THE COST OF ETERNAL LIFE - 18/03/2014
Yesterday’s message was titled “BEWARE OF COVETOUSNESS”. Today’s message is titled “THE COST OF ETERNAL LIFE” as provided by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Mark 9:47 "And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter in to the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast in to hell fire." and read Matthew 13:45-46. Our Bible in one year for today has been taken from Ezekiel 1-3 and Psalm 65 (Adeboye, 2014).
The message is quoted below. God bless you for your contribution
"Jesus Christ gave a parable in our Bible reading today on the importance of making sure we are not exempted from the kingdom of God. He likened the kingdom of God to a precious pearl that a rich merchant sought for, and after he had found it, went and sold all that he had just to buy it. In Mark 9:47, Jesus gave another serious instruction, showing just how important it is for everyone to strive to gain entrance into the kingdom of God. He said that if your eye, as precious and important to living as it is, will disqualify you from gaining entry into the presence of God at the end of your life, you should pluck it out! This is food for thought when we observe how careless we could be when it comes to the matter of making it to Heaven at the end of life. We seem to trivial is the problem of sin and what sin is capable of doing against our souls.
”But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall ha ve their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brims tone: which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8
It is unfortunate that modern day theologians are writing and teaching people to be comfortable in their sinful lifestyle. They are explaining away the reality of Heaven and Hell. These two realms are real; they should not be explained away. As we continue to live on this planet earth, we should always remember that we do not have a permanent stay here. No matter how blessed we are with long life, eternity is not here on this present earth. A new earth and a new heaven are in the making for us according to Revelation 21:1-2. Therefore, whatever will disqualify you from gaining entry into the new earth and the new heaven should be discarded immediately. The reason is not far-fetched; death may come at any given time and the expected tomorrow may not come. Failure to enter to the kingdom of God leaves room only for the second option which is disastrous — hell. Today is the day of salvation, now is the acceptable time. Every weight that besets us must be done away with in accordance with the admonition in Hebrews 12:1:
”Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us la y aside every weigh , and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,”
Today's prayer point is "Father, please grant me strength in my inner man to stop doing whatever lam doing that will make me a candidate for hell, in Jesus’ Name." "
God bless you richly for your contribution to today's forum, amen