MOST FRIGHTENING?

I realize many of my devotionals have been direct and to the point. Not always filled with ‘sugar and cream and all things nice’. In truth I believe all devotionals can be simply summarized in the words that we are saved by grace through faith and need only to sincerely repent of our sins, trusting in Jesus’ crucifixion for our sins and His death and resurrection (Ephesians 2:8-10). Christ clearly explains this in John 5:29. Yet God’s Word has more than these 100 plus characters (letters) when you flesh out the message. There is a great deal more that God wants us to know and it is not always pleasant.

For me perhaps the most frightening topic is eternal death and the Scriptures have much to say on it. Eternal death is everlasting punishment clearly stated by Christ Jesus Himself in Matthew 25:46. God’s wrath is real and the words ‘everlasting destruction’ (2 Thessalonians 5:9) do not fall softly on our ears. Churches fearful of losing members or not getting the ‘younger generation’ avoid verses like Revelations 21:14 where it speaks of “the lake of fire”. It is here sin death and the devil are forever banished from the universe. I do not plan to hear the words of Matthew 25:41 where Christ tells us some will hear “depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire….”. Separation from God who created all that is beautiful should be something no one desires yet many by their beliefs and actions do just that.

Today we can each know that this is not God’s desire for us. Christ in John 3:16 shares with us Words of salvation. Christ and Christ alone (John 14:6) saves us from a horrific eternal death. As saints or ‘beloved (Christian) brethren’ we will be saved if we remain immovable always abounding in the work of the Lord (1 Corinthians 16:58). If we live and believe in such a manner then our death will not be MOST FRIGHTENING.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Eternal death awaits all deceived by the devil.

DEVOTIONAL VERSE FOR TODAY: John 3:16 “Christ saves from eternal death”.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord I believe in You and Your word.

QUESTIONS TO THINK ABOUT:

  1. What is most frightening to you?
  2. How do you imagine or see ‘eternal death’?
  3. Without sin, death and the devil imagine eternity?
  4. Are you saved?

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