Worry is sin.
The context of this verse includes even worrying about what to eat, what to drink, and what clothes to buy. And then the Scripture goes on to explain that “your Father knows you need these things.” If you worry about anything, it means you are not trusting God to be in control. In every situation, we have a preconceived idea of how we think it should turn out. But God is always in total control and often may very well allow things to play out differently. Yet it is always for His will and our good: His plan is perfect, and you are a part of His plan. He simply wants you to have a biblical response to everything He allows in your life. His incredible answer is, instead of worrying:
. . . God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. —Romans. 8:28
. . . seek His Kingdom, and these things will be added to you . . . for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. —Luke 12:31
If you worry about anything, it means you are not trusting God to be in control. In every situation, we have a preconceived idea of how we think it should turn out. But God is always in total control and often may very well allow things to play out differently. Yet it is always for His will and our good:
His plan is perfect, and you are a part of His plan. He simply wants you to have a biblical response to everything He allows in your life. His incredible answer is, instead of worrying:
Dear Compass, (Regarding the pastor in adultery),
I guess once saved always saved feels good but then there are those pesky little Scriptures that keep popping up all over the place that state one’s name can be removed from the Book of Life (Revelation). Why not say this dear man could lose his salvation, or he could have already lost it, but that is an issue that only God can know.
Another GML subscriber wrote:
Lutzer wrote that once your name is written in the book of life by Jesus, He never removes it no matter how much someone sins—including suicide. What is your view?
It is abundantly clear in the Bible that you can KNOW today that you are going to heaven when you die: (Caps below added for emphasis)
These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that YOU MAY KNOW that you have eternal life. —1 John 5:13
You cannot HAVE eternal life today and NOT HAVE eternal life tomorrow. That’s impossible. Also, salvation is a gift we cannot earn:
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that NOT OF YOURSELVES, it is the GIFT of God. —Ephesians 2:8
Nothing, not even yourself, can separate you—the born-again believer—from God:
. . . neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, NOR ANY OTHER CREATED THING, will be able to separate us from the love of God . . . —Romans 8:38-39
Therefore, no one, including yourself as a created being, can cause separation —including suicide. And God will never leave you:
I will NEVER desert you. —Hebrews 13:5
We are only saved because of what Jesus did:
He saved us, NOT ON THE BASIS OF DEEDS which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy —Titus 3:5
(See also Romans 4:4 and 11:6.)
Therefore, you can’t lose eternal life—and people who think you can are termed foolish:
Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? —Galatians 3:3
Regarding the Book of Life, there is only one way for your name to be removed. If you die and have not trusted the Messiah’s payment for your sin, then your name is blotted out of the Book of Life:
May they be blotted out of the book of life . . . not be recorded with the righteous. —Psalm 69:28
. . . my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. —Philippians 4:3
. . . I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My father. —Revelation 3:5
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