1 Chronicles 28:9 And you, my son Solomon, learn to know your father's God. Serve the LORD wholeheartedly and willingly because he searches every heart and understands every thought [we have]. If you dedicate your life to serving him, he will accept you. But if you abandon him, he will reject you from then on.
^^This my friends is what it means to be "saved." If you dedicate your life to serving him?....follow the words with me:
I ask you, does that sound like a one time/one day "decision for Jesus?" Certainly there is a day that you make a decision to follow Jesus but that day MUST be followed by the next day and the next day etc etc for LIFE. That's what "abide" means. Re-read John 15 where we are told that we must "abide" in him or we will be cutoff thrown out and burned up.
We know that our Lord does not change. His attitude toward serving him in Solomon's time is the same as his attitude toward serving him today. He expects ALL OF YOU ....everyday. He is the King of Kings, Lord of Lords, he is GOD ALMIGHTY and he has a RIGHT to demand EVERYTHING from you. Todays half-hearted, powerless, "once saved always saved" babylonian churchianity teaches you lies that will have you told "away from me you evildoers, I never knew you" (Matt 7:21+) on the day you stand before the Lord.
The bottom line here is that todays so called churches teach a DIFFERENT Jesus than the one I read about in the bible. They teach a DIFFERENT GOSPEL than the one in the bible.
2 Corinthians 11:4 When someone comes to you telling about another Jesus whom we didn't tell you about, you're willing to put up with it. When you receive a spirit that is different from the Spirit you received earlier, you're also willing to put up with that. When someone tells you good news that is different from the Good News you already accepted, you're willing to put up with that too.
Galatians 1:6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
Paul marvelled at how soon people accepted "another gospel." The price of preaching and teaching "any other gospel" is to be ACCURSED. "Once saved always saved -OSAS" is "another gospel."
Jesus tells you clearly that you must "abide in Him," men tell you that you don't have to "abide" you just have to "make a decision" for Jesus on any given day then you are in for life. So which is it? We know how we get "in Christ" but nobody talks about/teaches/preaches about STAYING THERE. Staying there is what abide means. By grace through faith you are saved. Take away the faith and theres nothing to be saved "through." Saved THROUGH faith. Yet todays babylonian teachers would tell you that you can even fall away from the faith and still be "saved." No faith=no salvation period.
This entire discussion has brought us right back around to the same topic: faith. Your faith is everything. No faith=no salvation. It takes faith to abide in Christ. It takes faith to please our God in any way:
Hebrews 11:6 ... Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently search for him.
If you "made a decision" 5 days or 5 years ago and you find yourself without faith today, you are in trouble. Jesus calls us to faith, great faith each and every day. When Jesus called Peter out onto the water with him, he expected Peter to excercise his faith right in the face of the world's nasty storm and walk on that water. When Jesus fed the 5,000 he first told the apostles "You feed them!" The apostles answered the way the world would (go and buy some/like the virgins oil-matt25?) so Jesus fed the 5,000 with his own faith.
If there was ever a time that this world needed men and women with great faith, it is today. At the time of this world's greatest need, there's the least amount of faith. Jesus knew in advance what to expect when he said:
... But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?"
People are hurting and in trouble, and what they need is the TRUTH not some candy coated false gospel that is preached all over the world today. People need POWER in their lives not empty promises. The power of God comes through FAITH. It's time to get out of the boat and walk with Jesus on the water, that will take faith. People ask what they can do in this dark world and I say you can read your bible and find out what the Creator said for you to do, then do that.
Satan is about to reveal his supernatural POWER to this earth. The Lord expects us to walk, talk and pray in his POWER and our power comes from our faith. If you need more faith then get on your knees and ask the author and finisher of our faith, the Lord Jesus to give you more. Read, heed and believe what was written. We should be walking in a faith today that makes our Lord marvel at us like he did with the centurion:
Matt 8:5 And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, 6 And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. 7 And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. 8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. 9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. 10 When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 11 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. 13 And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour.
You need to hear from the Lord today. What is the Spirit saying to the churches today? I know what he is saying to me, I have a vision/a mission and I am excercising my faith day in and day out for it. You need to hear from the Lord to know what it is our Lord would have you do to put you in the perfect center of his will for your life. There is nobody else on this earth just like you. Our Lord treats you like the individual you are, but he also treats you according to your faith.
On a slightly different note, the birthday of the true church is coming up in 6 days: pentecost. I can see an argument for why the Lord might pull us out of here on that day. The next 45 days or so could be very interesting or they could be regular "pre-flood" days. Our job is to be looking up, to be watching and ready TODAY and everyday for our Lord's return. While we await our Lord's return we need to be faithful servants, putting our "talents" (Matt 25) to work for the kingdom. I don't know what your "talents" are but the Lord does and hopefully you do. If you don't know, ask Him. We are not a cookie cutter body, we are diverse and scattered across the earth working towards a kingdom that will have no end with our Lord as its King forever and ever.
Keep the faith, BELIEVE. Be watching and ready, grace and peace