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                                                                                           110117

Hello,

God said this about the people of Israel:   

“They are a people whose hearts turn away from me.

They refuse to do (will not do) what I tell them.”    Psalms 95:10, 11   New Living Bible


Is your heart turned away from God?

Do you care what God thinks?               Do you care what God wants? 

There are many people    who ignore God     all their life.      Everything seems to be okay for them.

But what happens when they die?     They could be killed    and die suddenly.      They never know when their end will be.

They have ignored God.    They never had time for God. 

Do they think    they will just go right into God’s heaven    and stay with God ?    Why?

They have ignored God  their whole life.     They have never given any thought to God.

They do not have a relationship with God.

They have sin in their life. 

The Bible tells us, “that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”    Romans 3:23

“But we are all as an unclean thing all of our righteousness (good) is as a filthy/dirty rag.” Isaiah 64:6

We have all done wrong   and sinned.      Our “goodness” is not enough   to let us into heaven. 

“For by grace  are you saved      through faith     and not of yourself     not of works      so that no man can be proud and boast.”    Ephesians 2:8.9 

We get into heaven only by faith  in Jesus   to forgive our sins.

We must ask for forgiveness   from Jesus.

Jesus said: “I am the way,    the truth,    and the life.    No man comes to the Father but by Me.”   John 14:6

No sin can be in heaven.     People can not stay in heaven    with sin in their heart.

The Bible says, That once we die,   we are judged.    Hebrews 9:27      We stand before God    and he judges us.

There is no time    for asking for forgiveness then.     We are standing before the “Judge”.

The Bible tells us     that we must ask for forgiveness      while we are still alive on earth     before we die.

The Bible says   “that the soul (person) that sins     must die.”    Ezekiel 18:20 

That means forever in hell.

The only way     to not have to pay     for   our sins in hell    is to have God’s forgiveness before we die.

Jesus died on the cross.        He died for our sins.     He paid the death payment for us.   He alone cane forgive our sins.  He will forgive us.   

He will forgive all     of our sin.    It does not matter how bad our sin is.

But we have to ask.

When Jesus forgives us,    our sins are “washed” away.    God will not bring them against us again.Jesus will forgive all     of our sins.   It does not matter   how bad the sin is.

Then we are free of sin   and we will not have to pay the death payment.      We will be free to have eternal life.

But we can not keep doing sin.         The Bible says “repent”.       That means to turn around and go a different way.     Stop doing sin, and do what is right in God’s eyes.

We have to keep following Jesus’ ways      all through our life.    We need to obey His word      and trust Him when He leads us.

We need to ask God  to help us   not to sin any more and to do right.

We sometimes fail   and sin again       then we need to ask for forgiveness again.

We cannot turn away from God    and think we will have his favor, his blessing, or eternal life.   

We must always stay on the path of obeying Jesus.   We must live having faith in Jesus.

Good-bye for now.      I’ll write again.                                                            Sincerely, Joyce Webb

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