TOPIC: The Horror of Hell (I)
Fire Scripture: Luke 16:19 -31
19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:
20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,
21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;
23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.
25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.
26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.
27 Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house:
28 For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.
29 Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.
30 And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.
31 And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
MFM Daily Devotional 30 July 2021 Saturday Outline
The story of the rich man and Lazarus, as narrated by Jesus Christ in our Fire Scripture today, is neither a parable nor a fable but a historical event. It is said that Jesus spoke about hell more than heaven during His earthly ministry. He also spoke about hell more than any other person because He understood and still understands the reality and the horror of hell more than mankind does.
However, there are different perspectives and perceptions of Hell which are far from the truth about hell as revealed by the Bible. Some say there is no hell. Some claim that hell is in this world, represented by a life of hardship, suffering and abject poverty. Some others declare that a loving God cannot send His creatures to hell ﬁre. But to such people, the Bible says, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men …” (2nd Cor. 5:11).
Others said that they would commit sin in an unimaginable dimension that out of anger, God would throw them beyond landing in hell. People like this should remember Hebrews 10:31 which says, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” To worsen this falsehood is the various perceptions of religious heretics meant to water down the reality and horror of Hell. They teach that hell is not forever.
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Others say hell ﬁre is for the purging of sinners so as to make them ﬁt to enter heaven eventually. Still, some teach that God will just annihilate sinners at once. That is, God will pour fuel on them and burn them to ashes. Another perception about hell is that it is the perpetual unconscious state of the dead. But from the story of the rich man and Lazarus, we can clearly see that dead people are very conscious of their existence, surroundings and experiences.
All these wrong beliefs are only encouraging sinners to continue in sin with the false assurance of not ending their lives’ journey in hell ﬁre. Beloved, the truth is that God never created hell for human beings but for the devil and his angels (Matt. 25:41).
However, because of the increased wickedness and sinfulness of man, “hell is enlarging her mouth without measure” (Isaiah 5:14). My friend, the horror of hell cannot be fully portrayed or comprehended by any mortal being. May you not end your journey there, in Jesus’ name.
Memory Verse: Luke 16:23 – And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom.
Motivational Quote: God never created hell for mankind.
Prophetic Word: You will not end your journey in hell fire, in the name of Jesus.
HYMN: Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
1. Amazing grace! How sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
2. ‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, And grace my fears relieved;
How precious did that grace appear
The hour I first believed!
3. Thro’ many dangers, toils and snares, I have already come;
‘Tis grace hath bro’t me safe thus far,
And grace will lead me home.
4. When we’ve been there ten thousand years, Bright shining as the sun,
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
Than when we first begun.
MFM DAILY DEVOTIONAL 30TH JULY 2021 PRAYER POINTS
1. Jesus Christ my Lord, I thank You for dying for me.
2. Every seed and strength of sin in my soul, die by fire, in the name of Jesus.
3. Blood of Jesus, Holy Ghost fire, purify the vessel of my life, in the name of Jesus.
4. Every material of hell fire in my life, catch fire, in the name of Jesus.
5. Arrow of the spirit of death and hell working in my life, die, in the name of Jesus.
6. Anything dragging me to hell, release me and die, in the name of Jesus.
7. Lord Jesus, enthrone Yourself in my life, in the name of Jesus.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Proverbs 13; Proverbs 14; Proverbs 15
Thank you for reading Today’s MFM Daily Devotional 30 July 2021 Saturday – The Horror of Hell (I). God bless you!