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�IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS�

 

READ IN THE BIBLE (Hebrews 12:3)

 

 

The 32nd president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, said many years ago, �Never before have we had so little time in which to do so much�.Since this was true 60 to 70 years ago, how much more so in our day.Today we are living in a 21st century paradox.The free time of Americans�, and people in many other countries, has grown in these later years, but so have their levels of stress and time pressure.Many people are finding it increasingly difficult to be able to cope with the hectic pace of modern life.It seems as time progresses the pace of life has continued to speed up.The competing demands of work, home and family and other things often seem more than people can handle.People seem to be always in a hurry.Today we have fast lives, fast cars, fast computers and fast foods and still we do not have enough time to do all that is required of us.We are living in a �time famine� but in this message I am urging you to slow down, take a step back and consider some very important things.They are important because your eternal destiny depends on the wise consideration of some issues God says you need to deal with.

 

Webster�s Dictionary defines the word �CONSIDER� to mean, �to look closely, to ponder, to observe, to examine, to look at carefully, to think about in order to understand or decide�.To CONSIDER denotes a directing of the mind to something in order to understand it or to make a decision about it.The very definitions of the word �consider� implies the need to slow down, take time and think about things.In this message, THERE ARE FIVE IMPORTANT THINGS that God says in His Word YOU should consider.These include the following.

 

  1. CONSIDER THE ANT (Proverbs 6:6-8)
  2. CONSIDER YOUR WAYS (Haggai 1:7)
  3. CONSIDER YOUR END (Deuteronomy 32:28b, 29)
  4. CONSIDER HIS PERSON (Hebrews 12:3a)
  5. CONSIDER HIS PASSION (Hebrews 12:3b)

 

1. CONSIDER THE ANT (Proverbs 6:6-8)

We read in these verses, �Go to the ant, thou sluggard; CONSIDER HER WAYS, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest�.God, in His Word, says it is a wise thing to �consider the ant and her ways�.You likely have never done this.Do you have the wisdom of an ant?Why does God ask us to consider this lesser creature instead of some so called wise person or even an owl or a fox or something else?God, of course, will always give us good advice.We are to learn from the prudence of the ant.The ant has no teacher, �having no guide, overseer, or ruler�.God however, has given the ant inbuilt intelligence to, �provide her meat in the summer, and gather her food in the harvest�.The great lesson to be learned from the ant is PREPARATION WHILE THERE IS OPPORTUNITY.The ant is an object lesson for us.The ant looks to the dark days ahead and makes preparation while there is opportunity.This is extremely good advice for you.Before YOU is an eternity to be spent in one of two places.It will be either heaven or hell.Have YOU made preparation while you have the opportunity to assure yourself that heaven will be your eternal destiny?Don�t be like the grasshopper that sings and sports herself in the summer and then perishes in the winter.Our verse began with the words, �Go to the ant, thou sluggard�.A sluggard is one who is slothful, who loves his ease, which is careless with regards to the future.In contrast to the ant that is busy in preparation for the future, the sluggard is known for his inactivity.Dear reader, please do not be a �sluggard� when it comes to your eternal well being.But, God says in His Word there are also other important issues to consider.For example, He says:

 

2. CONSIDER YOUR WAYS (Haggai 1:7)

We read in this verse, �Thus saith the Lord of hosts; CONSIDER YOUR WAYS�.It is important for you to consider your ways because God says in His Word the ways of man are like a straying sheep.We read in, (Isaiah 53:6) �All we like sheep have gone astray�.Sheep which are astray from the Shepherd are exposed to danger.We will deal with this danger in our next consideration.It is also important for you to consider your ways because your ways may seem right to you but before a holy God they are not.We read in, (Proverbs 16:25) �There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death�.The way of the natural man, in his sins, is the way of ignorance and carelessness.Many people feel the way they are traveling through life will get them to heaven yet they have never really been saved.They have never had a conversion experience.They have never been �born again� by the Spirit of God.There is a real need for an impartial examination.God says in His Word that the ways of the natural man are sinful in His sight.He paints a very dark picture of man in His Word.He says in, (Romans 3:9-23) �Jews and Gentiles, they are all under sin�.�There is none righteous, no, not one�.�There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God�.�There is none that doeth good, no, not one�.�There is no fear of God before their eyes�.�All have sinned and come short of the glory of God�.�All the world is guilty (subject to judgment) before God�.Please notice dear reader, the guilt of sin applies to all of mankind, to all who are born of human father and mother.There are no exceptions.Man is a sinner by nature and by practice.We all come into this world possessed of a sinful nature which makes us sinners by birth.We inherited this from our parents, and they in turn from their parents, and so on, all the way back to our first parents, Adam and Eve.Because man has a sinful nature within, sinful practices soon manifest themselves without.What is in the root of mans nature will be seen later in the fruit of their doings.Dear reader, have YOU acknowledged YOUR SINFUL CONDITION before a holy God?Have YOU ever faced the fact of YOUR OWN individual sins committed against God?The first step in salvation and receiving forgiveness of sins is �repentance�.Have YOU ever repented of your sins?�Repentance� means to change your mind with regard to your sins.It means to think differently about your sins and your sinful condition.God says in His Word, (Acts 17:30) �God now commandeth all men everywhere to repent�.This command MUST be obeyed, it comes from God.This command is URGENT because God says NOW.This command is UNIVERSAL because God says ALL men EVERYWHERE.The Lord Jesus Christ stressed the absolute necessity of repentance when He said, (Luke 13:3) �Except ye repent ye shall all likewise perish�.Notice dear reader the two options, it is either repent or perish.This leads us to another matter of extreme importance which God says you should consider.

 

3. CONSIDER YOUR END (Deuteronomy 32:29)

We read in this verse, �O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would CONSIDER THEIR LATTER END�.Dear reader, have YOU considered YOUR latter end?Are you living as though tomorrow and eternity do not exist?We have just considered that your ways, and the ways of every man, are sinful in the sight of a holy God.Sin brings consequences.It says in, (Romans 6:23) �The wages of sin is death�.We read also in, (Romans 5:12) �Wherefore, as by one man (Adam)sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned�.Last year death passed upon more than 5 million people.That�s about, 417,000 every month, 96,000 every week, 14,000 every day and 572 every hour.We read in, (Ecclesiastes 3:1) there is �a time to be born, and a time to die�.�� We read also in, (Hebrews 9:27) �It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment�.From the Word of God we learn that the consequence of sin is death.We learn also that death is not the end.After death is the judgment of God.We all have eternity to face and if preparation is not made it will be the darkness of the judgment of God.It says regarding the unsaved in, (John 5:28) �The hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear His (Jesus Christ) voice, and shall come forth�they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation (judgment).�The unsaved will come forth to stand before the �Great White Throne� (Revelation 20).We read in, (Revelation 20:12-15) �And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.This is the second death.And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire�.(Revelation 21:8) �But the �unbelieving�shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death�.The �first death� is the death of the body which is the separation of the spirit from the body.For the unsaved, their �second death� is their eternal separation from God.This place of separation is called the �lake of fire�.It is a place of sorrow immeasurable and of torment eternal.��

 

Dear reader, have YOU considered these important issues?Have YOU made preparations for eternity?God is prepared to meet YOU.Are YOU prepared to meet Him?We read in, (Amos 4:12) �Prepare to meet thy God�.It is not God�s desire that you or anyone else go to this place called the �lake of fire�.We read in, (Ezekiel 33:11) �As I live saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; �turn ye, turn ye, from your evil ways; for why will ye die?�Because God is a holy God, He must and will punish sin and the sinner.Because God is a loving God, It is not His will that man perish in his sins.We read in, (1 Timothy 2:3, 4) �God our savior, who will have all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth�.We read also in, (2 Peter 3:9) �The Lord is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance�.God has proved His love for fallen sinful man and made provision for salvation by sending His beloved Son into this world.(John 3:16) �For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life�.We read also in, (Romans 8:32) �God spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all�.This leads us to the consideration of the Lord Jesus Christ, His person and His work:

 

4. CONSIDER HIS PERSON (Hebrews 12:3a)

We read in the first part of this verse, �CONSIDER HIM�.The most important consideration you can ever make in life is to �consider Him�.Preparation to meet God and preparation for eternity begins by considering Him, the Lord Jesus Christ.God says, direct your mind and your thoughts to His beloved Son that you might understand who He is and why He came into the world.The reason you should do this is because He is the only means of salvation.We read in, (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�.We also read in, (John 14:6) �Jesus saith unto him, I AM THE WAY, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me�.The Lord Jesus Christ is God�s exclusive way of salvation.There are many important things you might consider about Him.Following are just a few of these;

  • CONSIDER HIS PREINCARNATE GLORY. � We read of Him in, (2 Corinthians 8:9) �He was rich�.It refers to His riches in glory before He ever came into the world.It says of Him that He is, �the brightness of God�s glory, and the express image of His person� (Hebrews 1:3).The prophet Isaiah was given a vision of Him in the glory in, (Isaiah 6:1, 5) �I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up�.The prophet went on to say, �Mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts�.There in that heavenly scene the angels of God bowed in worship before Him.In the counsel chambers of God it was determined that the Son of God would become the Savior of sinners.He would be called the �lamb of God� that would be sacrificed on the cross for our sins.(1 Peter 1:19, 20) �Christ...a lamb without blemish and without spot: who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world�.When Adam and Eve fell into sin, bringing sin into the world and upon all of mankind, God promised that He would provide a Savior.God said in, (Genesis 3:15) �I will put enmity between thee (Satan) and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel�.These words speak of the perpetual hostility between Satan and the woman (representing all mankind), and between Satan�s seed (his agents) and her seed (the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ).The bruising of Satan�s head speaks of his mortal wound, his ultimate defeat and eventual destruction.The bruising of the Messiah�s heel speaks of His suffering and death on the cross, but not His defeat.
  • CONSIDER HIS INCARNATION. � We read in, (Galatians 4:4) �When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law�.This was the fulfillment of God�s promise of the Savior�s coming as the �seed of the women�.We read of His virgin birth in, (Matthew 1:18, 20, 21) �The birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise�.�Before they (Mary and Joseph) came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost�.�That which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost�.�Thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins�.We also read in, (Luke 2:7, 10, 11) �And she (Mary) brought forth her firstborn son�.�And the angel said unto them, Fear not: For, behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.For unto you is born this day � a Savior, which is Christ the Lord�.Deity took on humanity.The infinite became an infant.The Son of God became the Son of man.He left the glory of heaven and in condescending grace He came to earth.He came where we are.He stepped out of eternity into time.Not only was a child born but a son was given.We read in, (Isaiah 9:6) �Unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given�.It says in, (Hebrews 2:14) �Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same�.He not only came to where we are, He became as we are, sin apart.O the love of God, to give His well beloved Son to be the Savior of sinners.We say again, (John 3:16) �For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life�.
  • CONSIDER HIS PERFECT LIFE. � No one else ever walked through this scene as did He.He was perfect in all His ways.John said of Him, �In Him is no sin�.Paul said of Him, �He knew no sin�.Peter said of Him, �He did no sin�.And, James said of Him, �He could not sin�.When He was a young lad of about 12 years of age He said, �I must be about my Fathers business�.Later on, after He began his public ministry, the Lord Jesus said, �I do always those things that please the Father�.On more than one occasion the heavens were opened and God, the Father�s voice was heard to say, (Matthew 3:17) �This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased (In whom is all my delight)�.As we said previously, He is the, �Lamb without blemish and without spot�.The four gospels of the New Testament record many of the miraculous works He did and of the profound words which He spoke.He healed all manner of sickness and disease.He gave sight to the blind.He gave hearing to the deaf.He cleansed the lepers.He feed the hungry.He calmed the winds and the waves.He even raised the dead back to life.In the eyes of God He was a man as man should be.

 

5. CONSIDER HIS PASSION (Hebrews 12:3)

This complete scripture verse says, �For CONSIDER HIM that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds�.Here we are exhorted further to �CONSIDER HIS PASSION� for these words bring before us the Saviors suffering and death on the cross.We read of His passion in, (Acts 1:3) �He showed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs�.The Greek word translated �passion� means to �suffer� and it refers to the Lord�s suffering on the cross.When the Lord Jesus was here men opposed Him, both by words and actions, accusing Him falsely, and treating Him cruelly.We read in, (Isaiah 53:3) �He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief�.We read also in, (John 1:10, 11) �He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not.He came unto His own, and His own received Him not�.When the Lord Jesus came into the world he knew full well all that would befall Him here.But, He came with a purpose.He came to do the Father�s will.(Hebrews 2:9) tells us, �Jesus was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor: that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man�.Dear reader, have YOU ever CONSIDERED why Jesus Christ was here, why He came into the world?Listen to what God says of Him.We find the reason in, (1 Timothy 1:15) �Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners�.He came to save the likes of us, to all who will acknowledge their sinful condition before God.In order to provide salvation for sinful man He would have to go to the cross and offer Himself as a sacrifice for our sins.We read of Him that He was, �Obedient unto death, even the death of the cross�.Notice that for Him �death� was an act of obedience.For anyone else, �death� is a necessity.He could say in, (John 10:17, 18) �I lay down my life, that I might take it again.No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself.I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it again.This commandment have I received of my Father�.In His obedience and humility He was blindfolded, buffeted and beaten.He was reviled, reproached and rejected.Both Jews and Gentiles spit in His face.He said in, (Isaiah 50:6) �I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting�.A Roman scourge (whip) laid open His back like a plowed field.They platted a crown of thorns and pressed it upon His head and clothed Him with a purple robe to mock His kingship.When they had done all these things unto Him they led out to the place called Calvary and there they crucified Him.They nailed His hands and feet to a wooden cross and lifted Him up between heaven and earth.But, Christ not only suffered at the hands of sinful man, He also suffered on the cross, at the hands of a Holy God.In those three dark hours on the cross, �The Lord laid on Him the iniquity of us all�.�He was stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted�.�It pleased the Lord to bruise Him: He hath put Him to grief: When thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin�.(Isaiah 53:6, 4, 10).God, the Father, put His seal of approval upon the work of His beloved Son because on the third day Christ was raised again by the mighty power of God.It says in, (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4) �Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, He was buried, and He rose again the third day according to the scriptures�.We read in scripture, forty days after the Saviors resurrection He ascended into heaven and is now seated at the right hand of God.The offering up of the Lord Jesus has satisfied the righteous demand of God�s throne and has vindicated God�s holiness.God can now declare in His Word, (Job 33:24) �Deliver him (mankind) from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom�.All who are saved will lift their voices and say;

 

We love to sing of the Lord, who died,

And His wondrous love proclaim;

How there�s life and peace through the Crucified,

And salvation through His Name.

 

Salvation! Salvation!

Vast, full and free;

Through the precious blood,

Of the Son of God,

Who was slain on Calvary.

 

In closing, I urge YOU to take advantage of this present time to CONSIDER these important issues.Will you believe in and receive the Lord Jesus Christ as YOUR own personal Savior?(John 3:36) �He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him�.The death of the Lord Jesus on behalf of all is God�s gracious means of securing salvation for those who will believe. YOU are traveling the �highway of life�, passing through time on the way to eternity.There are only two destinations before you.It will either be eternal joy in heaven or eternal sorrow in hell.Now that you have read this message you have come to a �crossroads� on your life�s journey.Which way will you go? If you continue to reject the Savior you will remain on a path that leads to eternal destruction.Please do not trade a few short years of pleasure and possibly some popularity, and power for eternal torment in the �Lake of Fire�.If you accept God�s invitation to COME to the Savior, heaven will be your eternal home.The �Father�s House� will be your eternal dwelling place.(Acts 16:31) �Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved�.Will YOU believe in Him and by a definite act of faith, receive the Lord Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior?Please give this matter your most serious attention.Your eternal destiny depends on your decision.

 

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