“So I say, Live by the spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law.” Galatians 5:16 – 18 NIV
These are the words written nearly 2000 years ago, which still penetrate one’s soul. When you are in God’s will you cannot do wrong. He watches our every move, choice and thought and knows when we stray. As long as we do not break his laws we are doing his will. We may not truly see the path He has laid out for each of our lives, but if we would keep that constant thought of God watching over us we would live happier lives.
Sinful thoughts, addictions of any kind, and so on are not helping us to draw closer to God as He desires a close relationship with all of us. True, He gave us free will, but this doesn’t mean that He doesn’t care about us no matter how depressed or down and out we are. God is always there waiting for us to ask Him for help and guidance. We need to open our eyes to the people He places in our lives and how He changes the circumstances for His sake, not ours. He does know best.
“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkeness, orgies and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God.” Galations 5:19 – 21 NIV
We are warned also that any sin as mentioned above can prevent a lost person from reaching the Kingdom of God. Those who are not “born again” as Christians will not get into Heaven, but spend their eternal lives living in damnation in Hell. All it takes is asking for forgiveness from God of your sins and asking Him to allow The Holy Spirit to guide you in your walk to having a relationship with God. This also means acknowledging that Jesus Christ is the son of God who came to die on the cross for our sins because he lived as a man without sin.
Jesus was the pure lamb that God sent for us to sacrifice so that we would have the opportunity to go to Heaven. Understand that Christians are not without sin, but they are striving to live without sin in their lives. They know not only the difference between right and wrong, but also what is constituted as a sin. You may not be a Christian, but you may be surprised as to how many are praying for you to turn from your sinful ways to live your life for God.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” Galations 5:22 – 26 NIV
Some may agree that being a Christian is your “ticket” into Heaven. The one thing they don’t think about is that God knows if you truly gave your heart over to Him or not. If you really didn’t become a Christian, but have instead done what others were or are doing, or did it simply because you want to go to Heaven then you have missed the point entirely. A person can profess to be a Christian, but not only will God know other Christians may be onto that person as they see that person not living their life as God would want them to.
Of course, as Christians, we are not to judge but to guide lost people to God’s way of living. This last passage is a good description of a Christian, but there are non-Christians out there who have these qualities as well. If you are not a Christian and have these traits that doesn’t mean you will get into heaven. God knows where your heart is. He seeks that personal relationship with each and every one of us to seek Him and to know his ways. God does love us all as He did create us to live.