was once one who did not believe. God changed me, and he can change you too. I am not saying life will be easy; however, life after death will be heavenly. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should do not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world; but that the world through him might be saved. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved, John 3:15-17, (from Hell and God’s wrath).
For those contemplating, please do not wait too long; the next day is not promised to anyone. That said, please visit YouTube to view this powerful 8-minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8wqQlQZMTw
Be blessed in the coming year.