"And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment." Hebrews9:27.
It may be a terrifying thought, but it is still the truth: YOU will stand before God andyou will be judged by Him. Every sin that you have ever committed will be revealed--EVERY SECRET SIN! You may have managed to hide many things from your fellowman, but you have hid NOTHING from God. He knows all things, and He will hold youaccountable. You WILL be judged.
4. You Can't Save Yourself
When God judges this world, millions upon millions of people are going to beabsolutely SHOCKED to find out that NO ONE--ABSOLUTELY NO ONE--was able toearn their way into Heaven. People have the false idea that they'll be permitted toenter Heaven as long as they "do more good works than bad." The word of God tellsus just the opposite:
"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9."But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, hisfaith is counted for righteousness." Romans 4:5."But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags;and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away." Isaiah 64:6.
The "good works" that you do are only good in YOUR eyes. In God's sight, you are ahopeless sinner, and your works are totally unacceptable. If you are counting on yourown righteousness to save you, then you are setting yourself up for a very bigdisappointment.
"For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth." Romans 10:3-4.
The Bible clearly states that we are all cursed with sin, and that we are all totallyincapable of earning our salvation by our own righteousness. Friend, unless yourSINS are removed, God will NOT accept you. You are hopeless.
5. Your Only Hope Is the Lord Jesus Christ
When you are ready to accept the fact that you are a lost and dying sinner and thatyour "good works" are unacceptable to God, then you can begin to see your need forJesus Christ. He came into this world to lay down His sinless life for YOU--to pay foryour sins, because you couldn't. Jesus is your only hope for salvation. Only byreceiving Him as your Savior can you enter the gates of Heaven. There is no otherway.
"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto theFather but by me." John 14:6.