Thursday, November 26, 2015

Distracted By Living a Life with Worldly Values, Satan Sneaking Up and Dimming Our Focus, and I Would Much Rather Have Everlasting Life Posts

Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group.  Debbie Seiling

Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.  Nicodemus saith unto Him, How can a man be born when he is old?  can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?  Jesus answered, 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.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.  The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.  John, Chapter 3, verses 3-8.

I tend to get distracted when I say my prayers for my family, myself and the world situation.  When I find myself doing this, I pray for God to give me His Holy Spirit to guide me and to keep me focused.  When God’s Holy Spirit lives within me; my actions are more God-focused.  Otherwise, it’s very easy for me to get distracted by living a life with worldly values.
Well, it’s the same for being a Christian.  I can say that I believe in Jesus and live a worldly life not focused on Jesus at all.  Will I go to heaven?  Possibly not.  If I love Jesus enough to commit to be baptized, will I go to heaven?  Well, it’s a start, but it’s not enough.  There are lots of people who were baptized years ago who spend their lives focused on drugs, alcohol, power, prestige and self instead of God.  After you’re baptized, you need to be an example of Jesus’ positive influence on your life.  What if I live a good life, but don’t recognize Jesus as my Savior?  Will I still go to heaven?  There are lots of Bible passages that state a person doesn’t have Salvation by good works alone.  They have to believe in Jesus as their Savior and to try to live their lives as examples to others.

If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?  And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but He that came down from heaven, even the Son of Man which is in heaven.  And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.  For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.  He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God.  And this is the condemnation, that Light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than Light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the Light, neither cometh to the Light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But he that doeth Truth cometh to the Light, that his deeds may be made manifest that they are wrought in God.  John, Chapter 3, verses 12-21.

This passage makes me think of Satan as lying within the shadows ready to pounce on unsuspecting people by tempting them.  Satan entices them with worldly pleasures and lifestyle choices that lead them away from the Light and into the shadows.  I think of Jesus as the Light that is turned on in the dark, to illuminate our way and to make our path clearly visible. 
Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice for us and Lights the way to Salvation.  As the children of Light, we need to lead our lives accordingly.  Are we making the lifestyle choices and leading our lives as examples of the Light that Jesus provides for us?  Or, do we fall prey to Satan sneaking up and dimming our focus through worldly choices and people who lead us astray?  We need to be in prayerful consideration of these questions. Click on this post's title to read some other related Bible passages.

For He whom God hath sent speaketh the Words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto Him.  The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into His hand.  He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.  John, Chapter 3, verses 34-36.

God tells us through the Bible in plain and simple Words: If we believe in Jesus, God’s Son, we will have everlasting life in heaven; and if we don’t, we will have God’s wrath instead!  I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have everlasting life with God than to endure His wrath.  What about you?

Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.

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