Friday, January 13, 2012

Count The Cost - Letter From The King

Letters From the King
Dear Child,
There is nothing easier in life than getting saved. It is solely My sovereign work. I say, "Look to Me and be saved." But the cost of discipleship is great, so before you say, "Yes," count the cost. Discipleship requires you to leave your life as you have planned and to wholly follow Me. If you are not willing to forsake everyone and everything else in life, you are not ready for the cost of discipleship.
I do not say these things to discourage you from desiring salvation. I speak them because abandoning all else to Me, losing yourself - your dreams, your pleasures, your glory - must be the cry of your heart. In order to grow closer to Me, you must let go of the things in the world. You will live a life separated unto Me - not your will, but Mine - is the mantra of a Christian's life.
Discipleship requires you to live your life for My pleasure and glory. The earth you live in today is not your home. This is not the place you will have great reward. Your treasures are in your heavenly home. Do not store up earthly treasures that are temporary and worthless for all eternity. The cost to some will be losing a career, to others it will be the rejection of family, and to others it will be imprisonment and tortured. Each of these are the cost of being a believer in Jesus as the truth, the way and the life.
Many will attempt to enter heaven on their own merit, through their choice of people, on their on terms. But this is a cruel deception that gives false hope of eternal security. There is by one name only, Jesus, that you can be saved. No one can come to Me accept through Him.
I want you to have Me. I long for you to know Me. Be warned, the cares and riches of this world will choke out My life in you. Salvation is for everyone, but not everyone is willing to pay the price of discipleship. Have you counted the cost?  Are you following salvation into discipleship, forsaking your life to live fully to Me? Believe Me when I say what I will give you is greater than anything you could gain on your own.
Letter From the King, Lindy Abbott

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