Being Ready for Your Own Death Don't be a fool.Psalm 14:1-3The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; There is no one who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek God.All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one.There is only One God.Isaiah 45:21Declare what is to be, present it - let them take counsel together. Who foretold this long ago, Who declared it from the distant past? Was it not I, the Lord? And there is no God apart from Me, A RIGHTEOUS GOD and A SAVIOR; there is none but me.God wants to save you.Isaiah 45:22"Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I AM GOD, and there is no other.Your sins have separated you from God.Isaiah 59:1-2Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.You can be forgiven!1 John 1:8-2:2If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin,we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense - Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for the sins of the whole world.Who is Jesus?John 11:25Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?"John 8:23-24But he continued, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am the one I claim to be, you will indeed die in your sins."God demands justice.Romans 3:20-28Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. But now a righteousness, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in his blood.He did this to demonstrate his justice, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished - he did it to demonstrate his justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus. Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of faith. For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from observing the law.You can have peace with God.Romans 5:1-2Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, though whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.God's powerful love.Romans 5:6-10You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be savedfrom God's wrath through him! For if, when we were God's enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!How can you be saved?Romans 10:9-13That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart thatGod raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.As the Scripture says, "Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame."For there is no difference between the Jew and Gentile - the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved."Sound reasoning.Isaiah 1:18"Come now, let us reason together," says the Lord. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."God's ultimate gift for you.Romans 6:23For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.Would you like to live forever?John 3:14-18 Jesus said, "Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son."Are there any other ways to God?John 14:6Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life.No one comes to the Father except through me.What about other gods?Acts 4:10-12then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. He is "'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the capstone.' Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.How can you know the true God?1 John 4:7-9Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.What is love?1 John 4:10-11This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.To what extent should we love each other?1 John 3:16This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.Who are our brothers?1 John 3:10This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.How can you become a child of God?1 John 5:1-5Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God,and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. This is love for God: to obey his commands.And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.What does God command?1 John 3:23-24aAnd this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. Those who obey his commands live in him, and he in them.How near is God?1 John 4:15If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God.How can you know that God lives in you?1 John 3:24bAnd this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.How can we recognize the Spirit of God?1 John 4:2-6This is how you can recognize the Spirit of God: Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world.You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood.Don't be a liar.1 John 2:22-23Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist - he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.How can you know that you are saved?1 John 5:11-13And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.What can separate you from God's love?Romans 8:32-39He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all - how will he not also,along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns?Christ Jesus, who died - more than that, who was raised to life - is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered." No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Are you ready to leave it all behind? Eternity is much longer than this lifetime. Have you made things right with your Maker before you go to see Him by acknowledging that you are a sinner in need of his grace, thanking Him for the only solution He offers, and putting your faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Savior? May you discover the joy of a personal relationship with the true living God before your last breath takes you into eternity!