Hell

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Hell is a real place.

If you go there you can never return.

It is a place of payment for sins committed by a person.

Everyone who is there deserves to be there.

It is a place of justice and punishment for those who refused to repent.

It is forever. There is no end to the place or the time. It is an eternal place of torment.

It is a lonely place. There are no friends in hell. Love is never known or felt and the longing for peace is never satisfied.

You are alone. No one cares about you.

Everything is pain- physical, emotional, spiritual pain. This is the price of sin. This is the second death which lasts forever.

All is dark, a searing heat that consumes all that is worthy or good. The light never shines and all hope is gone.

Hell is the unending agony of a condemning conscience.

Luke 13:24-30 NIV
“Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ “But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ “Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with you, and you taught in our streets.’“But he will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from me, all you evildoers!’  “There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out. People will come from east and west and north and south, and will take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God. Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last.”

Flee from the wrath to come….!

 

 

The last sentence

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Some day- on the last day, we will all stand before Him to be judged for the deeds we have done and the words we have said. There will be no mistakes, no miscarriage of justice, no appeal board. As we appear before Him, we will instantly recognise who He is. We will have seen His likeness in the created earth, and in the lives of some humans we have known.

How will you feel when you see Him?

There are two reactions. Sheer terror that you ignored His voice and did your own thing. There is only a negative outcome for this person. There are no second chances, or deviation from the application of the Holy law. Justice will prevail and the sentence eternal.

The other reaction. Sheer delight as you finally see the one you love above all others. The Saviour and Lord you have walked the sinful world with, learning His ways and obeying His will. The outcome is only glory. Amazing joys that we could not even imagine here and now. Your sentence will have been paid on your behalf by another.

Why loose everything for foolish possessions? Why trade a crown for a bag of dirt?
Why exchange glory for infinite pain?

To reject such a Father is sheer folly. To turn down His free offer of complete forgiveness is utter stupidity, and you will be rejected, and rightly judged, forever.
If we live in folly, we will perish in folly.
Why not loose yourself to find true joy and life and an everlasting reward? He holds it out to you right now. Take it and take Him as your Saviour and Lord and find a world of such joy and peace, you will wonder why you waited so long.

Step outside

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If I step up and step out with God, will I be satisfied with Him and His purposes and not my own ideas about how it should be? How will other people react?

We live in hesitant and distracting times. God’s people have lost their sense of urgency and the fact that there is a world of lost people facing an eternity without God. We need money, backing, counselling, an organisation to maintain the activity, and give us clout…. Why?

Everyone lives in a neighbourhood, and has some sort of relationships with the people in it- our street, block of flats, housing complex, etc. How should Christians react?
We go to work, study, take part in activities, and there are people there too… do we have feeling for those around us in every place?

These questions are not the heart of the matter. What we think and feel are changeable and based on our human characters, and therefore are not reliable. The real question is where we stand in the presence of God. Do we really love Him with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and therefore love my neighbour as I love myself? Is my time spent with God filled with love and delight, our just duty? Is His holy presence a place where we go to in trouble and retreat to in weariness? Is His presence our joy?

Are our thoughts of Him a glorious exercise in holy strength and stamina? To be near Him is our number one delight and life is empty without the presence of His Spirit as we walk through this world.

If we are totally His, then this world will fade and die to us, and we will see all the faults, sins and failures with sorrow. The motivation for what we do will change- everything will be service for God, no matter what we are involved in.

My heart? That too will appear as a wandering thing, bent on its own pleasures and intentions. Only the intervention of divine love and forgiveness can rescue it from self- seeking.

All things will become dim, as we lift our eyes to the one who gives us life and Jesus only will become our motivation for every step of the way. Only then will we see this world with fresh eyes and our hearts will truly belong to Him.

Our view becomes outward looking and we start to see situations as God sees them. We start to see the possibilities as never before and our faith grows. It becomes not about me, but centred on Jesus and the work of the Holy Spirit and the intentions of the perfect Father. We become humble servants ready to hear and obey.

Stepping up and launching our into the deep waters is our eternal purpose and joy of all joys…

Do what He says

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John 2:4-7 NIV
“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come. His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.

What a dignity we see here in the Lord Jesus, at the very start of His earthly ministry. His obedience is to the Father, and not His own will, or the wishes of the people around Him. How firmly He stands on the divine sovereignty that is His own, in complete unity with the Father and the Holy Spirit. The whole ministry of Christ is spectacular in its consistency and humility. The eternal Son of God, is involved with human affairs that also elevate His goodness and greatness beyond any other person ever known.

His attitude to His mother “Dear woman” so perfectly respectful and yet stating His divine person above merely human desires. Jesus never wavers from this and never abandons His human relationships even in extreme poverty and suffering. We are not so. Situations become too difficult and we draw back. We are mortal and full of fears and it take our whole lives to learn the power of God in our human mindset. To walk as He walked is our goal and we need to learn to trust God for all our relationships. Only He can make us able to shoulder all that He requires of us.

The attitude and response of Mary, is equally amazing. She is the only one who really sees and understands something of what her Son came to do. She knows He is very different- Joseph is not His father, and angels have spoken into His life right from the start. She knows where His authority comes from and she realises Jesus is always right in all His thinking and ways. Mary tells the servants to “do whatever He tells you..” all authority belongs to Christ and we do well to obey Him in every regard.

How am I to know what He wants?
I must study the Word, so that I know His person, thoughts, will and character. I must draw near in prayer, and spend much time in His presence, learning to speak like Him and think like Him. I need to listen to hear His voice, to discern His voice from other voices and to trust Him completely. As I come to the Lord, I rejoice to know Him and become glad in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

The scriptures are so precious, and every word teaches me and calls me closer to my Father in heaven. This is the point of setting aside times for fellowship with God so that I will grow in faith and love. Christ will involve Himself with us and teach us lessons so that we will be like Him.

Whatever you are doing for God, keep serving and obeying Him and you will get to know Him better and better as you follow.

Anarchy in the UK

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Whoever said that children were sweet and innocent!

I have spent two days in Reception class – 29 anarchic four year olds! They were cooped up in a small classroom and creating merry havoc universally, and gradually going stir-crazy as the day progressed. Why do we do this to our little ones? We are the only country that forces three-year-olds to learn letter sounds. It was a high octane, adrenalin extended shot over six and a half hours, for everyone. I feel deeply sorry for them, as they are very innovative and show great initiative in thinking of new ideas, but there is so little opportunity for expression. I made them some blue dough to play with and they had a whale of a time, with the dough flying everywhere! It is so funny to watch them playing and see what they do, as it is spread all around the room…

One little boy has serious behaviour issues, and if you ask him to do something he doesn’t want to do, you will get kicked, punched and spat at. He is so cute and small and you think that would never come out of such an adorable little boy, but he can give you what for in a instant. The second day he was much better and he even got a pen to take home. My heart goes out to him, because the future will be difficult if he does not learn to deal with his anger and frustration.

Why bother? too many say. Well, the effect of a loving adult in anyones life is so necessary. If home isn’t so great, then school becomes really crucial and children get the chance to form friendships and relationships with all kinds of people.

God says, “They who are wise will shine like the firmament and those who lead many to righteousness like the stars for ever and ever.” Daniel 7:3

In these days, most outreach is not in church but on the streets, schools, workplaces, and certainly with these little lives that are hardly started.

JESUS said, “except you become as a little child, you cannot enter in.” and “Heavenly father, I thank you that you have hidden these things from the wise and revealed them to babes.” Matthew 11

Thank him for all that he has shown to us in his mercy…

The Word

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Every Christian must know the Word of God. It is the touchstone of every avenue of life and necessary for every step along the road that leads to heaven. There is no life without it and we dare not face death void of it’s comfort. A Christian without the eternal Truth is not a Christian at all.

It is infallible, without error and the unsearchable riches of Christ himself. The depths of its wisdom cannot be plumbed, and yet every Christian can understand it, because they possess the Spirit within.

It is indecipherable to the soul still dead in sins, and a closed book to the enemies of God. Even though they look for understanding, it cannot be found without the insight of the Holy Spirit. Religious movements have tried to keep authority over others by using its message in a twisted way, and have sought to dim the eyes of the reader, but still the light always shines through. Though the demons of hell should try to keep human eyes blind, the Word becoming flesh has the healing art and a single word will resurrect the darkened soul.

There is no other book, nor gospel, that can make the blind see, the deaf to hear and and the lame to dance. We must learn it, rehearse its truth and proclaim the forgiveness of sins to every soul on earth. As we preach its messsage, miracles will happen- the stony heart will become soft and the dull mind will reason and faith will set us free.

Why is it kept closed? Why do we not search its pages to find the risen Christ? How can we call ourselves lovers of God, when we are so pale and shallow?

As I take up my Bible, Lord let me grasp the heights and depths of its meaning and permit me to see my Saviour, Jesus. Then I will seek Him and He will take me into His eternal kingdom, and I will take His life to myself, and I will be made new.

 

 

 

Dwelling in His house

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Psalm 84:4 NIV

“Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
they are ever praising you.”

This is not just referring to the saints in heaven, but those who dwell with God every day, every moment. This is not the brick building that people go in and out of, but the constant fellowship with the Father. It is a spiritual place of being, where we know God and are known by Him. The Christian walks through the trials, disappointments and sorrows – all in the presence of God. This is dwelling, and a holy living…the attitude of heart and mind is constant praise and a joyful acknowledgement that we are truly blessed….

Psalm 24:3+4

“Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart…”

To be in this place of being the beloved of Christ, we must seek holiness and pursue the perfection of God, even though we are still wrestling with sin in our lives. To accept that This is just the way it is, and I will never be perfect until eternity, is to side-step the issues and excuse my lack of desire to know Him. I need clean hands and a pure heart. I must seek these from God through prayer, and walk my life each day with the desire to be like Him.

1 Peter 1:6 “Be holy, for I am holy…”

Those who love the person of Christ will earnestly seek to be like Him, no matter the cost. However, to give up everything to Him, means gaining all spiritual blessings and many gifts, so all I really loose is my own sinful tendencies. I can ascend and will ascend that holy mountain of the Lord, because of what He has done in me, and the desire He gives His people to long for these joys.

 

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