Two Paths Of Life
Having been saved at age 43, I am increasingly aware that I have traveled two very different paths of life. The first 43 years of my life I traveled on the path toward Hell. The last 30 plus years I have traveled the path toward Heaven. Some others do not, cannot or will not see the difference. Some see the differences in the path to Heaven as a good thing and others see those differences as a bad thing. Most who see the changes as a good thing are on the path to Heaven too. And generally, those who see the changes as a bad thing are still on the path to Hell.
On the path to Hell I often had the fear that I might be on it. Sometimes I convinced myself that I was not on the it. I deceived myself. I never knew for sure one way or the other and couldn*t find a way to know for sure. I couldn*t get off that troubling wrong path via my own power.
Galatians 5:19-24: Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. 24 And they that are Christ*s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
Verses 19 through 21 describe the path to Hell and verses 22 through 24 obviously describe the path to Heaven. On the path to Hell I often believed that I was a good person and others believed that too. About 90 percent of the sins I committed were inward where no one else could see them. Only the fear of getting caught and the restraint of the Holy Spirit kept me from committing all of the horrible sins in the above passage.
Since I received Jesus into my heart I am on an entirely different path. While it is not always obvious, Jesus dwelling in my heart makes the difference.
Ephesians 3:17-19: That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; 19 And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
2 Timothy 2:13: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
Since He cannot deny Himself, His presence in my heart guarantees my entrance into Heaven. His presence in my heart also puts me on the path to Heaven. I am rooted and grounded in love. I am now able to know the breadth and length and depth and height of the love of Christ. On the path to Hell I had no desire or ability whatsoever to please Him. With His help I can now desire His will, do it and please Him. Before I received Him I was afraid of condemnation. Now I am only afraid of His chastening. And I don*t even need to be afraid of that when I obey Him. He loves us and only chastens us to get us back into the blessings of His will when we foolishly get out of them.
Romans 8:1: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Hebrews 12:6, 11: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.