Test Anxiety & Heaven (?)


Any student or family member/friend of a student will know exactly what I mean when I mention test anxiety.

The past two weeks, I had been under the stress of college exams. These final exams carried such weight that they had the power to determine what final grade I would make for those classes. So of course I felt anxious. But this whole experience taught me something fundamental about Christianity, believe it or not!

During finals week I constantly felt overwhelmed and overworked to the limit. I was forced to sacrifice my sleep and utilize every last minute to study my best, just as all my peers. Why? Because college exams can be VERY difficult. No matter how much you prepare, there is always the chance that you might not know how to answer certain questions or that you may even fail because the one chapter you did not get to study was the one chapter they focused the exam on.

So as I was pushing my mind and body to the limits studying for these exams, I felt exhausted and wanted to give up and rest so many times. But I had the willpower to keep pushing on, because of one thing that gave me so much hope:

Right after final exams, I would be free to leave my campus and GO HOME!!!

For all of us that stay on campus in dorms/residence halls, the biggest excitement of finishing finals week comes from knowing that we will finally be able to move out of our rooms and back to our homes where we feel most at rest, where we are treated as kings and queens of our own realms by our loved ones, the place of freedom and rest.

I felt a reassurance and peace knowing that rest awaited me at the end of the exams, no matter how good or bad the exams would be. This peace allowed me to keep my calm and keep smiling throughout the whole process.

And thinking about this during my very last exam, I realized this is exactly what pushes us to keep going as Christians.

See, we children of God are kind of similar to college students. We are living the stressful life in “college”, in a constant “finals” week. We are put through trials and tests that are much too hard sometimes. We work ourselves to the point of exhaustion, but we know we cannot give up.

We know we must keep going. Why? Because at the very end, we get to leave this lonely and troubling place, and GO HOME!!! We know that at the very end, we will pack up and leave to our place of rest, to the hands of our Father. No matter how good or bad the trials were, no matter how tired we are, no matter how stressful this life is, we know we can hope for rest in heaven someday.

It is this faith and hope that keeps us going every single day. It helps us smile throughout the sorrows and despair. It reassures us that it is worth it to suffer in this life as long as we end up getting to go home.

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

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When will you be satisfied?


We are too occupied following our worldly goals, reaching out for what we believe is the best for us.

Whether this be an education, a promotion at work, or even money itself – we are always chasing after what will make us comfortable. And the worst part is, we are never satisfied.

You study to get a job. Once you get that job,  you are rushing for better positions within that company. Once you reach your work goals, now you’re running after your house, a new car, a new spouse, etc. Once you reach that, you are running after securing a better future for your children/family, or perhaps a better retirement. Once you reach that, what else do you have to live for? Will you feel like you have no further purpose and let yourself slowly die away?

When you look back at the end, will you be truly happy for what you have spent your whole life doing? Will you look back and think that all those endless days and nights of hard work were worth it? Was it worth it to work hard just to reach your next job where you kept working harder, for your own self? Was it worth it to spend your whole life struggling in this vicious cycle just so you could “enjoy” a comfortable life, only to realize that you were never really able to truly enjoy it?

Let me tell you, no worldly dream will ever satisfy you the way you think it will. Once you reach each of these goals, you will find out that your human heart keeps desiring more and more, and that nothing you can do will ever truly satisfy you.

However, there is one thing that can satisfy you even when you have reached nowhere in life – that is God. I learned this the hard way!

Not too long ago, I was once caught up planning a big future for myself. I thought of all the endless possibilities, and started motivating myself to work hard with these goals in mind. But soon enough, I felt empty. When I felt tired, I had nothing to tell myself that would keep me going. In such moments, you realize how much you need God in your life, and how important it is to find rest in Him when you can.

If you keep worldly things as your only aim, like money, fame, a better life, etc., you will soon run out of fuel and motivation, and you will drift away from God. You will never feel accomplished. However, once you realize that living for a bigger purpose than yourself is more important, then life starts having new meaning.

Living with the purpose of serving God, remembering that you are put on earth for the purpose of uplifting other people’s lives at any cost, and knowing that you are moving forward with the aim of changing the world one heart at a time – this, my friends, is what Christian life is all about – spreading the love and light of Jesus Christ, and living selflessly. Trying to change lives for the better so they can see the power of Jesus work miracles in their lives.

God tells us to stop worrying about our worldly problems, and start worrying about our spiritual life more:

“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?”

He then mentions that “your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.”

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

It is very important to remain faithful to God and take time to actively pursue His presence. If you incorporate your spiritual goals into your daily life, then life will become this harmonious ambition to shine for God, and then you will feel His presence along every step of the way, in everything you do.

No comfort, no human relationship, no riches and no fame can come even close to the satisfaction that can fill your heart when you start living for Him, when you make Him an inseparable part of your life.

Love God, and love your neighbors more than yourself. Be that person in this selfish world filled with greedy people working themselves to death for their own material gains.

Be the different one.

God bless you all!

Spotting the devil’s lies


The devil is one cunning, sly thing. I can’t express how deceitful he is. His influence upon this world is quite significant, and yet he tries to hide his identity and make it seem like this world is meant to be the way it is right now. Opening your eyes to this truth, recognizing that he is the cause for all the evil in this world and why so many people are bedd3bfd39faabfa54fdb183fd1e64b6going astray, will make you a bigger enemy to him. He will do all he can to stop your progress.

He has blinded the eyes of so many people to the truth of the gospel. He works in both realms – among the people of the world as well as the Christian churches – and tries his best to take people’s focus away from what is important.

Many Christian churches today, I must sadly say, are under the influence of false ideologies that the devil has planted in their leaders’ minds. So many of the shepherds are now just wolves deceived by the great wolf himself. You would think that the Bible would be held up high as the ultimate authority in churches, and the final word in all decisions about right and wrong. Well, no.

Today there are too many “feel good” churches where your inner feelings are held higher than the powerful word of God. Anyone can say anything that their “spirit” is urging them about, and it is taken as the truth. Instead, God’s word tells us to test the spirits:

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1)

We are told to test the spirit and see whether they are from God himself. I have heard far too many false doctrines in churches, and I am getting tired of it by the day.

Here is one example that bothers me the most:

Too many churches preach the “prosperity gospel” – they teach people that if you follow Jesus Christ, He will give you all the riches you will ever need, He will give you a better job, a better car, a better house, etc. One time I had to walk out of a church in the middle of the service because the preacher would not stop shouting about this and he kept making people “claim” these blessings and much more.

Exactly where in the Bible does it say that following Christ will lead to you becoming a millionaire? Actually, if you have actually read the Bible, you will know for sure the story of the wealthy man who wanted to follow Christ.

This man came to Jesus, asked Him “Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?” (Matthew 19:16) Jesus told him to obey all commandments. When the man said he was “perfect” in keeping all those commandments, Jesus said:

“If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.” (Matthew 19: 21) 

jesus-rich-young-man-1113389-galleryJesus told him to SELL whatever he had and give it away to the poor. Jesus did not congratulate him on all his wealth and say “well, you’re going to get many more riches, just follow me”… NO!!! He has told us over and over again that the riches of the earth are not meant for us, but it can only prevent us from entering heaven.

Go back to that verse – Jesus said that if he sold all his possessions and gave it to the poor, “and thou shalt have treasure in heaven” – he would have riches in heaven. That is what Jesus tells us to focus on – not on the worldly possessions and riches, but our riches in heaven that can only be gained by showing kindness to others.

Look at what He says later on:

“And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” (Matthew 19:24) 

Jesus tells us that it is basically impossible for a rich man to enter heaven.

Now, here is another blasphemy I once heard at another church: (I have tried going to several churches, visiting, trying to see if I can agree with any of their ways)

I heard the pastor of this church say, “my dear brothers and sisters, when Jesus said “it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle”, He was NOT talking about the actual eye of a needle. He was talking about one of the gates of heaven, and the name of that gate is “eye of the needle””

You can guess what happened after I heard that – we just left that service. I don’t know if I should laugh or cry because of the ridiculousness of this claim – WHY should they twist the scripture like this?????

My dear God, have mercy upon the churches today!!! There needs to be a change, an awakening.

People need to start reading their Bibles for what it really is, STOP twisting the scripture to comfort yourself, and recognize it when the devil is trying to implant a false doctrine in your system or your community.

The devil is cunning, like I said before. He will do anything he can in his power to take our minds the wrong direction, make us follow the wrong path, and move away from God. Thise790957fecf89eac9f9790ec769abfd9 is a constant war between us. Don’t let yourselves fall for his lies!!! The doctrines he shares will sound so comforting, so beautiful, and will make you feel good about your sin.

The actual gospel is like a two-edged sword, and should work within your heart to bring out all the filth and sin and make you cleanse it all out – this is not the “feel-good” gospel but the TRUE word of God.

More on this next week!

Until then, Jesus save us!!!

Staying true to your identity


In today’s world where everyone is trying to “fit in” and find a “place where they belong”, it’s really hard for someone to stand out or set themselves apart, and when they do, they are often seen as the “insane” ones. Well, today I want to talk about why we must not be afraid to be apart from the norm in this world.

 

I’ve seen many Christians and pastors like this trying to desperately get the wrong kind of attention, trying to show the world that they are no different than the rest. I think some Christians even believe that trying to “relate” to the world will give them some kind of golden opportunity to share the gospel, by showing the world that Christians are just like the others. This, my friends, is a blasphemous lie.

(Here is the link to an article I recently read online. This is about a pastor who thought he could “win more souls” by riding a bull inside his church!! That’s right, he thinks he is doing gospel work by bringing in a bull and putting on a show for the world!! How sad. 

http://www.christianpost.com/news/ohio-cowboy-pastor-rides-bull-during-service-inside-sanctuary-says-hes-using-gifts-to-attract-new-believers-139363/ )

A true Christian is NOTHING like the world around them!! A true Christian will never be able to live like the others in the world, because they are called to be apart from it!

“But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:” (1 Peter 2:9)

butterfly-release-291x380We are a chosen generation!! We are not supposed to be like the others, but by being different in the way we act, the way we speak, the way we show kindness, the way we stand up for the truth, and most importantly, the way we love and serve God with all our hearts – by being different like this, we are supposed to show the world how brilliant the light of Jesus Christ is that can transform people!!!

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” (Romans 12:2)

All you need to do is show the world that there is something fundamentally different about you, and later on they will realize that you are a child of God, and hopefully recognize and praise Him for it.

So how can we know what to do and what not to do? First of all, if you are saved already, you must have a voice inside convicting you of every action you do against the will of God. The Bible sets very clear guidelines about what angers the Lord, or what goes against His will.

Realize your identity in Christ, and live up to it. Think about it – Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins and mine, He gave up everything He had, and until the last breath, He christ-crucified1only had mercy to show to those that were torturing Him. He prayed that they be forgiven, He decided to suffer the worst and die with no ounce of regret or revenge in His heart.

That, to me, is the purest form of love. He was able to endure it all because He loved us that much!!! His love was true, pure, and sacrificial. That is the kind of overwhelming love that we must have in our hearts if we choose to follow Jesus. Actually, once Jesus enters our lives, once we fully become a living temple for His work, we will find ourselves wrapped in that love, wanting to share it with everyone around us. Love the people of the world much more than yourself, putting their needs above your own, and being a servant first.

This humility of Jesus Christ is an essential part of being a Christian, and sadly, nowadays, it is hard to see people who truly follow this principle. Lots of Christians today do not have the time to care for others. Some people live for themselves, going to work, coming home, planning their retirement, etc. without even thinking about where they can include their Godly purpose in this schedule. They are too busy to worry about being a good Christian.

Instead, they just show up to church once in a week, sing some worship songs, sleep through the sermon, and go home. They think that makes up for everything!!

I am telling you right now, my dearest readers, you must stop being lazy about your calling!! Embody the love of Christ, and the truth of His gospel in every step of every single day. Remember Him in everything you do. Praise Him for everything good in life, and ask for His help and guidance in bad situations.

 

 

 

 

The Love of my life cried – Good Friday


As millions of Christians are in remembrance of the great sacrifice of Jesus Christ this Good Friday, I want to take a moment to reflect on what He went through for an unworthy, filthy sinner like me.

Right now I feel the same way I felt that very moment when I was baptized. Immersing your body in the water, to show solidarity that you have died with Christ, have been buriedb3b3d9f9981b75640b99d8e36141c0d3 and rising back up to symbolize yourself being risen with Him into everlasting life. That
moment I felt the fearful anxiety. I knew the moment I rose back to the surface would be a most memorable one, to have partaken in the death as well as resurrection of Jesus Christ. But yet, there was a sense of fear when I was completely covered in water. For a split second I thought of exactly how Jesus could have felt when He was about to die.

The one and only Love of my life – He cried that day. He had trembled in fear before. He had gone through the most frightful night of His life, sweating blood, knowing and waiting for the wolves to torture Him like no one in the history of mankind.

As He was taken away, His disciples lost their most loving, guiding Master. I cannot imagine being separated from Him like the disciples had to be that day, knowing that somewhere, He was being mishandled, beaten, ridiculed, and reduced to nothing but a bundle of blood by a group of unworthy human beings that do not understand just Who He is exactly.

The moment He was taken away… just imagining that makes me feel an aching pain in my heart. I want to protect Him yet He knew exactly what was waiting for Him on the other side. He allowed Himself to be killed. He could not ask for mercy from God because it was His purpose to die for us.

“Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.” (John 12:27)

He was whipped, His flesh pierced and torn by thorny whips. He was in agony, not being able to ask them to stop. He was the Son of the Almighty God, He had the power to stop it all, yet He stayed silent. He chose to suffer through it for the sake of each of us. bb4b7d8d8ce286d3fb760e5b91d74929

He, the King above all kings, was crowned with thorns. He was stripped of His clothes. He was mocked and killed by the ones He had created. From the day He skillfully and artistically created Adam from dirt, carefully designing him and breathing life into him, He had loved every single one of us. He had longed for a very close bond and relationship with us, but time and again the human race betrayed Him.

The human race had gone after false gods, bowed their heads to sin, and chased after their own lustful desires, turning their backs away from God.

 

 

The love of my life was in agony when those nails were hammered into His hands and feet.

201601122307075d7Those hands were the very hands that had healed the blind man, and comforted the poor. Those feet had seen the throne of heaven as well as the dirt of earth. Those feet where angels and saints bow their heads down in worship. They were pierced by nails.

Each drop of blood shed that day  accounts for the sins of us. Knowing that my sins were also responsible for that puts me in a painful position. Here I am, crying about what He suffered when in fact, it were my sins that made Him suffer. How worthless am I?

“It is finished” – the light of the world had been extinguished. Great darkness fell upon the earth. He was the light. His death was the redemption of us all.

Today I remember the day the love of my life cried. The day He died for me. He chose to suffer so that you and I may have everlasting life. That sacrifice is worth more than anything in this world. No love can compare, none of the riches or comforts of this world are worthy when I compare it to the gift He gave that day.

Jesus Christ, I love You Lord like none other in this world, for without You, I am nothing but a pile of dust ♥

There are no Dead-Ends


Life wouldn’t be life unless there was grief, sorrow and regret. Frustrations and hopeless times are unavoidable elements of human life. But there are times that may seem too tough to overcome.

Over the past few days, I learned one thing for sure: There are no dead-ends! I learned that God has the power to change even the most desperate situation into something different. Even when you feel convinced that everything in your life is over, that there is no “forward” to live toward, even when you are in a hole so deep that nothing seems capable of getting you out, you have to have hope.

It may sound stupid when someone says “have hope” when you know your life is going into a spiral of horrible things. But that stupid person who said “have hope” said so because of a reason – they’ve been in similar situations where all hope was lost, and they’ve come through it with the power of faith.

I remember a time in my life where we lost our home, all our belongings, and were almost out of savings and none of us were able to get a job. We were 99% sure we were going homeless. I remember a time when my father saw the face of death during a major heart attack that doctors said he would never survive from. There was a time when I was a baby in my mother’s womb that doctors said I wasn’t worthy of living, and therefore had to be aborted. God worked miracles in all of these cases – to the point that there was no other explanation for how we escaped impending doom.

There have been times when my heart has been so burdened and torn apart by things that happen. Yet we survived those times. A simple prayer to God with the right faith – knowing that He has the ultimate power and control over every situation – proves fruitful even today!

My heart is overjoyed to be reassured that God still hears my prayers. He isn’t far away from us after all. When you went to sleep crying and thinking no one knew what you were going through, He was right there watching over you, holding you close.

Therefore, my dear readers, I want to tell you, if you are going through an impossible situation: DO NOT LOSE HOPE.

Hope is sometimes the only thing we have, and to be honest, that is the only thing we need. God answers the prayer of a desperate heart. He hears the cries of an aching person and He answers them.

He answers because He LOVES you, even when you don’t love Him back. He does not want to see you suffer. So please, have hope. It’s not over yet! You have a purpose no matter what this world tells you. Keep moving forward!!!!!

 

Extreme tolerance is NOT love


In today’s society filled with people who are constantly “offended” by anything and everything, it is hard for a person to have a single opinion and not be called a “hater” or “bigot” or “INTOLERANT”.

First and foremost in that group of “intolerant” people, are Christians. (Well, TRUE Christians of course). We believe that God created the earth and all living beings in it, so we are labeled “fools” and haters of atheists. We believe that gay marriage goes against Gay-Marriage
God’s natural laws, and therefore an abomination to Him, so we are labeled “haters” and “discriminators”, and “intolerant”. We believe that sin is awful and takes people to hell, so we preach against it, and so we are called “haters” and “intolerant”.

“HATERS”….. “INTOLERANT”….

Because of all this, an alarming number of Christians, pastors, churches, are all starting to “TOLERATE” sin. They are beginning to “SHOW ACCEPTANCE for all kinds of people” by inviting gay, atheist, abortionist, adulterous people to live as they like.

We are beginning to hear about churches that are actually performing gay marriages; about preachers who are saying “Jesus is not really the ONLY way to heaven”, famous “Christian” leaders of the world saying that every religion in the world leads to heaven, all of which are blasphemous lies.

Could it be that Christians are afraid of taking a stand for their faith because of how society deals with such people? Is this fear causing them to forcibly “accept” sins that the world is trying to normalize?

I know there are plenty of “Christian” people out there that will justify this, saying that we must “understand the world in order to help it” or “be tolerant of the world to get them into the church”, that we must “love and accept people for who they are” so they can “like” the church and Christianity, because it doesn’t go against anything they like to do.

Well, here’s something to ponder: Extreme tolerance is NOT love.

By “tolerating” people’s sin and telling them they can “be whoever they want to be” in church, you are NOT loving them, but instead watching as they pave their own one-way path to hell. This, to me, is one of the greatest forms of hatred. At least tell people they must try to change if they are actively coming to your church instead of endorsing their sin.

Christianity is not supposed to, nor is it designed to impress everyone in the world. In fact, Jesus Christ says the exact opposite:

“Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.” (Luke 6:22)

We are not of this world, and therefore the majority of the worldly people will NOT like us. They will never be able to accept us without thinking of us as fools, and that is okay. But if a church or Christian decides to say “well, I think sin is okay” through their actions and words, JUST to gain the acceptance of the world, then they will gain that acceptance.

But let me tell you something you will LOSE. The acceptance of God. You can’t have both for too long before you are forced to choose one or the other. Of course we live in this world, but sticking to our true beliefs requires us to get rid of all sin and all abomination, even if the world around us says “it’s normal”.

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7:23)

The above verse is more than enough proof that not every single “Christian” or “church” is approved by God. Some among us, no, a large amount of those among us are faking it. Others are giving into the lies of the devil and trying to be accepted and loved by the world.

If you do not want to hear those heart-shattering words “I never knew you: depart from me”, at the end of your life, then I would suggest you start seeking to please the living God of the heavens instead of accepting sin.

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So what is the purpose?


[Blogging 101 assignment #1]

I made my first post to this blog in 2012. Back when I had lots of time on my hands, things were easy.

But now I am swamped with several responsibilities, and I hate how much it has affected my blogging experience.

So, just as a reminder to me and to my readers, I blog so that I can share with the world my experience as a Christian. I want to share my thoughts about getting closer to God.

I want my blog to help others grow closer to God as well. I want to share my thoughts about Bible verses that I study.

That being said, I will post to this blog at least once a week this year. How will I keep up with it? It will probably be hard at times, but I will be reading the Bible and studying daily, so I’m not afraid of being at a loss of topics to discuss.

Let’s make this year the best!

New Year: Thankful Reflections


With 2016 just a few hours away, I sit down to reflect upon everything that happened in 2015. Resolutions are not a tradition with me, because resolving to do something at the beginning of a year usually ends up with me having too many other responsibilities interfering.

I prefer to take time to be thankful for everything the past year has brought into my life. I believe this is a very positive way to see the new year – being thankful to God and to those around you for everything good in your life, and then also thinking about all the bad that happened in the past year, being thankful for all the lessons you learned from them.

In 2015, I matured. I learned to say no to certain things and to certain people – both of which would hinder my progress. Saying no is painful, but in certain situations it has to be done for the better good of everyone.

In 2015, I made new friends. I said hello to a new family in my new workplace and academic environment.

In 2015 I laughed to my heart’s desire. I also cried buckets’ worth of tears in secret. Memories were made.

In 2015, my heart was broken by the crushing of some dreams I had, despite how selfless I thought they were. I chose not to ask God why, because He certainly had His reasons.

In 2015, I learned to rejoice in the failures I brought upon myself in life. I learned that perfection is not humanly possible, but yet perfection is what we should try our best to obtain so that we may realize the best of ourselves. No one is perfect but God.

In 2015, my faith was renewed. I have a seed of new hope inside my heart. In a world that is fast entering a dark phase of evil and wickedness, my heart has found hope in the promise of Jesus Christ and the eternal life of peacefulness He grants His followers. I have learned to put faith in nothing else but in Him and that promise of His. This helps me fight through the challenges of life with the right perspective.

I have learned to truly love people, both friends and enemies. Before, I knew that God wanted us to forgive our enemies, but I did not know how. I would say “I forgive them” but would also keep remembering the pain and hurt that people brought to me and my family. I would keep holding onto memories of the loss and struggles we faced as a result. But now my memories are cleansed of all that.

Now my life is filled with new purpose, to the point where I have no more time to brood upon the negativity of the past. I now truly forgive everyone of the past and have forgotten every wrongdoing done towards me. I also hope with all my heart that God has forgiven me of my wrongs as well, and for this I pray every single day.

I hope that in 2016 I will be of more use for God and for the advancement of His kingdom. I will continue to pray for God to use me according to His will, and that no matter what challenges or pain I have to face because of that, I will rejoice regardless, given that He sees me worthy of that.

No evil, no sorrow, no loss, not even the devil himself can take away my happiness that I have found in the one, true love of my life – JESUS CHRIST. I truly believe He will protect me and my family until we have fulfilled our mission, and He will never abandon us.

I pray that you are also able to forget the loss and pain of the past, and that you are able to find new purpose and strength in the Lord. May the good God Almighty bless this coming new year, and grant us all the strength and willpower to face the good AND the bad.

Let us all take a moment to be thankful for all the blessings God has brought into our lives.

Love you all, my dear readers! ♥

~Stenila Simon~

“Praise ye the LORD. O give thanks unto the LORD; for [he is] good: for his mercy [endureth] for ever.” (Psalms 106:1)

One-way ticket to Heaven?


I have many times come across people who think that once you are saved, NOTHING can take that salvation away from you. An amazingly large group of Christians seem to truly believe that salvation is permanent, and that no sin that a person does after that period of salvation can undo their salvation.

Is this true? Is it really true that once you are saved, no sin that you do matters, and that you will have this sort of “one-way ticket” to heaven? ticketOr will God be “cruel enough” (as many people think) to judge you to hell even once you are born again? Does our sin count once we are bought over by the blood of Jesus Christ?

Well let us refer to the scriptures as always. The word of God does not lie.

Salvation is definitely granted to us through grace:

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9)

We could never measure up to the holy standards of God as humans born in sin, dating back to the time period when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God. This is why God sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ to take our punishment of death.

The blood of His divine sacrifice was counted worthy to wash away the sins of the ENTIRE human race!! The blood He shed was pure and holy!

Now, what about people who sin after they are saved?

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” (John 10:27-29)

Regarding His followers, Jesus Christ says that “they shall never perish”, and that no man can “pluck them out” of His hand. This means that once a person is truly saved, nothing will be able to destroy them. sheep-following

A person who has been truly born again will not be able to commit to sin willfully again. Accidentally doing the wrong thing without knowing is another story, but a person who has experienced the taste of sweet salvation will never be able to knowingly commit sin, after knowing how much God despises it.

Do you feel like I am speaking wrong or that I’m crazy my friend? Let me take you to the scripture again:

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.” (1 John 2:3-5)

Any person who says he knows Jesus, has been born again and saved, but does not keep His commandments, “is a liar”, according to the word of God.

Once you are saved, you simply CANNOT surrender yourself to sin again. Your spirit will shake and every last ounce of blood in your veins will send signals to your brain that you SHOULD NOT do something that your Savior hates. overcomers-crown-of-righteousness

Becoming born again is exactly what it sounds like. You were born into this world as a sinner, and you lived like a sinner up until now. Once you are born again in the Lord, give your life to Him and invite Him into your heart and soul, you are a new being.

New life runs through you. Every sinful thing is moved away, and every sinful thought disappears when you truly fall in love with the Creator of this wonderful universe and this earth, Who is also the Creator of YOU.

Please feel free to contact me for prayers or questions and concerns at:

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