Monday, September 2, 2013

Word of the Day... September 2, 2013...


 An Inescapable Reality
“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.' "  — Matthew 25:41

Often whenever the subject of judgment and hell comes up, so does this question: If God is all-loving, then why would He send people to hell?

Answer: because He is a God of love and justice. Hell was invented, if you will, for the devil and his angels. Do you think the devil deserves to go to hell? Of course he does.

And if a person ends up in hell, it is because they have rejected, through their lifetime, the offer of forgiveness through Jesus Christ that required the death of the Son of God on the cross. They rejected it again and again. It is not that God sends them to hell as much as they go there voluntarily.

J. I. Packer said, "Scripture sees hell as self-chosen. . . . Hell appears as God's gesture of respect for human choice. All receive what they actually chose, either to be with God forever, worshiping Him, or without God forever, worshiping themselves."

Also, C. S. Lewis wrote, "There are only two kinds of people in the end: Those who say to God, 'Thy will be done,' and those to whom God says, in the end, 'Thy will be done.' All that are in hell, choose it. Without that self-choice, there could be no hell."

Heaven and hell do exist. And in that final day, if you are a believer, God will say, "Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord" (see Matthew 25:21, 23).

But if you are not a believer, God will say, "I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!" (Matthew 7:23).

Everyone will meet Jesus Christ one day. It is inescapable and unavoidable. And if you don't meet Him as Savior, then you ultimately will meet Him as Judge.

This is a great devotional for the day from Pastor Greg Laurie.  I always like to say that it isn’t God that sends anyone to hell.  They make that choice for themselves by choosing not to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  God will not force Himself on anyone.

God created us in His own image so we can know Him personally and have a joy-filled life. He did not make us as robots to automatically love and obey Him, but gave us a will and a freedom of choice. Since the beginning of time, we have chosen to disobey God and go our own willful way. We still make this choice today. This results in separation from God and ends in misery.

 The Bible says that disobeying God results in being separated from Him.  Our attempts can never unite us with God. Through the ages, people have tried many ways to bridge this gap and reach God – without success.  I believe that each one of us has a little puzzle piece in each of our bodies that only the love of God can fill.  We try to fill it with all kinds of things like sex, boyfriends, children, drugs, alcohol, education, clubbing, partying and everything else that you can think of.  The thing is nothing fits right in there.  Only God can quench the longing of your soul.

3 Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” 4 “How can someone be born when they are old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely they cannot enter a second into their mother’s womb to be born!” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. 6 Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. John 3:3-6

If you want a new life in Christ Jesus, ask Him into your heart today.  Simply pray this:  Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You took the pain and the sins of world on the cross to give me new life. I ask You to come into my heart and to give me Your peace and joy. I confess that I am a sinner that I have gone my own way and have done wrong. Please forgive me for my sins. I receive You now as my Lord and Savior. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Help me to follow You and to serve You all the days of my life. Thank you so much for loving me, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.  If you prayed that prayer you are a new creature in Christ Jesus!  You are Born Again!  Welcome to the family!!!

2 comments:

In Tell It Again Ministries, we say this each time. In the face of a PC world they accuse us of hate speech but the opposite is true. It would be hate speech not to hold up the mirror of God's Law so they could see themselves in need of a savior. All men are born sinful creatures because of the curse. There is a penalty for sin; its called hell. However, God loved us so much that He made a way to escape it. Its through the acceptance of His son, Jesus Christ. It's our responsibility to hold up that mirror so one may see themselves in need of a change and make that change now. It would not be love for them to be standing in the Great White Throne judgment line and say "Why didn't you tell me."

Amen!!! Good word! God bless you!!! :):)

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