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Destined for Hell!

20 Oct

Whenever anyone dies, time and time again you’ll hear the statement, “at least they’re in a better place.” This sounds good. We all want to believe this and soothe ourselves with the thought that people have gone on to a better place. The question is, does everyone really go to a better place?

While we are here on earth, let’s take a close look at what the Bible says to be sure we aren’t mistakenly destined for hell.

Jesus said “I am the WAY, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father but by Me” (John 14:6, 1John 5:12-13, John 3:36). Jesus is THE WAY to get to Father God.
Fact # 1. Without Jesus, it’s impossible to get to heaven.

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.”
(‭‭Romans‬ ‭10:9-10‬ , NIV‬‬ l John 4:2-3)
Fact 2. One must believe that Jesus is Lord and say so.

“Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.”(Matthew‬ ‭7:21‬ ‭KJV‬‬)
Fact 3. Just saying that Jesus is Lord is not good enough, we must also do our Father God’s will.

“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.” (Hebrews‬ ‭10:26-27‬ ‭NIV‬‬)
Fact 5. If we continue to  deliberately sin after we have received the knowledge of the truth, we can expect judgement of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

These 4 scriptures help assure us that we are destined for heaven. We won’t automatically go to heaven just because we died. Our own righteousness/goodness is as filthy rags before our Holy God (Isaiah 64:6).The only way to get to God our Father who art in heaven, is through Jesus Christ His Son who died on the cross for our sins (1Peter 2:24). As we yield our hearts to Him, we are changed(2 Corinthians 5:17). We long to please God and our lives are committed to being His in every way. There’s no other way to heaven except through Jesus Christ. All other routes leave us destined for hell!

Positioning Yourself to See JESUS!

6 Feb
In the book of Luke (chapter 19 verses 1-10), we find 
the story of Zacchaeus, a wealthy Tax collector who had 
an urgent desire to see Jesus.  Zacchaeus was short, and
couldn't see above the crowd. Unperturbed by his stature, 
Zacchaeus ran past the crowd and climbed into a tree and 
positioned himself to see Jesus pass by.

Jesus looked up and told Zacchaeus to come down,"for today 
I am coming to your house". Zacchaeus quickly climbed down 
and happily received Jesus. Immediately the crowd began to 
complain, "Jesus is going to be a guest in the house of a 
sinner". Neither Jesus nor Zacchaeus bothered to address 
the crowd's protests. 

Zacchaeus was transformed. He was no longer gripped by 
greed. In fact, during his time with The Lord, Zacchaeus 
decided to give half of his goods to the poor and to restore 
four times the amount he had unjustly taken from others. 
Yes, climbing a tree to see Jesus had definitely proved to 
be rewarding. 

Like Zacchaeus some of us want to see Jesus today. But the 
crowd, the crowd of social media activities, the crowd of 
responsibilities associated with daily living, the crowd, 
of ..?... is blocking our view. And yes, the crowd may 
complain if you disengage yourself away from it's lure. 
But will you be like Zacchaeus and position yourself above
the crowd? He did not allow his physical limitation, nor 
the crowd to block his view. Even sins related to the 
greed involved in his job as a tax collector did not 
prevent Zacchaeus from doing what was necessary to see 
Jesus. Nothing could stop Zacchaeus.

The question is, do you want to see Jesus? Are you 
desperate about seeing Jesus? If your answer is yes - stop! 
Climb above the crowd. Climb above the obstacles. 
Climb above your failures and above your sins (by the way,
all of us have sinned). Spend some time praying, reading 
the Bible, and/or listening to worship music. 
You'll find, just as Zacchaeus did, that Jesus wants to 
spend time with you. And like Zacchaeus, hopefully you'll
be changed forever!

 

The Sin of Negligence

5 Aug

I recently saw someone refuse to help a person in need of 
assistance. The person who neglected to help had the power
and was in the profession of assisting people with this 
particular problem. Immediately, the Holy Spirit prompted 
me to intervene on behalf of the individual who needed 
help. So, I prayed. But how many of you know that 
sometimes the Lord expects us to do more than pray.
We need to act!

The truth begin to settle within me. Sure, I prayed, and 
we should pray for others. Nevertheless, the person did 
not have their need met because I failed to take action
when I should have. We really don't like to say these next
two words but,  - I SINNED! I committed the sign of
negligence!

Can we take this conversation just a step further? Some, 
or should I say many, of the people around us are 
experiencing chaos on earth, and their eternal 
destiny is even more ghastly than their current 
circumstances. (Proverbs 24:11-12, Proverbs 31:8-9)
They are in need of Jesus now. But what are
we doing?  

We're praying, right. Indeed we should be interceding in
prayer for others. But we should also do our part. Time 
is running out. We can't wait for others to hear 
a preacher, and presume that it's the preacher's job to 
offer Jesus to those who are in need of salvation. 
All who have been reconciled to Jesus are now 
ministers of reconciliation. We are the feet, the hands, 
and the mouth of Jesus! 

We should continue praying. May we also "do" our part.