My answer is this - I'm glad you listen to your heart, but bear in mind ..the heart of man is wicked and deceitful, according to God:<quoted text>Willard, when you speak of shooting down brandys and spraying bug spray in your face(huffing), you go on Auto-pilot! I'm not the one quoting from the Bible, I say what is coming from my heart.
That is the difference from you and I, you can only quote from your Bible, which is O.K., as you need this.
I can only say what is coming from my heart!
Now go wake up Carol, Mary Ann, Jamie and Co. and get them to work.
9 "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?"
Spiritual wisdom can only come from the word of God, not by trusting your heart - this is mysticism according to God:
17 "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
These warnings are from the God you profess:
14 "Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
15 "Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves."
5 "Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?"
6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
If we reject the living, resurrected son of God we are eternaly condemned.
3 "There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
4 Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
5 Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again."
16 "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.
17 For God (sent not) his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world (through him) might be saved.
18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
This all sounds good, but it gets way better when you understand what sinners (like me) can be rescued from - the coming judgemnent upon the world and those who must remain in it to suffer the tribulation years as just reward for "rejecting" God's son, in whom he is well pleased! I ask all my friends to just consider, it's free.