God, we thank you for this day. We thank you for being everything to us. We thank you for being our strength to overcome obstacles. We thank you for being with us when we feel alone. Thank you for being our father when we felt parentless. Thank you for holding our hands when we needed to feel secure. Thank you for being our peace when all chaos was breaking forth. Thank you for being our shield when we felt unprotected and vulnerable. Hallelujah to your name God. We ask that we read your word more in depth to get understand and that your will be done on earth as in heaven. We ask that you begin to help us hunger for a deeper devotion with you. That your word becomes our daily bread. Let us begin to be desperate for your presence in our daily lives. Forgive us God, for every sin every thought every facial expression every wrong response and every dishonorable moment we had. Let us forgive others like you forgive us and to love them as if they never hurt us. God also helps us deal with the unforgiveness and hurt that we to try ignore on a daily basis. Teach us how to be better stewards of your word and better students of your son Jesus Life. Give us the strength to stray away from the things not like you. Be our guide on how to walk away from temptation. For the earth and heaven is yours in Jesus Name amen.
I will share with my friends about God and how much He loves them. I want them to have a relationship with Him.
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.””
Matthew 28:19-20 NLT
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Too Late for Another Chance
Bible Reading: Hebrews 9:27-28
It is destined that each person dies only once and after that comes judgment. Hebrews 9:27
Micah wanted so badly for his friend to understand what the Bible has to say about hell. After all, hell isn’t a bad word. It’s a bad place. And Micah really wanted his friend to be with him forever in heaven. So Micah spent months feeding his friend little bits about the love of Jesus and the total coolness of heaven. One day Micah’s friend actually started asking questions of his own about hell.
“Hell is forever?” Micah’s friend puzzled. “Isn’t that like getting sent to the principal’s office and never getting out? Won’t people feel bad and tell God that they really do love him and want to live in heaven with him? Won’t God let those people out of hell and into heaven?”
Lots of people figure that believing in God is like handing in a school assignment late: better late than never.
Not true. And not because God wants to flunk people out of heaven.
God knows that people in hell won’t flip-flop how they think about him. If a thousand more chances would have swayed them to choose his way, God kindly would have given them the chances.
Remember: He’s the God who “does not want anyone to be lost, but he wants all people to change their hearts and lives” (2 Peter 3:9, NCV). But because God knows everything in advance-including when people have totally made up their mind-God lets them go. He says, “It is destined that each person dies only once and after that comes judgment” (Hebrews 9:27).
Unbelievers are like buckets turned upside down under Niagara Falls. They wonder, “Where is God’s love?” Yet they won’t turn their heart right side up and let the waterfall of God’s unlimited love fill their life. God’s love is a gushing torrent. But people who are against God don’t feel a drop. And hell is where people go when they have decided they don’t even want to feel God’s love.
Unbelievers are also like rude guests at a banquet. God offered his love on a platter. When people refuse his love, it’s as if they’ve knocked the platter out of his hand and stomped on the best food.
God doesn’t give unbelievers more time to choose him because he knows more time will do no good. But we can be assured that even when it comes to something as hard to understand as hell, God’s love for us is perfect!
TALK: The better you know God, the more you will want to share his heart of love with people who don’t know him. How are you expressing God’s love to non-Christians?
PRAY: God, help our non-Christian friends sense your love through us.
ACT: Take a bucket, turn it upside down. How much water goes in? How is that like a person who refuses to accept God’s love?
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