What are YOU allowing to Steer your Eternity?
"People won't be saying, 'Look! Here it is!' or 'There it is!' because now the kingdom of God is among you." Luke 17:21
Hello everybody, and happy new year! I had to think long and hard about this one because I want to be sure I have done everything that God wants me to do in His will. We all have our vices or things that cripple us in life, but don't let them steer you in the wrong direction for eternity. Salvation is a very important thing, and we are promised to eternity by accepting Christ. (John 3:16) Romans 6:22 says "But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life." But how can you truly be in Christ if you are in the flesh, allowing fleshly things to run your life? And by that I do not just refer to the things mentioned in Galatians 5:19-21 or Proverbs 6:16-19, but unforgiveness, bitterness, not caring for your neighbor or brother, etc. Mainly unforgiveness–because unforgiveness of one minor thing turns into bitterness. And Jesus says "But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." (Matthew 6:15) Like pride or greed, unforgiveness in turn causes a lot of problems. I will never forget the story about the ill man in the hospital. His pastor came to pray for him. He asked the man, "Do you want to be healed?" The man said, "yes." The pastor replied, "Then forgive." The ill man said "No, I can't forgive, I can't." The man died.
This particular scripture says that the kingdom of God is within us. God has blessed us with His presence through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is here to guide us, to help us through, to intercede for us, and to lead us. But how can the Holy Spirit do His work if there are road blocks all within us? Praying to God, staying in the presence of the Lord through prayer, being around mature Christians, and just yielding to and reverencing Him can change things. You can let others see God shine through you.
"For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time–to show us his grace through Christ Jesus." 2 Timothy 1:9