April 6, 2020 - Please allow me to ask you a most important question this morning a question to which the answer will be the most important answer you will ever give. For it will be your answer that shows your personal relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
I ask you, "Please tell me, where will you be 200 years from now?"
You may say, "I can't answer that, how can anyone know that?"
Well, it's simple, if, you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Master, as God Almighty then you would certainly know where you will be 200 years from now. You will be at home with God in heaven, for none of us of today live to be anywhere close to 200 years of age.
I can say, without reservation, without doubt, that I do know where I will be 200 years from now, I will be at home in the house of my Lord.
"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake." (Psalm 23:1-3)
Jesus Christ, my God, takes care of me, he is my shepherd, he leads me as a shepherd leads his flock, he protects me, he places my in the most comfortable places. He restores my soul in righteousness. Yes, I know him and he knows me and I know that I will be with him always. That nothing of this world can separate me from his love.
"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows," (Psalm 23:4-5)
Why should I fear anything of this world, for I have the most powerful weapon of all, the love of God to protect me from the world.
It is as God tells me, "Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." (Isaiah 41:10)
There I have God's own personal promise that he will watch over me, he will be right there beside me in all things. He will be my strength when I am weak, he alone will help me, he will lift me up and keep me in his care forever.
"And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell." (Matthew 10:28)
Only our Lord Jesus Christ has the power to destroy one's soul, fear him only and not other people but, the Lord God of heaven.
Because I have accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord, my God, my Savior I can be totally assured of my future and yes, I can know where I will be 200 years from now. Do you? You can!
"Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever." (Psalm 23:6)
Because I believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and have accepted him as my Lord I have the assurance of his promise to me, that I will indeed dwell in the house of the Lord forever. I have no doubt as to my future, my destination when my life on earth is done, I will go home to be forever with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, my God.
So too, can you know this truth, so too, can you be saved from the penalty of your sin, the death of your spirit in hell.
"Because if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified (cleaned), and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, "Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame." (Romans 10:9-11)
Please, don't wait, humble yourself today, ask Jesus to save you from your sins and he will gladly do so.
Acknowledge him as your Lord to others that they too might come to know him as Lord and know the true joy of being a born-again child of the Most High God, our Lord Jesus Christ... May his love, grace, and mercy flow over you this day and forever and may you too dwell in the house of the Lord forever...