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One of Satan’s greatest tools of deception is making people believe there is no after-life.
The devil, who is the father of lies, wants us to become so focused on the here and now that we won’t be prepared for later.
In fact, the father of lies attempts to implement within our minds that life consists merely of the time we have here on Earth. That thinking leads to living for the moment, so to speak.
It’s a dangerous train of thought that is void of accountability.
When Paul was in Herod’s judgment hall in Caesarea, he made one ruler shake in his boots by mentioning God’s judgment hall following this life!
In Acts 24:24, Felix, the procurator of Judea, and his wife – a Jewess named Drusilla – sent for Paul and heard him concerning the faith in Christ.
The corrupt Felix obviously didn’t like what he heard from Paul.
Verse 25 puts it this way, “And as he (Paul) reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, ‘Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.’”
Obviously, Felix experienced conviction with the prisoner Paul’s words of truth.
They made him tremble. He didn’t want to hear he’d be accountable for his actions after he died.
That’s because his actions were far less than noble!
So, he told Paul to just go away.
So many people do the same today when they hit that fork in the road.
Some don’t want to hear about it. Others respond favorably by desiring to know more about Jesus and how they can escape the wrath to come.
There is an escape from pending condemnation. The one and only way is through Jesus’ blood. It comes through faith in God’s grace and love. The Bible tells us to repent and be converted.
Acts 3:19 states, “Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord…”
That sounds a whole lot better than meeting God with a bunch of baggage. Can you imagine the shame of our dirty laundry being aired in the judgment? No thanks. When we stand forgiven, that stuff is gone through Jesus’ blood.
Thank you, Jesus!
But it will take humbling ourselves before God in this life. We’ve got to swallow our pride.
Matthew 21:44 states, “And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.”
We can come broken, humble and meek before the Lord – absent of pride – and find forgiveness. Or we can remain in our pride and say we have need of nothing and God’s hammer will fall down. The choice is up to us.
One of the best evangelists in the New Testament is a man who lifted up his eyes after his life on Earth and found himself in hell and in torment.
His warning is what speaks to people.
He asked Abraham if Lazarus would merely dip the tip of his finger in water and put it on his tongue. But that wasn’t possible.
The man in hell desperately asked if one who was dead could be sent to Earth to warn his five brothers still there about what was to come if they didn’t get it right with God.
Abraham told the man they have the Word of God, and if they don’t take heed to that, it wouldn’t matter even if someone from death went to warn them.
Sam Kaufman pastors The Church of God at 405 13th Ave. N in Alex City. Contact him at 432 266-0154.