EVERY WORD OF GOD FOR DAILY LIVING BY:
PASTOR PAUL RIKA:
Holiness Revival Movement Worldwide
DATE: TUESDAY, APRIL 6TH 2021
TEXT: LUKE 16: 19-31
There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, they have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
Key Verse: Luke 12:4-5
And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
Various people have various beliefs about hell. Some say God is too good and too merciful to put man in hell. There are some people and some religions that teach that when man dies he goes to the grave and remains there. While some other religions also believe that hell is a temporary place of torment where God puts disobedient children and after a time brings them out, but will not leave them there eternally.
But the question is does hell really exist? What does the bible say about hell? The fact that, many people have diverse beliefs about the reality of hell will not change the truth of God about hell. The devil is the one bringing about these diverse beliefs to cause men to be comfortable in sin and not fear eternal damnation of their souls in hell fire, or amend their ways before it is too late.
The truth is that hell exists because the bible confirms its existence as can be seen in our text and key verse above. The story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-26 reveals that hell is real. Several scriptures show that hell is underneath the earth. Hell fire keeps all those who die as sinners, backsliders and all those who rejected Jesus Christ, who practiced other religions, who believed in other prophets or other messiahs apart from Jesus Christ.
Hell accommodates them now. Sinners and hypocrites in churches who die without repentance go to hell. They shall be tormented in hell fire until the day they shall be brought out to be judged by the great judge the Lord Jesus Himself. He shall judge them according to their works, after the judgment they shall be condemned into the lake of fire, the second death. Hell fire itself shall be cast into the lake of fire, Satan and his demons shall be cast into the lake of fire and they shall be tormented forever and ever.
Thought for the day: Amend your ways now before it is too late.
Song for the day: Eternal, eternal life (x2) I want to live eternal life.....
Bible reading for the day: Judges 18-19; Luke 10:25-42
PASTOR PAUL RIKA