By Ally B
JESUS TALKED MORE ABOUT HELL THAN EVERYONE ELSE IN THE SCRIPTURES COMBINED. HE SPOKE MORE ABOUT HELL THAN HEAVEN...think about that.
JP brought it last Tuesday. While writing The Porch News this week I become teary eyed thinking about how bad we miss it. By "it", I mean understanding what Jesus, our SAVIOR, did for each of us. We could never imagine how good our God is, and therefore can't even begin to imagine how bad hell is.
"There is no pain in this world that compares to hell." Hell is real, it is not a joke, and it is not a party. What breaks my heart is that we, ourselves, are what is going to keep us from eternity in heaven with our Father. "What prevents us from all the goodness God has for us? Ourselves." (Matthew 10:39, John 3:30) Who should end up in hell? Everyone. We have all run from God. (Mark 10:18)
"What shall we conclude then? Are we any better? Not at all!... As it is written: 'There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away...'" (Romans 3:9-12)
"Addictions to sex, porn, attention, spending, relationships...all those things are born out of an addiction to ourselves."
"Then Jesus said to his disciples, 'If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.'" (Matthew 16:24)
Think about some hard truth JP shared Tuesday:
We are called to love God and love others (Matthew 22:37-39). We often respond, "Nah, love me."
The opposite of loving God is not worshiping Satan, it is worshipping self.
We love His stuff and so often just want to bargain with him to get what we want.
I pray so much that you all would experience what I have in the moment where I "got it"...I need JESUS, I need a SAVIOR! I finally understood that my way of life, no matter the temporary happiness, will ALWAYS lead to death (Proverbs 16:25), and keep me from this indescribable life I've now found with Christ.
Here is a glimpse of that moment when I realized I needed Christ to save me from myself almost two years ago...
"Good people and bad people end up in both heaven and hell. The difference is those who are forgiven are in heaven."
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. (2 Corinthians 7:10)
Praying you all would experience His amazing grace~