Tag: heaven or hell

Everyone Appears

The rich, the poor, the athletic, the genius, the gay, the straight, the down and out, the up and in.

All have at least one thing in common.

Nerds, cool cats, gun toters and gun haters, socialists, communists, neo-nazis and Jews.

All face the same appointed time.

Preacher, sinner, agnostic, atheist, universalist, Jehovah’s Witness, and Latter Day Saint. Those who kill others, and those who kill themselves.

It makes no difference. There’s a throne that must be faced.

Dark skin, white skin, tatted or pierced skin, stretched and pregnant, wrinkled and worn. Skin is skin; nothing more, nothing less.

Remember that.

Bald headed or buzzed, white haired or gray.

Corporate executives, Army privates, movie stars and star gazers; what will you do?

You can’t dodge it forever.

No matter who you are or think you are, there is no way you can avoid the divine interview when your life is finally over.

Everyone appears before God.

Whether you’ve been sweeter than candy, or mean and nasty.

You may live to be 120 or never see your thirtieth birthday.

But what will you do when your life is over?

How will you answer when questioned by the Creator of the universe?

How will you hide from the Judge Who’s eyes pierce your very soul, and Who knows your life without you saying a word, when there’s absolutely no place to hide?

While you still have breath in your lungs, consider your future appointment with God Almighty.

Be honest with yourself: you have NOT been THAT good; good enough to keep from shrinking before His Holy Presence.

Consider –

“And just as each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment, so also Christ died once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people…” (Hebrews 9:27 – 9:28 NLT)

The ONLY way you’ll stand before God without hearing Him say, “Depart from Me and spend eternity in the Lake of Fire which was prepared for the devil and his angels” is if Jesus Christ is standing with you.

The only way.

“Jesus told him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.’” (John 14:6 NLT)

Let Him stand with you now.

You’ll be glad you did.

“But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn – not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.” (John 1:12 – 1:13 NLT)

If We Only Knew 

If we only knew more than we do, about any given subject, it would probably have direct bearing on the decisions we make. 

For example, if we only knew a policeman was sitting around the corner in his cruiser, radar gun in hand, and how much a speeding ticket was going to cost, we’d probably slow down. 

If we only knew how addictive nicotine was, we may not have started smoking.

If we only knew…

Back in the days of my youth, I was not the least bit shy when it came to investigating how certain things worked, or what would happen if someone did this to that (pick an object-it didn’t matter what). 

I took my first watch apart because I wondered what made it waterproof. It was never the same. As a matter of fact it was useless, since I couldn’t figure out how to put it back together. 

If I only knew…

I tried smoking, because I wanted to be able to blow smoke rings like someone I knew. 

Yes, I did learn how. Not a big deal after all.

If I only knew…

I remember a time, a few years ago, when I volunteered to peel a bag of potatoes for a big Thanksgiving dinner we were hosting. 

I may be a little weird, but I enjoy peeling potatoes. 

Anyway, I finished my task, and then came the fun part; pushing all the peels into the garbage disposal. 

Following my mental checklist, I turned the cold water on, flipped the disposal switch, and began feeding the hungry appliance just as fast as I could. 

What began as a joyous occasion, soon became a nasty chore. I plugged the disposal so bad, I had to tear it apart to unplug it.

It dawned on me that day; mistakes are made by two groups of people. Those who don’t know everything, and those who think they do. 

If we only knew what would happen when we die (we already know we WILL die), we’d probably be a little more concerned about preparing for that day.

But here’s something we can know. We don’t have to be surprised. We CAN know what will happen. 

“Oh, come on, man. No one can know!”

Yes, you can. You can know by faith. And that faith will become a reality.

“I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1 John 5:13 ESV)

We can know whether we’ll go to heaven or hell. In fact, we get to choose!

If we only knew how much power God has made available to His Church, we’d be more inclined to pray and act according to His word. 

But again, this is something we CAN, and SHOULD KNOW.

“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, THAT YOU MAY KNOW what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, AND WHAT IS THE IMMEASURABLE GREATNESS OF HIS POWER TOWARD US WHO BELIEVE, according to the working of his great might that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:17-23 ESV)

God WANTS us to know some things. He EXPECTS us to seek after the things pertaining to His kingdom. And those who seek find the answers.

“For your obedience is known to all, so that I rejoice over you, but I want you to be wise as to what is good and innocent as to what is evil.” (Romans 16:19 ESV)

Yes, life provides us with many opportunities to wonder what if, and to say, “If I only knew”, when things didn’t turn out so well. 

But there are some things we MUST KNOW. Things He has so graciously provided for whoever will take the time to search. 

He’s not far away, either. He’s as close as His word. 

Now you know.

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:14-17 ESV)

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