Wednesday, August 31, 2016

How can a person overcome a pet sin a.k.a. habitual sinning?

To pray and yet continue on living in known sin; that’s kinda like gettin’ a kind call from God ..but then loudly hanging up the phone to heaven.
Sin doesn't like you at all, so why like or be loyal to sin at all?

What’s up with prayin’ to a holy God who wants us prayin’.. and then opting to stay tight with your pet sin?

Little desert rattlers might look kind of cute when first hatched, but not after they strike and hit. Potent! Sin is like that--it kills.  

How can a person overcome a pet sin a.k.a. habitual sinning?

How can a young person keep their way pure? By living according to God's word. (Psalm 119:9)

Living according to.. by wisely applying the word of God. If we just confess our sins.. if we admit it and quit it.. God will forgive us and cleanse us. If we come to and know Jesus, then we really need to bring forth fruit meet for repentance.. good works, a lifestyle that verify saving faith, real belief and true repentance.
"I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do." ~ Leonardo da Vinci
The primary Christian aim is to worship, to know Him well, and to all out please God ..not go back to those beloved sins from your old miserable life in the world. Jesus said, “I always do the things that are pleasing to him” (John 8:29). This should be the main pursuit and prayer for all who follow Christ.
The first thing to consider in how to overcome habitual sin is to note the change, or transformation, that takes place when a person is saved or born again.. of His Spirit. The Bible describes the natural man as “dead in sin and trespasses” (Ephesians 2:1). As a result of Adam’s fall into sin, man is born spiritually dead. In this state of spiritual death, man is unable and unwilling to follow and obey God and habitual sin naturally follows. Natural man sees the things of God as foolishness (1 Corinthians 2:14) and is hostile toward God (Romans 8:7). When a person is saved, a transformation takes place. The apostle Paul refers to this as the new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17). From the moment we place our faith in Christ, we are in the process of sanctification.

The process of sanctification is that by which those who are in Christ are conformed by the Holy Spirit into the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). Sanctification in this life will never be fully complete, which means that believers will always struggle with remaining sin. Paul describes this battle with sin in Romans 7:15–25. In that passage he notes that, even though he desires to do what is good in the eyes of God, he often does what is evil instead. He does the evil he doesn’t want to do and fails to do the good that he wants to do. In this, he is describing every Christian’s struggle with sin.

James says we all sin in different ways (James 3:2), and that means each of us has what may be called “besetting” sins. Some sins are easier to overcome than others. Some struggle with anger, others with gossip, and others with lying. The point is that each of us has a sin (or some sins) with which we struggle. These besetting sins are often, but not exclusively, habits that we developed during our lives as unbelievers and require more grace and discipline to overcome.

Part of the process of overcoming these habitual, or besetting, sins is in recognizing the transformation that has indeed taken place within the believer. Paul writes, “So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:11). When Paul says, “Consider yourselves dead to sin,” he is telling us to remember that, in coming to Christ, the power of sin has been broken in our lives. He uses the metaphor of slavery to make this point. We were at one time slaves to sin, but now we are slaves to righteousness (Romans 6:17–18). At the cross the power of sin was broken, and, in becoming Christians, we are set free from sin’s mastery over us. Therefore, when a Christian sins, it is no longer out of the necessity of his nature, but because he has willfully submitted himself to sin’s dominion (Galatians 5:1).

The next part of the process is recognizing our inability to overcome habitual sin and our need to rely on the power of God’s Holy Spirit, who dwells within us. Back to Romans 7. Paul says, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out” (Romans 7:25). The Christian’s struggle against sin is one in which our ability does not match our desire. That is why we need the power of the Holy Spirit. Paul later says, “If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you” (Romans 8:11). The Holy Spirit, through God’s Word (John 17:17), works sanctification in the people of God. Habitual sin is overcome as we submit ourselves to God and refuse the temptations of the flesh (James 4:7–8).

Another part of the process of overcoming habitual sin is to change the habits that facilitate it. We have to adopt the attitude of Joseph who, when tempted by Potiphar’s wife to come to bed with her, left the room so quickly that he left his cloak in her hands (Genesis 39:15). We simply must make every effort to run from the things that tempt us to sin, including access to food if we are given to overeating, and access to pornography if we are tempted to sexual sin. Jesus tells us to cut off our hand or pluck out our eye if they “offend” us (Matthew 5:29–30). This means removing from our lives anything, even those things close to us, if they tempt us to sin. In short, we have to change the habits that lead to habitual sin.

Finally, we need to immerse ourselves in the truth of the gospel. The gospel is not only the means by which we are saved, but it is also the means by which we are sanctified (Romans 16:25). If we think we are saved by grace, but sanctified by our own efforts, we fall into error (Galatians 3:1–3). Sanctification is as much a work of God as justification. The promise we have from Scripture is that He who began a good work in us will complete it on the last day (Philippians 1:6).

Monday, August 22, 2016

Do you have a porn prob (so sorry 'bout that).. or do you even call it that.. a real problem?

Admit it and quit it--the cyber-weirdness and cyber-flirting. You weren't designed for that. So many tell me porn is so natural and good. It ain't. It's UNwholesome--doesn't make whole at all. Heals zero. Helps zero. It's probably all airbrushed what you see and seek. Stop it--it's fake. Repent of that--change by God's power. It's not good for you at all, but let me say this. Sex and of itself ain't bad. Duh!  

What it points to is a natural God given desire that Mr. Lu-Cifer wants to negatively exploit. Hey SEX.. is not bad. Fornication and adultery are sins. God says flee youthful lusts. 

Want to tell this nation.. SEX is better the way God intended it. It's been proven by poll after poll that sex with those caught up in porn is far less satisfying. Want the West to know that sex is more than just a mere physical activity--it can be so blessed in the context of marriage between one man and one woman. God thought of it. Marry a growing Christian of God's choice for you if you are called to one day be married. Hey, I have three sons, so listen. I've tried this and like it. Be encouraged. 

God doesn't want to take something away from you. He has something good for you and He has a timing too.   

Do you call yourself a Christian? 

Do you want to be like a vessel of wood, clay, gold or of silver and used for things of honor. Or will you be a cheaper type, or a uber-cracked pot, used for things of dishonor? We each choose. 

Again, you may thinking or askin', "Well, can't all types of vessels can be used of God--they indeed can't they be." 

The answer is, yes, but you really don't want to be used as a vessel for dishonor. No you don't. No one does. 

God can use a vessel of clay, wood, silver or gold so to speak, but guess what.. He won't use one that's dirty. Why? Well, cuz this just doesn't represent who He really is to a lost and strayin' sideways kinda world. 

God loves you, but He is just and way-holy as well. Have you been out of hope lately? 

We you messed up and need a second chance? We have a living hope--Jesus is the one door in. The Bible says...

"Then I will give her her vineyards from there, and make the Valley of Achor a door of hope and expectation [anticipating the time when I will restore My favor on her]. And she will sing there and respond as in the days of her youth as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt." Hosea 2:15 amp 

We can repent and believe--there is hope for our nation. Do you know Him ..I don't mean merely know of Him.. but really know Him yet? He creates, and no worries if you've blown it bad.. He also recreates. 

It's interesting to me that Paul uses this type of vessel illustration in Romans 9:21-23, although with a different emphasis:

What does God in the Bible ask? "Or does not the potter have a right over the clay, to make from the same lump one vessel for honorable use and another for common use? What if God, although willing to demonstrate His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much patience vessels of wrath prepared for destruction? And He did so to make known the riches of His glory upon vessels of mercy, which He prepared beforehand for glory…"

In that context, the Apostle Paul is emphasizing God's sovereign right to do as He pleases with His own creation. Sure, as a good potter, He can do whatever He wants to with His clay, and the clay has no right really to challenge the good potter. 

But remember.. in 2 Timothy 2:20-21, Paul's emphasis is on our responsibility to cleanse ourselves from the defilement of sin.

We don't have time for filthy porn.. anywhere or in any form. How can we be a good witness for Jesus with that super lame habit? 
Listen, there is no contraceptive big enough to fit over your soul. You were destined for impact.. with purity and power for a higher purpose. Who needs all the weird soul-ties to pull em down? God can forgive and He can use you for His glory. It's a mission for and to glorify the Fisher, and for fishin' the way He did it on earth.
"Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds." Hebrews 10:24
Let's live clean, real candid with Christ.. bringin' it all out into the light where He can fix stuff with us. Let's all-out seek Him daily..earnestly. 
To the degree that we long for the next world where Jesus is, we become able to combat the hypnotizing dirty influences of this world ..and to help others through His Word come clean.
Do you have to be used of God? Do you want to live as an effective witness for Jesus Christ? The Christian life is meant to be lived in the presence of Christ and in the company of others, not alone. Clean and clear with power for making a difference. It's for a world changing and edifying kinda purpose!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Have ya had some trials, testings, challenges, or plain ole temptations lately? How are you doing this week?

What are the keys to resisting temptation? Not bad to pre-think about in advance.
Nelson’s Bible Dictionary defines temptation as “an enticement or invitation to sin, with the implied promise of greater good to be derived from following the way of disobedience.” Resisting temptation begins with knowing that Satan is the supreme “tempter” (Matthew 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 3:5) who has been tempting mankind since our Creator placed His first two children in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3; 1 John 3:8). Ultimately, however, we know that Satan’s power over Christians has been effectively destroyed as the war has already been won through our Savior’s death and resurrection which conquered the power of sin and death forever. Nonetheless, Satan still prowls the earth looking to drive a wedge between God and His children, and his temptations are unfortunately a daily part of our lives (1 Peter 5:8). Yet with the power of the Holy Spirit and the truth of God’s Word to help us, we will find ourselves effectively resisting temptations.
The apostle Paul encourages us with these words: “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man” (1 Corinthians 10:13). Indeed, every one of us faces temptations of some kind; even Jesus was not immune as He was “tempted in every way, just as we are” (Hebrews 4:15). Although Satan may be the dark force ultimately behind the tempting, it is our fallen and corrupted human nature that allows these temptations to take root and causes us to act on them, thereby “giving birth to sin” (James 1:15). But it is the power of the Holy Spirit that enables us to free ourselves from the sin and temptations we struggle with in our daily lives. Thus, if we have the Spirit of Christ residing in our hearts, we already have what it takes to resist the flaming arrows the devil sends our way. As Paul told the Galatians, “live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature” (Galatians 5:16).
The Word of God has always been our best defense against Satan’s temptations, and the better we know His Word, the easier it will be to claim victory over our daily struggles. The psalmist tells us, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11). When Christ was tempted by Satan in the desert, the first thing He did was to quote Scripture (Matthew 4:4–10), which eventually caused the devil to leave Him. Indeed, Christians need to be diligent in studying God’s Word. “Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long. Your commands make me wiser than my enemies” (Psalm 119:97–98).
In addition to God’s Word, prayer can help us to resist temptation. The night He was betrayed, Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, and He told Peter to pray “so that you will not fall into temptation” (Mark 14:38). Also, in the “Lord’s Prayer,” Jesus taught us to pray that we would not be led into temptation (Matthew 6:13; Luke 11:4). Yet, when we do fall into temptation, we know that “God is faithful; He will not let us be tempted beyond what [we] can bear,” and that He will provide us with a way out (1 Corinthians 10:13). This is a promise from God, and like Abraham, Christians should be “fully persuaded” that God has the power to do what He has promised (Romans 4:21).
Another way to help us resist temptation is to remember what Jesus Christ did for us. Even though He never committed a sin, He willingly endured the torture of the cross for us while we were still sinners (Romans 5:8). Every sin we’ve ever committed, or will commit, played a part in nailing our Savior to the cross. How we respond to Satan’s worldly allurements is a great indicator as to just how much the love of Jesus Christ occupies our hearts.
Now, even though Christians already have the tools necessary for victory, we need to use our common sense and not place ourselves in situations that prey upon, or stimulate, our weaknesses. We are already bombarded every day with images and messages that tantalize our sinful lusts. We don’t need to make it more difficult than it already is. Even though Christ’s Spirit resides in our hearts, our flesh can be very weak at times (Matthew 26:41). When we know something is or can be sinful, Paul warns us to “flee from it.” Remember, the “tempter” is also the master of rationalization, and there is no limit to the arguments the devil can offer us to justify our sinful behavior.
Armed with God’s Spirit and the truth of His Word, we are well equipped to overcome Satan’s assaults (Ephesians 6). No matter what trials and temptations come our way, God’s Word and Spirit are infinitely more powerful than any of Satan’s schemes. When we walk with the Spirit we can look at temptations as opportunities for us to show God that He is indeed the Master of our lives.
Listen... up, learn big, guard your heart and lips.  Deny your worldly or fleshly nature, resist Mr. Lu-Cifer (you know, one of those fallen angel dudes cuz you probably won't be confronted by Satan Himself). Prayerfully pre-think--it’s just too easy to stumble in deed, or say too much and hurt someone.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord. Ps. 19:14 

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Today I was asked about Bible learning.

Some schools and seminaries I really like, and others not so much. But how did I respond to this question (my short answer to..):  “I would like a degree in biblical studies. Why must I pay for this. The disciples did not. Jesus Christ gave this to them for free. Any place that makes people pay just to learn God’s word in the Bible.. I feel this is wrong.”
Good question, Bill (not his real name). 
You and I can agree in prayer that God will teach you more. Yes, that he will teach you about his word, life and ministry. I pray God will bless you in this effort of prayerfully studying. 
Jesus told us that His sheep hear his voice, so Jesus by His Spirit can be our teacher today as well. No charge. Degree teachers who must pay for those formal learning and degrees will charge you for your degrees if that’s what you want that. I had a great time in some Bible Colleges, but a few were dead and lead by dead teachers with teachers that seemed religious and dead too.
But.. God is the same. Jesus is the same and his mouth still works. He can teach us born again believers every day as we apply His word.. as we take time away from it all to pray, to listen, to follow and to learn from him.  

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” Hebrews 13:8

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“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” ~ Jesus, Matthew 11:28-29

“I still have much to tell you, but you cannot yet bear to hear it. However, when the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth. For He will not speak on His own, but He will speak what He hears, and He will declare to you what is to come. 14He will glorify Me by taking from what is Mine and disclosing it to you.” ~ Jesus, John 16:13
Amen, looking forward to that day and praying that we can make the most of our time here until we are there with our Lord.  
Amen, the people will proclaim, “This is our God! We trusted in him, and he saved us! This is the Lord, in whom we trusted. Let us rejoice in the salvation he brings!” (Isaiah 25: 8-9)
I just got back from a walk–it was kind of a prayer walk with my dog on a leash. What is prayer walking? Is it biblical to go on a prayer walk? I praise the Lord that He hears us when we call out to Him, no matter where we are.
Prayer walking is the practice of praying on location, a type of intercessory prayer that involves walking to or near a particular place while praying. Some people believe that being close to a location allows them to “pray nearer to pray clearer.” Prayer walks are taken by individuals, groups, and even whole churches. They can be as short as a block or as long as many miles. The idea is to use the five senses—sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch—to increase the intercessor’s understanding of prayer needs.
For example, if you walk through your neighborhood looking for things to pray about, you might come across a yard that is extremely untidy and rundown. This might prompt you to pray for the health, both physical and spiritual, of the residents inside. Some groups prayer walk around schools, prompting prayer for the teachers and students inside, for their safety and peace, and for the schemes of the devil in their school to be thwarted. Some people feel they can concentrate and direct their prayers more effectively by walking near the people and places they are praying for.
Prayer walking is a relatively new phenomenon, the origin of which is not clear. There is no biblical model for prayer walking, although since walking was the major mode of transportation in Bible times, clearly people must have walked and prayed at the same time. However, there is no direct command that prayer walking is something we should be doing. To believe that prayers offered in any setting, or while in any position, are more effective than those offered at another time or in another manner is not scriptural. In addition, while we may feel we need to be close to a location or situation to pray more clearly, our heavenly Father, who is everywhere at all times, knows exactly what needs are present and will respond to them in His own perfect will and timing. The fact that He allows us to be part of His plans through our prayers is for our benefit, not His.
We are commanded to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and since walking is something we do daily, surely part of praying without ceasing is praying while walking. God hears all prayers offered by those who abide in Christ (John 15:7), regardless of time, place, or position. At the same time, there certainly is no command against prayer walking, and anything that prompts us to pray is worthy of consideration. Blog

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

When you're tight friends with a worker who delights to do immeasurably more than any people can ask or imagine.. should there really be prolonged times of discouragement in your arena?

Have ya been feelin' down? How come? Dude, keep on tryin’--ain't over 'til it's over. Have ya fallen over?.. let's get over it. God can get you over. He overcame. Get up again and profit from what happened.

It’s no time to quit seeking Him and His will for your life. No time to live discouraged–Christ is there to encourage you. With ya to guide. 

Fight the fight. Be salt, be light.. a reflector of His light.. be not uptight. 

God can affect things positively by his Sovereign purpose and power… even when the electorate here or whacko politician’s and others who are skilled at cheating (on either side really) have made things much tougher with this economy by putting in the wrong leader and dumb policies. 
Need some work today? You’re not alone–sadly many still do. I meet em. Pray and obey–daily. There’s no other way to be really happy n blessed in God’s will. I personally know many people who are still out there looking. So sorry about that! Didn’t have to be that way, but it is so we will make the best of a lame situation again. 

To Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20

Have you been running into some opposition or employment impediments?
Press on with biblical faith and Christ’s joy from fellowshipping. Live a life of praise and thanksgiving in His Spirit. By God’s mighty power working in us, He is able to do far more than we may dare to ask or even dream of.

Never measure God’s unlimited supernatural power by your limited expectations, or crazy circumstances. He’s bigger than all of it. 

“We do not lose heart”… cuz we have some help with our hearts. Paul wanted the Corinthian church to see and continue to experience the grace of God at work in his life, which could cause “thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God” (2 Cor. 4:15). 

His testing and trials were so severe that he was “hard pressed on every side,” “perplexed,” “persecuted,” and“struck down” (vv.8-9). Yet what did he do? He encouraged the people not to lose heart in troubles (v.16) but to fully trust God. During our difficulties, we can be drawn nearer to God and on-fire saints in an healthy local church.

Dear Father, Please help my friends find the right work and get through the trials that they may be facing today. Help us to know You and do your will today. Help em.. aid us in seeing and embracing all that You have given us in Your Son, Jesus Christ to get the calling done—forgiveness, hope, encouragement, and Resurrection Power to live a new life. The task is big, but You are bigger still. You basically told us to, Go tell with love.. Go preach the Gospel by life, by attitude and by good deeds. Send an awakening here as the world is watching us. Thanks for the grace, wisdom and anointing to live this life consistently for your glory. Amen.  
Hey Tiger. Hey Sport, You might feel weak or even be weak. Not a prob for God. What does He say?

My strength is made perfect in weakness. —2 Corinthians 12:9

So I say.. study and keep on studying (the truth of the Bible), knock and keep on knocking (where the Shepherd leads, He feeds. Where He guides, He provides), seek and keep on seeking (He still loves you and does have a specific plan for your life), ask and keep on asking (earnest, fervent praying sure beats merely sayin' your prayers). Remember God is on the throne and His throne is called a throne of grace. It's about free not earned grace, so let your requests be known today with thanksgiving! Don't be a stranger to Him.. not even one more day

“The brick walls aren’t (always) there to keep us out, the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something.” ~ R. Pausch see9|

Has the ride of your life been real bumpy and rough? Jesus told his disciples…

“Let us go over to the other side.” Mark 4:35  

“God uses testing in our lives to rid us of impurity and teach us that our strength’s in Him and not in self-sufficiency.” —Sper

The Apostle Paul knew well–knew intimately and intensely the power of God to do things that could not be imagined. He prayed in God’s presence–in Jesus’ Name. His own conversion from persecutor of the church to persecutee–as a follower of Christ was a perfect example of the power of God (see Acts 9). 
In his letter to the young pastor Timothy (the pastor of the church in Ephesus), Paul refers to the power of God in the improbability of his conversion. It is only by the power and grace of God that “a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man” (1 Tim. 1:13) could be transformed into a man who, when in prison and facing capital punishment could say “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21).
Wanna come to know God personally? Good! The Bible reminds us, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up” (Galatians 6:9 niv). One day it's done for ya, life will come to an end. Make your reservations in advance for what follows. If you have put your faith in Jesus Christ, you will go to heaven. Plain and simple. If you have not put your faith in Jesus Christ, you won’t. You determine here where you are going to spend eternity. You decide whether you will go to heaven or a real place called hell. Come on, let's be frank--we don't have time for more PC-talk. By repenting of sin (turning away from it to Jesus, you know we've all blown it..) and trusting the Lord--by accepting Christ via biblical faith, you know you will go to heaven. Remember, Heaven is not for good and religious people; it is simply a place for forgiven people. Christ told us only one is good.

Monday, August 8, 2016

It seems pretty simple. Look around and then up. That's where believers are soon headed, and they might not have ta physically die pre-take-off and landing.

Look up, look around, reach out in love for people. Take some friends up. Why be there without em?

“Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20 Bible

Be ready, get more ready, stay ready--let God work in and through you. Let Him prepare you in His grace and word for what's up ahead. 

Choose to believe (in the Christ of the Bible) instead of in puttin' it off or to un-believe that He loves you.. that He can use you and get more people ready. If it's not about worshiping Him, winning people to Him, or helping Christians do those things to glorify Him.. if it's not about feeding, properly leading and protecting others.. then I'm just not interested in it. You can tell our time here is short.  

Balanced growing Christians work hard here, but also look forward ..eagerly for what’s called the Rapture of the Church. When we're done and outta here–excited about the Lord’s appearing. It's gunna happen in a flash, in one brief moment.

Do you? Do ya look forward to seeing His face?

"We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. For the perishable must be clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality." ~ Paul, 1 Corinthians 15:51b-53

Be ready, stay ready--let Christ prepare you for what's just around the corner.  No time for passivity, puttin' it off and unbelief. Man, I desire, yearn for.. yes, really long for His return–nothing will beat that down here! But why do I want Him to come for believers? 
Is it because I will be in His loving presence, away from all sickness, disease and even death? Is it because I am tired of living in a difficult world that is so often opposed to what’s true and good for people? Or is it because when you’ve loved Him so much of your life here, when He has shared your tears and your laughter, when He has comforted you and been more real to you than anybody else who is also real here, you just want to be close with your first-love–Jesus Christ forever? 
Jesus tells us that He is soon to return and will bring with Him a reward for each believer who faithfully waits for Him. That’s the Good News of the Cross and of His shed blood there on that hill called Calvary. Listen, He rose from the dead, there were so many eyewitnesses there and God can right now save anyone who turns to trust Jesus… and He can make them ready for all this snatched up outta here stuff. Have you asked God for forgiveness through Jesus. What else matters more at this point–we’ve all sinned and fallen short of His righteous standards. 

The Christian life ain’t meant to be lived all isolated, religious or alone, but in company with others who are growing–I mean with Family and real friends. 

Real Christians ain't ever totally alone cuz Jesus is with them. They never have to be lonely, or spiritually stagnate, or be bored outta their gourd. We are called to walk close with Him, not to that. 

We are also told that those who have “washed their robes” have the right to partake of the tree of life. 
All real Christians..many aren’t but say they are.. will come before the Judgment Seat of Christ (not a place to hear if they are in or out of heaven), and all unregenerate people who put it off.. this choosing Christ will come before the Great White Throne Judgment Seat the place where deeds, motives, words are revealed and will find out they are permanently and sadly out, and off to HE double hockey-sticks. 

Does this mean that they are meriting a place in heaven through being religious or doing good works? Nope. Most certainly not. It’s a free of cost faith thing. The New Testament clearly declares: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast” (Eph. 2:8–9).