YOU CAN DO IT
by Kevin Rutherford
Christians become discouraged with themselves from time to time.† This is normal.† What we must not do is allow these discouraging times to keep us from going to heaven (Philippians -14).† Christians will not be perfect (1 John 1:8-10).† Though imperfect we can be saved.† You can do it!† You can go to heaven!† Let me tell you why you can do it.† You can make it to heaven because:
I. The blood of Christ cleanses those who are walking in the light (1 John 1:7).
2. God is faithful and just to forgive us of our sins when we confess them to Him (1 John 1:9).
3. God will forgive you when you repent and pray to Him (Acts ).
4. We can come boldly before the throne of grace when we pray in order to receive mercy (Hebrews -16).
5. God will not allow you to be tempted above what you are able to bear (1 Corinthians ).
6. God is on your side (Romans ).
7. Christ Jesus loves you (Romans ).
8. God forgave David when he confessed to adultery and murder (2 Samuel ).
Christians can fall from grace (Galatians 5:4).† Christians can go back into the world and be lost (2 Peter -22).† However, we must remember there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).† We must remember that grace is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1).† Sinning and asking God to forgive you of that sin does not constitute falling from grace.† Rather that constitutes walking in the light and as you continue to walk in the light the blood of Christ continues to wash your sins away (I John 7-10).
Turn your back on the Lord and you will be lost (Hebrews -39).† Give up on God and you have no hope.† Give up on yourself and you are doomed to fail.† Donít cast away your confidence in Christ and donít give up before your life is over (Hebrews , 36).
Endure temptation (James ), resist temptation (James 4:7), make it a habit to choose the right course of action (1 John 3:6-9), dedicate your lives to God as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1, 2), but donít beat yourself up when you fail. †Donít give up on yourself when you sin. †It isnít always easy and you wonít always be perfect, but if you are walking in the light you will make it. †You can do it! †You can go to heaven!