You are not a afraid of the one who has power over death, hell, and the grave!
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Revelation 1:18
Halloween is the season for folks to shake out their fears of a world unknown to them, of what goes bump in the night, shrouded in darkness. The irony of it all is that what they should fear is the Light. Where in HIM there is no darkness at all. They that love darkness have not the Light in them. Read the Gospel of John!
What We NEED To Be Afraid Of.
There is a condition that is more terrifying than just being plain lost, and ignorant of God’s love. And that is being lost, yet KNOWING His love and power. In fact, there are many in our world today that are still riding on the prayers of others, when ever they come to crises in their own life. But, I want to tell you about that moment in time when no one’s prayer is going to be able to do anything for you, but your own prayer of repentance and returning to Him. The prayers of others can bring you to the door, but your relationship with Jesus Christ and yours alone, will be the only thing that will take you across the threshold, of where you belong, into the Father’s House.
A crisis will certainly come, and it will come in a time that the last thing on earth that you will need is to be away from God. knowing too much about Him because you heard the Gospel preached to you a thousand times, isn’t going to help you, unless you take it to heart and let it change you from the inside out. Don’t be gospel hardened. This is how many will slip, seamlessly, into the second death without a care in the world, their heart crusted over to the point of no return, because they rejected God’s word over and over again with a smile on their face. God called it like this: Your lips are close to me, but your heart is far away. Remember, the Judas kiss .. From the man privileged to walk with Him in the days He was on this earth. Selling him out over what? 30 pieces of silver?
In the past you knew enough to get you by, you grew up as a church kid, or your grandpa was a pastor. Or, your mom was in love with Jesus. Or your whole family lived for God as Christians, and you’ve been the rebellious one. Being able to say all the right things in order to make people think you’re alright- when really you are not. The problem is, many in the “Land of the Free” know enough verbiage to create an air of being whatever they want to be, when it’s convenient to do so. You can absolutely defy nature and proudly say you’re something you’re not! But, for the Christian that doesn’t do a thing for them. They forget, devils believe also, and tremble. They tremble because they know what’s coming. In fact, devils may even be able to see what’s coming and where they are going, because their world is unlike ours. Abraham’s bosom or paradise (where the saints went before the resurrected Christ) saw a chasm between them and hell. Paradise could see hell! Abraham spoke to a rich man in torment that wanted a beggar (whom the rich man knew in the land of the living) to dip his finger in water and touch his tongue while he stood in the flames of hell. He begged Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his living brothers not to neglect the Father and Godliness. Luke 16:19-31
You see devils know too much. Their existence is a tormented one. They cried out for Jesus not to judge them before their “time.” We are not much different as they, for all mankind knows his time will expire. The angels who fell leaving their first estate knew too much.
They turned their back on the glory of God, and the privilege they had to be with him forever. Jude 1:6
Knowing all about the Bible, quoting scriptures, even calling yourself a bishop, while hooked on pornography, or sleeping around is a scary world to be living in right now! Or a pastor stealing money from the church, while hooked on drugs. These are not the days to know all that you know, to the point you can preach a sermon, yet you are rejecting Christ. You are not in the light. This is not the time to be drowsy or asleep; even, awake yet resentful, bitter, and full of un forgiveness.
You might not be a Christian leader at all. Just a faithful bible reader that’s gone to fellowship every time the doors were open, all your life. But, you’re full of bitterness, envy, and strife. Today is the day for salvation tomorrow may be too late. While you have breath in your lungs you should not wait another day. Right now, this scripture can work for you, and that is: “Whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved!” Pray this prayer to get you started:
“Dear Lord Jesus, I’ve let too much time pass before getting real with you. I’ve been living day to day with out you. On borrowed time, because nothing in this world is guaranteed. I know too much, I realize that it’s dangerous for me to live like I’m living. I’ve been away from you too long. I know I need to forgive, I need to let go of everything that holds me bound. I don’t want to die in my sins. I know I would be a prize for the devil if I did. You paid such a hefty price for me, I’m grateful, I’m sorry, fill me up again, give me strength again. I’ve avoided your power, and those that walk in it afraid I’ll be exposed! I’m walking out of this living hell. Jesus come into my life and take Lordship. I lay down pride, playing church, lying, being a deceiver. I’m coming to you in private to repent of falsehoods, and open rebellion. Willing to confess what needs to be confessed, and do what needs to be done, to get me out of this lie that’s been my life. I release all bitterness, and heart ache, and shame. I forgive all wrongs, because you forgave me, I must also. Wash me clean and fill me up Lord. I need you. In Jesus name, Amen.
Now walk away from the company of liars that made you comfortable in your churchianity. Supported you in your hypocritical religiosity. Find Jesus people, find the family of God, Jesus will point the WAY and the Holy Spirit will lead you Home.
Indeed I have given him as a witness to the people,
A leader and commander for the people.
Surely you shall call a nation you do not know,
And nations who do not know you shall run to you,
Because of the Lord your God,
And the Holy One of Israel;
For He has glorified you.”
Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near.
Let the wicked forsake his way,
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
Let him return to the Lord,
And He will have mercy on him;
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.
“For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
“For you shall go out with joy,
And be led out with peace;
The mountains and the hills
Shall break forth into singing before you,
And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree,
And instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree;
And it shall be to the Lord for a name,
For an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”