Salvation opens the door to Heaven

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T. Adrienne Terrell

T. Adrienne Terrell

By T. Adrienne Terrell

Greetings from the Springs!  Oops!  We’re sorry!  there was a last minute change to the scheduled church conference which was supposed to be held on last Saturday.

After some discussion, we will have conference on Sunday, February 16, after morning worship.  We apologize for any inconvenience. This weekend will be busy, so rest up now.

Friday evening at 6:30p.m. is the “Let’s Do It Again 70’s Night” at the Old Standridge Building in Social Circle.  There will be music, comedy and free food!  Now, you can’t beat that for Valentine’s Day!

You can relax on Saturday because Sunday is full.  Our Annual Black History Program will take place during the morning worship period which starts at 10a.m.

As I stated earlier, Church Conference will follow shortly after that.  At 4:30p.m., we will host the NAACP Annual Black History Religious Program.  That will be a full day! And while you are coming, keep coming!  Men’s Day is Sunday, February 23.

Deacon Johnny Hubbard is getting the program set and the men of USBC are warming up their vocal cords, so be there at 10a.m. so that you won’t miss the celebration. Rev. Terrell’s sermon on Sunday, February 9, was based on Colossians 2:6-10 and we looked at one of the messages that Paul gave to the people of Colossae.

Paul was telling the people that they needed to stay obedient to what they had been taught.  If we submit to God (who has all power) He can change things for us ,too.

In verses six and seven, the point that Paul was trying to make is that now you are saved, how are you going to live?  Once saved, it is going to take some time down on your knees at home getting grounded in the Word.

It is similar to the way a strong tree gets rooted.  When that tree gets its nutrients and grows up, it will not look sick or weak.  If we are rooted in Christ by getting down on our knees often to get our nutrients from the Word, the Lord will build us up.

We get a warning in verse eight to help us along the way.  We must watch out for those that come with vain deceit.  They are seeking to trick us; therefore we have to stay obedient. Keep in mind that God created everything back in Genesis.

This includes the power that He placed in Jesus.  When we accept Jesus, then we have access to His power.  The key is to dwell on Him, even when situations come against us.

We have the same authority and power when we walk in obedience and let God order our steps.  But when we walk outside in disobedience we open the door to hell.  In closing Pastor Terrell left us with this as we read verse 10.

Jesus is not just head is to good angels, but He has power over all principalities including the devil.

If Jesus allows something to come into your life and it looks like a curse,  it is to build you up and not to destroy you.  Just walk with Him.

Don’t step out of line.  Don’t let the devil trick you because just around the corner is a bigger blessing waiting for you if you will stay the course.

I believe that this message ties directly in with the Bible study class where we really examined who God is and where He is.  Do you know who you are?  That is the question that Pastor Terrell asked us to get us to think.

Those that dwell in Christ know that salvation opens the door to heaven, but obedience closes the door to hell!  Glory Be To God!

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