I like to spend most of my Saturday’s bumming it in front of the tv, watching old movies. I especially like western movies.
There was one piticular movie called, "Pergetory" There was a band of ruthless cowboys running from the law and ended up in a small town.
Everything in this town was perfect. The people lived quiet lives, did their daily chores and kept the peace. In this town these people happen to be outlaws that have died and were waiting for their passport to heaven; with only the acceptance of how they were merited while in the waiting in this place. Every evening they all attended church and sat quietly in this meeting place. At the end of the town was a indian who was appointed to sit outside the gate that led to hell. When someone messed up, the indian would come and get the person, take him/her and through them in the pit of fire.
How aweful it was for me to live that kind of life. I realized my whole childhood was stolen; by the belief, "If i was good, then i will go to heaven." I realized at a very young age, i was not ever going to heaven. I was definitly not good! As long as i believed that, i figured i might as well live it up, tear it up, drink it up, party while can, because i knew i blew it!
Well, thats the first step of redemption.
As long as i knew for a fact that i was going to hell, i was just a handsreach away from heaven. When i found out that i could go to heaven by the grace of God, believing that Jesus paid the penalty for every thing i did that was against the laws of God, which was everything! i broke every single commandment of God a hundredfold and then some; and the gate to hell was wide open to me and in just a single moment that gatekeeper was coming to get me. In this movie, these people tried to live a perfect life; to me that in itself is hell. To be totally honest, God is the Creator of all things; even hell, and He is the One to fear, because it is by His Mouth that will call the gatekeeper of hell to come for you, not satan, he is just waiting for his quest to arrive. God does not want to send anyone there.
I thanked God for sending Jesus instead of that gatekeeper to snatch me from the firery pit. He did this when Jesus went to the Cross and shed His own blood, giving Himself as a sacrifice for the penalty that was awaiting me. This is the first step to the gate of hell:
By thinking you are good enough, then my friend, satan will surely say, "welcome home, i have been waiting for you to accompany me in the firery furnace."
2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 19that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf; Be reconciled to God! 21 God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteouness of God.
I confess that i have believed that all my good works will save me, and you will welcome me into your heavenly gates, with open arms and a slap on the wrist, for denying Your Son, Jesus Christ as my Savior. I realize that i do need someone to save me from the penelty of my sins. Thank you, for wanting me to be yours, and loving me so much that you do not desire to toss me like a branch into the pit of fire, but by sending Your Son to die on the Cross, i have be reconciled to You.
In Jesus Name, Amen