In the wake of recent terrorist attacks and attempted terrorist attacks in Europe and other places around the world, a CNN report has stated that many European citizens are questioning their governments’ ability to keep them safe. After January’s terror attack on the offices of a satirical newspaper in Paris, many expected the continent’s security forces to do a better job of tracking down and eliminating threats to citizens’ security. However, last week’s attacks (once again in Paris) show that there is still much to be desired. In fact, one Belgian official told CNN, ‘We can hardly keep an eye on people who came back from Syria because there are more than 130 of them. You can’t expect judicial authorities or security services to keep an eye on the hundreds of people who have been radicalized and whom you might suspect will go to join ISIS.’
Many European citizens are finding it difficult to even trust each other. It is reported that two of the people who carried out the attacks in Paris last week had family members and close friends who had no idea of their intentions to kill and maim scores of innocent people. In response to the ongoing threat, the government is planning to spend nearly $700 million on beefing up the intelligence and police agencies and investing in cyberdetection. The lack of security is perhaps best demonstrated by the declaration of a State of Emergency for the next three months, passed almost unanimously by France’s National Assembly.
It is understandable that we place a lot of value on security; we want to live our lives without having to look over our shoulder and worry about some tragedy that may befall us. Americans spent $20.64 billion on home security systems within one year, and according to research, the home security market is expected to grow to $34 billion a year by 2017. Not only do we look for security from violent attack and burglary, but we spend billions on insurance for our homes, cars, and health. We may not like the insurance company, but we like the security — or perceived security — that they provide.
Despite our best intentions and diligent precautions, however, violent crimes still happen, devastating accidents still cost millions of dollars, fires and natural disasters cause costly damage to homes and property, and unforeseen health challenges cause many people to burn through whatever cushion their insurance company provides. It sometimes seems as though everything that we invest in security turns out to be useless, and it is just as good to simply not worry so much about security and just keep your fingers crossed so to speak and hope that nothing bad happens to you.
However, there is one thing that you do not want to simply cross your fingers about, and that is your eternal security. What is eternal security? Eternal security is knowing for sure that you are going to Heaven when you die and knowing that nothing that happens in life can prevent you from getting to that destination.
Perhaps, you are wondering if it is really possible to know for sure where you are going after you die. Yes, you can, if you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, God’s Son who died on the cross so that we can have the opportunity to go to Heaven.
Jesus Christ said of those who believe in Him in John 10:28-29, “I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
John 3:15-16 says, “Whosoever believeth in him [Jesus Christ] should not perish, but have eternal life. 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.”
Perhaps the most powerful argument for eternal security is found in Romans 8:38-39 which says, “Neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
What is so great about this eternal security is that it is not dependent on anything you or any other human being does. It is totally dependent on God and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. Once you have this security, it cannot be taken away and God guarantees it.
Would you like to have this eternal security today? Would you like to know in your heart that no matter what happens in this life, you will spend eternity with God in Heaven?
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, here is how you can accept Him into your heart today.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “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.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
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 believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. 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! Congratulations 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!