Monday, June 18, 2018

Is Hell A Real Place?

Is Hell A Real Place?


I wanted to share this with to you today. It is a topic that is close to my heart. There are many that believe that Hell is NOT real. My friends when you die there is more to this life than becoming "worm food." There IS something after you die. If you do not believe that Hell is real, please be sure, because dead is dead.... there are no second chances. Below are some points that I would like to make. 

Hell is Permanent
In Luke 16, we find a rich man asking Abraham to send someone to hell with a drop of cool water for his tongue. Abraham responds that there is a chasm or gulf that is permanent and impassable. It prevents passage back and forth between heaven and hell. Once a person makes their choice of heaven or hell, and slips into eternity, there is no changing their mind. Their destiny is fixed.

If you die without choosing to make Jesus your Lord and Savior, you are forever locked in torment and anguish in hell.

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Hell Is A Real Place
In Revelation 1:18 Jesus appears to John on the Isle of Patmos and declares that He holds the keys to death and hell. While there is debate over whether Jesus actually descended into hell in the three days between his death and resurrection, the Revelation passage makes it abundantly clear that Jesus has personal experience with hell. It may be simply because He was part of creating it, or because He has been there. 

Hell was never created for man. It was created to be the place where Satan and his demons would suffer for all eternity in response to their rebellion. It was only when man chose to rebel against God that hell became an eternal destination for man.

Hell = Anguish & Torment
In Luke 16:19-31 we read the story of the rich man and Lazarus. In short, Lazarus was poor and needy, while the rich man was rich. Lazarus begged at the gate of the rich man, but was ignored. Both Lazarus and the rich man died and went to their eternal destinations: Lazarus to heaven, the rich man to hell or hades.

In this dramatic passage, Jesus uses the words torment, anguish, and flame to describe hell in these verses. The rich man called out to Abraham to send him some relief from his torment, which included flames.

It seems that, according to this passage, those who are consigned to hell can see the joy and comfort of those in heaven. This hints that part of the torment of hell is a knowledge that you made the wrong choice about your eternal destiny, and are constantly presented with what you missed in heaven. Regret. It is a horrible thing here on earth, and even more so, in hell.

Unrelenting torment and anguish. Inextinguishable fire and flame. Truly, our worst day here in earth will not even begin to compare to the ‘best’ day  in hell, should one choose to go there.

Will God Forgive Me?

Jesus Offers a Way Out
In John 14:6, Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life. He went on to tell us that it is ONLY through Him that anyone comes to God. All other ways are futile. No amount of good works or being good will get you into heaven. God lives in heaven; therefore, if anyone desires to live forever in Heaven, they must go through Jesus because He holds the only way to heaven. The sacrifice that Jesus made on the cross to pay what you and I owed for our sin and rebellion is our only entry key into heaven.

Who Is satan?

Who Is satan?


Scripture
And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel.

And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it.

And Joab answered, The LORD make his people an hundred times so many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord's servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?

Nevertheless the king's word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.

And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel.
And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the LORD; for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man.

So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.

And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. - 1 Chronicles 21:1-4, 7, 13-15 

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I used the King James Version today, I liked the words to describe satan's actions. There were two thoughts today that I wanted to share with you. The first was our enemy; satan. The Bible does not say much about satan and how he effects us. There is an example here in the book of Job. Notice how the Bible describes satan's actions, he "Stood up against Israel".

When my son and I were arguing, and I have had enough, I stand up. I guess it is my way of making myself superior and usually by that time I am pretty heated ready for a big fight. I can see satan using the same thought process, this is an aggressive stance towards YOU, he is ready for a fight and wants to make himself look bigger than the tiny being that he is.

The other word that I found interesting was; he "Provoked" David. I looked up "Provoke" in the dictionary.
It means:
1. To incite to anger or resentment
2. To stir to action or feeling.

satan is a BULLY! I had a bully in school once and there was two ways that I would deal with him. First, I would ignore him, I would realize that he did not have much self confidence so he had to hurt others to make himself feel better. The other way that I would deal with this person, I would go and get my BIG friend to deal with him. That bully was not so tough when he saw how I had a big friend next to my side. I learned that when I kept my BIG friend around me, the bully would steer clear of me.

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Do you see the connection here? You can't win if you fight and argue with satan. He has had YEARS of experience, but, you can ignore him. Focus your attention to your BIG friend JESUS. Look at that sad little bully (satan) and tell him, "If you are going to mess with me, you are going to have to mess with my BIG friend JESUS". Watch him pee his pants and run scared. Heh Heh Heh

The other point that I wanted you to see is how sin hurts not only us, but the people around us. Because of David's prideful sin 70,000 men died. I know that David felt awful, in verse 21:17 David refers to them as sheep and asked to put the judgement on himself and his family. Shop For books on satan.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Relaxing Music For Stress Relief Prayer Meditation Sleep With Religious Images

Are you stressed out in life? I know that I get that way many times during the week. What I find is that I go to a room that is quiet and close the door, and just listen to relaxing music and either read or focus on some religious images. Check out this video we created to help you do that.


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Promises From Jesus
2 Peter 1:4
And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Matthew 11:28-29
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Isaiah 40:29-31
He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.
Even youths will become weak and tired,
and young men will fall in exhaustion.
But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

Philippians 4:19
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.

Romans 8:37-39
No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Proverbs 1:33
But all who listen to me will live in peace,
untroubled by fear of harm.”

John 14:27
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

Romans 10:9
If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Why Do The Innocent Suffer?

Have you ever questioned why the "rich" seem to have a great life, but why do (I) the innocent suffer?


To understand Job, you have to understand that he was very wealthy. The size of his flocks were enormous! Job was also very close to GOD, he is called "Blameless and upright" by GOD. Job had a good life, he was walking with GOD, and GOD had blessed him for it. Job was the most upright person on earth..... I guess he would be a modern day Billy Graham. I can imagine that Job could feel GOD's presence with him.

The dialogue between satan and GOD is one of a kind. I would suggest reading and re-reading it again. satan was looking for someone to pick on, he appears before GOD with the other angels. During the conversation did you pick up on the fact the GOD suggested Job to satan (1:8)? satan did not ask for Job, GOD had faith in Job. He knew that he was the man for the trial, he knew that he would come forth as gold. Would GOD have that confidence in you, today?
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satan had to have permission to afflict Job and he had boundaries too, but GOD did not allow him to act upon his motives. After satan leaves GOD he BLASTS Job. Can you imagine losing your business, job, savings, bonds, 401k, everything financial? Then if that were not enough, your family dies....gone, in a fatal accident. How does Job react? He praises GOD (1:20) yes, that is right, he goes through the act of mourning and worships GOD. How do you think you would react?

After satan sees that he is failing, he goes back to GOD and asks permission to affect his health. GOD agrees and gives him permission, but again draws boundaries, satan could not take his life. So after loosing his business, and his family, he looses his health and the support of his wife. Even after all this, Job still does not fall. Ha Ha satan! :P

Chapter 3 peaks at Job's frustration. He is maxxed out! Have you ever said or thought, "I wish I were never born?" That is Job's mind set. The last verse in chapter 3 sums up Job's state of mind "I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil.

"Up to chapter 4, Job's friends were wonderful. They were supportive and sat with Job while he was going through this very tough time. But, they blew it in chapter 4 and as we progress you will see how "Supportive" they are. We will take a look at this in the next couple of devotionals.

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Insight Into Scripture
Here is some background on this book. Job is the oldest book of the Bible, it was written around 2000 to 1800 BC. The author is unknown, some believe Job and his counselors, may have. In Job 2:8 Job is sitting among the ashes. Ashes were most likely found on a dunghill or town dump. Job has one of the best dialogues between satan and GOD. The first 4 chapters are a MUST read!

Bringing The Bible Alive
In Jewish culture when a person was in mourning their friends would gather and just sit, this process was/is called Sitting Shiva. It would be a process where your friends would gather together and just sit and mourn with that person. They would not say a word, not try and fix the person, just be there for the person that is hurting.As you are reading Job, try and put yourself in his shoes, try and feel his loses, and see if you would react the same way.

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Scripture Reading
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. The LORD said to Satan, "From where have you come?" Satan answered the LORD and said, "From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it."  And the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?" Then Satan answered the LORD and said, "Does Job fear God for no reason?  Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face." And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your hand. Only against him do not stretch out your hand." So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD. - Job 1:6-12 ESV

Closing Prayer
Dear Jesus
Thank You Father for loving me so much that You are willing to teach me to make me better. Thank You for sending Your Son to pay the ultimate price for me so that I can be with You for eternity. Father I pray that all of those that are going through these times like Job, that they fall to their knees and seek You to get them through it. I pray they will see all the blessings and the work that You do through the terrible times.
I love You and I pray, Amen

When Life Gets Tough Keep Going Like Jesus

In life there is going to be a lot that tries to knock you down like satan, depression, family, relationships, and just life at times. When those things in life try to do this... keep going like Jesus did.


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Here Are Some Thoughts On Our Enemy.
And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked David to number Israel. And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the number of them to me, that I may know it. 

And Joab answered, The LORD make his people an hundred times so many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they not all my lord's servants? why then doth my lord require this thing? why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel? Nevertheless the king's word prevailed against Joab. Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem.

And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he smote Israel.
And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let me fall now into the hand of the LORD; for very great are his mercies: but let me not fall into the hand of man.

So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.

And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it: and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. - 1 Chronicles 21:1-4, 7, 13-15 

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I used the King James Version today, I liked the words to describe satan's actions. There were two thoughts today that I wanted to share with you. The first was our enemy; satan. The Bible does not say much about satan and how he effects us. There is an example here in the book of Job. Notice how the Bible describes satan's actions, he "Stood up against Israel".

When my son and I were arguing, and I have had enough, I stand up. I guess it is my way of making myself superior and usually by that time I am pretty heated ready for a big fight. I can see satan using the same thought process, this is an aggressive stance towards YOU, he is ready for a fight and wants to make himself look bigger than the tiny being that he is.

The other word that I found interesting was; he "Provoked" David. I looked up "Provoke" in the dictionary.
It means:
1. To incite to anger or resentment
2. To stir to action or feeling.

satan is a BULLY! I had a bully in school once and there was two ways that I would deal with him. First, I would ignore him, I would realize that he did not have much self confidence so he had to hurt others to make himself feel better. The other way that I would deal with this person, I would go and get my BIG friend to deal with him. That bully was not so tough when he saw how I had a big friend next to my side. I learned that when I kept my BIG friend around me, the bully would steer clear of me.

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Do you see the connection here? You can't win if you fight and argue with satan. He has had YEARS of experience, but, you can ignore him. Focus your attention to your BIG friend JESUS. Look at that sad little bully (satan) and tell him, "If you are going to mess with me, you are going to have to mess with my BIG friend JESUS". Watch him pee his pants and run scared. Heh Heh Heh

The other point that I wanted you to see is how sin hurts not only us, but the people around us. Because of David's prideful sin 70,000 men died. I know that David felt awful, in verse 21:17 David refers to them as sheep and asked to put the judgement on himself and his family.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Jesus The Shepard

f you read the Bible you will come across the words Shepherd and sheep quite a bit. From Genesis to Revelation it appears 302 times in the NIV translation. So what did GOD mean when He uses these words? I wanted to take a look at this analogy for the next two weeks.


In Exodus, Moses asked GOD who should I tell the Pharaoh sent me? GOD replied to Moses, tell him "I AM" sent you. Then in the New Testament Jesus brings the "I am's" to a whole new level, Jesus becomes more specific. In the Gospel of John wefind several "I am's" that Jesus says to be. We are going to be looking at I am The Good Shepherd in John 10.

In the Old Testament the word "Shepherd" was used for someone who took care of God'speople, or someone GOD held accountable to look after His people. Shepherds were not always good, there were poor shepherds as well. King David would be an exampleof a good shepherd verses Jehoash who "Did what was evil in the sight of the Lord."(2 Kings 13:10)

The word sheep in the Bible refers to mankind. "Sheep" represents Believers as well as non-Believers. In John 10:16 Jesus shares with us that He must bring in other sheep that are not in the fold. The other person that Jesus mentions in this passages the "Hired Hand."

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Jesus is our one true Shepherd. He loved us enough that He laid down His own lifejust so you and I could be with Him forever. Here on earth we are going to have contact with other people. To name a few would be pastors, husbands, wives, boyfriend, girlfriend, friends and family members. No one should ever be placed higher than Jesus. All these other relationships are very important here on earth. Jesus madeus to be relational and community. We need each other to survive. But, everyone other than Jesus is human.

You might be saying to yourself; what is the problem in putting my trust in anotherhuman? Or I want to put all my trust into another person. It is wonderful to trust another and we should, but they should never take the place of Jesus. The problemlies that we all are imperfect sinful creatures. We fight fleshly desires all daylong. We all have the capability to hurt each other at sometime or another. Some may be intentional, some may not be intentional, but at one time or another we all are going to hurt someone.

Pastors are some of the hardest. We tend to place them on a pedestal, maybe one step below Jesus. Our pastors should never take the place of Jesus, your focus should always be on the One above. Pastors provide wisdom, knowledge, and insight. Pastors have extremely tough jobs. But, we need to remember that they are human just like us.
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Let me give you an example from my life. I have known 5 pastors in my life. The first one; Cylde McDowell died from a brain tumor. Totally unexpected and at the peak of his career. A very Godly man, very confusing why GOD took him.

The second; stepped down after being addicted to porn for more than 12 years in secret.

The third; when I approached him about being a pastor, he said to me, "Why would anyone want to do this job? My advise is to go into something else?"

The fourth; I consider my spiritual mentor. We are very good friends today and I admire and respect him.

The fifth; started out good, but as time went on Kim and I disagreed with the vision of the church. Not the churches fault or ours. In fact we now realize it was GOD pushing us in a different direction. My point is not to point the faults in these pastors, but to show you how our human feelings and their human nature may conflict. Imagine if I put all my hope into the one pastor who told me that I should not pursue being a pastor? I would have been crushed! If my true Shepherd had not been Jesus Christ, it may of caused my faith to be damaged and maybe to build up resentment for the Church of Jesus Christ.

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I know that we have spent time on pastors, but the same holds true to any other human being that you place above Jesus. Jesus Christ needs to be your shepherd. If you need advice about a subject it is great to ask your friend, but do not forget seek advise in His Word and prayer, lots of prayer! Jesus will never leave or forsake you, a true friend until the very end, then a friend that will last an eternity!Amen? His words are timeless and always true.

I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them.13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me,15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. - John 10:10-15 

Do You Know God's Son?

Do you know God's son Jesus? If you do, have you accepted God's son? Here is a short video story about knowing God's son. 


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Jesus loves you and His word is full of promises that that you can hold onto for your daily life. I want you to focus on the pictures of Jesus and let Him penetrate your soul with love and grace. I pray that these promises will bless you and lift you up. Remember Jesus is always with you and will never leave you.

Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 

Jesus bore your sins on the cross so you would be healed.
Because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 
Romans 8:2

The Spirit of life in Jesus has set you free from sin and death.
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Psalm 139:1-3

Jesus know everything about you and He mindful of all your ways.
For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. 
Dueteronomy 7:6

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Jesus has chosen you to be His own treasured possession.
Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. 
Psalm 36:5

Jesus love stretches to the heavens and His faithfulness extends above the clouds.
The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made. 
Psalm 145:9

Jesus is tenderhearted towards all that He has made.
Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. 
James 1:12

A Message From Jesus To You

Jesus promises a crown of life to all who love Him despite their trials.
Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe. 
Hebrews 12:28

Jesus is giving you a kingdom that can never be shaken.
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 
1 Peter 5:10

Jesus has called you to His eternal glory.
Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who is victorious will not be hurt at all by the second death. 
Revelations 2:11