Computers have a reset when they become corrupted to go back to the factory settings called default. All of us have been corrupted by man’s words. We now need to default and go back to our Manufacture’s setting by going back to God’s words.
What did Jesus say? Default Jesus.
Peter’s not standing at the gate to enter the kingdom of heaven. Our pastors not standing at the gate to enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus is at the gate because He is the gate. (John 10:7) What did Jesus say?
Your pastor might have said, “Say this little prayer and you’ll go to heaven”, but what did Jesus say? Did your pastor tell you that you must lose your life in order to save it.
Jesus did. He said, “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.” Luke (17:33)
Jesus said, “Not every one that says unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven.“ (Matthew 7:21) It’s a fearful thing to fall into that hands of the living God. (Hebrews 10:31)
Your pastor might have told you God wants you to be wealthy and to enjoy your best life now but what did Jesus say? “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26)
Jesus warned us of seeking wealth and the things of this world. He said, “How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!” (Matthew 10:23) He said, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.” (Luke 12:15)
Will that man’s possessions save him on the day of judgment? Be careful of whose words you heed.
Did your pastor prepare you for persecution? Jesus did. “The servant is not greater than his lord. If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you.” (John 15:20)
Man can study and debate Paul’s letters but who can debate Jesus’ own words. Many made excuses when Jesus spoke to them but a man’s excuse will only excuse him.
When we have been excused from heaven itself and God’s very presence, where will that leave us? There is only one alternative to heaven and that is the very fires of Hell.
If we choose to live our best life now, then we will have demonstrated whose words we believed and esteemed.
Jesus said, “The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63) He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
Bread alone will not sustain us but every word that proceeds from his mouth.
When many disciples walked away from Jesus when they didn’t like what he had to say, Peter knew there was no one who knew the way, as Peter declared, “Only you have the words of eternal life”. (John 6:68)
Maybe it’s time to reset our path to eternal life by going back to the Manufacturer settings. Go back to the red-letters of the Bible, reread them and take every word to heart.