Today is October 29, 2018

Verse of the Day — Matthew 7:21

Not everyone who says to Me, “Lord, Lord,” will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven.


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

Not all pastors, priests and Bible teachers go to heaven.


MINI BIBLE STUDY FOR THE DAY

A protest will go out from a very large group of church leaders on judgment day. They are earnestly contending that their good works should be sufficient for heavenly entry.

“Many will say to Me on that day (of judgment), ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy (preach) in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; Depart from me . . .'” —Matthew 7:22-23

In the Greek, the “I never knew you” means “I never knew you in a personal way.” There are leaders today in the church who do not do the “will of God” and will pay an eternal price. And what is the “will of God?” He wants us to be saved from hell.

For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him, may have eternal life . . . —John 6:40

The Lord is . . . not wishing for any to perish . . . —2 Peter 3:9

if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved; —Romans 10:9

And you’re saved only if you’re born again (John 3:1-7), your sins washed away, thereby allowing you to have a personal relationship with God.

Additional resource for this GML:

You can read an eNews article by clicking on the title below:

Why “Asking Jesus Into Your Heart” Won’t Save You


QUESTION FOR THE DAY

Dear Compass,

Is suicide forgiven by God? A person committing the “sin” of suicide certainly does not have the ability to ask for forgiveness . . . unless he asks forgiveness for a future act.

I have been a Christian since a young child, have a BA degree in Bible, and have served the Lord all my life (mostly self-supporting), have no retirement, lost my job, cannot seem to land another job after hundreds of resumes sent and less than a handful of first interviews. My wife is weary of me, I am irritable, discouraged, deeply depressed, am frustrated with the music changes in “church worship” and have simply given up (2 Timothy 3:1-5). I want out!

I am healthy for my age (59) so I will not die from illness, but I want out! I have no self-confidence! I find it difficult to sell myself when I am not sure I can perform. I have thought of just leaving, but that is a legal hassle for my wife for up to seven years. My kids and grandkids would miss me for maybe two months, but my wife would miss me not at all; she would be relieved of a major burden. Suicide seems cleanest for her. But I don’t want to miss heaven!!!


ANSWER:

As difficult as your situation sounds, it’s not uncommon for Christians. In fact, you have plenty of company. MOST Christians struggle in this life because they are trying to live through their own efforts and many times end up in a similar nasty downward spiral.

First, be assured that God knows your struggle and cares more deeply than you have the capacity to understand.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit. —Psalm 34:18

Whether suicide results in heaven or hell should not be the question. The question should be what does God want, not what do you want.

You turn things around!
Shall the potter be considered as equal with the clay,
That what is made would say to its maker, “He did not make me”;
Or what is formed say to him who formed it, “He has no understanding”?
—Isaiah 29:16

If you truly have given your life to Jesus Christ, then you would not be taking your own life because your life belongs to Him. It’s His call, not yours.

You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who resists His will?” On the contrary, who are you, O man, who answers back to God? The thing molded will not say to the molder, “Why did you make me like this,” will it? Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? —Romans 9:19-21

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; —Galatians 2:20

You can, through Christ, overcome your depression by recognizing that your problems are spiritual, not circumstantial. You are refusing God’s will in your life and wishing to impose your own. Regardless of what you think or feel right now, turning your wife into a widow would be the cruelest, most selfish blow you could deal her. The Bible says: “do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit . . .” (Philippians 2:3). Therefore, suicide (very self-centered) is absolutely NOT an option for Christians.

Satan, the great deceiver (“. . . the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; . .&nbsp.” —Revelation 12:9) has succeeded in getting you to buy into his lies. He has told you that your situation is hopeless, that you don’t matter to anyone, that your wife doesn’t need you, and that you would be better off dead. Don’t buy those lies! Get your focus back on God, always remembering that His compassion for you will never fail

The LORD’S lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
—Lamentations 3:22

as He waits to bear your burdens.

Casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you. —1 Peter 5:7

You have gotten into your predicament by trying to do things in your own effort, rather than allowing God to do things through you. Even Jesus said, “I can do nothing on My own initiative” (John 5:30). Yet, to us, God promises we can “do all things through Him” (Philippians 4:13). And God truly WANTS your burdens!

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest . . . For my yoke is easy and my load is light. —Matthew 11:28-30

You must accept God’s terms for your salvation, not your own. John 3:16 says “whoever believes in (God) should not perish but have eternal life.” The word “believes” translates “totally trusts in.” In your situation, you are not totally trusting God, but your own efforts, and there are many others like you.

God offers a wonderful plan for you, allowing all trials and triumphs for your own good. You are wrongly assuming that your current situation won’t get better. But it can. God may even use your difficult circumstances for His glory.

And we know that 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

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. —John 16:33

To get past where you are and build a solid future, ask for your pastor’s counseling. Also ask him to assign some Godly men into your life to help teach you the biblical foundational truths you never learned (or have forgotten). These men could also act as an accountability group to keep you on the right track.

  • God does love you.

    “Nevertheless, the LORD your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, but the LORD your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the LORD your God loves you. —Deuteronomy 23:5
  • God knows every thought.

    The LORD knows the thoughts of man,
    That they are a mere breath.
    —Psalm 94:11
  • God knows every tear.

    Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. —Psalm 126:5
  • God wants you to rest (Isaiah 14:3) in His eternal assurances (Joshua 21:45).

    And it will be in the day when the LORD gives you rest from your pain and turmoil and harsh service in which you have been enslaved —Isaiah 14:3

    Not one of the good promises which the LORD had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass. —Joshua 21:45

We’re praying for you.

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