“Time is short. Hell is real.” March 6

 

Time is short! Hell is real!

Time is short. Hell is real. We’re all going to live forever.

It’s just a matter of where!

 

Today’s Readings:
Numbers 9 & 10
Psalm 31.6-14
Proverbs 11.7-11
Mark 9.30-50

 

Time is short. Hell is real.

 

Mark 9.30-50:

Only One Remedy

 

In verses 42-48 Jesus warned us about a place where, “Their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.”

Dr. David Jeremiah, in his book What in the World is Going On?, talks about the two men Satan will use during the Tribulation. These two men are called the Anti-Christ (or the Beast) and the False Prophet. Revelation 19.20 says that at the end of the Tribulation:

“Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone.”

Notice these two were cast “alive” into the lake of fire.

Satan himself will also be cast into that lake of fire, but first he will be locked up for 1,000 years. At the end of that 1,000-year time period:

“The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever” (Rev. 20.10).

Did you get that? 1,000 years later the Beast (Anti-Christ) and the False Prophet are still alive and still being tormented. Dr. Jeremiah quotes Harry Ironside, “The lake of fire is neither annihilation nor purgatorial because it neither annihilates nor purifies these two fallen foes of God and man after a thousand years under judgment.”

The Anti-Christ and the False Prophet are not the only ones in danger of hell’s eternal torment. Jesus warned in this passage that we all are, unless we have dealt with the sin in our lives (Mk. 9.42-48).

remedy for sin

But there is only one remedy for sin and that’s the cross of Christ. We can never be good enough on our own to avoid hell’s fury. We can’t be religious enough or do enough good works. Our good works won’t be weighed against our bad. We don’t spend time in purgatory to pay off our sin debt.

We will never get to heaven on our own. The only way is to come to the end of ourselves, recognize that we are sinners, hopeless and helpless, and desperately in need of a Savior.

On Judgment Day, if God was to ask us, “Why should I let you into heaven?,” there is only one right answer. “I believed in what Your Son did for me on the cross. I accepted it by faith and exchanged my sin for His righteousness.”

If we have done that, we don’t need to have any fear about eternity. Instead, we can wait expectantly for the trumpet to sound!

The time is short. Hell is real. We’re all going to live forever. It’s just a matter of where! That should compel us to think soberly about our own relationship with God, and to share the Gospel with everyone we can.

 

TODAY’S OTHER READINGS:

 

Numbers 9 & 10:

At the Last Trumpet

 

Verse 10.1, “And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying. ‘Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the congregation ….'”

Trumpets are frequently mentioned in the Bible. They were used here to signal several things: calling the people so Moses could speak to them, calling the leadership, and signaling the time to break camp and move out.

In other places, trumpets were used to call the people to war and to signal other events. But, for us as believers, the greatest trumpet call will be on that day when the church is taken out of the earth and God’s judgment begins …

“[I]n a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed” (1 Cor. 15.52).

1 Thessalonians 4.16-17, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God… And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.”

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Read the “Bible in a Year” in 2015

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It’s that time of year again: time for resolutions and new beginnings.

Sadly, many of our resolutions fall too quickly by the wayside. How can we keep that from happening?

We need to turn those resolutions into a plan!

time to plan

One of the areas where Christians often want to grow is in the area of Bible reading and comprehension. Is that you? Do you have a plan for reading the Bible in 2015?

Maybe you have resolved to read more of God Word, or follow a certain devotional, or read the “Bible in a Year” before, but failed somewhere along the way.

That’s ok! Most of us tried and failed numerous times before we succeeded! I know I did!

One of the best ways to overcome that tendency is to join other like-minded people so you can encourage one another along the way and share the things you are learning.

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Why not join me and read through the Bible this year?

Just sign up to receive the “Bible in a Year” email each day. It arrives with a short introduction on one of the subjects discussed that day. Each day we will cover a passage from the Old Testament, short readings in Psalms & Proverbs, and a passage from the N.T. That helps keep it interesting! If you have ever gotten bogged down somewhere, you know what I mean.

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And … it only takes about 15 minutes a day to read the Bible in a year. 15 minutes! Can you give God 15 minutes a day to get to know Him better?

I add practical commentary about the day’s readings … principles and truths you can use in your life … TODAY! Many are gleaned from my counseling experience.

Just click “Bible in a Year” and add your email.

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You can also sign up to receive notices for new “Christian Living” posts (on marriage, parenting, communication, blended families, book reviews, wisdom from Proverbs, and more).

If you have any questions or problems signing up, you can contact me.

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November 9 “Does salvation + time + knowledge = spiritual maturity?”

books clock time knowledgeDoes salvation + time + knowledge = spiritual maturity? If not, what does it take?

Today’s Readings:
Ezekiel 9 & 10
Psalm 121.1-8
Proverbs 28.16
Hebrews 5.1-14

 

Ezekiel 9 & 10:

Marked by God

Even as God prepared to bring His judgment on the people, He commanded an angel to go out and put a mark on every person who loved and worshipped Him and who grieved over the spiritual condition of the nation, just as He did before the death angel passed over in Egypt.

The same is true today. All those who belong to Him, those who are born again by the Spirit of God, have His mark. Ephesians 1.13-14:

13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

There will be a day of judgment for everyone. But sadly, there are many who look good on the outside, but because they don’t have a genuine relationship with the Lord are not sealed with the Holy Spirit. Matthew 7.21-23:

21 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’”

Our church’s founding pastor, John Morgan, once said he believed the church is one of the greatest mission fields. Coming to church, leaving behind some things like drinking and foul language, perhaps even getting involved and hanging around Christians can appease the conscience without any real heart change. As Paul warned some of the Corinthians:

“Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified” (2 Cor. 13.5).

And the psalmist prayed:

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me, and know my anxieties;
24 And see if there is any wicked way in me,
And lead me in the way everlasting.

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