The Divine Directions (17 of 40) by John Barnett
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Series: Book You Can Trust
God's directions are the only way to make it to happiness now and forever! God has given guidelines for life. What happens if you miss them?
Have you ever been lost as you travel? That's a memory
But, to be going the wrong way and unable to turn back... That's a horror
And, to not even know it That's utter doom .
Jesus often warned of this spiritual condition. He called it lost-ness.
BEING LOST OR DOOMED IS NOT FOLLOWING HIS DIRECTIONS
Doomed ones get thrown into the fire. Look with me at Matthew 7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. (KJV) Matthew 7:21 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. (KJV) Here are religious people. Involved in ministry. Helping others and knowing about the Lord. But, they are cast out!
Doomed ones get cast into outer darkness. Now look at Matthew 8:11-12 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (KJV) Here are people coming in to share in a banquet. They are convinced that they are invited and should be there. But they are found to have neglected the only requirement, a wedding garment. As only those clothed with Christ enter heaven, so only those clothed in a wedding garment enter the feast in this story. Are you wearing Christ's righteousness or your own? Its not religion, its not church, its not rituals performed (baptism, confirmation, walking an aisle, praying a prayer) It is only the sacrifice of Jesus alone. Self righteous, good works can save no one. Hypocrites on the inside, beware. God will not let you in. There will be horror, shock, dismay ...
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