Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Hell No! Don't Go!

Dan and I were recently watching Mary K. Baxter on Sid Roth. You can find the reruns on you tube. In short many years ago, she had a divine encounter/revelation where Jesus came and took her in to Hell for many days, and then took her into Heaven. He did it for the purpose, to warn people that there really is a Heaven and there really is a Hell. I can hear many as I type this saying to themselves ‘and you really believe she experienced this’? Yes, I do. Many of what she said is in direct correlation with specific Biblical passages. It is just like God to do something supernatural in order to warn people. I’ve heard other accounts that are very similar. This warning needs to be heeded. Folks, there really is a Heaven, and there really is a Hell.

It is so easy to get caught up in this lifetime and think it’ll last forever. But time is fleeting. The days are speeding up. Your lifetime is but a moment or a whisper in eternity. You do not have the luxury to continue to put off where you will spend eternity. Anything could happen. Tomorrow you could die, or Jesus could return. Is your fate worth the gamble?

James 4:14 (NKJV) says,”whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”

I’ve heard time and time again many believers fall in the trap of the “once saved always saved” mentality. This false teaching is not Biblical! I could set here and give you scripture after scripture proving that but for the sake of space I’ll give you this one.

Matthew 7:22-24 (NKJV) says, “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?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

It’s obvious that the people in this scripture were ones that thought they were going to Heaven. They thought that they were doing all these things in the name of the Lord, but deep down their hearts were far from God. They were deceived. The Bible warns us of things that will get us out of the kingdom.

Galatians 5:19-21 (The Message) says, “It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on. This isn't the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God's kingdom.”

Matthew 18:21-35 speaks that you won’t be forgiven of your sins unless you’ve forgiven others of there sins. Unforgiveness will keep you out of heaven too.

So what do you do in order to go to heaven? It’s quite simple.

First, believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose again. Believe that by His blood you were redeemed from death, Hell and the grave. (Acts 16:31)

Second, confess with your mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord. Don’t be silent about it. (Romans10:9-10)

Repent! Let’s face it, no one is perfect! Keep repenting! If you mess up repent and move on. Repenting is a complete turn in the opposite direction. Repenting doesn’t mean you’re perfect. It means you’re trying to live a righteous life. It means you’re staying humble realizing that you’re not perfect. But repenting isn’t a one time deal. You need to repent whenever you sin. Many people treat repentance as something they did a few times at the alter and leave it at that. No! Repentance is a lifestyle. You have to constantly aware of the choices your making. (Acts 2:38 and Acts 3:19)

What is so sad is that many are headed to Hell. It’s their choice! They don’t have to go there. God did not send Jesus upon the earth just to tell people they were wrong. He sent His son to rescue them from Hell. He sent His son to redeem the lost. As I watched Mary K. Baxter’s story I myself continued to check myself. We all need to continually look at ourselves and check ourselves.

John 3:16-18 (The Message) says, "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person's failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”

Time is short. Complacency is not an excuse! It’s too short to gamble with your eternity. Jesus could come back at any moment. As I write this I feel such an urgency in my spirit. Don’t keep putting it off. May the choice today to turn your life around and live for God. You don’t want to go to Hell. God doesn’t want you there!

In closing I cut and pasted this you tube video link below. I love Misty Edwards’ praise and worship. Watch it and think about what I said. God loves you. Make the continual choice for Heaven. Make the continual choice to live for God.

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