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Unanswered Prayers: “Does the Lord have it out for me?”

Many of us have prayed for certain things in our lives. And prayed and prayed and prayed for that person/those things/that one thing, until we felt as though we could pray for it/them/that person no longer.

“Did the Lord even HEAR my prayer? Does he EVEN CARE?”, many of us have wondered.

And the truth is, sometimes the answer we receive back from the Lord is not exactly the answer we’d like to hear.

And at first, we might feel despondent, hurt, angry and betrayed. But we humans ALL have to remember something and that’s THIS: The Lord knows what’s best for us!

Okay ladies: think back to the time of the 7th or 8th grade, high-school or even college. Chances are, there was likely this “one guy” you PRAYED for to be yours, night and day, day and night. And chances are, that “guy” eventually moved on to someone else and left you feeling “crushed”.

And guys: lets face it. Most of you probably had that “one girl” in your life that you had always held up on a pedestal, considered to be your “dream girl” and that you wanted to possibly have babies with someday. And like most guys, when you didn’t make a move on her (because you were intimidated by her beauty) or she was just too shy/nervous around you, period or the Lord just decided he had other plans for her life, that probably left you feeling “devastated” and as though your very heart were bleeding to the ground!

And then you began to feel like the Lord Jesus had it out for you, that he was somehow punishing you for something, since he wouldn’t give you even just ONE chance with this “dream person” you wanted so bad, am I right?

And then, more than likely, you began to silently beat yourself up over it as in, “IF ONLY I hadn’t been so shy and scared to give this nice guy a chance” (women) or “if only I had developed a pair and asked her out and/or asked her to hang out as friends at first so she wouldn’t be so shy around me” (guys). And you began to OBSESS over it, over and over again, asking yourself (as well as the Lord above): “What could I have said or done differently to change the outcome of events? Does this person hate me or something? Is there something wrong with me? And/or what is so and so (people that are already engaged/married to/dating their “dream person”) doing right that I myself am doing so wrong?”

Or perhaps you or someone else you know has some sort of physical ailment/disease that you WISH SO DESPERATELY that the Lord Jesus would CURE! And then, when that ailment/disease DOESN’T get cured, you start to get so angry and despondent against the Lord, wondering if the Lord Jesus CARES AT ALL about you! You began to think thoughts like: “yeah well, if the Lord actually CARED about me, he wouldn’t let this thing happen and he’d cure it outright!”

But we all got to remember something, here and that’s this: EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON!

Okay ladies, so maybe that cute guy from High-School, college or middle school DIDN’T notice you. And while it might’ve hurt like HECK at the time, guess what! It ONLY means that the good Lord above has or had a MUCH BETTER GUY in store for you!

And besides, if you were to now re-examine that old crush of yours today, chances are, he’s the type of guy you wouldn’t even want to be with these days, anyhow! So remember that the Lord Jesus Christ was just saving you from a potential “wrong-for-you” type of guy!

Think of any “nice guys” you’ve run into, lately. A male friend who’s been your shoulder to cry on whenever a guy’s been a jerk to you, a nice nerdy guy that’s most recently admitted his feelings for you. This “unconventional nice guy” may just be THE GUY that the Lord has in store for you, ladies! So give that poor sweet guy a chance! You’ll most likely be glad you did! 😉

And guys: if that “dream girl” never noticed you, that can only mean one or two things: either the good Lord has or had a MUCH BETTER woman in store for you, or you blew your chance with the girl by not manning up and asking her out.

But beware: Sometimes when a girl is shy, she might SAY that you’re not her type BECAUSE she’s super super nervous around you. So ask that girl out TWICE. If she says no the 2nd time in a row, then I think the good Lord has given you your answer on her.

And ladies, if a guy rejects you or tells you the classic line: “I’m not looking for a relationship right now”, take him at his word and move on. I haven’t personally heard of ANY guy on the Earth that’ll reject a woman he really likes (unless he’s a prideful jerk of sorts, and if THAT’S the case, you wouldn’t want the guy anyways, trust me on this!)

And no, it might not be the answer you want to hear but know this: the good Lord DOES have a woman in store for you (guys) or a man in store for you (ladies). You just have to recognize that person when you see them. It could be that cute person next to you in the line at Starbucks, it could be that female friend (guys) or that male friend (ladies) who’s had a thing for you for YEARS! Basically, he/she could be right underneath your nose and you won’t even know it unless you “let go” of the “idea” of the “dream girl” (guys) or “dream guy” (ladies).

And for all the people out there who prayed to have their own or someone else’s physical disease/ailment healed and the Lord Jesus didn’t seem to answer, it’s not that the Lord Jesus doesn’t care. In fact, it’s quite the contrary! Jesus Christ cares more about you than you EVEN realize! He loves all of his creation and wants what’s best for it! But when the human creation acts up and thinks they “don’t need God and/or redemption”, he has NO CHOICE but to pull back a little from their lives and let them hit rock bottom before they realize their NEED for a Saviour!

Sometimes when the Lord Jesus gives us or someone around us a physical disease/ailment or financial disaster, or some sort of other “life crises”, he does that IN HIS OWN MERCY in order to HUMBLE US and to draw us back closer to HIM! Because lets face it, when we have everything we need, that’s the time in our lives when we think we don’t NEED God! BUT….when something bad happens to us or someone around us, THAT is when we start crying to God and praying to the Lord Jesus Christ for mercy, am I right?

So maybe you didn’t get that job or promotion you so desperately wanted. So what. It’s not the end of the world. The Lord Jesus Christ actually has a MUCH BETTER option waiting for you, if you would just wait on him and trust in HIM and HIM, ALONE!

Going back to the “old school crush”, ladies: maybe the Lord Jesus Christ knew way ahead of time that that particular guy was going to turn into a hateful, spiteful, drunken, violent drug addict someday and he didn’t want you going through the pain of dealing with that. Or perhaps he’s currently married with 3-5 kids and has completely OPPOSING viewpoints from you when it comes to politics, religion, foreign policy, etc.

Basically, there was a REASON the Lord knew ahead of time that the guy wasn’t right for you. And so essentially the Lord Jesus was (in the long run) just trying to save you from ending up with the wrong guy someday. While you might’ve been mad about it at the time (the guy rejecting you or going for some other chic who was outgoing), chances are, you likely realize now, looking back, that it was never meant to be between you and Mr. Hot Stuff.

And guys: maybe the Lord Jesus knew that your “dream girl” was gonna be full of emotional baggage/trauma/severe depression/health problems and was just trying to save you from that. Or perhaps it’s not that the Lord Jesus doesn’t want you to be with your “dream girl”, perhaps the Lord Jesus wants to heal her pain/trauma/depression FIRST, and THEN later have her be with you when she’s in a more better state of mind.

As for relationships that didn’t work out (men and ladies?) I guess that’s just the Lord’s way of giving us a sort’ve “test run” and preparing us someday for what will eventually become *THE RELATIONSHIP/MARRIAGE* someday when we DO meet the right person! Because you have to admit it: good relationships and good communication skills are learned by EXPERIENCE! 😉

But going back to the main topic at hand, here: when we pray to the Lord Jesus Christ about something and the prayer is truly genuine, Jesus Christ IS going to give an answer (even IF the answer is no answer).

And the answer we get back from the Lord on a certain prayer is gonna be one of 8 things:

  1. YES
  2. NO
  3. MAYBE
  4. NOT RIGHT NOW
  5. I’LL THINK ABOUT IT/WE’LL SEE
  6. IF YOU EARN IT/WHAT WILL YOU BE WILLING TO SACRIFICE IN YOUR LIFE IF I DO THIS FOR YOU?
  7. IF X,Y, AND Z HAPPEN FIRST
  8. I DON’T KNOW/NO COMMENT/CAN’T GIVE A SUFFICIENT ANSWER RIGHT NOW

And sometimes, the Lord Jesus can later change his mind on his answer, depending on the extenuating circumstances. But for the most part, his answer is solid and we must learn to live with whatever answer he gives us.

Remember that what originally appears to be a downfall in our lives may later turn out to be a blessing in disguise. Case in point: I was always the “shy girl” that never really seemed to fit in with the “cool crowd” back in middle school and high school. But now, looking back, I feel FOREVER BLESSED that the Lord Jesus made me shy since it’s kept me out of trouble! Since I was never invited to any “parties”, I never got into the drug scene, smoking, sexual promiscuity or that sort’ve thing. In fact, it has helped me to remain more “pure” for my future husband someday! 🙂

And yes, at the time, it really hurt, not really fitting in with all the other “cool kids” and being made fun of and laughed at all the time for being so “shy” and “innocent” but looking back, I absolutely LOVE who I am today, and wouldn’t change it for anything in the world! 🙂 And I will be ETERNALLY grateful that he actually SPARED me from all from the “spiritual destruction” that goes on during “parties”, etc.

{{And true, I’m not perfect at all. Just like the rest of YOU on here (dear readers of this blog), I HAVE made some mistakes in life and have sinned from time to time in my life just like the rest of you. However, I can be rest assured in the fact that WITH the Lord Jesus Christ, anything is possible and that I’m more than capable of overcoming any and all sin(s) in my life. Hint: The easiest way to overcome greed is to donate to others less fortunate than us!}}

But getting back on the subject of unanswered prayers: there’s even an old country song with the lyrics: “sometimes I think God for unanswered prayers, just because he don’t answer doesn’t mean he don’t care” and I think that pretty much says it all.

You can listen to the song here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsl_a3Cu4OQ

The answer we hear back from the Lord may not always be the answer we want to hear but it is an “answer”, nonetheless. And lets face it, sometimes no answer IS the answer. But in MY humble experience, no answer usually means “no” on the Lord’s part. We can beg and beg and beg the Lord for things/people. But in the end, only the Lord himself knows if that thing/those things/those people are actually right for us or not.

We draw from our own limited human (mostly sinful) understanding but the Lord Jesus Christ draws from his own spiritual understanding. We HAVE to remember that he’s already well-versed in space and time. He knows everything that’s already happened in our lives, what’s going on in our lives right NOW, and what WILL happen in our lives. And he knows way, way ahead of time what person/thing/things are going to be good for us and which ones aren’t. We just need to TRUST HIM!

Sometimes trusting the Lord Jesus Christ is hard. We look at those around us and think they have it made. But we have to remember: another person’s “success” has absolutely nothing to do with YOU! You are your own unique/distinct individual in the name of the Lord! And if anything, another person’s “success” should give you HOPE! Cause think about it: if it could happen for THEM, it could someday happen for YOU, am I right? 😉

You might think or feel that the Lord Jesus Christ doesn’t care about you sometimes (especially when it seems the Lord Jesus is already “too seemingly” busy providing for/blessing EVERYONE ELSE and not YOU!) But let me tell you something: He cares about you more than anything in the world! And he wants to have a true/deep spiritual relationship with you! But he can’t do that if you won’t let Him!

Ever had one of those days where you felt like the Lord Jesus Christ had forgotten about you, down here on this Earth? I’ve had one of those days most recently (in all honesty). And this is the first song that came on the car radio (and I got my answer); when I very first heard the introduction to the song, I knew I had heard the song once before at work when I was feeling “sad”, so I turned it up so I could hear it a bit better and here’s the answer I got from the Lord and trust me, I was in sentimental tears in SECONDS! lol 😉

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maAyfcO-X3k

Please note, however: while you may get the “impression” that the Lord above approves of all “pre-recorded music” and finds it “pleasing to His site”, let me assure of you of ONE thing: in all honestly, the good Lord’s not really much of a fan of “pre-recorded music” in and of itself! Why? Because to HIM, it’s fake, it’s too commercialized, it’s generic, and it’s not straight from the soul. Secondly, oftentimes, it doesn’t praise HIM, the Lord of all creation, the Lord who gave each and every single one of us LIFE! However, he can USE that same “pre-recorded music” from time to time to REACH PEOPLE with HIS holy, divine messages, as was the case with ME several times!

The Lord above (like it or not) knows us inside and out. He created each and every single one of us in our mother’s wombs. He likely knows our every single DNA cell BY NAME! (For if he knows every cosmic STAR by name, doesn’t it also stand to reason that He likely knows every single individual CELL by name, too?) And he also knows our personalities and our habits. He knows us human creatures can be quite stubborn at times!

He knows we want what we want when we want it (it’s human nature). Just like he knows that we human creatures sometimes “stubbornly” insist on listening to the car radio while driving to work (ahem….guilty, here) and when his “messages” don’t get through by OTHER means, (a Christian documentary, bible passages, messages said through a friend, a dream, etc.), he sometimes USES our own “devices” in order TO reach us with HIS holy, divine messages!

So essentially, it’s not the pre-recorded music he approves of in and of itself but the MESSAGES behind some of the music lyrics that he approves of and can use to communicate to people. He’s quite honestly used music to communicate his holy, divine messages to me more than once. Now, I know some stubborn soul(s) out there is/are going to see this post and say to his/herself: “hey, I heard a song about such and such sin today, that MUST mean the Lord approves of this!”

But the reality is, WHEN a certain song comes on the radio (and the Lord’s trying to communicate a holy, divine message to you), you will simply KNOW it, there will simply be NO DOUBT in your mind! And the message of the song will most definitely line up with the bible and ALL scripture! The song that the Lord used to communicate with me that day is scriptural……Hebrews 13:15 “ Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee is what came to my mind immediately afterwards.

And take THIS SONG, for instance. “Silent Running” by Mike & the Mechanics. Even as a small child back in 1987-1988, I KNEW there was something *quite unique* about this song, though I couldn’t quite figure out at the time what it was. It was only most recently that I FINALLY figured out what the *significance* about this song IS/WAS! For more info., please read the following post that breaks apart the lyrics of this song and talks about the BIBLICAL SIGNIFICANCE of them!

https://yeshua777.wordpress.com/2014/05/01/song-from-the-80s-hints-at-future-wwiii/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why Did God Allow “Sin” Into the World?

Many people ask why God even put the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil in the Garden to begin with, if he didn’t want Adam & Eve eating of the fruit from it. The answer is that he wanted to give them, like his angels in heaven, free will; the chance to CHOOSE to love him willfully, rather than to be their *dictator*, if you will….

It’s also a part of WHY he allowed sin to come into the world…….So people would have free will and could CHOOSE if they wanted to love God and follow LIFE/LIGHT (a life of obedience to God) or darkness/spiritual depravity (a life of disobedience to God). Think of parents and their children for example. Parents don’t FORCE their kids by sheer force to love them or be good 24/7. Yet, if their children are bad, they are punished. And if they are permanently bad beyond repair, and CHOOSE to be, the parents throw the kid out and disown them. So it is with God.

“So how DID sin come into the world?”, one might ask. 

In the beginning of time, in the Old Testament, in the bible [GENESIS 2:18-25 to GENESIS 3:1], we read about how “sin” came into the Earth. God made Adam from the dust of the ground and from one of Adam’s ribs, he made Eve. God said that Adam & Eve could eat from any tree of fruit in the Garden of Eden (Paradise) except from the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil. God said that IF either of them ate the fruit of that Tree, that they would both surely die.

One day as Eve was near the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, a serpent approached Eve and tempted her to eat the fruit from the forbidden tree. He told Eve that God wanted to keep the best things away from her and Adam and that if her and Adam ate the fruit from the tree, that they surely wouldn’t die, only that they would have their eyes opened and be LIKE unto God, having the knowledge between Good and Evil. So Eve ate of the forbidden fruit and gave some to Adam to eat, too. [GENESIS 3:4-6]

When God came through the Garden later that night and called “Adam, where art thou?”, Adam replied “I hid because I was naked and I was afraid”. God said to Adam: “why is thou naked? Hast thou eaten from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, the tree of which I told you not to eat?” But immediately Adam tried to blame Eve by saying “the woman that thou hast given me, she gave me of the fruit and I ate”. Then God turned to Eve and said “what is this evil thing you have done?” and Eve replied “the serpent tricked me into eating the fruit and I ate”. [GENESIS 3:11-13]

Then God turned to the serpent and said “Because thou has done this, thou will be cursed of all domestic animals and of all wild beasts. Thou shall crawl on thy belly and eat dust all thou’s life. Also, I will put enmity [hatred] between you and the woman; also between your offspring and her offspring; he will crush your head and you will crush his heel”
[GENESIS 3:14-15]

To the woman (Eve) God said “I will greatly increase your pangs in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you” [GENESIS 3:16]

To the man (Adam) God said “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree about which I commanded you ‘You shall not eat of it’, cursed is the ground because of you; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of you were taken and you are dust, and to dust you shall return” [GENESIS 3:16-19]

God threw them out from the Garden of Eden and put a flaming sword in every direction to guard the path to the tree of life. [GENESIS 3:24]

Later on, Adam and Eve had two sons, Cain and Abel. Abel was a sheppard while Cain was a tiller of the fields. One day, Cain brought an offering to God from the soil while Abel brought an offering from the firstlings of his flocks, especially from their fat portions. 

God was pleased with Abel’s offering but not Cain’s and so Cain became angry, with his face downcast. God said to Cain “Why is thou angry and why is thy face downcast? If thou does right, will there not be a lifting up? But if those misbehaves, sin is crouching at the door; its intention is towards you, and you must master it” [GENESIS 4:5].

Not much longer after that, the biblical account continues and we read in the bible of Cain “luring” his brother out into the field and then killing him, DUE to his total jealousy and rage that God accepted Abel’s offering to God on the altar of praise/thanksgiving but not Cain’s! God then later came back at Cain and said where is thy brother Abel?” to which Cain responded “I know not, am I my brother’s keeper?” to which God responded back “Cain, your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground!……….”

God then proceeded to punish Cain by making him an outcast and a vegabond, etc., Cain cried out to God and said “my punishment is more than I can bear, every man seeing me will try to kill me, and thou hast driven me out from my people!” God then had a little “mercy” on Cain and placed a special mark on him so that whoever tried to kill him wouldn’t be successful in doing so, is sort’ve the jist I get from that. And Cain later moves on OUT OF THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD (and remember, this is very significant, here) and moves to land of Nod with his wife. [And yes: I believe God “spliced” more people from Cain and Seth on until he didn’t need to “splice” them anymore].

So that’s where the two accounts of “original sin” and “death” come in, as it pertains to the Earth (Eve, the first woman, eating of the forbidden fruit and then giving some to Adam to eat and then later on of Cain killing his brother Abel). And so it has been ever since (humans being sinners).

So what is sin, essentially? And why did God allow for it to come into the world?

Sin is technically classified as anything that *separates us from God*. When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit God told them not to and when Cain killed his brother Abel…. not only were they condemning themselves to die (for if they had never sinned, they would’ve lived forever in Paradise with God), but they were also *separating themselves* from God since God is a holy, pure God and can not look upon any *sin*. And remember that NO human is perfect, save for God. “For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23

Lets take a look at the 10 Commandments & other sins to get a good idea of what God calls “sin”:

10 Commandments:

1. Thou shall have no other gods before me. (This doesn’t just apply to “literal” gods other than Elohim {God, the Heavenly Father} but can also be things like money, music, alcohol, drugs, pornography, a celebrity or political leader or basically just ANYTHING that would conceivably make a person love something or someone else more than they love God!)

2. Thou shall not make unto thee any idols or graven images. (Similar to the 1st commandment, this is basically telling us not to worship paintings, pictures, statues, wood carvings, molded/wax images, celebrities [music, tv/movie/radio/internet/sports stars, authors, preachers, money, etc.]

3. Thou shall not take the name of thy Lord in vain. (It’s not just saying G-d it or “J!” or “J Christ!” that can get you in trouble with God but also things like “oh my G-d…”, or “oh G-d…” or “G-d that sucks” or “so help me G-d/G-d as my witness” [spoken in a non-religious context] or “G-d, you’re so rude” [when talking to another person and not God himself] or basically just any SENTENCE in general that uses God in a non-religious, non-humble way).

4. Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy. (Ancient BIBLICAL times place the Sabbath Day on Saturday (Friday sundown to Saturday sundown) while CONSTANTINE was wishing to live in harmony with the Pagan Roman Empire, thus declaring the Sabbath Day to be Sun-Day, which Pagans used to worship the SUN, not THE SON of Almighty God! Therefore, Sun-day is a FALSE Sabbath and Friday sundown to Saturday sundown is the TRUE, BIBLICAL SABBATH and is used to served as a SIGN of the “covenant” between God and his people!

Keeping the Sabbath Day holy, however, technically means to not do any work during the Day and to give the full day up to worship God and pray/praise Him for all he’s done for all of mankind and in one’s life, essentially. The 7th day Sabbath is not a “Jewish Sabbath” per say, but rather, it’s a BIBLICAL Sabbath to be observed by ALL of God’s people, not just SOME of God’s people! Cause afterall, think about it: why would the Lord God Almighty himself create in 6 days, then CONSECRATE and make holy the 7th day, only to ALLOW Constantine (a mere human MAN) to CHANGE his holy consecrated 7th day Sabbath from Saturday to Sunday? Answer: He wouldn’t!!!!!!

5. Honor thy Father and thy Mother. (This means to not only respect one’s own parents but to love them unconditionally and respect their parental advice/ancestry/etc.)

6. Thou shall not kill. (Put simply, it means don’t murder other human beings or oneself, accept in cases of self-defense. Jesus said Matthew 5:22-25 that “whoever hates their brother/sister without cause has committed murder in their hearts”. But it can also mean don’t kill animals just for “sport”. This is seen as unclean in God’s eyes).

7. Thou shall not commit adultery. (This means not to have sexual relations with someone who’s married/engaged to someone else OR divorced…..because to remarry with a divorced person is seen as adultery in God’s eyes. And God says in Matthew 5:27-28 that when a man looks at a woman to lust after her or when a woman looks at a man to lust after him, they have committed adultery with that person in their hearts. However, if a spouse dies, then it’s okay to remarry and no sin of adultery has been committed). It also means not to have sex before marriage.

8. Thou shall not steal. (This can literally mean ANYTHING that belongs to someone else, even if it’s just a single penny, pen, piece of writing, etc.)

9. Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor. (In short, don’t lie….no matter how hard it is to tell the truth…..for the Lord God Yahweh (God, the Heavenly Father) hates ALL lies, no matter how small they are and no matter WHAT the reason is. God doesn’t care. Sin is sin to him. He makes no distinction). In the special case of lying to protect one’s feelings, God STILL hates lying. The truth is ALWAYS the best, even if it hurts. It may hurt for awhile, yes, but God is a God of healing. He can heal that person’s hurt. It’s better for a person to know the truth now, rather than to find out the truth later. The truth will hurt SO much more when and if it’s delayed.

10. Thou shall not covet anything that is thy neighbors. (In short, it just simply means don’t be jealous/envious of things/talents/people that belong to someone else. Unless you want to have something like *more faith*. That is the ONLY type of jealousy that I can personally conceive in my mind as being considered as *righteous jealousy* in God’s eyes. All other jealousies or “I wish I had what so and so has” is un-righteousness and sinful.

The only exception I can think of to this would be if someone *lets* another have what they have or once had. Then it’s technically not coveting/envying on that person’s part….? Although the Lord still might not totally like the fact that person A WANTED so badly what belonged to person B, initially……(ESPECIALLY if the “thing” in question was NOT a *righteous thing* such as “more faith”, etc.)……EVEN if person B actually GAVE what they have/had to person A……so be careful, folks! If you’re gonna be “jealous” of anything at all towards anyone, make sure it’s a 100% RIGHTEOUS JEALOUSY such as “Lord, give me more faith like THIS person has” or “Lord, give me the type of faith that King David had!” 😉

Other sins:

1. Sloth – being lazy, doing nothing, laying in bed all day
2. Greed – not giving to the poor or helping others in need, only thinking of one self
3. Pride – putting oneself above others and above God
4. Anger/Wrath – holding grudges/having severe hatred for someone
5. Gluttony – overeating or more than is necessary for one meal

But the truth is, NOBODY is perfect and we are ALL going to fall short of the mark, on these. And God knew that ahead of time. That’s why he made Jesus Christ pay the “penalty” for mankind’s sins on the Cross. So that “through” Jesus Christ, we may believe and our souls may become “clean” in God’s site. For God is a holy, pure God and can’t let any “unforgiven sin” into paradise/the earthly heavenly realm talked about in Revelation chapter 21-22.

However, if we accept Jesus Christ as the Lord & Savior of mankind, pray for forgiveness of our sins, repent of our sins, become IMMEDIATELY full-water baptized in the name of Jesus Christ upon VERY FIRST believing in him (because remember that the people in Jesus’s time got immediately baptized with little or no delay after very first believing in him — which no doubt made their baptism all the more powerful & life-changing), and then CONTINUE to live our lives for Yeshua/Jesus Christ Almighty by APPLYING HIS mandates/commands to OUR everyday lives, we are “made clean” in God’s eyes! We are then forgiven for all of our sins and can enter His Eternal City called “New Jerusalem” [Revelation, chapters 21-22], someday! 😉 

“He who believes and is baptized will be saved, but he who not believe will be condemned” [Mark 16:16]