Over the past few weeks, the American people have had their eyes opened to the fact that they are being watched by the government far more than we may have thought. We found out that the National Security Agency, which is responsible for the collection and analysis of foreign intelligence and the protection of U.S. government communications, has been storing millions of phone call records in a massive, searchable database. On top of that, through a secret program called PRISM, users’ actions on some of the most popular websites on the internet including Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo, Gmail, and Skype were being recorded. Additionally, it has been reported that the government has repeatedly requested huge amounts of data from Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others, on the millions of customers who use their services.
This unexpected level of surveillance surprised and shocked many Americans. Some were outraged and felt as though the government was going too far in trying to keep tabs on its citizens. But, did you know that there is someone who knows far more about you than the NSA, the FBI, or the CIA?
Yes, the Bible says in Luke 8:17, “For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.” Another verse, Hebrews 4:13, says, “Neither is there any creature that is not manifest (made known) in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.” God knows everything you have ever done, good and bad. In fact, he knows everything you are thinking of doing. In Ezekiel 11:5 he says, “I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.”
David, the most famous king of Israel, wrote in one of his psalms, “O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.”
Not only does God know everything about us, but we will have to answer to him for our actions when we meet him after we die. Ecclesiastes 12:14 says, “For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” The Bible says that after we die, we will not only meet God, but we will go to one of two eternal destinations — Heaven or Hell — based on an all-important decision that we make in this life.
How can we prepare for the day when we meet God? You might be thinking that since God is watching everything you do, if you always choose to do what’s right, then God will see all of your good deeds, and will judge you based on that. However, the Bible tells us that even our good works are not enough to get us into Heaven. Isaiah 64:6 says, “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses (good works) are as filthy rags.”
Your good works, no matter how numerous they are, cannot save you. Romans 3:23 says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” Just one sin condemns you to eternal punishment in Hell, or the Lake of Fire. Romans 21:8 says, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
The only way we can be allowed into Heaven is if we place our faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and accept the grace and mercy offered to us on the cross. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
This mercy and grace is given to us because of God’s love for us; He does not want us to die and be punished forever. This mercy and grace was secured when Jesus Christ sacrificed himself on the cross taking the punishment for all of our sins on himself. Romans 5:8 says, “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” And 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.”
Dear friend, are you willing to accept God’s mercy and grace? Are you willing to give your life to Jesus Christ, trusting him to save your soul from eternal punishment so that you can enjoy eternal life with him in Heaven? 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. He already knows everything about you. And he longs for you to know the “length, the width, the height, and the depth” of his love. You can pray a short prayer right now to let God know that you have decided to trust Jesus Christ as your Saviour so that you can spend eternity with him. Please repeat after me and mean it from your heart.
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 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”. Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
Believe by faith. Share the faith. And keep the faith! God Bless You!