|PRE-DATE SOME CHECK STUBS WITH THE YEAR
One of the things I stress in my articles to you, is the need to make your heart right
with the Lord, if you haven't already. And I remind that Christ is listening at all times...His line is always open, and
is never busy.
But some folks want a list. They want a list for their day,
for the grocery, and probably for the budget. So let's make a list for your talk
with the Lord.
Everything seems to begin with the feeling that you need to do
something with your life. So realize your sins, however large or small they've been, but admit that you have sinned at
one time or another.
And so your list will say (1) Realize your sins (2) Confess them to Christ (Romans 10:9)
and (3) accept the satisfaction that there is no other name needed, except's Christ's, to be saved. (Acts 4:12). And your concern probably began, realizing that now is the time to do it (2
Corinthians 6:2). You can rest, too, in knowing that the very fact that you are concerned, is an indication that Jesus is
tugging at your heart. Another way of saying it is to quote Him when He said, "Behold, I stand at the door and knock..if
any man (anyone) hear my voice and open the door, I will come to him (Revelation 3:20). And think of it; He not only will
forgive all your past sins, but He will forget them...a thing that just isn't possible in our human minds.
consolation to this is, and I've probably said it to you at another time, is that although our minds can't just push
a button and forget, but we can treat those things of the past like a car we've traded, and gotten a new one. We remember
the old car, but we don't dwell on it...we have a NEW one, so forget that old beat up contraption! Start the new year
by clearing your mind of old, bad memories. So how will you know that you're saved?
Well, there'll be a satisfaction. A peace. A feeling that you've done something
good. Then read your Bible. Go to Sunday School and ask questions. Attend church and hear answers. Do it.
I’ve noticed that some of my Conquest articles have taken on a new complexion since my wife
went to her new home. I don’t feel the same about passing from this life to the next. I like to use the
term “The Promise” that the Lord gives to everyone…that Christians will immediately be with loved
ones who’ve gone on, when our turn comes.
King David used that consolation we see in 2nd Samuel 12:23,
after his son by Bathsheba died; “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.” And of course Jesus
showed the same comfort to us, as He hung on the Cross, when he told the thief hanging beside Him, who had become a believer
there, “Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.”
I’ve written about that in an earlier article, but for those of you who didn’t see it, I’ll give
my interpretation of those words by Christ. “Today” means now…assuring us that we won’t be
put in a waiting area until some time in the future. And “shalt thou be with me” means that He will go to
the same place with this person who’s dying at His side.
And the Bible clearly shows that the word “Paradise” and
“Heaven” are the same place. Revelation 2:7 is enough to convince us: “He who has an ear, let
him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers, I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which
is in the paradise of God.” And the tree of life serves double duty, also indicating that we’ll eat the
best of foods in Heaven.
The only ones who
should fear death, are those of you who haven’t given your heart to the Lord. I beg you to take care of that,
at this very moment. It’s the only time you’re guaranteed.