Are you quoting the Bible?

 

 

“But he (Jesus) answered and said, It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth or of the mouth of God” (Matth 4:4)

Have you ever thought about that statement for a while? It says that we live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God! So you may want to ask yourself if you too are quoting the Bible, and sometimes not even being aware of it.

 

Here are only a few quotes that we probably all have said, that are from the Word of God:

 

” You can’t get blood from a turnip.”

This comes from the Bible, it’s the event of Cain and Abel. Abel was obedient to God and offered the sacrifice that God required; a slain lamb. However, Cain offered God the vegetables that he grew from  the ground. It’s kind of like that today still. God offered His only begotten son who shed His blood for us as a sacrifice so we could be forgiven of our sins. But like Cain, we offer God our own works of religion, and God won’t accept our works. He said this: “For by grace are ye saved by faith and that not or yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works, lest any man should boast. Eph. 2:8-9. The only way to come to God is to come to Jesus Christ by faith, He won’t accept any other way.

Does that sound narrow to you? Here is what the Bible says about that: “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:13*14.

It is my hope and desire that if you don’t know the Lord as your personal Saviour that you will find this way and eternal life. Again, Jesus said this: “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the father but by me.” John 14:6

It is so simple that even a child can believe and accept Jesus, yet for many adults it seems to be so complicated and it does not have to be. If you are reading this and are truly searching for the truth with an open heart, you will find it in Him, I have no doubt.

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Here is another saying people use a lot! “Why don’t you go to hell,” or “I wish he/she would just go to hell” or just plain “go to hell!”

OK, so do you believe then that there is a hell? Jesus preached on hell as much or more that He did on heaven, so there must be something to it. When I was a young girl, we used to fold paper that would fit on our fingers and on one side draw a picture of a pretty blue sky and on the other flames of hell. Then we would ask one of our friends to point to one side and choose “heaven or hell” and we would open our fingers to either heaven or hell. I had no clue where that came from, but I do remember we used to play with those paper-folding “toys” and “did not like to go to hell!”

Do bad people go to hell and good people to heaven? Thank God it’s not so, or I would never have gotten an entrance into heaven. At age 36 I could never have done enough “good works” to make up for the last well say 30 years of bad! I didn’t even know how many days I had left to live, so it would never work. No, the Lord is a very merciful God and allows a bad person who repents of his sins, admits he is a sinner and asks for forgiveness and a new start into heaven. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16.  He also said in II Peter 3:9 “ The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

Perish where? If God gave His only begotten Son, and he did, to die for your sins and for mine and if we reject Him and His gift of salvation – what choice do we leave God? Can religion top what Jesus Christ did on the cross for us? I believe you know the answer. So where do you want to spend eternity? The choice is yours, God gave you a free will to choose Him or reject Him.

On the other hand a “good person” has to come to Jesus just the same way, repent of his own righteousness, ask the Lord for forgiveness of his sins, and ask the Lord to save him.

Examples from the Bible of a good man, a religious man is found in John chapter 3. Nicodemus was a good man and a religious man who came and talked to Jesus and to him Jesus said: “Verily, verily I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” In verse 7 Jesus said: “Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” John chapter 3

You say you don’t believe in hell, or would God send people to hell? Well, just because you don’t believe in hell does not mean it does not exist, so that argument is done. Would God send people to hell? No, He does not, you are sending yourself there, if you reject the only way of salvation – back to the narrow way! You may not like it and I understand that, but that is the way it is. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12  (referring to Jesus Christ in verse 10)

There is an event that took place regarding a rich man and a beggar who both died and the Bible records it in Luke 16:19-31. You may wish to read it for yourself.

Here is a saying that I have quoted myself: “Well, I jumped from the frying pan into the fire!”

You will find this sad event in the book of Revelation:

” And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.” Rev. 20:14

It is my prayer and desire that you will not end up in this place of torment, but come to Jesus Christ by faith, acknowledge that you are a sinner, repent of your sins (meaning you are willing to turn from that old life) and accept His free gift of salvation and follow Him – it’s the best life there is!

If you don’t want that, God will not force you, he will let you go on your way and when you meet Him one day, and you will, he will say this: “And then will I (Jesus) profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. (Matth 7:23)

What has always amazed me since I became a Christian and witnessed to people, is when they say something like this: “you’re judging me” and then they actually can somewhat  quote a verse from the Bible that says “judge not lest ye be  judged,” but are not able to quote the next verse. Actually the verse says “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matth 7:1-2) So I talk to people and try to show them the way of salvation and to keep them from going to an eternal place of torment. But if they don’t want to accept what the Bible says, then I leave them alone, and just pray for them. Unlike many religions who have killed and persecuted Christians,www.persecutedchurch.org,  because they/we  simply believe that Jesus is the only way to heaven; we will not force or hurt or threaten to hurt anyone who does not believe the way we do! Do we then judge them? No! We love them, and want to tell them about the love of God, it will be God that will judge them one day.

I saw a very sad bumper sticker on a truck one time – it said :” Party til you puke, hell ain’t half full yet” Unless that person got saved, he will find out one day that true statement. The Bible says that hell has enlarged herself. “Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.” (Isa 5:14)

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Here is one more –  an interesting one:

You have to clear your throat, something seems to be clogging it – and you say: “I must have a frog in my throat”

If you think about this long enough, do you not wonder where a saying like that comes from? I mean, a frog in your throat?

Yes, it is from the Bible and is found in the book of Revelation: “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” (Rev. 16:13)

Unclean spirits? Yes, the world is filled with them! Where else would all this violence come from? I couldn’t even name all the sources here, lest I leave one out! Just take one look at our younger generation! Who do you think gives them the ideas of piercing themselves or marking their bodies and to commit suicide???? We live in a sad time filled with evil and unclean spirits. When Jesus walked this earth he cast out devils left and right! Have they gone away since then?? I think not! Praise the Lord that He is returning to this earth one day and I hope sooner than later! We don’t know the day or the hour, but the Bible does tell us about some of the signs of the times and they do point to His soon coming back. Are you prepared to meet Him? The Bible says to prepare to meet thy God!

It is my desire that if you don’t know the Lord that you will get to know Him before it is eternally too late. I also want you to know that I am not judging anyone here nor being sarcastic  or pointing my finger at anyone.  This subject is much too serious for all of that. I actually got angry at the man who told me about Jesus in the beginning. I remembered “all the hypocrites” in our church and they sure did turn me off regarding “religion.” But once I read enough gospel tracts, I realized that this is not about religion, it is about a very personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. I then asked the Lord to forgive me of my many sins, and to come into my heart and to save my soul – and He did – praise the Lord! That was in January 1983, and my life has not been the same since then.

On a personal  note and this is a testimony to the glory of God: the year before in 1982 my home in NH caught on fire. I was in the house by myself, it was a large old Victorian house, my bedroom was on the top floor. When I realized the house was on fire, I just simply wanted to get out. My way through the house was blocked by black smoke and I could hear the fire roaring in the wall. It was a picture of hell! Yet, in my room there was no damage whatsoever! My son’s room right next door to mine was not even there anymore.

Oddly enough, I did not panic, I yelled for help, and two men driving by saw me, and got me out through my bedroom window. I took nothing with me, I just wanted out! When I stood in the driveway, I remember saying “Thank God that I’m alive” as I should have died of smoke inhalation in that fire. To cut this short, I had the house rebuild, as it was a well  constructed old home, and still stood, but was badly damaged. The contractor who rebuild the home told me after he looked at the damage that he thought my room looked like it was preserved!:) One year later, in that same room is where the Lord saved me! Praise the Lord! That was the 3rd time that God spared my life! My son was in the navy at the time. When he came home, he found a new mom:) and one year later my Jim got saved. The contractor and his wife  also got saved!

 

 

 

I hope that this has been a blessing to you, for this is my desire.

Heidi Schell

 

 

 

Comments

  1. stephanie says:

    hey Heidi,
    great article, thank you! keep up the good work!

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