Luke 10:20 “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
1st Peter 1:3-9, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.”
I am a happy person because of Jesus, my precious resurrected Savior, Lord, Friend and God. I have plenty of sorrowful past memories. I have many regrets. I have wept bitterly at the lowest points of my life. I suffer from constant chronic neck pain and related nerve burning, tingling in my limbs and the right side of my body feeling half asleep all the time. I have stenosis and radiculitis in my cervical spinal cord. But despite my health issues, broken life and loneliness without a wife for the past 17 years, I am happy in the Lord. I rejoice as Jesus commanded us to do, that my name is written in Heaven in the Lamb's Book of Life. ...
1st Peter 1:3-5, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”I love that. We have a lively hope (eternal life) that FADETH NOT AWAY. Everything in this world fades away. As an example: I have always liked the music of The Beach Boys, because it has beautiful harmony and pretty melodies. Brian Wilson is a musical prodigy, whose voice is angelic. Yet, Brian ruined his voice by abusing drugs like LSD and alcohol. At one time he had become so obese that he weighed 300 pounds. Sadly, Brian Wilson is an avowed atheist.
Co-founder Mike Love of The Beach Boys is now 81 years old. Mike will be 82 on March 15, 2023. Mike doesn't have much time left on earth. As far as I can find, none of The Beach Boys are Christians. Brian Wilson's younger brother, Dennis Wilson, died by misadventure in 1983, when he got drunk and drowned in California at only age 39. Another of Brian's brothers, Carl Wilson, died of cancer in 1999. These were all exceptionally talented men. Sadly, they and their music are fading away, just as the Bible says:
1st John 2:15-17, “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”
The will of God is that every lost sinner BELIEVE on the name of Jesus Christ to be saved. John 6:40, “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.” But John 3:20-21 says that the love of sin prevents lost sinners from coming to the light of THE TRUTH of the Gospel to be saved. God doesn't send anyone to Hell. Lost sinners are condemned already, because they have not believed on the name of Jesus Christ (John 3:18, 36). If you are damned to Hell, it is your own damn fault!
I am so happy in my soul that I am a born-again child of God. I have no part in my own salvation. It is GOD'S FREE GIFT OF SALVATION. Jonah 2:9b says that, “Salvation is of the LORD.” Neither I, nor you, have any righteousness of our own to offer a holy God. That is why we need GOD'S RIGHTEOUENSS, which is obtained only through faith in Jesus Christ:
Philippians 3:9-11, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.”
Dear reader, if you know that your name is recorded in Heaven, then you ought to rejoice. Even in the worst times of my life, when all hope seemed lost and there was no light at the end of the tunnel of pain and suffering, I still had peace like a river in my soul, knowing that Heaven is my home and that I already posses eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ my blessed Savior. Oh, it is wonderful to be a Christian...
Oh, It Is Wonderful To Be A Christian
Be of good cheer dear friend (John 16:33), for Jesus Christ is risen from the dead and has ascended into Heaven on our behalf (Hebrews 9:12, 24). Jesus is every believer's High Priest. Hebrews 4:14, “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.” I receive many emails from miserable believers, some even talking about suicide. The reason why they are so sad and miserable is because their mind is broken. They don't go to church. They have no fellowship with other born-again saints. They think negative because that is all they think about and look at in life, the negative things. They talk negative. They think negative. They don't live in God's promises. Of course they are miserable!!!
There but for the grace of God go I, so I am not judging anybody. Dear friend, God is real. The Word of God is not just a storybook, it is the eternally inspired Words of almighty God. I listen to several sermons today by Pastor Bruce Mejia. I listen to sermons by Pastor Steven Anderson all the time, because we all need Bible preaching. We are what we think! Everything in life comes down to a mindset. Whether you think you can or not, you're right! Get your mind out of the doldrums, and start taking hold on the eternal life which God has already given to you by faith dear friend. Life is too short to live with a burden of hatred, anger or regret. Leave your troubled past at the cross of Calvary, and move forward by faith with God your Savior.