What Side Are You On?

Published by Deborah Negron LaAmada
Iglesia de Dios Centro de Vida – Bridgeport, CT

Sheep or Goat?
In or Out?
Saved or Lost?
There is no gray area.
You must Repent and be Born Again.

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, accompanied by all the angels, he will sit on his glorious throne. All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates sheep from goats. The ‘sheep’ he will place at his right hand and the ‘goats’ at his left. “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take your inheritance, the Kingdom prepared for you from the founding of the world. “Then he will also speak to those on his left, saying, ‘Get away from me, you who are cursed! Go off into the fire prepared for the Adversary and his angels! And he will answer them, ‘Yes! I tell you that whenever you refused to do it for the least important of these people, you refused to do it for me!’ They will go off to eternal punishment, but those who have done what God wants will go to eternal life.”
Mathew 25:31‭-‬34‭, ‬41‭, ‬45‭-‬46 CJB

Today there are goats caliming to be sheep.
There are thise who say they are beloevers but the proof of their faith demo strates no true faith at all. They parade themselves as sheep. They sing the right songs, say the right prayers yet the evidencie of their faih shows no Christlike life.

Some claim to love the Lord, but a sermon too long winded is the problem. Some say they love God, but they involve themselves m so many things they have no time for personal devition and time with the Lord. They claim to serve God but sit about their homes chatting about all sortd of nonsense and never speak of God’s goodness. They may attend a church building but they are not sheep. They are goats. Their lifestyles demonstrate there is no self control. There is no fear of God. They sound like the world. They engage in more time with the earthly desires of the flesh than on doing the work the chuch is called to do.
Their lives revolve around earthly gains and time spent on things that do not please God.
The taste of wine seems better to them than the presence of God in their quie the times.
Thei leisure is more important than their commit.ent to Christ.

The way they conduct business is shady. They project false images of what they are supposedly doing for God, while they practice good preaching from a pulpit and no living it in their homes. They a conniving and manipulative with others. They use those around them to make themselves seem worthy.

Som3 claim to love God but live in a way that displeases God. They practice sin as a profession. That is thy can come to a service but they do not serve God.

Scripture tells us we cannot serve two Masters.

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

We cannot serve God and take pleasure in sinful lifestyles and be in his sheep fold. God will not be mocked.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Galatians 6:7‭-‬8 KJV

We cannot live like devil’s all week and come get a touch of Jesus on Sunday and think we are right with God.

We must commit to him totally. Every area of our lives. Our jobs, our careers, our family life and in our dealings in every area. In our political views Christ and his principles must be our choice. We must vote for those who stand with the righteousness of God.
Whether they have a good personality or not is irrelevant. Our politics show who we are.

We cannot stand for the things the Bible calls sin. Abortion, same sex marriage, dishonoring our parents and elderly are all wrong. We cannot say we live for God and stand on the side of wickedness. Christ must permeate every area of our lives.

When we seek the word of God we see that those who stand for God are often pressured and attacked. But we must be thise who truly seek God’s will.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:24‭, ‬33 KJV

But No One Can Fool God.
No on can Trick God. My pastor says, “Everything that shines is not gold. “
Not every everyone that says Lord lord will enter in to the Kingdom of heaven.

The Lord calls us to Repentance. He calls us to humble ourselves and admit we have failed and come away from sin.

Jesus said, My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
John 10:27-28.

One day Christ will come and he will separate the sheep from the goats. The true believers from the false ones. He will separate the true Christians from the pretenders.

Jesus speaking:
“He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind: Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just, And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”
Matthew 13:37‭-‬50

Have you become a sheep? Or have you not truly been born again.

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Matthew 7:15‭-‬24 KJV

Lord help us turn away from selfishness and turn to you. Help us to repent and say as David said.

“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.”
Psalms 51:10‭-‬13 KJV

There are many kinds of sheep. We are all different and our diversity is a wonderful thing. But we cannot be goats to enter in. We must repent and turn away from all sin and be Born Again.

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