How many sins will keep you out of Heaven?

Which sins are the really bad ones – adultery, murder, theft? What about lying, gossip, criticism, and judging others? H-m-m . . . let’s see what God has to say.

James 2:10 (KJV)
10  For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

The Law has to do with what God has commanded us to do. In James we see that if we commit just one sin,we’re guilty of all sins. That’s why Jesus went to the Cross because we couldn’t be perfect and sinless. Only He could and is.

Every sin we commit makes us guilty of all sins. That’s what God said. So what do we do? I’m glad you asked because that’s not the problem.

It’s not our various sins that keep us out of Heaven because Jesus paid the price for those sins. In fact, He paid the price for everyone’s sins – past, present, and future. But, we have to receive what He did or we’re still in our sins. It’s not automatic that everyone gets saved. It’s a choice, an individual choice.

Now, back to the original question: How many sins will keep you out of Heaven? The answer is: one! But you have to know which one it is. There’s only one sin that will keep you out of Heaven and  send you to hell: the sin of not accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior!

It was never God’s intention that humans go to hell. He wants everyone to get saved.

2 Peter 3:9 (KJV)
9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Once you’re born-again, you’ve become a new creation, not just a new and improved version of your old self! And even though the penalty for sins has been paid, you still need to repent when you sin. You need to live a life that’s pleasing to the Lord. And you can do it! 

— Pamela

 

 

 

 

There’s no such thing as a worried bird!

Worry! Doesn’t everybody worry? Isn’t that what a good parent does? No, and you shouldn’t! Worry is fear and just as fear is deadly, so is worry. It can literally paralyze your faith, making it inoperative and you’ll get no results because you’re focusing on the wrong things. 

Worry means you’re not trusting God and His Word. It’s a choice and you can do it. You’re not a slave to worry. If you’re born-again, you have the Holy Spirit to help you.

Even birds have enough sense not to worry because God takes care of them. Our Heavenly Father loves us and has so provided  everything we’ll ever need. We need to believe and receive! That’s where our faith comes in and gets the promises.

Matthew 6:26 (KJV)
26  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Matthew 10:31 (KJV)
31  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.
2 Peter 1:3-4 (KJV)
3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. [When we receive the promises, we partake of God’s own divine nature.]

So, just how do you stop the worry? That’s an easy answer: you stop feeding it and replace it with the promises of God. Bind the worry thoughts and command them to leave in the Name of Jesus. You can’t worry about the problem and meditate on the promises at the same time.

Speaking the Word  out loud will eventually displace the worry thoughts. And though you might have to attack those thoughts minute by minute at first, you will get the victory if you keep at it. Your whole faith walk depends on it.

By not feeding the worry with thoughts about the problem, you’ll starve it and it’ll wither and die. Speaking the truth of God’s Word will feed your faith and override the worry, setting you free.

John 8:32 (KJV)
32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

— Pamela

Attitude Affects Altitude

As Christians, we’re always endeavoring to come up higher in our walk with the Lord, to another level of faith, growing and developing in the things of God.

But, sometimes, it seems we’ve reached a plateau, a stand still. What’s the problem? It could be any number of things, but my solution is to look for the simple answer first. [It’s like working on an appliance – check the plug first! Who woulda thought!]

Much of the time, the problem is as simple as an attitude change – a check-up from the neck up! Our attitude determines our altitude – just how far we’ll go with God. This is one thing we can definitely change. We have control over our attitude. It’s a choice. I call it a “course correction.”

,Just like the course of a huge ship is changed by the rudder, we can change our course by changing our rudder – our attitude. We do this by our words.

Your circumstances don’t have to dictate your attitude. You don’t have to be grumpy. You can be cheerful in spite of the circumstances. You’re in control, and it’s all done by words – your words!

It’s a decision – your decision to  have a good attitude. Once you do that, even though the circumstances haven’t changed yet, you’ll feel a lot better and be able to hear from the Lord about what to do next.

A good attitude makes all the difference!

Philippians 4:8-9 (KJV)  8  Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9  Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

Pamela

Are You a Faither?

Faithers – who are they and how do you become one?

Faithers (my word) are those who walk by faith and not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7).  They’re the ones that Hebrews 11 speaks of – the heroes of faith, the ones who will eternally be in the Hall of Faith.

 

2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV) 7  (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

So, how can we become faithers? How do we walk in the faith of Abraham, Moses, and Joshua? By walking in God’s Word! 

Remember  Romans 10:17 (KJV) 17  So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

You first have to develop your faith  by planting the Word of God in your heart: hear, study, meditate, confess, and act on the Word. That’s how you plant it into your heart (spirit) where it can grow by continuing to hear, study, meditate, confess and act on it.

Don’t be discouraged because you think everyone else has more faith then you do. We all start out the same – one lump, one measure.

Romans 12:3b (KJV)   … according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

What we do with our measure determines how much we grow and develop in our faith. Becoming a faith giant is do-able for everyone who puts forth the effort. And the rewards are beyond measure. Go for it!

Hebrews 11:6a (KJV) 6  But without faith it is impossible to please him:

Pamela

You’ll never walk on water, if you don’t get out of the boat!

Why don’t we see more results when we pray? Why do we think we have to have the whole plan before we do what God wants us to do? I realize that if you don’t start, you’ll never finish, but there’s more here that I want to talk about.

Are you a risk-taker or a risk-avoider? If we’re honest, we really like our comfort zones. But we also want to have strong, mountain-moving faith that speaks to problems and annihilates them.

Mark 11:23 (KJV) 23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
 

You can have that kind of faith but it involves risks – risks to believe that what God has said in His Word will really work for you.

Let’s look at Matt. 14:

Matthew 14:28-31 (KJV)  28  And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29  And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, the only one who called out to Him was Peter: “Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.” I wonder if Peter really even thought about what he was saying. If Jesus answered him, he would actually have to get out of the boat and go to Jesus, which meant walking on the water! Even though Peter was a fisherman, you can be sure that he never tried walking on the water.

So, Jesus said, “Come!” and out of the boat Peter jumped, walking toward Jesus. Wow! Things were great as long as he stayed focused on Jesus. But, Peter got distracted by the wind and waves, the circumstances, and began to sink! “Help, Lord!” Jesus immediately reached out His hand to rescue Peter.

But, even though Peter didn’t do everything perfectly, he still was the only one who had enough faith to get out of the boat!

We need to learn from Peter’s adventure.  As long as we keep our eyes on the Lord, things are great. We need to stay alert and focused on God’s Word, not getting distracted by the circumstances that are glaring at us. In one hour things can change!

When you’re standing on God’s Word in faith for His promises to come to pass, don’t let your physical senses or surrounding circumstances distract you. Take the risk, get out of the boat, and walk on the water, believing that God will do exactly what He said He would do in His word.

Pamela

If You Want the Dog, Don’t Call the Cat!

Of course, if you want the dog, you don’t call for the cat! But, do you really know what that means?  Let me say it another way: If you want to get well, don’t keep speaking sickness. If you want to get out of debt, don’t keep saying that you don’t have enough finances.

Yes, you might be battling a sickness and yes, you might not have enough money, but continuing to confess that day after day, won’t get you what you really desire – to get well and be able to pay your bills!

Negative words will not get the promises of God to manifest in your life. There’s no redeeming value in confessing what you already have. This only serves to establish those things you don’t want.

Mark 11:23 (KJV)
23  For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Notice that what you say is what you get. You might not believe that you can have what you say, but you’re already doing that – having what you say when you confess things you don’t want: “I never have enough money.” “Things never work out for me.” “Just when I seem to get ahead, something always happens.”

These are just some of the negative things people say frequently and then wonder why they actually happen! Now you know. Of course, it’s not just saying things one time that causes them to happen. What you say over and over and over will eventually get into your heart and that’s when you’re in trouble.

But not so with God’s Word. Confessing the Word over and over and over will eventually get it into your heart. And when that happens, God’s promises will manifest in your life.

Check up on yourself. What have you been saying? Is it what you want or is there a need to re-program your speaking? As they say, measure twice, cut once. Hm-m-m? How does that fit here?

Simply, think about what you’re about to say longer than you normally would. Is it what you want?  If not, keep your mouth shut! When you can trust your mouth to say the right thing, then speak.

Watching the words you speak might sound hard to do but it isn’t. It just takes practice and patience. Go for it. You can do it! And you’ll be so glad you did.

— Pamela

God’s Love Dispels Fear

 

Galatians 5:6b (KJV)  …  but faith which worketh by love.

Faith works by love. Just what does that mean? Is it how we love people that causes our faith to work? Certainly we are to love everyone because God has commanded us to  walk in love toward one another. 

John 13:34 (KJV) 34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 

There’s more to this scripture than the obvious. I believe that when you get a revelation of how much God loves you, it will change your whole attitude and dispel the fears that try to work.

1 John 4:18 (KJV) 18  There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

As you see, perfect love casts out fear. We are so precious to God. He gave His Best – Jesus – to ransom us back from our fallen state because He was unwilling to do without a family and we are it! What a joy and a rejoicing!

So, when you meditate on how much God loves you, and the price that was paid, it will surely comfort you to know that He has your back. 

I was meditating on that scripture one day and suddenly I had the “knowing” in my spirit that I was FREE from the fear of flying! It was so wonderful and it can happen to you!

Let God’s love envelope you and minister to you throughout the day and beyond!

1 John 4:7-8 (KJV) 7  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
8  He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Pamela