July 23rd, 2014

Is hell REALLY for real?  Would our God, so full of mercy and grace, really send us to a fiery pit?  We can’t pick and choose what part of the Bible we believe.  It’s all or nothing.

What would we do if a group of thugs nailed our child to a tree?  Years pass by (2014 to be exact) and some don’t even believe it happened or choose not to “get involved”.  Then our child says ““Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” Luke 23:34  Could we forgive?  Its hard to imagine but THIS is where God’s mercy and grace begins.  THIS, Jesus Christ on the Cross, is the only reason we have made it this far. Jesus petitions God for favor and mercy for all of us sinners. 

This is why we fear God and love God at the same time.  We fear Him because we understand His power and we love Him because we understand His mercy.  We are thankful for His favor on our lives when we didn’t want to “get involved” in His Son’s crucifixion.  Once we understand, believe and have faith in Jesus’ work on the Cross, we are adopted into the family of God.  Romans 8:16-17 “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,  and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.”

Once we’re pronounced a child of God, we understand the wrath of God in which we fear is as protective over us as He is over Jesus.  We are no longer the persecutor but we are now  preserved.  We’re reconciled with God because we believe in Jesus and the Cross.   Now we take that next small step in faith and begin to walk out into the Kingdom of God.  All of our “problems” are still there but for some reason they don’t seem as important.  We know who we are in Christ.  We know we have His protection over our lives.  Then… a prayer is not answered – WHAT?!?   Confusion begins to arise.  Aren’t we protected, aren’t we a child of God, what about all of those “promises”?  1 Cor. 14:33,  “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace,”.  (This is why as new Christians we must stay in the Word and as mature Christians we point them to the Word.)  And so we pray; we reject confusion and pray for understanding.  Things begin to happen, supernatural really – this praying thing may be working.  We begin to understand a little.  We kind of see where maybe that was a good thing that prayer wasn’t answered.  We begin to understand that unanswered prayer was our will but maybe it wasn’t God’s will.  When we look back, we realize God gave us a “revelation”.  Wow – our first revelation!  I’ve heard about those things!  He revealed to us we should pray for His will and not our own if we want to really know His purpose for our life.  His revelations and newness become an everyday occurrence.  Even when bad things happen, instead of moaning and groaning, we know God’s got this.  Unexplainable actually – we just pick up our cross and bear it.

The newness of God’s revelations in our life is for everyone, everyday. Yes, hell is real and if it wasn’t for Jesus we would be well on our way.   Jesus didn’t die for us to suffer through life.   It is when we allow confusion of unanswered prayers or the complacency of our walk with the Lord that limits God.  We cannot live out God’s will for our life without God.  The gospel is still as simple as it was 2000+ years ago.  We don’t have to beg for God’s grace, we just have to go back to the basics.  Believe in Jesus, have faith in God and seek Him first – then get out of His way. He’s still the same God the first day we’re saved as He is right now.  He still wants to bless His children, protect His children and guide His children. – Donna Warren

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