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Where the Fire Never Goes Out

June 5, 2019

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Where the Fire Never Goes Out

Temptations are everywhere.     If we care about ourselves,  we will make a point  to get away from it — fast.     But,  if we have no self-respect  and do not care  about our eternal well-being,  we will defiantly let ourselves fall  into sin  with a “devil-may-care” attitude.     With our rebellious attitude,  we want to imagine  that we are in control,  but, deep down inside,  we aren’t really fooling ourselves.     That’s why we aren’t honestly happy and content wallowing  in the muck  of sin.

But,  it is even more important  to consider what we want  in all of eternity.     Do we want  to experience heaven or hell?     As our Lord and Savior,  Jesus knows all about both heaven and hell.     Jesus gave His life  so that we wouldn’t have to go to hell — but, nevertheless,  many people will choose  to end up there anyway.     To lovingly show us the importance  of avoiding hell,  Jesus taught  in Mark 9:43-48,

If your hand causes you  to sin,  cut it off.     It is better for you  to enter life maimed than  with two hands  to go into hell,  where the fire never goes out.

And if your foot causes you  to sin,  cut it off.     It is better for you  to enter life crippled  than to have two feet and be thrown  into hell.

And if your eye causes you  to sin,  pluck it out.     It is better for you  to enter the kingdom of God  with one eye  than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell,  where ‘their worm does not die,  and the fire is not quenched.’

We’re not getting away  with anything  when we purposely let ourselves fall  into sin.     It doesn’t matter what the sin is — we’ve got to knock it off,  if we have any desire  to get into heaven.     We cannot mock God  day after day  and expect to get away with it  in eternity.     It might look like we’re getting away with things  here on earth,  but, in actuality,  we’re just building up a judgment against ourselves.

We can know  that God exists — but we had better do something  about that bit of knowledge.     God has proven His existence  in all of creation  and in the whole plan  of salvation  in Jesus Christ alone.     That sort of evidence should get our attention  and lead us to wise up.     Because God has shown  that kind of power  from the beginning of time,  we can be assured  that all of His promises  about Judgment Day  are also true.    Even the demons know for sure  that God exists,  as James 2:19 warns us,

You believe  that God is one.     You do well;  the demons also believe,  and shudder.

The evidence God has given us  should make us realize  that we cannot mock Him  with our belligerent sins  and get away with it.     The demons shudder  when thinking about their coming judgment,  but, they hopelessly continue  in their evil ways.     We don’t have to.

We still have breath.     We can turn  to God  in repentance  and ask for the forgiveness we need.     Through faith  in Jesus,  all of our sins  will be forgiven — wiped out,  gone forever,  totally forgotten  by our loving Savior.     But,  we do need  to turn away  from our sins  with a heart of faith,  hope,  and love.     It will be more than worth it.

Seeing the misery  of our sins,  and being assured  of God’s love,  we repent  and let ourselves be set free,  saying,  “Hallelujah!     Lord, Your ways are so good,  righteous,  pure,  and holy;  they bring good  to everything around them.     Thank You  for Your patient love.”

Love,
Margaret

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Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
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The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
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Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
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Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
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Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
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Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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