Tag Archives: hell

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!

Get Your Own Oil!

25 Aug

One of the catchy songs I used to sing as a kid in Sunday 
school was called "Give me Oil in My Lamp". As I grew older, 
I recognized the scripture which the song is based 
upon which is found in Matthew 25.

In this story ten virgins are waiting to escort a groom to 
his wedding. (Long ago, it was customary for ten virgins, 
or maids of honor to escort grooms to their wedding - Matthew 
Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible). Five of the 
virgins wisely had oil in their lamps, while the other five 
didn't. As the ladies waited for the groom to appear, they 
all became drowsy and fell asleep. 

At midnight, someone shouted that the groom was 
coming. As the virgins began to prepare their lamps, the
five foolish virgins who had no oil asked the five wise 
virgins to give them oil for their lamps, but the wise 
virgins refused.

While the foolish virgins were out shopping for oil, 
the groom appeared and left with the five wise virgins. 
After purchasing their oil, the foolish 
virgins went to the wedding, knocked on the door, 
and must have been dumbfounded when the
groom responded, "I don't know you".

How can we apply this story to our lives? The distractions
of the world can lull us into a spiritual sleep. 
The urgency of always being ready for Jesus to 
return can become the least important event on our minds. 
Yet, the Bible urges us to be alert and ready for the return 
of Christ (Matthew 24:44). Some of us will meet him sooner 
than we expect, as we do not know when our last hour may be.

How can we be ready? Each of us must have oil in our
own lamp. Not even the fact that your Momma knows 
Jesus will get you into heaven! You must accept 
Jesus as your very own personal Lord and Savior and 
cultivate your relationship with Him.

It's as simple as asking Jesus to forgive you of your
sins, beliveing that He died for you on the cross, 
and asking Him to be Lord of your life. And then, living
for Him.

I would love to give you oil for your lamp. But ensuring
that you're ready for Christ -The Groom to return is a
decision that only you can make for you! Please get
your oil!