NIV 2 Corinthians 1:19-20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
Get these three Principles fixed in your hearts: that Things eternal are much more considerable than Things temporal; that Things not seen are as certain as the Things that are seen; that upon your present choice depends your eternal lot. Choose Christ and his ways, and you are blessed forever; refuse, and you are undone forever. – John Wesley
I hate making wrong turns. Being the intuitive I am I can drive along in my own little world and drive right past the exit I am supposed to take. I hate to think how my times I have driven right by the Abilene loop that leads to Winters and have had to exit by Walmart.
It is easy to get distracted from our destination in this life. There are lots of forces trying to get us to make wrong turns. What is the last time you saw a commercial on TV or an ad in a secular magazine trying to get you to prepare for your ultimate eternal destiny. If anything they will try to distract you and get you to focus on how their product can make you happy now. These are at best distractions and at worse delusions.
God has given us a promise in Jesus. A promise that can guide us now and which will put us on our knees in thankfulness in days to come. Lent is a time of check God’s map for our journey. It is a time to gain awareness of where we are going and why. When we give time daily to God through the means of grace of reading Scripture, praying, fasting, or practicing other spiritual disciplines that bring us close to God and God’s influence in our lives we are blessed by the promises. We are able to stand firm against deception and delusions. John Wesley is right. The choices are up to us.