2Timothy 3:5 They will act religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly.
2Timothy 3:5 For [although] they hold a form of piety (true religion), they deny and reject and are strangers to the power of it [their conduct belies the genuineness of their profession].
I was very happy upon my arrival yesterday to find this man sitting up in bed and being able to communicate. He even remembered my name. As I began to talk to him about the Lord I knew very soon that he did not have a relationship with the Lord. If he would have died he would have gone straight to hell. People must remember that the devil “knows the Lord”.
James 2:19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.
To know “of the Lord” and to “have a personal relationship” with Him are two extremely different things! The Holy Spirit revealed to me that true messengers of the Lord are also like “doctors”. We have the cure for people that if they take heed to it will keep them from spending eternity in hell. That cure of course is the Word of God and leading people to a “true relationship” with the Lord. The problem for us doctors is that people will not tell the truth about their true condition. They would not do this if they had a terminal condition and were talking to a medical doctor. They would want to get well. So many people do not place that the condition of their heart with Jesus as high as things that can go wrong with them physically on this earth. As one of the Lord’s doctors instead of going in to check their vitals I will go in to check “their fruit”.
Matthew 7:16 You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? 17 A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit. 19 So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire. 20 Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.
There are so many people in hell today and so many more that are on their way because they are not honest about their “true relationship” with the Lord! There are so many “fake Christians” that occupy the pews of American churches on Sunday mornings! They have removed themselves from the “life support” that Jesus offers. Some are deceived into thinking because they once prayed a prayer that they “are good” and that they can live however they want. They think that “repeated prayer” gave them “fire insurance” that will keep them from eternal hell. How wrong they are! If you do not stay connected to the Lord you are in BIG ETERNAL TROUBLE!
John 15:4 Remain in Me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in Me. 5 "Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in Me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.
The problem lies with not everyone can see this. They can fake people out by knowing how to speak some “Christianese”. In other words they know the words that good Christians say. These scriptures are so fitting for so many that are in American churches…..
Matthew 15:8 These people draw near Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts hold off and are far away from Me.
Luke 6:46 "Why do you call Me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I say?
Titus 1:16 They profess to know God [to recognize, perceive, and be acquainted with Him], but deny and disown and renounce Him by what they do; they are detestable and loathsome, unbelieving and disobedient and disloyal and rebellious, and [they are] unfit and worthless for good work (deed or enterprise) of any kind.
It shocks me how many people take a disease such as cancer as and place it as a higher priority that their relationship with the Lord! In this country people will even change churches so that they can find other people with their same damaged heart condition that believe the lie that they are ok. This would be like someone having cancer and then they go and find another doctor that tells them that they do not have it and “are ok”. For example take the homosexual, they can go and find many churches today that will tell them it is ok. So even though “The Great Physician’s” word clearly says that they will die (eternally) the people will settle for the deceived false comfort of being told they have nothing to worry about. They will twist and turn God’s Word into what “they want to believe”.
2Timothy 4:3 For the time is coming when [people] will not tolerate (endure) sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching [for something pleasing and gratifying], they will gather to themselves one teacher after another to a considerable number, chosen to satisfy their own liking and to foster the errors they hold, 4 And will turn aside from hearing the truth and wander off into myths and man-made fictions.
The devil sits back and laughs at the ignorance of professing Christians in this country. He has to be shocked at how easy it is to continue to lead so many Americans straight to hell! He has to be amazed that his same ole tricks continue to work in deceiving so many. For anyone reading this message today I pray that you are striving to walk in Holiness on a daily basis.
1John 2:6 Whoever says he abides in Him ought [as a personal debt] to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself.
1Peter 1:14 [Live] as children of obedience [to God]; do not conform yourselves to the evil desires [that governed you] in your former ignorance [when you did not know the requirements of the Gospel]. 15 But as the One Who called you is Holy, you yourselves also be Holy in all your conduct and manner of living. 16 For it is written, You shall be Holy, for I am Holy.
Hebrews 12:14 Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will [ever] see the Lord.
People must wake up to the scriptures above concerning Holiness! As much as it hurts us to accept that a loved one that was not striving to be Holy or walking in Holiness is in hell if they died, it is the truth. It is the truth no matter what false teacher or false doctrine you have come across! It is the truth no matter how many preachers that you have heard tell lies about people that have not lived for the Lord that sprouted angel wings and flew off to heaven. These lying so called preachers will stand in judgment one day before the Lord with blood dripping from their hands because they deceived people and failed to warn them of what was ahead!
Ezekiel 3:18 If I say to the wicked, You shall surely die, and you do not give him warning or speak to warn the wicked to turn from his wicked way, to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood will I require at your hand.
No matter what they lied to you about concerning the person if they were not right with the Lord they went straight to hell! The Lord will examine people’s hearts.
Job 13:9 "Will it be well when He examines you? Or will you deceive Him as one deceives a man?
Is there a chance that at the very end people can cry out to the Lord? The answer of course is yes! I do not believe for a second that it happens as much as people think and hope it does. It is not a huge group of people that want to truly give their lives to the Lord and live for Him.
Matthew 7:13 "You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.
1Peter 4:17 For the time [has arrived] for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will [be] the end of those who do not respect or believe or obey the good news (the Gospel) of God? 18 And if the righteous are barely saved, what will become of the godless and wicked?
I pray that you are striving to have a deeper and closer relationship with the Lord every day. I do not want my relationship the same as it was yesterday. I want to be drawing closer and closer to Him every day of my life. I want to be more like Him each and every day! This message (prescription) may very well be for you! If not, it may be for someone that you love that you do not want to see them end up in hell. Will you swallow the “Gos-pill” or will you go on thinking that you are ok? Repenting, admitting and quitting sin are the keys to getting right with the Lord! People must remember that they can fool and deceive man but there is no fooling God! He knows it all and one day we will be judged for everything we did while on this earth! Are you truly ready?
Romans 2:16 And this is the message I proclaim—that the day is coming when God, through Christ Jesus, will judge everyone's secret life.
Romans 14:11 For the Scriptures say, "'As surely as I live,' says the LORD, 'every knee will bend to Me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.” 12 Yes, each of us will give a personal account to God.
Hebrews 9:27 And just as it is appointed for [all] men once to die, and after that the [certain] judgment,
I will be attempting to sit down with a couple families soon to discuss what you are reading. So often as I have said we don’t want to face the truth. Some choose to go by what they want to believe. This can happen while other family members or friends stay deceived. People want to believe their family, their friends, their pastor or their denomination over what the Bible clearly states. If this is you then you sure “AS HELL” better make sure you are right!
Proverbs 16:25 There is a way that seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death.
No one is getting into heaven on their mama, daddy or grandparents relationship with the Lord. We must daily be looking at ourselves and make sure that we are truly right with Him! I have actually spoken to many that think they can ride into heaven on someone else’s shirt tail. How deceived they are!
2Corinthians 13:5 Examine and test and evaluate your own selves to see whether you are holding to your faith and showing the proper fruits of it. Test and prove yourselves [not Christ]. Do you not yourselves realize and know [thoroughly by an ever-increasing experience] that Jesus Christ is in you--unless you are [counterfeits] disapproved on trial and rejected?
We must pray daily and be in His Word. So many will believe whatever is told from a pulpit. We must make sure that the person up there is telling you the truth!
2Timothy 2:15 Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully teaching] the Word of Truth.
Even with people like the apostle Paul coming and speaking to them the people of Berea checked them out according to scripture to make sure that they were not being deceived.
Acts 17:11 And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul's message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.
I refuse to be like so many out there that are people pleasers. Just like anyone else I want people to like me but I refuse to do it at the expense of one day having to stand before my Lord and Savior and give account for every word that was spoken from my mouth.
Matthew 12:36 But I tell you, on the Day of Judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak. 37 For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.
I do not want to make someone feel good on this earth then have them one day lift their eyelids to find themselves in hell for all eternity! There are masses of people in this country that are deceived into thinking that they are going to heaven. The American churches are filled with them. It is time for people to wake up before it is too late. I was so grieved in my spirit yesterday to be looking at this man that would have been in hell if he died. To know that there are so many out there in the same condition left me with a sick feeling the rest of the day and evening. It left me with more of a drive to reach the lost! It turns out that this man does not live very far from me and he told me that he wants my help. I question at this point if he really understands how crucial all of this really is but I pray that he will understand as we get together more.
There could not be more fitting scripture to wrap this up with than the following. I know after what I went through yesterday that the Holy Spirit dropped this message on me for someone to take heed to. Also I praise the Lord for the challenges of yesterday because I know that today I am a stronger person in Him and I know that I can be more effective in doing His work! Praise His mighty Name!
Galatians 1:10 Obviously, I'm not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ's servant. 11 Dear brothers and sisters, I want you to understand that the gospel message I preach is not based on mere human reasoning. 12 I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ.