3. TRUTH 3: Without God’s way, you will MISS HEAVEN and stay lost in your sin forever:
Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Dying in your sin requires one thing – ignoring the fact that you are lost and separated from God. Many people, every day, die oblivious to the fact that they need salvation and are lost in their sin.
Did you know that the job of Satan is to go around blinding the eyes of lost people, so that they will not know they need salvation? In 2Corinthians 4:4 we read, “whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.” One of the areas of spiritual vision impairment that our enemy affects is in the knowledge of the need of salvation.
This type of weapon is used in military warfare. Some types of tear gases can be used to blind the eyes of the enemy. It was first used in World War I. When tear gas is delivered, it causes the people affected to tear up and become unable to see. It literally blinds them to seeing or fighting.
A friend of mine, after going through Army basic training, was telling me about one of the experiences. He said he and the men in his platoon were ushered into a small wooden building where they were to put on their gas masks. Tear gas was released in the room to show them how to utilize the masks. Then, at a given point, they were told to take off the masks to experience mild tear gas. They began choking. Their eyes began watering, and many of them began to throw up. He said that he had to feel along the wall to try to get out of the building, because he was blinded by the tear gas which would normally be used by the enemy.
Our enemy is Satan, and he blinds our eyes with a spiritual tear gas that renders us unable to see. What he wants to keep us from seeing is how our sin has kept us in bondage.
TRUTH 4: God’s way over our sin and TO HIS HEAVEN has Three Turns.
1. Turn 1: The First Turn is to Confess your Sin: 10:9
“…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
2. Turn 2: The Second Turn is to Confess Christ and Believe on Him: 10:10
“For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
3. Turn 3: The Third Turn is Yielding Your Life to Him: 10:13
“For the Scripture says, ‘Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.’ For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For ‘whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.’
If someone asked you right now, “Could You Give Me Directions to Heaven?” Could you? I just gave you directions to heaven, are you ready to follow them. The primary point here wraps around us being prepared – prepared to give an answer to a lost person and prepared for our own eternity.
Are You Prepared?