CONSIDER YOUR WAYS
Haggai 1:5 & 1:7
Haggai 1:5- "Now therefore thus saith the LORD
of hosts; Consider
Haggai 1:7- "Thus
saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways".
God has always tried to get
mankind to consider the
outcome of his
lifestyle but it seems like we are more interested in what we think is
going to be fun, rather than considering the consequences for
disobedience to God's word!
are three ways to consider in this message.
1- A Deceiving way.
2- Your way.
3- God's way.
Proverbs 16:25- "There is a way
that seemeth right unto man but the end thereof are
the ways of death". Even if you
think it is the right way and it doesn't measure up to God's word; it
is a deceiving way.
(1)- You are deceived by thinking
salvation is an attitude.
You can not
Christianity to become a child of God like so many believe. America was
founded on Christian principals and our Constitution is based on the
Bible but that doesn't make heaven available to those who claim
Acts 4:12-"Neither is
in any other; (speaking of Christ).
(2)- You are deceived by thinking
salvation is by a social
I will never forget
the time we met
this Doctor and his family from Minnesota while at the ferry terminal
close to Juneau, Alaska and the teen age son, when asked if he was a
Christian, made the reply: "Yes, I was born into a
Even God's chosen people,
Israel can't go to heaven without repenting
of their sins and asking for God's grace to save them.
3:22-"Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus
all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:".
v. 23-"For all have
sinned, and come short of the glory of God;".
10:12-"For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:
same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him."
Many people today are
Doctor's son, who believe
that since we
live in a christian nation founded upon christian principals, we
automatically became christians at birth and God somehow is going to
heaven's doors and forget our sinful nature because of his love for
mankind. God couldn't excuse your sin if he wanted to because His
nature demands perfection and we as sinners have all fallen short of
God's requirements. Scripture tells us that we have all sinned and come
short of the glory of
God. We tried to make the Doctor's son understand this and explained
the way God sent His
Son to pay for his sin debt but he was confused as to why all the
teachings he had received
from a false religion wasn't allowing him to be a christian. We planted
the seed of God's word with a prayer for it to take root and spring up
his heart to reveal his need of repentance toward God; hoping he would
ask the Lord for forgiveness and to place his sins under the blood of
Christ before it is too late. Most religions teach salvation by some
means other than by
Grace alone. You can not inherit christianity.
You must be born again, as Jesus told Nicodemus in John
3:3- "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say
Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
2-YOUR WAY WILL
GET YOU INTO HELL.
Ephesians 2:8-9 -"Not by works of righteousness which we
have done but according to his mercy he saved us".
Your way is just another false hope that
somehow you are going to make
heaven on your own merit. How many times
ask someone if he or she planned to go to heaven when they die and the
reply has been; I hope so, which in their mindset they hope God will
somehow excuse their sinful nature and let them into heaven. Friend,
you need to look at God's attitude toward sin! He could not overlook
your sin even if he wanted to because His judgment has been decreed
toward all unrighteousness. Either you will pay for your sin in person
or you will have to accept the sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross
as your substitute! If you have a (hope so)
salvation-You have a (no so) chance of going to heaven!
There are many things
that will cause you to miss heaven for instance:
Trying to be good enough- (Good Works).
(2)- Church membership- (Religion without being born again).
(3)- Believing that God is too good to send you to hell- (A False Hope
is no hope at all).
(4)- Agnosticism. Not knowing is just as bad as refusing Christ.
(a)- Religious Agnosticism
teaches that a person
can't know whether they are going to Heaven or not until the
life when God comes out with a large Balancing scale to weigh their
good deeds against their bad deeds to see which side the scales tip
over to but scripture tells us that we can know that we have eternal
life both now and forever!
1 John 5:13- "These things have I
written unto you that believe on the name of the
Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life,"
Most non-Baptist religions teach
works which is another
of the devil's
deceptions to try and make sinners think they have to help God out by
good in order to go to heaven but the word of God teaches us in Titus
3:5- "Not by
works of righteousness which we have done but according to his mercy he
saved us" and in 1 John 1:7- "The
blood of Jesus Christ, his Son cleanses us from all sin".
no other way and there is nothing we can do to help God accept us
after we repent of our sins and ask Christ into our hearts. All through
the book of Galatians the Apostle Paul had to straighten out the Jewish
believers concerning getting away from the law of works and totally
depend on God's grace to sustain them.
way is the only way for Salvation.
Acts 4:12- "Neither is there
salvation in any
other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must
be saved". Also Hebrews 7:25-
he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by
him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them".
(A)- The way of the
multitudes is not God's way!
7:13- "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and
the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in
(B)- The way of redemption is a precise
way and very few people are on that road!
7:14- "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which
unto life, and few there be that find it."
will not accept any other way for entering heaven!
verily, I say unto
you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth
up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber."
Security for the
believer is God's way and his way only.
peter 1:5. "Who
kept by the
power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the
last time". If a child of God sins
he or she doesn't lose their salvation but they might lose fellowship
with the Lord until the sin is confessed and placed under the blood of
(4)- We are sanctified God's way. (set
apart and cleansed
1-John 1:7- "But if we walk in
light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ
his son cleanseth us from all sin". This
means past, present and
future sin are all under the blood of Christ. I like that old
song that tells us "when I see the blood I will pass over you". You
might fall out of fellowship but you can never fall out of sonship with
God. When we know the Lord in the free pardon of sin we are expected to
walk in newness of life as Jesus told the woman who was taken in
adultery. He told her in John 8:11- "go and sin no more".
With all that said about Salvation and
the saints; we live in such a time as
Jeremiah described in Jer.
6:16- "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and
ask for the old
paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest
for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
I have seen a major
of standards in Christian churches since I began preaching some 35
It is appalling to
Homosexuals being offered a pulpit and Women preachers being ordained
into mainline denominations when God gave specific scripture concerning
these damnable heresies.
Even God's word is
under attack with
so many fundamentalist replacing the old King James authorized version
with some modern junk, which
is the beginning of Satan's efforts
faith once delivered unto the saints. Satan's tactics are never so
subtle as to try and remove God's word entirely at once, but little by
little he will peck at it until it is destroyed if we don't wake up!
Our school rooms
have made prayer off limits. Our
Judicial system is removing the Ten Commandments from the
court rooms and if we in this country don't wake up soon and get back
the old paths that were founded by our forefathers on Biblical
principals; this nation has had it. No longer can a child be punished
for doing wrong in our schools or at home for that matter without fear
of teachers or parents being arrested for being abusive and I certainly
advocate child abuse but we
need to have some rules of authority in place.
way will it
be for you ?
DECIEVING WAY ?
YOUR WAY ?
The first two ways
will keep you under the condemnation of almighty God and get you into a
hell for all eternity:
what your religion
what you think.
how many good
deeds you have done.
who your parents
that you were born
in a country that was founded on the principals of Christianity.
way is the
only way and until
you come to understand that you are a sinner, condemned, and unclean
and that you can not save yourself; you will remain on the broad road
that is leading multitudes to a devil's hell.
SAY; PREACHER HOW CAN I KNOW THAT I WILL GO TO HEAVEN WHEN I DIE
OR GO WITH THE REDEEMED WHEN JESUS RAPTURES THE CHURCH ?
The scriptures in
the book of Luke tell us,
"repent ye therefore and be converted that
your sins might be blotted out".
ASK FOR IT.
In the book of
Romans chapter 10:13 God said,
"whosoever shall call upon the Name of the
Lord shall be saved".
ACCEPT IT AND PUBLICLY ADMIT IT.
The scripture tells us in Romans 10:9- "With the heart man believeth unto
righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation".
If you do these
things your name will be written in God's Book of life in heaven
Spirit of God will come into your heart to live forever. He
will guide and instruct you in this life and will deliver you to Jesus
Christ himself when he calls his children home.
James Tyson Sr.