- Jim Corbett
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“If I were to stop your heart in the next five minutes, would your house be in order? Would you be in right standing with everyone around you? Would you know for sure that everything between Us has been taken care of? Make sure that you focus on the issue of Lordship. Who really is the Lord over everything in your life? Is there a part of who you are, or what you have, that has not been completely surrendered to Jesus? What about your relationship with others? Do you judge, hate, hold grudges, or harbor unforgiveness? Do you hold on to any part of your life, or have you turned everything into My hands? Examine your life. I do!”
Romans 10:9-10 NIV
9) That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
10) For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
Acts 24:15-16 NIV
15) …and I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.
16) So I strive always to keep my conscious clear before God and man.
Rev. 3:19 AMP
Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I tell their faults and convict and convince and reprove and chasten [I discipline and instruct them]. So be enthusiastic and in earnest and burning with zeal and repent [changing your mind and attitude].
So often “life” gets in the way of those things that are really important. At the same time, God is using our life experiences to expose our hearts and show us who we really are; all so that we can come to Him for cleansing.
Because this life is so “in our faces,” most of us forget that it is only a wisp of time compared to our eternal future. These days are very important, but not for the reasons that we often think. These days establish all of our eternal days.
The world focuses on this life span as the only time of importance. Most spend more effort deciding which car to buy or house to own than they give to deciding what is “absolute truth” after they close their eyes for the last time. It seems that sometimes the body of Christ has fallen into the same pattern. We have accepted our favorite teachings to make sure that we are “covered” with God, and then rest in them, giving the balance of our thoughts to how we can live comfortably.
We are supposed to know better. We are in this world, but not of it. Why would we agree with any portion of what the world holds dear, especially something as important to God as this?
Allow me to understand my freedom, Lord; but never allow me to become complacent or dull of hearing,