Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Heaven and hell each will receive their reward

 Heaven And Hell Each Will Receive Their Reward

   Praise Jesus. Everyone, even the best of Christians, can be deceived by the devil, or they can start to believe that maybe hell doesn't exist. some Christians ... (Live streaming interrupted for a few seconds) how hot hell is, or how long people are in hell, if hell is eternal. But the fact is, hell is real, demons are real, heaven is real, Satan Israel, Jesus Christ is real. And we will spend eternity in one of two places, either heaven or hell. There is no purgatory. If you're looking for some sort of middle ground in between heaven and hell, that would be Earth. Earth is the place to choose good or evil. And each of us are then rewarded according to our works. As Jesus said, when He comes, He will give each according to their works. The Christian Church has done a very poor job about teaching this. They say God sees everyone the same. He sees everyone as sinners. And as long as you've prayed the prayer of faith, those who are faithful, meaning they prayed a prayer will be accepted into heaven for all eternity, as sinners. And the other sinners who haven't said that the sinners' prayer will automatically go to hell. So they have a bit of crazy theology, because they believe themselves to be saved in going to heaven, because they have prayed the prayer, and they're sorry, even though they continue to sin. Yet everyone else is the damn to go to hell.

But Jesus never spoke about a magic prayer that would get us into His kingdom. In fact, He spoke quite the contrary. Jesus gave parables, like the one about the guy who got into the kingdom, but he still had his old garments on. And they asked the guy, why do you still have on your dirty garments? And the guy was speechless. So the master said, bind him hand and foot and cast him into outer darkness. What does that represent? That parable represents a Christian who never repented, who thought he was in the Kingdom of heaven, who thought he was on his way to everlasting life, but who never cleaned up his act, never got sin out of his life, never held Jesus' hand, and obeyed Jesus Christ.

So what will we expect that Jesus will say to us when we die and we're still in our sins and haven't truly repented? Do we expect Him to say, good and well done, my faithful servant? Do we expect Him to say, come into my kingdom and pollute my children? I know you have a little porn in your life, I know that you have a little addictions, but bring that in and spread that around with my children. What do we expect a holy God to say to us? He's not gonna allow any of His children or any of His kingdom to be polluted. And we would bring pollution into His kingdom if we're not wearing our white robes, if we're not made clean. The way to be made clean is by the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony. That's the way we are made clean and overcome. We call on the name of Jesus. Obviously, no one can do it on their own, but Jesus has made the way. And if you call on Him and say, Lord, “purify me from my unrighteousness. I know that I am a sinner. I know I need your salvation.” Then He will come to you and He will purge you, and He will pull all that sin out of your life and remove it from you as far as the East is from the west.

But if you do not do that work, to repent, then Jesus will certainly not do the work for you. There are a whole lot of Christians that preach the doctrine that you can't do any work for the Lord, He's done it all for you. Well, why do many Christians go to Hell then? Who is that guy that's in the kingdom with his dirty robes on? That's not an atheist. An atheist doesn't want to go to heaven. People of different religions, they don't want to go to the Christian heaven. They don't care about Jesus. Those who are ending up in hell, or in the lake of fire, that are people that are saying things like, Lord, didn't we cast out demons? Didn't we heal the sick? Didn't we preach sermons? Didn't we hear your gospel? These are Christians, and they are the ones being rejected because they have sin in their life. So we have to take this seriously. We have to take Jesus and His words seriously.

 He loves us. He cares for us. But if we don't do the work to overcome He's not going to do our job for us. Jesus respects our wishes. If we wish to do evil and we wish not to go into His kingdom, then He will not force us to go into His kingdom. If we choose to do wrong, He’s not going to force us to do right. He respects your free will, your choice. So knowing that you have to choose to do good, He's not going to force your hand to do it. He's not going to force you to have a dream or a vision. He's not going to force you to speak in new tongues. It's not like His spirit forcefully comes upon you and manipulates you like a demon. People wonder, why am I not speaking in a new tongue? Why am I not having visions and dreams? Of course, you can't make yourself have spiritual gifts, but you do need to seek after them. You need to seek after Holiness, seek after the gifts that the spirit of God has for you. Because if you're not seeking after Him, and it's not your will, why would God force something on you that is not your will? If your will is to chase the world and to do everything like the world, then God will leave you to the work of your own flesh, because that's your choice.

So you have to choose good over evil, which is a hard thing to do. You have to choose to push off the flesh. You daily have to deny yourself. It is easy, guys, to live for Satan, because you don't have to do anything when you wake up, serving yourself, you are by default serving the devil. So all you have to do to serve the devil is just wake up and forget to pray. Wake up and just think about yourself. Wake up and have a lack of self control, you'll already naturally be serving the devil. It doesn't take any discipline, but to overcome, takes discipline. To succeed and have success, takes discipline. And to enter through the narrow gate, by the way of Jesus Christ, takes 100% dedication. It's impossible in the flesh, but through Jesus Christ, all things are possible. But He expects that you work for Him with all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your mind and all of your strength. So don't buy into that gospel that says God rewards all equally. You know that just everyone's either just going to heaven or hell if they've said a prayer. None of that's true. Jesus will reward every single person exactly according to what their faith was, what they actually did with His words, if they served Him, or if they didn't. And apparently there's even levels of this.

 I want to read to you, E.G. what Jesus says in Luke Chapter twelve. I'm going to read first Verse 47 and 48.  47And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. So though the person or the Christian that knows the will of God and rejects it willfully, the wilful sinners, they will be punished in hell with many stripes, Jesus says. But Verse 48, 48But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more. This is a pretty scary verse here, because it's saying that in hell, people are going to be punished who are Christians worse than the atheist, worse than worse than the unbelieving, worse than the ignorant. You would be better to be an ignorant atheist or agnostic, or someone who just doesn't know what they believe and just has a good heart before God, and go your life like that, claiming you're not a Christian, you don't believe anything, because your punishment in hell will be less stripes. I'm not exactly sure what stripes are. Maybe, I mean, for a servant, that would be like being beaten. But how is A devil? How is a serpent going to beat you? How is God going to beat someone? I don't know how that happens, but it's pretty severe, guys. For those who are pastors, teachers, elders in the church, Jesus said things like, it would be better for you if a millstone were hung around your neck and you were thrown into the sea. That's pretty severe. It would be better not to be a Christian at all. You would still deserve death by doing things against God, but at least your punishment in hell wouldn't be as severe as Christians. They're going to take the worst of it. So there are levels, there are levels of punishment.

The pastors in church say, oh no, everyone's a sinner. Everyone's a sinner, and every sin deserves hell. Well, true, even breaking one of God’s laws will send you to hell. But there are sins that you can repent of quickly. And there are sins that are so damnable for a Christian to fall into, such as this sort of hypocrisy, knowing what you ought to do and doing the opposite that it will put you in a place in hell that is so horrible, that you will wish that you are never born. You will wish that you never existed at all. So I encourage you to repent of Christian hypocrisy. A lot of us have been hypocrites. I was a hypocrite. I was a sinner. I lived my life as a sinning hypocrite in church. But when Jesus exposed these things to me and revealed to me that I was unproductive, that I was like the unproductive servant ready to be cut off and thrown into the fire. I knew what I had to do. I had to repent. I had to get right with my master. Because I like...(Live streaming interrupted for a few seconds). 

The truth is Jesus Christ, and we need to make sure that we are really following Him and obey Him. The reward is great for those that know Jesus and who loved Him. I want to read to you from Luke chapter twelve, starting in verse 35. 35“Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; 36and you yourselves be like men who wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately. 37Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat, and will come and serve them. 38And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

Jesus wants to take care of His children. He wants us to come into the wedding feast. He wants to serve us and bless us. He doesn't wish that anyone perish or go to hell. But if we don't keep watch, if we don't serve the Lord now, then certainly He will reject us. And many Christians will find their end in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, because they don't repent themselves, they don't come out of hypocrisy, and they teach others to live a hypocritical Christian life. Jesus said in Verse 39, 39But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 40Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Don't believe people that think they have the Rapture all figured out, the return of the Lord, when Jesus is going to come.

Because the true Church knows that they have to keep watch all the time. We need to make sure that we are staying upright and pure, keeping ourselves undefiled, unstained from the world. Are you right with Jesus Christ? Are you living for Him? Or are you allowing bitterness and evil and depression and all the doctrines of demons to come into your life? I encourage you to repent. Repent of dead religion, repent of addiction, repent of pornography, drugs, and alcohol, everything that is promiscuous in the world. Repent of living for yourself. Reconcile yourself to your creator, Jesus Christ. If you call on Him, He will save you from your sins. He loves you, and He wants to give you everlasting life. There is great hope in the name of Jesus. May the grace of Jesus be with you.