Are you a child of God? Does He know your name? Will you inherit the Kingdom of Heaven? Take a moment and really think about it, this is not something to take lightly, either you are a child of God or you are a child of Satan. “No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother (1 Jn. 3:9-10).”
These are some of the most important questions that you will ever be faced with in your life, so I will ask you them again. Are you a child of God? Does He know your name? Will you inherit the Kingdom of Heaven?
When is the last time that you sinned? Do you sin? Right now you probably have a bunch of thoughts and emotions rushing through your head. You are probably trying to weigh whether or not you sin and justify whether or not you call yourself a child of God. I would submit to you that if you have to weigh out your actions in your mind right now to determine whether or not they are sin, then they most likely are sinful in God’s eyes. God is so holy that He says that “everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart (Mt. 5:28).”
When we attempt to weigh out our actions in our mind we are fighting against the Holy Spirit who has been given to us forever as a Helper, Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor-Counselor, Strengthener, and Standby (Jn. 14:16). He was sent by the Father in the name of Jesus to represent Him and to act on His behalf. He will teach us all things and help us to remember all that Jesus told us (Jn. 14:26). The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth who comes from the Father, will testify and bear witness about Jesus (Jn. 15:26).
As human beings who are born with a sinful nature we do everything that we can to justify our actions. We often times do it without even thinking about it because we have grown so accustomed to doing it. We have been given the Spirit of Truth to guide us and lead us down the path of righteousness. When faced with a decision we will play out scenarios in our mind with only one clear scenario to choose from as highlighted by the Holy Spirit and when we do not choose it we are choosing our own selfish desire and going against God.
The world is a place filled with temptation and we face different temptations each day and inevitably we succumb to some of them. We all do it, if we are honest with ourselves, because we are all sinners and have all fallen short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23) and the wages of sin is death (Rom. 6:23). When we are honest with ourselves we are able to see our sin and acknowledge it and are then able to repent for our sin, to turn away from doing the things that we have done, and to turn toward God to ask Him for forgiveness and to choose to follow the path of righteousness that has been laid out before us. And if we do not acknowledge or sin and repent than we “will NEVER get into the Kingdom of Heaven (Mt. 18:3).”
Matthew 18:1-4 (New Living Translation)
About that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?’
Jesus called a little child to him and put the child among them. Then He said, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven. So anyone who becomes as humble as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.’
This may seem harsh, but this is the reality that we live in. God is a good God, but we have been born with a sinful nature thanks to the sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden, and we are not good. “As Scriptures say, ‘No one is righteous—not even one. No one is truly wise; no one is seeking God. All have turned away; all have become useless. No one does good, not a single one (Rom. 3:10-12, NLT).’”
This is why we need Jesus and we need to follow His ways. He gives us forgiveness when we ask. He gives us salvation and lifts us up in our times of need. It is because of Jesus that we have hope, but we must “turn from [y]our sins and become like little children,” we must humble ourselves before God and before man because God is great and has provided us a way out of our sin. He has provided us a way out of the death that is due us. The words of David Crowder’s “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner” come to mind when thinking about this because when we truly examine our lives we can feel hopeless in a hurry, but hopeless we are not when we trust in Jesus.
“Lift Your Head Weary Sinner” (David Crowder)
Lift your head weary sinner, the river’s just ahead. Down the path of forgiveness, salvation’s waiting there. You build a mighty fortress 10,000 burdens high. Love is here to lift you up, here to lift you high. If you’re lost and wandering come stumbling in like a prodigal child. See the walls start crumbling, let the gates of glory open wide. All who’ve strayed and walked away, unspeakable things you’ve done, fix your eyes on the mountain, let the past be dead and gone. Come all saints and sinners, you can’t outrun God. Whatever you’ve done can’t overcome the power of the blood.
So whatever you’ve done or whatever you are doing that is going against God, whatever you feel the Holy Spirit convicting you of, repent and humble yourself before God as little children and you will be made right in the eyes of God. And when you have been made right let it be known what Jesus did for you. You have been given the gift of life through the blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ who died so that you may live, who rose from the grave so that you may rise to be with the Father in Heaven. For Jesus told us…
John 14:1-3;6 (ESV)
Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also…I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
So I ask you the same questions from the beginning. Are you a child of God? Does He know your name? Will you inherit the Kingdom of Heaven? If you have repented of your sins and if you not only believe in, but follow Jesus then you can answer “YES” boldly and know that you have been made right in the eyes of God and if you have answered yes then you have an obligation to go and tell others about it and to teach them about Jesus so that they too may enter into a renewed relationship with our Heavenly Father through Jesus Christ. It’s time that we take back what Satan has been robbing us of. It’s time we say NO MORE SATAN, because he has no power over us and it is time to proclaim the name of Jesus Christ who has already defeated Satan and the third of the angels that were cast down from heaven with him when they turned against God (Rev. 12:1-9). We have the power to do the things that Jesus did because of the Holy Spirit living within us. It’s time we started showing the world that we are God’s children and that He is a mighty force that all will bow down to and that in Him our lives take on a much bigger picture.