God's Sword of Truth - The Word

~ GOD'S SUMMONS ~


His Calling by Which We Were Chosen

Ephesians 4:1 & Romans 12:1-2
 

By The Holy Spirit's Disciple, Raymond Laginess

 
Have you ever asked yourself these questions: What is my destiny?  What is the purpose for my being here?  What is going to happen to me in the future?  Where am I going in the end?  What is God's will for me?  Well, the Lord's plan and will for you is that you should be saved, to be with Him in heaven and rule with Jesus Christ forever - "According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will" (Eph. 1:4-5)…"In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace (vs.7)….in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory." (vs. 13-14).  You can believe or not believe what the Word of God says.  You can obey or disobey the Lord.  It is your choice!  But, however you choose, it will be your destiny.

Each one of us has many choices in our life, and sometimes the choices we have made has effected others, but, there is only ONE choice that is ours alone to make which has no bearing on anyone else, and that is whether we will believe on and follow Jesus Christ or not believe on or follow Him. No one on this earth can make that choice for you.  But, because you have a free will, you alone must exercise that free will and choose what your destiny will be and where you will spend eternity, Heaven or Hell.  This is, without a doubt, the most important decision you will ever make in your lifetime.  But, without the proper direction you won't know where you are or where you are going.

In the above paragraph, I mentioned "proper direction" - and that direction is JESUS CHRIST…the way, the truth and the life".  Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life - John 11:25 - "I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die.  Believest thou this?"  Jesus Christ is the way, the truth and the life.  He is the only way to God the Father - John 14:6 - "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

You can accept or reject the gospel, but in the end you must face the consequences of your free will choice.  Why? Because we must be responsible for the path we choose to take and the direction it leads.  It is God: "Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel." - 2 Tim. 1:9-10.  Jesus stands at the door and knocks, but it is man who must open the door (Rev. 3:20).

We were all created to be with Him in heaven, and this was His plan for us before the world began.  His destiny is for us to be His "family" - "For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren" (Heb.2:11).   His plan for us, to be His "bride" - "He [Christ] that hath the bride is the bridegroom:…" (John 3:29).  His plan for us is to inherit the kingdom and eternal life - "As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." (John 17:2-3).  Do you have eternal life that you might know the only true God, and Jesus Christ, His Son, Whom He has sent?

Well, people, it just so happens that Satan also has a plan for every man's soul, to be with him forever in the Lake of Fire.  Each of us, as long as we are on this earth, will be in a spiritual wrestling match with spiritual wickedness that only Satan and his demons can dish out.  Just take a long look at what is going on around you - WARS, HATRED, RACISM, TERRORISM, RAPE, MURDER AND KIDNAPPING AND KILLING CHILDREN.  Satan is constantly trying to oppress us and use others (including loved ones) against us. Therefore, "Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places…." (Eph.6:11-12).  Also, read verses 13 thru 18.  When we put on the whole armour of God, Satan can not touch us in this life or ever.

Satan will come at you as long as you are in his world.  You cannot get away from him until you leave this earth, but, while you are on this earth you will be his enemy and fair game, for he is after souls to be with him in the Lake of Fire (his final home and destiny forever) where he will be "…cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." (Rev. 19:20).  Don't allow him to rob you of YOUR destiny in heaven, and, if you don't give it to him, he can't take it from you.  Don't ever believe him, "…for he is a liar, and the father of it." (John 8:44), he's a loser forever and always throwing doubt and unbelief in our direction.  But, if you truly belong to Jesus Christ, you can't afford to separate yourself from Jesus for one split second, for without Him you are in danger of being overcome by Satan. "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matt. 26:41).  Don't allow it to happen.  It's your call!

You can be with Jesus forever if you will accept Him, trust Him, believe His Word, repent of sin and have faith in Him.  You cannot approach God through your own earthly ways, in pursuit of a religion, or by means of any man.  "…forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Phil. 3:13-14.   Is your calling a calling of God in Jesus Christ?  Are you willing to forget the things of the world that you once pursued and did? "…know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?  Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." James 4:3   Stop, stop right now, and review YOUR calling and ALL the consequences that are attached to it.

The Word tells us that we are all dead in sin and cannot enter into the kingdom of God without being born again of the Spirit of God, as Jesus told us in  - John 3:3,5 - "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God."  Our heavenly Father made a way for us - He used His Son, Jesus Christ, to do what no other person, religion, or belief could do, to be the perfect sacrifice that took away our sin, once and for all.

If you choose NOT to believe in Jesus Christ, you have SO MUCH TO LOSE.  Plus, there is nothing on this earth worth what the Lord Jesus Christ has gone to prepare for those that love Him.  He has prepared an eternal home for all who know, love and desire to be with Him:  "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also." - John 14:2-3.  And, if you are His and you ask (Luke 11:13), He will give you the Holy Spirit to help, guide and teach you all things, trust Him.

Faith is your power in salvation, and, if you believe, you can't lose. "That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life." (John 3:15).   The Lord honors faith, even if and when you're wrong, as long as your heart is the Lord's.  Study His Word and put yourself under the authority of the Holy Spirit who will teach and guide you so that you will be better prepared for the battle against worldliness, the flesh and Satan.

If you truly know His WORD, by FAITH, LOVE and the HOLY SPIRIT, and live Him (Jesus Christ) every day, then you DO belong to Jesus - and your life should be spent in perfect fellowship with Him, in preparation and anticipation of being in His presence forever.  When you live the Word by Faith and Love, you will share it every day as Christ did, therefore let your fruit show by your works through the Holy Spirit.  The Holy Spirit will guide you, just listen to His voice and follow the truth that is in your heart, it's REAL.  And, guess what, you WILL know when He is speaking to your heart.

Keep these things in mind: the Word of the Lord is real and true, and the New Testament of the King James Authorized Version IS FOR TODAY, and no man wrote it but by the Holy Spirit.  You can always trust the Holy Spirit who guides you to Jesus and salvation, which no religion or man has the way or knowledge to do.  As you have read above, there is ONLY ONE WAY to receive the gift of eternal life, and, that is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, by God's free gift of grace.  It's your choice!  However, do not turn down God's wonderful blessing, His promise, which He wants to share with you through His Son, Jesus Christ for all eternity.

Although our Lord God is loving and merciful, He is also just.  We will all stand before Him at our judgment and receive our rewards and punishments as our works deserve - "For we must ALL appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." - 2 Cor. 5:10.

What is your destiny?  Is it to be with Jesus or Satan?  Have you wasted your life and your destiny is lost to Satan, a loser?  Think about it - NOW!  Time is late and your FOREVER is at stake. Are you sure that if you were to die tonight, you would go to heaven?  If you said you are not sure, then repent and accept and believe on Jesus Christ today as your personal Savior, for He became the Perfect Substitute by His shed blood for all men.  "Ye must be born again" in order to enter into the Kingdom of heaven.
 

"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come.  And let him that heareth say, Come.  And let him that is athirst come.  And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
Revelation 22:17

 

All scripture based on the King James Authorized Version or 1611 Bible, New Testament only, otherwise known as THE WORD.  All Old Testament scriptural references used in this article is Jewish History, not canonical, and is used as additional references.