(By: Norm Rasmussen)
Founder, Precious Testimonies
Each of us have an appointment with God. Each of us are going to give an account to God for the things we have done during this life. Are YOU ready for YOUR appointment with God? Are YOU ready to be judged by the Creator? YOUR Creator? The One who gave you life? The One who would LOVE to have you spend eternity with Him?
Most people don't want to BELIEVE there is coming a Judgment Day. Most people don't want to believe that they are personally going to be held accountable for what they said and did and believed in this life. Yet no matter how much people want to believe there ISN'T going to be a Judgment Day, they have absolutely no assurance they are right. They have absolutely no PROOF that there ISN'T going to be a Judgment Day.
The Holy Bible makes it perfectly clear that there is going to be a Judgment Day. (More specifically, there are two different kinds of Judgments. You can click on the following link to learn about them: http://www.gotquestions.org/judgment.html). Yet most people don't want to believe that the Holy Bible can be trusted. Most people believe the lies the devil has handed them about the Holy Bible and about the coming Judgment Day. Most people believe the devil's lies that there is no hell. The Holy Bible clearly states that there is a hell. The Holy Bible clearly states that we are all born into sin, and unless we accept God's FREE GIFT of pardon for our sins, and receive His FREE GIFT of righteousness, we will be judged 'Guilty!' for our sins against God (and others), and sentenced to hell for eternity as punishment for them.
Of ALL the reasons why people hate the Holy Bible, this is the GREATEST reason they hate it. They do NOT want to be told that they are sinners. They do NOT want to be told that BECAUSE they are sinners who have sinned against God, God is going to judge them for their sins on the Judgment Day.
You may not believe what you're about to read, but it's TRUE. No one can prove differently. There are only TWO CATEGORIES of people on this planet. ONE - Those who will be in heaven with God forever. TWO - Those who will be in hell away from God forever. Those who will spend eternity with God in heaven are born again Christians before they die. Those who will spend eternity away from God - hence hell - will be those who rejected becoming spiritually born again before they died ... and will then have no second chance but have to spend eternity being punished for their sins they committed against God.
You CAN be ready - NOW - my friend, if you care at all about where you are going to spend eternity. The Holy Bible clearly tells us that Jesus Christ was sent to Earth for the explicit purpose of taking YOUR punishment for YOUR sins against God by dying a cruel death on the cross. Do you BELIEVE that? If not, can you PROVE that Jesus Christ didn't die for all your sins? No you can't. No one can prove He didn't. They can choose to BELIEVE He didn't, but they can't PROVE He didn't.
Just like people who believe there is no Judgment Day coming. They can believe there is no Judgment Day coming, but they can't PROVE there is no Judgment Day coming, can they? (I suspect most adults probably assume there will be some sort of accounting to God after they die, but they decide they'll take their chances by assuming God will weigh the good and bad they did while alive on Earth ... do some "math" ... and it will all come out okay in the end. That is fallible human thinking and NOT what the New Testament bible has to say on the matter! To me it's a simple matter of: Why RISK such an important matter/decision - until after I die?!) And just to help remind those who may need a reminder: Indecision IS a decision in regards to making Jesus Christ first in our life above everything else.
The Holy Bible tells us that out of the multitudes of humanity, only a few are going to make the wise decision to BELIEVE that Jesus Christ paid FULL PENALTY for their sins by dying on the cross. Only a FEW are going to RECEIVE God's gift of FREE PARDON for their sins and receive God's imputed righteousness.
So my friend, what will be YOUR choice in the matter? Will you believe that Jesus Christ DID take full punishment for all your sin, or will you believe it's all just a bunch of nonsense; a bunch of fear-mongering; a bunch of lies?
Judgment Day is coming, friend. We all have our appointment with God. None of us KNOW when our heart will beat its last beat, and then we'll be thrust into eternity. Then we'll have our appointment with God, and judgment will be pronounced.
And here is what is going to astound MOST people when that moment happens. The JUDGE will be none other than Jesus Christ HIMSELF! The very One who died for their sins on the cross! The very One most could care less about while they lived on Earth. Jesus Christ will at that moment in time be revealed to each of us for who He TRULY IS. Our Creator! The Creator of ALL THINGS! The Creator of heaven and hell, by the inherent power and authority given Him by God the Father.
I hope you're prepared to give an account to Him, dear one, when He asks you WHY you rejected His FREE GIFT of pardon for your sins and His FREE GIFT of imputed righteousness (holiness). I can assure you, you will be asked that question. And the answer you give will determine WHERE you spend eternity. Will it be in heaven where there will be joy forevermore, because your sins were forgiven, or it will be in hell where there will be torment forevermore, because your sins were not forgiven, nor will your sins EVER be forgiven once you have been sent there after being judged?
The Holy Bible states this clearly. It is in THIS life you receive God's FREE GIFT of pardon for your sins which then qualifies you for His FREE GIFT of imputed righteousness. It will be too late once you die.
"And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment." (Hebrews 9:27 NKJV)
Dear Reader - are you at peace with God? If not, you can be. Do you know what awaits you when you die? You can have the assurance from God that heaven will be your home, if you would like to be certain. You can even have that assurance RIGHT NOW! Either Jesus Christ died for your sins, or He didn't (He did!) Are you prepared to stand before God on the Judgment Day and tell Him that you didn't need the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross to have your sins forgiven and get in right-standing with God? We plead with you...please don't make such a tragic mistake.
To get to know God, to be at peace with God, to have your sins forgiven, to make certain heaven will be your home for eternity, to make certain that you are in right-standing with God right now ... please click here to help you understand the importance of being reconciled to God. What you do about being reconciled to God will determine where you will spend eternity, precious one. Your decision to be reconciled to God is the most important decision you'll ever make in this life, because in Christ, it is impossible to put a value on the worth of your soul in light of eternity.
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Remember: All that we do in this life comes back to our God-given purpose which is to serve and glorify God. The money and assets we accumulate, the fame and power we've attained or seek to attain - all of the things of this nature will one day pass away, but those lives of others we impact for Jesus Christ will last for eternity, and we will be rewarded for the part we helped play by impacting those lives ... for eternity. (Matthew 6:19-20 is our assurance)