SUNDAY COMBINED WORSHIP SERVICE 09/05/2021
TOPIC: DETERMUNE TO MAKE HEAVEN AT LAST
Text: Mark 10: 28; Romans 8: 35-39; Hebrews 11: 13 – 16;
We all should know that we are strangers to this world. No matter how many years a person may live in this world, one day, he or she will surely live this world.
Many have come and gone even before us. Many in our very eyes have gone even those whom we knew.
Many have come whom we love so much. However when their time for departure came, we could not stop them and so they departed. They have gone to the unknown. Some have gone to heaven and some have gone to hell.
Those that are children of God have gone to a type of heaven. The bosom of Father Abraham.
Those that were not saved have gone to hell, while awaiting the final abode of the devil which is hell fire.
It is important we take note that a number of these persons did not have the opportunity to hear this message of the gospel. Some of these persons lived long but wasted lives. They have gone and gone forever to hell fire.
What matters today is for us to determine to make heaven at last. It is indeed a privilege for us to be in this kind of grace. We have heard the word of God and it is a great privilege that we must nor allow to be wasted.
We should therefore determine having heard the gospel to make heaven at the end of this life. Whether by rapture or death. While we are waiting for the second coming of the Lord Jesus Christ, some persons might die. Where such persons did not determine to make heaven, and such persons have gone, there will be no opportunity for amendment.
Consequently, while we are here waiting for rapture, let us make sure that our determination is to make heaven at the end of this life. If you are determined to make heaven, you cannot do what others are doing.
1 Corinthians 9: 25 -27
If you take example from people of the world that contest in sports for medal or trophies, you will find them very careful about what they eat and even what they say. They do not allow any entanglement whatsoever.
The Apostle says, I am running this race because something is at stake. As a result, he will not allow any carelessness and that is why he says, “I bring my body under subjection”. This implies that he will not allow his body to control him so that he does not become a cast away.
This should be the attitude and lifestyle of every other person that wishes to make it at the end of this life.
Determine, therefore to make heaven at the end of this life either by death or by rapture.
- THE REASONS AND DETERMINATION EXPLAINED.
Every person should understand that the reason why we are Born-again is to make heaven at the end of this life. This is the reason why we are in Church. Every other thing is secondary.
The reason being that Heaven is the eternal abode of the Righteous, the abode of the Saints, the abode of Angels and the Holy Trinity. Heaven is our final abode.
Matthew 6: 9; Matthew 25: 31
God the father, the son and the holy ghost are living in Heaven. Heaven is the home of holy people, home of Believers and all the Saints.
John 14: 26
Heaven is a place of comfort, peace and unspeakable joy forever. Heaven is a place where there shall be no work or labour. It is a place of eternal rest.
John 14: 1
Do not allow your heart to be troubled about the perishable mansions here on earth.
There is a mansion that cannot decay or be destroyed and that is the place our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ has prepared for us.
We do not have anything here. All that we need for eternal joy is in heaven.
Revelations 21: 3-6
I do not know your circumstances. However, he that overcometh will inherit all things.
As long as everyone must leave this world either by death or rapture, one must determine to make heaven at last.
This world is just a temporary place. No One has lived in this world forever.
In view that this world is a temporary place, do not allow anything to deceive you.
The way you pursue the things of this world like business and fame, change it and pursue after heaven in like manner.
Do not be deceived. Do not make the devil your friend. He is not a friend.
John 10: 10
The devil comes to steal, kill and destroy. Do not allow him. Do not allow the devil to make you a Christmas goat. Take note that the devil is not a friend.
1 Peter 5: 8
The scripture above describes the devil as our adversary. He is the enemy of humanity. He is the enemy of God.
Lack of this knowledge has made many people to be enslaved with adultery, fornication, occultism and other vices.
Ephesians 4: 27
Do you open your doors to thieves or killers? We should not give any chance to the devil. We should not open our doors to the devil.
Luke 13: 24
You must make sure that irrespective of your circumstance, you must keep on moving forward. Heaven is an individual race. You must not allow any man or woman to hinder you. Strive to enter Heaven.
Mark 9: 43-45
No matter how important that thing may be, cut it off if it will hinder you from making Heaven.
If you are determined to make heaven, cut-off every association that will act to hinder you. No matter the offer made to you.
Mark 8: 36
What can a man give in exchange for his soul? You must therefore be determined.
Those who will either by rapture or death transit, must determine to make it.
Hebrews 11: 13 -16
Our Fathers of faith, believed God and that all what God says is true. They believe that Heaven is real and hell fire is real.
Sisters and Brothers, you have not lost anything by putting the world behind you.
Romans 8: 35-39
If you are determined to make Heaven, when all the above distractions are calling you, you will ignore them and be resolute.
In the world today there is no safety as the earth has soaked up so much blood and is ready to throw-up all that is on it
1 Corinthians 7: 29
Whatever you are doing in this world today, do not invest all your emotions and time into it. The glory of this world passeth away. Work and be determined to make Heaven at the end of this life .
Do not make mistake. Do not kill yourself. Do not go to hell.
- OUR EXPECTED RESPONSE AND DANGER OF MISSING HEAVEN.
We should know that the trumpet can sound anytime from now or the otherwise. If not the trumpet, the otherwise can occur anytime. If this be the case, then this message is very necessary so that we can amend our ways.
1 Corinthians 15: 51
It can happen in a moment. The trumpet can sound and we shall be changed. Believers will put on celestial body and we will go to meet with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4: 16 & 17
If we are sorrowing, let us not sorrow as Unbelievers. We should meet them again on the last day. This world is coming to an end.
Every Believer should be determined to make heaven at last.
Heaven is for those who are ready for it. It is not for careless souls. It is not for those who value the affairs of this world more than heaven. Heaven is a prepared place for those who are preparing for it.
Amos 4: 12
Prepare to meet your God. Meeting God requires preparation.
1 Peter 1 : 15
If you must enter heaven, you must be holy. God whom you are going to dwell with is holy.
Isaiah 35: 8
Listen to me, if you want to make Heaven, there is a road to heaven. The Bible says, there is a high way of holiness and that the Redeemed must pass their. The implication of that scripture is that the highway Iis Jesus Christ, our Sanctifier.
We should be serious minded and not allow any distractions.
2 Timothy 3: 10
You will face persecutions, trials from the hands of ungodly people, even from the hands of brethren. You do not need to worry about that. If God be for you, who will be against you.
Hebrews 10: 37
In a short while, the Lord is going to rapture us away. A little while, it will not tarry.
Concerning those who will be careless and miss heaven, such people will suffer from eternity to eternity.
My prayer is that all of us in this church, that my Father, the God whom I serve, will give us the grace to overcome and make heaven at the end of this life.
This is where I will conclude this message. However, it is important that I point out areas we need to look into.
For the sinners and Backsliders, they should repent and surrender all to Jesus Christ.
Confess your sins and accept Jesus Christ today as your Lord and personal Saviour.
Romans 3:23; 1 John 3: 8 & 9; 1 John 5: 17a; Isaiah 59: 1;
Unbelief is sin. Selfishness is sin; Covetousness is sin, Insincerity is sin; backbiting, murmuring, speaking evil of others, all these are terrible sin. Search your life, I do not know the sun you are into. Insincerity, exaggerations, murmuring, speaking evil of other people, confess them and renounce them.
Going to native doctors, going for divination and palm reading, all that is terrible wickedness. Belonging to secret cult or open cult, any kind of cult, confess them and renounce them. No child of God does that. If you are into stealing, any form of stealing; stealing from Government, stealing from companies and individuals, that is sin. Amend your ways.
If you are there and you are involved into armed robbery, duping people, do not bring such money to this Church.
If you are among those people that are involved in fornication, adultery, homosexuality, lesbianism, abortion, that is terrible wickedness.
Fighting and quarreling, smoking and drunkenness all these are evil. Ask for the mercy of God.
Are you into fighting and quarreling? Are you disobedient to your husband or you are beating your wife, that is sin.
Are you into any kind of killing, poisoning people, hired assassin? Confess that sin and amend your ways. Promise God you will not return to that wickedness.
Are you into divorce? That is sin.
Matthew 19: 4-6.
Are you into polygamous marriage or you have sent away your wife or you moved away from your husband, that is sin. Marriage is between a man and a woman until death separates you.
Are you a woman dressing like a man or a man dressing like a woman, all that is sin. Deuteronomy 22: 5
Are you among those that take snuff, take cigarette and banned substances, that is sin. That is wickedness against your soul and against humanity.
All these people that bleach their body and turn yellow over night, that is sin.
I have not spoken this word to condemn you but to point out what is evil, thereby enabling you to amend your ways.
1 Corinthians 6: 9
Be not deceived. People living lifestyles as enumerated in the above scripture cannot inherit the kingdom of God.
Confess all your sins. This is the month of mercy and God who grants mercy will show you mercy and cast all your sins away.
Proverbs 28: 13; John 14: 6; John 1: 29; John 10: 10b; Matthew 11: 28; John 1: 12; 2 Corinthians 5: 17
As you give your life to Jesus Christ and begin to live the life of the kingdom of God, I am assuring you, that the mercy of God shall be your portion.
Romans 10: 13