14 Inches From Heaven
One day soon we will all stand at the Judgment Bar of God. This will be a sad day for many professed Christians in our churches today. Tragically, even ministers of the faith, teachers and religious workers will hear this judgment: "DEPART FROM ME, YOU CURSED, INTO THE EVERLASTING FIRE, PREPARED FOR THE DEVIL AND HIS ANGELS:" (Matthew 25:41**NKJV)
The distance from our heart to the center of our brain is about fourteen inches. This relates to head knowledge of the plan of salvation of the Messiah Christ Jesus. Yet, most of the world is related to the tin man without a heart in the Wizard of Oz; for they have no heart. Head knowledge without the heart demanded by our Creator means we are worshipping the God of this world (Satan). If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless. Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this; to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world. (James 1:26-27)
Romans 10:2-4**. For I (Paul) bear them witness that they have zeal for God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to their righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for everyone who believes.
The Apostle Paul is talking about the faulty belief and failings of the Jewish teachers (Rabbi’s) for failing to see that our God was about to reach out to the Gentiles for adopting them as part of His Family. The Teachers of the Law were not seeking or teaching the right relationship with God. In failing to submit to God’s righteousness, they were guilty of missing the right turn for salvation with teachings that came directly from the one and only Son of our one and only God.
Psalm 14:1-4**.The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God," They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men. To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside. They have together become corrupt; there is none who does good, No, not one. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge……………? (Romans 3:10-12, also).
King David and Apostle Paul have specified that the law condemns all people and does not bring them into a right relationship with our Creator. The only exception was Christ who was fathered by the Holy Spirit of God; ALL mankind has inherited the prison of sin. Every person is addicted and imprisoned by sin with no way to freedom without the free gift from our Creator. Once the free gift has been given by humbling ourselves and asking forgiveness, then we become as a newborn child for God. Romans 3:31 advises that by faith we establish the law. As a newborn child of God we continue to grow in faith as we begin keeping all commandments of the law.
1 Samuel 16:7**But the Lord said to Samuel. "Do not look at his appearance or at his physical stature because I have refused him. For the lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at outward appearance, but the lord looks at the heart."
Except for David, all the sons of Jesse of Bethlehem were bypassed by God to become king and pave the way for the coming of the Messiah Christ Jesus. God frequently chooses the youngest son or an infertile woman to pave the narrow road leading into His Kingdom. Since God searches the heart, the strong, the brilliant, and the rich are generally bypassed. He chooses the poor, the meek and even uneducated to lead his people. Once we become Disciples of Christ Jesus, we are guided along the narrow path to wisdom, strength and untold riches. Of course, we must keep the faith until we arrive soon in our Kingdom Home. The last verse of Amazing Grace says, "When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise, than when we first begun."
Christ Jesus wants your heart and not just your head. It is of vital importance that we give complete trust in the Son of God so we can surely be born again. Fourteen inches can mean eternity without God. Please believe in your heart now to accept the free gift of God for eternal life with untold riches with His precious son, the Messiah Christ Jesus. To receive the free gift of untold riches in the new heaven and earth, you must believe with all your heart, your mind and your soul and keep praying for GOD IS ONLY A PRAYER AWAY.