Saturday, August 24, 2013

MAKING YOUR SALVATION SURE

You know him that I wanted to talk about is our assurance of faith, assurance of the Lords kingdom. We don't need to be all worried and concerned that somehow we're just not going to make it in to heaven. We don't want to be all losing our faith because we think that God's just turned his back on us. We have an advocate, a powerful advocate. Someone who gave his life for us. We don't just have wishing. We got something concrete that is our faith in the one and only Jesus Christ. That is the only reason I'm here is because of Jesus Christ. So it's not a life of wondering if I can get through the narrow gate and I wonder if Jesus will let me in. no it's a reality that we have an advocate and he will lead us through the narrow gate if we walk with him. I'm not saying that you can walk your own paths and rely on luck to try and get through.

You wont get through that way but what I'm saying is that we have an advocate Jesus Christ and if we follow him, he will lead us to that narrow gate and we wont have anything to be ashamed about. You know friends I want to read from 2 Peter says to back up some of these things I was saying where Peter writes this: by which the Lord Jesus has granted us his precious and great promise so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature having escaped from the corruption of this world and it's sinful desires. For this very reason make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and with virtue knowledge, and with knowledge self control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, godliness with brotherly love and affection. For these qualities are yours and increasing they keep you from being ineffective and un-fruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the knowledge of. So friends we have a fruitful knowledge of Jesus Christ if we follow him because we walk the path of holiness with the Lord and we help other people walk the path. You know that's what happens when we have faith. That is why Peter says to make every effort, so having escaped the corruption of this world and its sinful desires, he says make every effort to supplement your faith. So we should be doing things like having virtue and having knowledge of the Lord through the Holy Spirit which comes through prayer. Self-control which means that we're not following our desires and evil. Adding self-control to steadfast. Steadfastness means that we are enduring and we're not just giving up at the slightest trouble and we're actually enduring in the faith. And then with steadfastness we add godliness and brotherly love and affection. So these things are the way of a follower of Jesus. He has these qualities and through the Lord Jesus he continues to add to his faith. I want to read on: for if these qualities are your and increasing, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is nearsighted and he is blind having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Have you forgotten that you have been cleansed from your sins? I haven't. You know the Lord Jesus Christ died for my sins. And he gave me the power to turn away from my sin. He freed me from my sin so I don't want to go back.

Now I can forget that Jesus freed me and cleansed me and I can go walking back to my evil, Yes I can forget that. You know but that means I lose my faith in all these things that are so wonderful when we follow Jesus. No wonder we feel so condemned when we're walking away in sin. It is because we have forgotten that Jesus cleansed us from our sins. So let us remember that hey Jesus does cleanse us from our sin. He is our advocate. And so what we need to do is we need to go and have faith in Jesus and add to our faith self-control and steadfastness, and need to be adding brotherly love to our faith, godliness and we can add virtue and knowledge. Virtue is the things like giving and being in helping people. Now let us read on: therefore brothers be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and make your election sure. For if you practice these qualities you will never fall… Don't listen to Christian lies that say that thats all works. No, we must do these works. We must practice these things; self-control is a practice thats your own choice. You know you can make that choice today. Self control, it means you dedicate to the Lord Jesus Christ and you practice self-control in your life. So wonderful to have self-control. We can simply turn away from the things that we know God is displeased with. We are not bound to sin we are free to follow the Lord Jesus Christ hallelujah. So let us make every effort to follow the Lord and make every effort to turn away from anything that is displeasing to him. So that's why Peter writes in 2 Peter 1:10: therefore brothers be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and make your election sure. For if you practice these qualities you would never fall. For in this way you will be richly provided for and entrance into the internal kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will have a wonderful entrance into the kingdom of the Lord if we would practice these wonderful qualities of having faith in the Lord Jesus and adding to our faith self-control godliness, steadfastness, which means we don't just give up and fall on our knees and cry and just go away and not trust Jesus any more. No, we add to our faith brotherly love, and self-control, and the virtue and knowledge of our Lord. It is a work. These are things that we must do. If we do them the Lord will be with us hallelujah. If we don't do them, we are forgetting that the Lord Jesus has cleansed us from our sins. So we can think about what are the things that we do if we don't do these things.

Peter talks about adding to your faith self-control. Now the opposite of self-control is lack of control lack of self-control. So we can go and just follow and yield to temptation. That is an example of not following the right way. Not having these qualities and being near sighted and blind forgetting Jesus cleansed us from sin. We should start to do the works of self-control. Not lack of self-control. The works of self-control. We can start to follow our lack of self-control and we can start to follow our temptation and yield to things that we know God does not accept. Then we have steadfastness. The opposite of steadfastness is doubt. If we are steadfast and we are unmovable you know the Bible verse that says “Above all else stand when things fail and keep standing”…You know that's what steadfastness means. Now the opposite of steadfastness is to go to the mud, is to doubt. So if we're a doubting man it is written that a doubting man is unstable in all his ways. That's what's written. So the opposite of the steadfastness is doubt. So if we have those qualities then we are forgetting that Jesus Christ has cleansed us from our sins. Let us read on; godliness, now the opposite of godliness is ungodliness. Ungodliness is sin. Things like following our lusts, being unkind outbursts of anger. We can read about all the ways of ungodliness and we know that these things will not inherit the kingdom. So if we are practicing ungodliness in our life we know that we are forgetting that Jesus cleansed us free from sin and we're being blind. Friends let us wake up. Let us read on; brotherly affection and love. Now the opposite of that is anger hate malice attacking you know unkindness jealousy, all these things are from people who are not walking in brotherly love. It is written in the Scriptures that he who does not love his brother does not have the love of God in him. It is written that he who does not love his brother is of the devil. Dear friends these things are acts of faith that we must be practicing in our daily life. All these lies that people say about salvation is without works…. but I tell you if you're doing these works of ungodliness, works of lack of self-control, if you've got works of hating your brother, being unkind mean, you have forgotten that you have escaped the corruption of this world and sinful desire and you've forgotten that you had the promise of having the divine nature and having a grand entrance into the kingdom of God. You've forgotten these things and so dear friends if we've forgotten that the Lord has cleansed us then how can he lead us in his kingdom? We're not going to make it into the kingdom of God sorry to say. You know that is what Peter said. He said whoever lacks these qualities is near sighted and blind. You know that's why we need to make our election sure today by remembering that Jesus has forgiven us. He has provided a way of forgiveness and there is such a wonderful peace that we can have knowing that since Jesus is for us who can be against us? Sin can be against us. The way of the flesh can be against us.

I read here Peter 1:3; his divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness through the knowledge of him. You know it is his divine power friends so we got to start having faith. I can read a bit earlier in the verse where it says; Simon Peter a servant of Jesus Christ and a apostle. To those who have attained the faith of equal standing to ours by the righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ… So I'm talking to people who want to have faith in Jesus Christ. People who realize like the apostle Peter that hey we have the faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. That's why Peter said to those who obtain a faith that is equal to ours. Anyone who has faith, has faith that is equal to the apostles. We are all the same in the Lord Jesus Christ. So the Lord Jesus wasn't against Peter and he wont be against you, we are equal. There is no greater people. The apostle are not Kings and you're just a pawn on a chess board. No friends we are all equal under the Lord Jesus Christ and we're all to be servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. And so that's why we want to add to our faith not take away from our faith. If we're adding to our faith godliness self-control steadfastness love, that means we're increasing in our knowledge and it says that we are making our election sure and we are going to enter the kingdom. However if we take away from our faith with ungodliness doubt corruption things like this, if we're taking away from our faith, then what makes us think that we're going to make our election sure? You know dear friends let us not be near sighted and blind forgetting that the Lord Jesus has indeed set us free. So people say, well I'm not not free from sin. Well that's because you need to go to the Lord Jesus now and start it properly dedicate yourself to him. He's not just a myth. You've got a start to realize that Jesus is who he is. That's about the end of story. Jesus is the son of God. Now if you realize that you'd realize that hey I've got a pretty big advocates here. Ive got the advocates of the son of God himself sent by God himself. And we've got that advocate, it's powerful friends. We don't have just some angel or just some guy somewhere, some human. No we've got something sure and everlasting. The love of the Lord Jesus Christ. That's why I'm here. I'm here to tell you about Jesus Christ. Thats who he is. That's how people enter the kingdom of God through Jesus. That is why I am here because Jesus did that for me. Now I have every reason to continue to follow my hope into the kingdom of God now why don't you? I am adding to my faith daily these wonderful qualities that Peter was talking about now you can too I'm just a human like anybody. I make mistakes at times. We can fall to sin at times that is true, but we're not here to take away from our faith and add ungodliness, sin, lack of steadfastness, yielding to temptation. We are not here to subtract from our faith with these qualities. We are here to add to our faith daily.

That's why I talk about a daily walk with Jesus daily and it starts this very minute. You know let us forget about the past. The past is closed. We cannot change the past. You cannot change your doubts and sin and fear and worry of the past. But from now on we can have hope and self-control and joy knowing that hey we're going to enter into heaven the kingdom of God. We're going to be there with Jesus Christ absolutely assured hundred percent. For as it is written; for brothers be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election for if you practice these qualities you will never fall…. never fall… for in this way you will be richly provided for, an entrance into the eternal Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ. That is the way that we don't fall. Is if we add diligently these qualities that I was reading earlier; steadfastness love self control virtue and knowledge and brotherly love. So that's what we're here to do. We are here to add to our faith these wonderful qualities. Now I want to read on from 2 Peter 1 verse 12; therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think is right that as long as I am in the body to always to stir you up to remember these things, since I know that I'll be putting up the body soon as the Lord Jesus Christ made it clear to me. And I'll make every effort so that after my departure you may be able to recall these things. So Peter is really encouraging you as a servant of God to remember that we are on equal standing with the apostles and we're going to enter the kingdom. Peter was on his way to entering the kingdom of God through Jesus Christ. You also and that is why he wanted to encourage you that even though he had to die and leave the world, to continue to remember and to keep being reminded that these qualities that are established in you will continue to make your election sure as it is written adding to your faith virtue and knowledge and self-control steadfastness and godliness and brotherly love. It is not rocket science. These are things we can do daily. Peter continually reminds us to remember these quails. That means today we think about loving our brother. Somebody near you who is a believer. We can already love the unbelievers by giving them the truth about Jesus Christ and warning them about hell and a kind deed here and there. But we need to remember our brothers in Christ.

They are very important. You can't just ignore them and you know have your unbelieving friends and just ignore your brother. You know we can't have friendship with the world unfortunately we can no longer have friends in this world who want to follow the world because how can we be a friend with those who love the evil nature. You know that is why we got to be separate from the world and got to start loving our brother and we can do that in actions and words, kindness. The other quality that we must be having today is self-control. That's what Peter keeps reminding us about having these qualities. Remember these qualities; self-control that the other quality that means we don't bow to sin. We get out temptations come along and you know what we endure them and we stay faithful and we don't yield to temptation. It is written in the Scriptures Blessed is the one who doesn't yield to temptation for after he has endured all the way to the end he shall inherit the crown of life. Isn't that wonderful! So today we don't want to yield to temptation. Now supposing we have yielded in the past. Well let us put the past behind today and make this day clean before the Lord because today's the day to have that real faith. We're going to be having faith in the Lord Jesus. Today's the day we spend our time in prayer with him. We start adding to our faith from now on hallelujah. Now Godliness. Things like godliness means that we don't go and support of gay marriage. We don't go and think lustful thoughts at somebody, thats ungodliness. We don't go and curse at somebody and swear at somebody. That is ungodliness. The ungodly will not inherit the kingdom of God. In all things we give thanks to the Lord and ask him for guidance. There may be some things in your life you are not sure about. You think that hey you know what if this is ungodliness or this is sin but are not sure about it. That's when you get on your knees to Jesus asking to push you to repent of anything that is displeasing in your life right now and he's going to really lay on your heart what you need to turn away from.

And you're really going to know that you need to stop whatever it is in your life right now that you feel that definitely is not of God hallelujah. You know that's what we do daily. Now this is remembering what Peter said to us. So I want to read it again; therefore I Peter intend always remind you of these qualities though you know them and are established in the truth because I think it is right that as long as I am in the body I continue to stir you up to remember these qualities. Lets remember these qualities today friends. Let us add to our faith righteousness. Let us add to our faith self-control. Let us continue to add to our faith love, steadfastness virtue and knowledge. Virtue is to do good deeds to people who might need it and you can help them. Knowledge comes through prayer. So we just continue to pray and get filled with knowledge about the Lord Jesus Christ and he's going to help us hallelujah. Now I am going to read on in verse 16; for we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ so we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. So what is saying here is he's not devising myths and lies. They were actually eyewitnesses of his majesty. Eyewitnesses of Jesus Christ. We all receive the Lord Jesus by faith. That is what Jesus said. He said to the apostles and Peter; you have seen me and believe but more blessed are they who have not seen me and they believe. They have faith. So friends, let us not stop having faith. Let us stop being doubters. Remember a doubting man is unstable in all his ways. Let us read on; for when he received honor and glory from God the father the voice was born to him by the majestic glory; this is my beloved son with whom I am well pleased. That is what was said from the heavens when Jesus Christ was baptised. So the voice said follow him. We hear it from God himself we hear from the apostles that we have every reason to be laying of faith and hope in the Lord Jesus Christ today, for he is the beloved son of the father and to follow him, you will indeed make it into the kingdom of God. Let us read on; and we have the prophetic words more fully confirmed to which we did not well pay attention to until the day dawns and the Morning Star rose in our hearts. So what Peter is saying here is that even though we realize that it becomes even more of a reality and truth to us, once the morning star rises in our hearts and we realize hey this is true. Isn't that wonderful? I realize that now how about you? Not it goes on; for no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man nor the scriptures come from own interpretation but by men who spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. So what Peter is saying here is that these prophecies that they are giving you right now which is written here about the words that they heard from heaven, they are saying that these didn't come from the will of man they came from the Holy Spirit by men of God being carried along by the Holy Spirit.

So that is why we can believe because we know that they don't lie that these things were written about have been passed down from generation to generation to this day in the Bible we know now. These things were not a lie, and we know they're not a lie as because as Peter said, that these things are fully confirmed in our hearts if we pay attention to them, as the day dawns in our hearts and the morning star rises in our hearts. So in other words once we realize the reality of Jesus Christ and his knowledge and his truth, we have the star of hope rise in our hearts and we start to realize fully that Jesus Christ the son of God in our hearts is the Messiah. That is when we can add to our faith; self-control love steadfastness godliness hope and we can know that we are going to enter the kingdom of God because as the Scriptures say if the Lord is for us then who can be against us? So today I wanted to give anyone some hope if they feel all doubtful and worried about entering the kingdom because we don't need to be worrying and doubtful whether God is going to accept us. We already know how he will accept us. We know that if we follow and obey Jesus he will accept us.

We know that if we do not follow and obey Jesus he is going to be rejecting us. So that's why we don't want to our take away from our faith, subtract from our faith by ungodliness yielding to temptation hate and anger and malice and evil, lack of self-control. We don't want to be subtracting from our faith not making our election sure. We ought to be doing what Peter said, he said; make your election sure by adding these things to your faith daily remembering that the Lord Jesus Christ has forgiven your sin. This isn't just a religion. This isn't something about Jesus Christ as some interesting character and I like his words in the Bible but then I close the Bible and I just walk away back to my normal life. No, it is a life change. You got to have the coin drop. You know the old saying the penny drop. Start to realize that this isn't just a belief. This is reality. And that's why I'm here because it's reality so I encourage you that at least you can see me right here and I'm living not dead like Peter at least I'm living and I can tell you myself as a living person on earth that Jesus Christ right now is who he is and he is coming and he set me free from sin and has given me peace. You will get through to him if you pray and have faith. He will be with you and he will help you to overcome your sin. He is not against you and will not condemn you but he'll continue to lead you into the kingdom of God. So I am here to counsel you to have steadfast faith and to focus on the Lord Jesus Christ. Don't have doubt. Don't yield to sin. Keep away from ungodliness. Just be serious about dedicating to the Lord. That's what I tell you. I'm not an apostle like Peter so I can't say to you I've seen the Lord Jesus Christ. I have faith, I don't need to see him because I really have the evidence of the Lord in my life; healing freedom from sin from things I could never have myself out of myself, things like freedom from evil words, freedom from following lusts, all kinds of things you know. And these come from Jesus Christ's supernatural power that is here right now. And so I want to encourage you to do what I did and cry out upon the Lord Jesus in repentance and seek to know him because he is who he said he was, and ask him to lead you. But you got to make the decision to follow him yourself. There is no point just spending a day of giving yourself to Jesus and then the next day you just walk away from the Lord. And you just want to have a fun life and of your own way and continue to joke with your ungodly friend, continue to sin with your ungodly friends, continue to chase after your own life and desire and you don't want to dedicate to Jesus. You know you are like a man who looks himself in the mirror and then he walks away and forgets what he looked like. A one-hit wonder. You know friends we're not here to be like that. We are here to realize that we have a real powerful Lord Jesus Christ to follow daily from here on out, where we can follow him all the way to the wonderful Kingdom of God and he is going to lead us from here on out. So he is going to want us to get to know him more each day instead of just saying; Jesus please know me… and then you walk away and you forget what you prayed and you didn't pursue the Lord day in day out and to get to know him more and more. That is not to make your election sure you know you're not even having faith doing that. It is a continued development with the Lord in prayer and seeking to know him.

He is real he does hear when you pray even if you think it doesn't even if people say he doesn't. If you repent you turn to him he will hear you when you pray and he's going to help you. He is looking and testing his people to see who is going to be having faith and going to him in faith. Who is going to be having a perseverance. And the Lord looks at the the earth and he finds who are they. Because he said; when I return how much faith will the Son of Man find? How much faith! That's what Jesus Christ is looking for. He is looking for faith. He is not coming to destroy you. He is not coming to make bloodshed. He is not coming to judge you all and cast you all into eternal fire, no. that not true. Jesus Christ is here now to save you from the eternal fire, to save you from bloodshed, as in bloodshed and going to hell. That is what I'm talking about. I'm not saying that some of you won't be martyred for your faith, that can happen. No I'm saying that Jesus Christ is coming to save you from the devil and is coming to take his people, to redeem you from the world but he's doing it today not sometime in the future. So that's why you need to get on your prayer mat and start praying to the Lord so he can come to you today and redeem you from the world, redeem you from your flesh, redeem you from the devil. Redeem you from bloodshed of wrath of God on terrible sin and end up in hell. We have all kinds of calamities around the world daily. People will die in them. A lot of them go to hell they die without Jesus Christ. I'm here to tell you that I have found the wonderful power of the Lord Jesus Christ just like Peter the Apostle did.

Now I am not an apostle I didn't see Jesus however I have experiences with the Lord and so I can speak with authority on these things because the Lord Jesus Christ is with me. And so when I tell you that you can have faith peace and hope and you definitely will enter the kingdom of God as long as you stay with Jesus, these things are definitely true. Because they are also backed up by the apostle Peter and by the words of Jesus. So friends think about having steadfast Faith today and not yielding to doubt worry fear and guilt. Let us think about having steadfast faith adding to our faith righteousness self-control steadfastness and multiplying peace in us from our Lord Jesus Christ practicing these things, brotherly love, making every effort to supplement our faith with virtue knowledge self-control steadfastness godliness and brotherly love, making our elections sure and knowing that soon we will put off the body and be with our Lord Jesus Christ.... ...