Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Dash

Hebrews 9:24 - 28
(Hebrews 9:24 KJV)  For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
(Hebrews 9:25 KJV)  Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
(Hebrews 9:26 KJV)  For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
(Hebrews 9:27 KJV)  And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
(Hebrews 9:28 KJV)  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

We were not originally destined to die. When God breathed into Adam the breath of life God intended on Adam living forever! God created the tree of life to keep man living forever! God told Adam that he could eat from ANY tree (including the tree of life) except the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. When Adam fell, God could not have Adam and Eve living forever while knowing good and evil. Now because of Adam, we are born to die! God created the dash between the birth date and death date.

We are now required to give an account of our “dash”.
Romans 14:5 - 12
(Romans 14:5 KJV)  One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
(Romans 14:6 KJV)  He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
(Romans 14:7 KJV)  For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
(Romans 14:8 KJV)  For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.
(Romans 14:9 KJV)  For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.
(Romans 14:10 KJV)  But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
(Romans 14:11 KJV)  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.
(Romans 14:12 KJV)  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

(Matthew 12:36 KJV)  But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

(Matthew 12:37 KJV)  For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

We have promises from God if we live our dash for Him. 
Philippians 1:20 - 24
(Philippians 1:20 KJV)  According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
(Philippians 1:21 KJV)  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
(Philippians 1:22 KJV)  But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not.
(Philippians 1:23 KJV)  For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:
(Philippians 1:24 KJV)  Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you.

Romans 8:9 - 14
(Romans 8:9 KJV)  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
(Romans 8:10 KJV)  And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
(Romans 8:11 KJV)  But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.
(Romans 8:12 KJV)  Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
(Romans 8:13 KJV)  For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
(Romans 8:14 KJV)  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

John 6:47 - 51
(John 6:47 KJV)  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
(John 6:48 KJV)  I am that bread of life.
(John 6:49 KJV)  Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
(John 6:50 KJV)  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die.
(John 6:51 KJV)  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

There are also promises from God if we decide to live out our dash without Him.
Romans 8:5 - 8
(Romans 8:5 KJV)  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
(Romans 8:6 KJV)  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
(Romans 8:7 KJV)  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
(Romans 8:8 KJV)  So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.

John 8:22 - 24
(John 8:22 KJV)  Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come.
(John 8:23 KJV)  And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above: ye are of this world; I am not of this world.
(John 8:24 KJV)  I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.

It’s what you do between your “birth date” and your “death date”; the DASH! You only have one chance at this life. Yesterday is already gone. You can’t get it back. Tomorrow is not a guarantee!
It’s what you do with your life today that will determine where you go. There’s no in-between. It’s Heaven or Hell. Hell is real. Hell is hot. And eternity is FOREVER!

Don’t be like King Agrippa. You never hear of him becoming a Christian!
(Acts 26:28 KJV)  Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian.

Now is your time!
1 Corinthians 15:19 - 22
(1 Corinthians 15:19 KJV)  If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
(1 Corinthians 15:20 KJV)  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
(1 Corinthians 15:21 KJV)  For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
(1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV)  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

(2 Corinthians 6:2 KJV)  (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)

The end of time is too near to play games with God!

You must make up your mind. You are not guaranteed tomorrow!