Sins Do Not Make People Go To Hell

Perhaps, you are shocked with the title above. This opinion is very much controversial and against common opinion.

People do not go to hell because of their sins. They go to hell because they refuse the salvation and redemption of their sins.

They go to hell because they refuse to accept Jesus Christ as their savior.

Many Christians say, “If you do not stop committing sins, say dirty words; and do this and that, the LORD will not accept you.” Continue reading

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Jesus Christ is not a religion

The reason why there are many Christians who have bitterness, anger, hatred, is not because God does not love them. It’s because they assume that they have to get God’s love with their actions and performance.

When Jesus said “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28 (NIV). He did not say it to those who were burdened with jobs or worldly problems.

Jesus said it to those who were burdened with fulfilling the laws to please God. Continue reading

A Lot On Your Plate?

“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” — Psalm 61:2, NKJV

Ever felt overwhelmed? Got too much on your plate? Feel overloaded? Too many demands? Deadlines? Pressures? Decisions? Too many people pulling on you? Not enough margin?I have! Like many of you, I know the feeling of surviving with one nostril above water. I know what it’s like to feel stretched to your gills! So, what do you do?

When your heart is overwhelmed, cry out to the Lord and follow Him to a secret place in the Rock! Continue reading

The Wild Card: Your Choices

“God knew what he was doing from the very beginning. He decided from the outset to shape the lives of those who love him along the same lines as the life of his Son. The Son stands first in the line of humanity he restored. We see the original and intended shape of our lives there in him.” (Romans 8:29 MSG)

You are wonderfully complex (Psalm 139:14). To fulfill God’s purpose for you, you have to look at every dimension of your life and understand five factors that influence your identity. We’ve talked this week about the ways that our chemistry, our connections, our circumstances, and our consciousness affect the way we are shaped.

If these factors were like the five cards you’re dealt in a game of poker, then the fifth factor would be your wild card. Why? Because it’s your choices, and it affects all your other cards. You may not be able to control the hand you were dealt, but you can use your wild card to change the way you live your life by the choices you make. Continue reading

Identity: Know Who You Are

 “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” (John 8:12 NIV)

When Jesus said, “I am the light of the world,” he was defining himself. He was saying, “I know who I am.” More than 18 times in the Bible, Jesus says, “I am” and then gives a description. He described himself as the door, the bread of life, the way, the truth, the resurrection, and the life. Over and over, he defines himself. Jesus knew who he was and, as a result, he was not under pressure.

This is the principle of identity. As long as you are unsure of your identity, you’re going to be pressured to fit into other people’s molds. They will manipulate you. They will try to make you into what they think you ought to be rather than what God made you to be. Continue reading

Let God Tell You Who You Are

“Your name will no longer be Jacob …. From now on you will be called Israel.” (Genesis 32:28a NLT)

You don’t have to stay the same! In conversion, we’re given a new identity. Look at Jacob in the book of Genesis. Once Jacob confesses his manipulative behavior, God gives him a new identity.

Notice that three things happen:
God gives Jacob a brand new identity (Genesis 32:28). Essentially, God says, “I know you’ve blown it. I know you’re conniving, but I see in you a prince. Beneath all your emotional hang-ups, all your insecurities, all the stuff you don’t want anybody else to know, I see a prince.” God is saying that today to many of us: “Beneath all of your sins and hang-ups, I see a princess/prince. You can be something great. You can be what I made you to be.”

God blesses Jacob/Israel (Genesis 32:29). Deep down, we desperately want God’s blessing. If we want God’s blessing, we have to take the steps God requires of us. Continue reading