Confronting the Lies we Believe
HELL is a DESTINATION for TOO MANY
Jesus spoke more about hell than He ever did about heaven. Jesus taught that hell was a physical place that is never ending. In the story of the rich man and Lazarus (poor man), Jesus presents us with five “eye-opening” characteristics about hell.
- Hell is a place of torment.
- Hell is a place of separation.
- Hell is a place of unquenched passions.
- Hell is a place with no way out.
- Hell is a place where the lost will see outsiders.
Ezekiel 33:11 presents to us God’s greatest desire for the lost:
- God takes no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live.
1. Jesus talked about hell about as much as He talked about anything else. When is the last time you have talked about hell with someone? Why do people avoid talking about hell?
2. Read the Scripture for the words for hell: Tartarus (2 Peter 2:4); hades (Mt. 11:23; 16:18; Luke 10:15; 16:23; Acts 2:27,31; Rev. 1:18; 6:8; 20:13; 20:14); Gehenna (Mt. 5:22,29,30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15,33; Mark 9:43,45,47; Luke 12:5; James 3:6); Lake of Fire (Mt. 13:42; 25:41; Rev. 19:20; 20:10,15; 21:8).
3. Read Daniel 12:2 and Matthew 25:46. The Old Testament and New Testament both teach that everyone will live forever in one of two places: heaven or hell. As comforting as it is to think about heaven being eternal, it is agonizing to think of a place in the universe where people are being tormented forever. What should we as Christians do with this dilemma?
4. Read about God’s patience and tender heart towards the lost (Ezekiel 33:11; 2 Peter 3:8-18). Is your heart like God’s? Do you care that people are perishing everyday around you?
Applying the Word to Life
5. In your prayer time, ask the Lord to give you a name of someone who is headed for hell. Pray passionately for this person. Serve and love this person with a sincere heart. Share with this person the truth in a gentle manner. Be relentless and tireless in your pursuit of their well-being.
6. Are you walking towards God or away from God? Is there an unquenched passion (sin) that you need to control (stop) so that it does not hinder-destroy your relationship with God?