The Tysons', Missionary Evangelist
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CONSIDER YOUR WAYS
Haggai 1:5 & 1:7

Haggai 1:5- "Now therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts; Consider your ways".
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!

There are three ways to consider in this message.
1- A Deceiving way.
2- Your way.
3- God's way.

1- A DECEIVING 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 conform to 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 citizenship here.
Acts 4:12-
"Neither is there salvation in any other; (speaking of Christ).

(2)- You are deceived by thinking salvation is by a social background.
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 christian family".
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.

Romans 3:22-"Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto 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;".
Romans 10:12-"For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him."

Many people today are deceived like the 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 open 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 in 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 unto thee, 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 it to heaven on your own merit. How many times have we 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:

(1)- 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 end of 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,"

(b)- Most non-Baptist religions teach salvation by works which is another of the devil's deceptions to try and make sinners think they have to help God out by doing 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". There is 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.

3- GOD'S WAY.

(1)- God's 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- "Wherefore 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!
M
atthew 7:13- "Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:"
(B)- The way of redemption is a precise way and very few people are on that road!
Matthew 7:14-
"Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."

(2)- God will not accept any other way for entering heaven!
John 10:1- "Verily, 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."

(3)-  Security for the believer is God's way and his way only.
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1:5. "Who are 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 Christ.
(4)- We are sanctified God's way. (set apart and cleansed daily).
1-John 1:7- "But if we walk in the 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".

CONCLUSION:

With all that said about Salvation and the security of 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 deterioration of standards in Christian churches since I began preaching some 35 years ago.

It is appalling to hear of 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 to remove the 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 to 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 do not advocate child abuse but we need to have some rules of authority in place.

Which way will it be for you ?

1- A DECIEVING WAY ?

2- YOUR WAY ?

3- GOD'S WAY ?

The first two ways will keep you under the condemnation of almighty God and get you into a devils hell for all eternity:

(1)- It doesn't matter what your religion teaches.

(2)- It doesn't matter what you think.

(3)- It doesn't matter how many good deeds you have done.

(4)- It doesn't matter who your parents were.

(5)- It doesn't matter that you were born in a country that was founded on the principals of Christianity.

God's 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.

YOU 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 ?

(1)- IT TAKES REPENTANCE.
The scriptures in the book of Luke tell us,
"repent ye therefore and be converted that your sins might be blotted out".

(2)- YOU HAVE TO 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".

(3)- YOU HAVE TO 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 and the 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.



By James Tyson Sr.