Summary: This message is a warning to Christians who are living too close to the world.
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Pastor James May
LIVING ON THE EDGE OF HELL
If there is one thing that I know, it is this: that God delivers men and women from the clutches of sin and shame. Every new believer comes to Christ in the same fashion. It has been said that the foot of the Cross of Christ puts every one of us, rich and poor, old and young, or educated and uneducated, on a level ground.
The Bible says in Romans 3:10-12, "… there is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, … there is none that doeth good, no, not one."
Not even one of us can stand before God and declare our own worthiness. It doesn’t matter if you are millionaire living in a mansion, or a working stiff who barely can squeak by from paycheck to paycheck while struggling to make ends meet. It doesn’t matter if you are short, fat and not the best looking person around or if you are a tall, slim type that could model for Hollywood. The fact is that none of us are worthy of Heaven and all of us must fall on our face before God in repentance and surrender our lives to Christ if we want to make Heaven our eternal home.
God came down to earth, leaving the throne of Glory, to come and die for you and I. Jesus shed His own blood, willingly, so that we could find a way to be in the presence of God and live. I say again, that it is a level playing field for all who would come to Christ.
Thank God for all of you who are saved and have the Lord Jesus living in your heart. Thank God that one day you answered the call of the Holy Ghost as He gently tugged at your heart and begged you to come to Christ. Salvation is such a wonderful experience.
But, the question I have for you this day is this; where are you living right now? Are you as close to the Lord now as you were the day you were saved? Has your relationship with Jesus grown stronger or has it grown weaker? I find that there are far too many people, who claim to love Jesus, and yet they are living on the edge of hell itself.
In the Bible Jesus uses the example of earthly marriages to teach how the relationship of the church and Christ is supposed to be.
Those of you that are married, are you closer to your spouse now than you were the day you were married? Has your love grown at all? Have you come to know your husband or your wife in a greater measure than you knew them on the day of your wedding?
I don’t care if you have been married for a long time or for only a few days, your relationship with your spouse should be changing. You should be learning new things about them everyday and your love should be getting deeper and stronger every day.
Earthly marriages should grow stronger and couples should change into something different than they were when they were single. Now they think about the same things, plan for the same future, and desire to be together all the time. If that’s not the way your marriage is going, then you need a checkup from the neck up and you had better spend time on your face before God asking for His help because you are headed for the divorce courts before long.
The problem with earthly marriages is the same problem that is so prevalent in the lives of Christians around the world. That problem is one of personal commitment to either your marriage partner or to your God. Every relationship, whether with your friend, your spouse, your children or with the Lord Jesus Christ, rises and falls based on the amount and quality of our commitment to that relationship.