What do you believe?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
 ©

I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.
(Luke 12:4-5 (NIV))

Do you believe Jesus when He tells us of heaven and what the kingdom of heaven is like?

Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?

Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross to save you from your sins?

Do you believe that you are a sinner?

And, now, do you believe what Jesus tells us about hell? Do you believe that there is a hell?

It is sad, but far too many people draw the line at the concept of hell. They simply cannot believe that such a place exists, however, we have the recorded words of Jesus telling us of just a place.

How can people pick and choose what they believe in and don’t believe in? I bet that these very same people accept every single principle and application of the law of gravity without even thinking twice about it.

What is the difference?

Just because it is not a pleasant thought does not make it go away. If that were the case, we could simply ignore cancer and it wouldn’t be real. We could simply ignore death and go on living forever. We could ignore murder and live in an ideal society.

Just because we choose to ignore something does not make it any less true or real.

Jesus never said that there is no hell. In fact, he said to fear the one who has the power to throw us into hell.

I recently have read about a well known preacher who is now saying that hell does not exist. If hell does not exist, why did Jesus have to come into this world? Why did He have to die to save us from our sins? Why is the eternal plan of God now wrong?

But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them–bringing swift destruction on themselves.
(2 Peter 2:1 (NIV))

Test everything against God’s Word. Be careful that you do not fall for lies that do not adhere to what has been written. God’s Word is either completely true or it is completely false. You cannot be in the middle. You cannot be lukewarm.

Personally, I have the faith that it is completely true. If that makes me ignorant in the eyes of the world, then I am proud to be ignorant of the lies of the enemy.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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