Imagine yourself before the Lord in judgement. Without notice your life is over. In a flash, you thought your life was going well, and then an accident happens and you die. There is no times for goodbyes or repenting before the Lord. You were driving down a highway road at night, listening to your favorite tunes, when out of the blue, an oncoming semi-truck comes swerving down the road and side swipes you. Before you could control the steering wheel, your vehicle begins to flip. It was happening all too fast. And then it was over, your head went crashing into the windshield and you were instantly dead. 4In that moment, your spirit left your body and descended up to God in judgement. There, you saw thousands of lines ahead of you and besides you, people of all ages. Everyone was getting ready for their name to be called. To some, they were anxious to see the Lord. However, to the rest, there was great anxiety and terror for what they had done. Instantly, you start thinking of your life. You wonder if your good works would outweigh the bad. Many different situations would run through your mind. And then finally, your true situation was made evident. Christ did die for your sins but you chose to live a life apart from Him. His blood did not cover you, for you did not submit your life to Him. Your works were only filthy rags because they were not of God. Oh the fear that started to fill your mind. As people were judged ahead of you, one thing was heard, time and again, and it was terrifying, to say the least, 1“I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”
As you watched people go before the Lord, on bended knee, they would begin to proclaim all the good things they had done and why they should out weight the negative things. They pleaded to not have their sins be held over their heads because of the other things they had done. As you saw this happening, you listened carefully to their reasons. I went to church on Sundays. I served and taught in the church. I prayed. I believed in You and Your sacrifice for sins. I gave to those in need. All their reasons to go to heaven were laid before the Lord. Isn’t this good enough, they’d say? However, Jesus would respond in a stern voice, 1“many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” Doing these things does not give you a right to enter the kingdom of God. Look at the way you lived your life. You were not for me but against me. I could see your vile and wicked heart. And they would say, but Lord I thought the cross covered my sins. I confessed them. Was there no forgiveness? As James 4 states, so did the Lord proclaim, 6“Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God?” 7And so it was, they were all cast into the lake of fire. Before you knew it, you were before Jesus, our Lord, in judgment. You had heard all the pleadings from other people and because of this, you knew there was nothing left to say. So you stood there as God judged you. Because you lived a life of sin, you were also damned forever in hell.
Please understand that 5“it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” If you are not ready to face judgement then repent and turn to God now, while you have a chance. You do not wish to face God, while covered in sin. Your judgement will be swift, as you are thrown into hell fire, for all eternity. This day of wrath can be different. It does not have to be a day of fear and trembling. It can be a day of great joy, to finally be with the Lord forever. It is possible to go before God, on that day and hear Him day, 2“come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.” This is a true and faithful saying to all those that believe in Jesus and therefore, does what He says. If you say that you are a Christian and believe that you are saved, then also listen to what Jesus said, 3“why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?” There is a way to heaven and it is through Jesus. Through our belief in Him, we also are willing to forsake our sins and live a new life for Him and through Him. If there is no desire to forsake your sins, then you are not saved and are not a Christian. There are many fake Christians out there. Do not be fooled into thinking that you are saved through faith alone. Your belief is false and misleading if the goodness of God is not within you. Your humbleness before God is necessary, in order for God’s cleansing power to take place. Come before God now and confess your sins. Give your addictions to Jesus. Allow Him to change the person you are now, that you may be worthy to receive Him, one day soon, in judgement.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that the eyes of the blind will see. May people decide today to give their lives to You, this day. May they no longer put off their day of repentance. As they open their hearts to You, come inside of them and give them new life. Help them live apart from the world and do as You teach. Conform their life to Your ways, so that when judgement does come, they will be ready to receive You. I pray that there will be no more fear, come that day, but a joyful reunion. I know Lord, that You are my Savior. My life is Yours. There is nothing I’d rather be, then to be in Your presence, for all eternity. This world is not worth living for. Sin and shame is not worth it. Thank You for renewing my body, that I might live in the Spirit and no longer in the flesh. I am grateful to be led by my King. May my life always give You praise, by the way I live my life for You. You are my light. I will follow You till the end. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below
1Matthew 7:21-29 (KJV)
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
2Matthew 25:14-46 (KJV)
14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:
35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:
42 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
43 I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
3Luke 6:45-49 (KJV)
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:
48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
4Hebrews 9:24-29 (KJV)
24 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
25 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.
5Hebrews 10:26-31 (KJV)
26 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,
27 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
28 He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:
29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
6James 4:1-8 (KJV)
1 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.
4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
7Revelation 20:12-15 (KJV)
12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.