Friday, July 01, 2005

What in HELL Do You Want?

As a child, I was always taught to work for what I want and need. Like most of us, I still realize today that every action has a consequence. So, if I have goals to attain, I must DO SOMETHING in order to get what I want out of life. Even as Christians, though salvation is free, we have to DO SOMETHING in order to maintain a positive relationship with our Heavenly Father. There are commandments set in place which we must follow. After all, “obedience is better than sacrifice” (1 Samuel 15:22).

A few years ago, God dealt with me about the presence of sin in my life. He basically said to me, “What in hell do you want?” Of course, my response was that I didn’t want anything hell had to offer. God’s response: “Then, you don’t believe my Word.” It didn’t take long to realize my Father’s point. We, as Christians, know the result of purposed sin – DEATH. Yet, many of us continue to consciously disobey God on a daily basis. So, which is it? Is there something in hell we want, or do we just not believe the Word of God? If we DO SOMETHING that displeases God, it must mean we want the consequences or simply don’t believe the consequences will come.

Matthew 14:44-51
44 Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?
46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
47 Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods.
48 But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
49 And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
50 The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
51 And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

We as the saints of God are truly living in the last and evil days upon this earth. Though many of us have heard this since our youth, the signs that Christ promised before His return are becoming more evident and frequent than ever before. Though we don’t know the time, we do know it’s closer now than ever before. Unfortunately, many Christians don’t believe the time is really drawing near. Most unfortunate, most “Christians” don’t have a TRUE RELATIONSHIP with God. In other words, most “Christians” are vocational believers. They claim Christ only because they believe they'll get something back – the hope of eternal life. Those with a relationship, however, do the will of God in order to please Him. Yes, an award awaits, but
a relationship is essential in order to PLEASE the Father.

We know that only righteousness leads to eternal life. Sin leads to death, hell and the grave. Romans 6:23 tell us, “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord.”

If we know this to be true, why do we continue to sin? Why are we not faithful servants over the gifts God has given us? Why are we not reaching out to souls? Why don’t we pray, fast and seek the face of God? Our Heavenly Father has given us a choice. Any sensible person, when given a choice, would choose the path that leads to his or her ultimate desire. In other words, if I choose Path A, it’s sensible to assume that I want Result A. If I choose Path B, it signifies that I desire Result B. Are you living a “spiritually sloppy” life? If so, I have only one question… What in HELL do you want? After all, only YOU can choose to go there!

Revelation 14:10-11
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

Saints, we must face it. Hell is real! We must MAKE AN ACTIVE DECISION (Deuteronomy 30:19). Doing nothing, or being stagnant is a choice against the will of God. The lukewarm will be spewed out of His mouth, according to the Word of the Lord. Where are the saints who are willing to TAKE A STAND and BOLDLY PROCLAIM THE WORD OF GOD?

Revelation 21:7-8
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

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