Everyone likes to be a winner. Business people like to make profits. Students like to make good grades. Chefs like to make a perfect meal. Doctors like a successful surgery. And sports fans love it when their team wins — even though they don’t do anything to help the team win, they are at least satisfied in knowing that they are on the winning side.
We all feel that it is important to be on the winning side in any contest in life. But did you know that there is a greater and far more important contest that is going on right now? It is a contest, a struggle, of epic proportions. It is a contest that takes place in the spiritual realm and the physical realm. It is a contest that has the destiny of the world hanging in the balance.
God, the Heavenly Father and the Creator of the Universe, wants everyone to live good and peaceful lives on this earth in obedience to Him. He even says so in His Word. In Jeremiah 29:11 we read: “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
The devil, however, has rebelled against God. He used to be a glorious angel, but now he leads and army of demons who seek to take control of the earth and use it for their own evil purposes. In John 10:10, we read of his evil purpose. The Bible says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy…”
When we look around at the pain, suffering, and heartache in the world, it may seem like the devil is winning. But in the Book of Revelation, the Bible tells us that in the end God wins and the devil is defeated. Listen to these verses in Revelation 20: “And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more…And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.”
One day, the devil is going to be cast into the Lake of Fire, where he will be punished for all eternity. God will get the ultimate victory, and He will restore the world to the Paradise that it was meant to be. The wonderful thing about this is that all of those who believe in God and have a relationship with Him through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ will come out victorious in the end as well. We will be blessed to live in the wonderful Paradise called Heaven.
In the end, God wins, and God wants you to be on the winning side with Him. He does not want us to miss out on the blessings and benefits of eternal life. That is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins — because He knew that we could never make it on our own. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
It is God’s desire for us to be on the winning side and to live happy and fulfilled lives on earth that will ultimately translate into eternal life in Heaven. However, we can only get on the winning side if we accept Jesus Christ’s invitation to begin a relationship with God by receiving Him into our lives by faith. When we do this, we will be saved from our sins and from the consequences of sin and God will begin to work in our lives to conform us into His image so we can live right on this earth. Jesus Christ said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” There is no other way to get on God’s side — the winning side — except through Jesus Christ.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you accept Jesus Christ into your heart, you will begin a relationship with God that will last for eternity. If you want to begin your relationship with God through Jesus Christ right now, you can pray something like this to let God know about your decision:
Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I now believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today and forever. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! I want to congratulate you on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door”.
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!