I have learned, sometimes through bitter experience, that I can do far more with God’s help than I can ever hope to do alone. Now I always call on God’s Holy Spirit to help me before I ever start any project, even if it’s some simple home repair. Jesus said, “Apart from me, you can do nothing” (John 15:5). We are also told that the Spirit is not only our comforter and counselor, but also our helper. In fact He is indeed our all-in-all. I was once trying to loosen a nut holding the drain pipe in my bathroom sink. Though I pulled with all my might, it would not budge. Then I remembered that I had failed to ask the Lord to help me. So I then simply prayed, “Lord, help me.” The nut immediately broke free and I was able to finish the job.

That is what usually happens when we try doing things on our own. The song “Just A Closer Walk with Thee” states, “I am weak but Thou art strong.” Also, if we want power in our lives as Christians, we must learn obedience. Obedience to God releases His power and lets us use His great strength. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Dr. Charles Stanley suggested that obedience is the key to increasing our love of God. 

There are many people to whom God has given great intelligence, but they were not given wisdom. No one is given wisdom early; it comes gradually as we live and observe our lives. The best wisdom comes from belief in Christ, Who made the world and everything in it, including you and me. My own definition of wisdom has come to mean trusting Christ as personal Savior.

Trusting Christ with your soul is by far the most critically important single act anyone can ever do on earth. Sincere belief and trust in Christ is a free ticket to heaven. It comes with a lifetime guarantee. The Apostle Paul said, “I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39). He was simply saying, “Once saved, always saved.”

Christ freely receives all who call on His name. But you must do it while living. There is absolutely no salvation after earthly death. After death is judgment (Hebrews 9:27). All who receive Christ are alive forever. Of course if one dies before the Lord returns, he will shed his old body and leave it behind. His soul will proceed either to heaven or hell. But the important thing to realize is that this life is the only opportunity to be saved and that no one has any idea when his life, and thus his opportunity, will end and be gone forever.    

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