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Frightening Facts

Friday

May 20, 2016

Last Chance

Read

“Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ But He will answer, “I don’t know you or where you come from’”. Luke 13:25

“Whoever acknowledges Me before men, I will also acknowledge him before My Father in heaven.” Matthew 10:32

Think

Have you ever been unprepared for a big business meeting? Have you ever been on your heels with your head spinning grasping for straws? That is how it will be for most people duped into believing God grades on a performance plan, or some national average, or cosmic curve. Wrong! God’s standard is nothing less than holiness. We are all sin-stained and chained, fallible, and flawed by comparison. And in our natural condition, we are destined for doom. You see, we cannot come to Christ anytime we like. First, the Holy Spirit must convict. Unfortunately, the earthly 4-1-1 on judgment is that God will lower the bar and ratchet down His holiness to usher the masses into heaven. You know, all the “good people” who might not have been perfect, but tried hard to be decent upstanding citizens. Well, Jesus says our humanistic and finite 4-1-1 on judgment is the wrong number, because many—the good and bad alike—should be dialing 9-1-1 for His help. We will never know when God decides to walk away from the door and say, “Depart from Me. I never knew you.” Yikes! Although our first death is unavoidable, our second death is. Only through Jesus Christ does death yield to life. Salvation starts today, because if you wait until tomorrow you just might discover that yesterday was your last chance.

Pray

Give thanks for the conviction of the Holy Spirit. Rejoice in the ultimate freedom and joy only found in Christ. Ask for forgiveness as you lay each sin before Him, and praise the name of the Lord.

Act

Read John 17:20-26. Then reflect on Jesus’ words as you continue to pray for at least five people you know facing a Christ-less eternity.

Thursday

May 19, 2016

Prepare For Tomorrow Today

Read

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for Him who died for them and was raised again.” 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

“I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2

Think

Most people are familiar with the Greek statue of Lady Justice, an image of objectivity and fairness. She stands blindfolded for impartiality. She holds balanced scales in her right hand meticulously weighing fact and evidence, and in the other, she holds a sword illustrating the power, strength, and implementation of justice. However, she is simply the image of a false goddess. As Christ-followers, we serve the only living, merciful, and just God—the ultimate Judge. By trusting in Him, we are saved by His grace. And our eternity in heaven is forever secured by the blood Christ shed for us on the cross. But, even though He spared us from ultimate death, we are still accountable for everything we did— both good and bad—on earth as we stand before Him to receive recompense, the loss or gain, of our eternal inheritance. Sadly, though, those who live like hell on earth face unimaginable hell in hell. There are no second chances, there are no do-overs, and there are no negotiations with God once we breathe our last breath in this life and our first in the hereafter. Thus, the time to prepare for tomorrow is today, because you are not ready to live until you are truly ready to die. Heaven starts here!

Pray

Pray for what Christ loves the most—His church. Ask for seats to be filled and for many hearts to be touched this weekend at Fellowship Church.

Act

Consider at least five people you know who are facing a Christ-less eternity. Imagine them isolated in a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth. Pray for them over the next several weeks; and when an opportunity arises, invite them to church.

Wednesday

May 18, 2016

Faith or Fraud?

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“By their fruit you will recognize them.” Matthew 7:16

“You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.” James 2:19

“Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?” 2 Corinthians 13:5

Think

The Bible says we are saved by grace through faith—that’s it! However, many sadly think faith is synonymous with belief. And even sadder, is the fact that many who think they are Christians aren’t. It’s a harsh reality. Jesus said Christians are recognized by their fruit. Just because a fruit tree looks like a beautiful tree does not mean it bears good fruit. For this reason, James wrote that those who believe in God, but have yet to grow and encounter radical life change are basically frauds. Thus, faith without action leads to a life of dissatisfaction and ultimately death. Faith in action means loving the things of God and obeying His commands. Is your faith a fact, or is it a fraud? Because remember, even the demons believe in God.

Pray

Pray for God to show you your fraud. Whether you’re a Christian with a modicum of faith or a mountain of faith, there are always areas lacking love in action. And then, thank Him for His mercy and grace.

Act

Read James 2:14-26. Then allow God’s Word to read you as you spend a few minutes meditating and reflecting on where you are in your walk with Christ.

Tuesday

May 17, 2016

True North

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“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

“But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:14

Think

It’s common in today’s culture to say, “All roads and individual religious paths lead to God”. However, unfortunately for the masses, they are literally dead wrong! Nothing we can do qualifies us to meet God face to face. And in fact, nothing ever will without Christ. He is the only way. Heaven is not an exit located off some spiritual super expressway. Jesus said the “narrow road leads to life”. When we join Him in the ways of righteousness our paths will always head true north. Even as believers, though, we must be vigilant about the way we walk, talk, and do life. Therefore, we must constantly test our spiritual temperature and examine the truth about the condition of our hearts. If you were to die today, would Jesus look you in the eye and say, “Well done My faithful servant”?

Pray

Ask God to reveal any area in your life that needs examination or spiritual renewal. And thank Him for sending His only Son to die sacrificially for your sins and to rise again for your salvation.

Act

Consider your ways. Do they align with Scripture? Check the totality of truth in your life. Are you living they way God truly wants you to live? Are you illuminating the light of Christ within the darkness of the world?

Monday

May 16, 2016

The reality of Hell

Read

“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.” Mathew 7:13

Think

When you think of Jesus’ teaching, what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you immediately think of topics like forgiveness, love, peace, and prayer. But there’s one subject that continually shows up in Jesus’ teaching that most people don’t think of. It’s a topic that is not necessarily comfortable. It’s one that, if you brought it up at a party, would stop people in their tracks. That topic is hell. That’s right, Jesus taught more about hell than He taught about prayer. Why? Because the implications are eternal. At Fellowship Church, we sometimes get asked why we do what we do. Why are we creative in presenting the message of Christ? Why do we push the boundaries and stretch people to their limits? Why do we go against the grain to reach people for Jesus? The response is easy. “Is there a hell?” The reality of hell is the cause of our constant pursuit of people. As you think about your life, can the same be said? Do you look at people and ask yourself, “Are they going to heaven? Or are they headed for hell?"

Pray

Ask God to give you His perspective on people as eternal beings. Pray for urgency in your spirit to reach them with the message of hope found in Christ.

Act

Try something new as you meet people. Each time you meet someone new, make the first question in your mind be this: Are they headed to heaven or hell? Let that question motivate you to be an influence for Christ in the world around you.