by Benjamin Munsell | August 30, 2018MORNINGTIME 2865
And IF A MAN also STRIVE, for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except HE STRIVE LAWFULLY. 2 Timothy 2:5. If you strive to win the 26 mile marathon, you must follow the prescribed course, the map, of exactly which roads to take, and where to turn. Anything less than Absolute Obedience to ALL the Rules, will disqualify from even claiming to your friends that you even ran the Marathon, much less that you won the Marathon. Honesty and Integrity are key to whatever you choose to do with your Life. If you claim to "Be a Christian", there are also rules you must Follow. To read your Bible, say your prayers, and go to church on Sunday, is nice, but not enough to get into Heaven. First and foremost, you MUST Believe in Jesus, The Christ, AND Follow Him. That means to Obey Him, as He directs. If you have A True Heart for Christ, this will be "Easy" to do, as He will help you do all the right things. Otherwise, you're just doing Stuff. Years ago a preacher had a saying as part of his radio show, "You can't lose, with the Stuff I use". I say all this because our Adversary, Satan, will tell you there are other ways, easier ways, to get into Heaven. Sorry, but they ALL lead straight to Hell. Christ Himself said of Himself, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, BUT BY ME". John 14:6. Satan offers many ways, many books, MANY DIFFERENT BIBLES, and even many different Denominations to tell you how to get into Heaven. If it's not Christ's Way, they all lead straight into Hell. Check yourself, test your way, to see if your way, lines up with His Way. Examine yourself, does your life line up with the Bible, and with all that Christ taught? Are you looking a little more Like Christ each day? If not, why not, if so, keep going, and Rejoice when someone challenges "your Credentials", wanting to know why, and how, you follow Christ. It may not be a challenge they're looking for, it may be Christ, as they too, want to, Be Blessed.