October 21, 2019
"I have a friend who is a fired up Christian businessman in Dallas, Texas, and he was in a head on collision and his in his car began to burn, but he couldn't get out of the car. And he said, Joe, he said, I felt like I was living in hell. He said, I was trapped and I couldn't get out. And he said, I was, I was being consumed with fire."
- What is your prayer need to look like before God?
00:14 If you've ever wondered what the final judgment of God is going to look like, here is the description and if you've ever wondered who will be judged at the end and what will happen to those that are condemned. Here is the final judgment. Revelation chapter 21 verse eight and it says this, "but for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and adulterers and all liars, their part will be in the lake that Burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death." We learned yesterday that heaven is going to be unbelievably beautiful and hell is going to be indescribably sad and destructive. I have a friend who is a fired up Christian businessman in Dallas, Texas, and he was in a head on collision and his in his car began to burn, but he couldn't get out of the car.
01:05 And he said, Joe, he said, I felt like I was living in hell. He said, I was trapped and I couldn't get out. And he said, I was, I was being consumed with fire. Well, fortunately there were some rescuers on the scene that yanked him out of that car before the flames actually got to his face and began to burn his body. But he said it changed my life. And he was already the most fired up Christian Guy that, you know, you can imagine. But living in a picture of hell, being trapped, you know, in fire and having nobody with him alone in that fire he saw literally a picture of hell. And this verse describes, you know, who falls in the judgment and it talks about people in all sorts of walks with sin. But I think there's a distinction that you and I've got to understand today.
01:55 You know, Romans 3:23 says all have sinned. You know, we all slip and fall. But it says we don't practice that sin. There's a difference between slipping. There's a difference between, you know, accidentally sinning and continuing to live in sin. And scripture is clear, men and women, that when someone gives their heart to Christ, that they have a heart that wants to get out of that sin. Like the student at the University of Alabama at the college event that we did. As he came to the cross with hundreds of other students around him. Weeping at the cross. And he gave his heart to Christ and I threw my arms around and gave him a big victory hug.
02:46 But he knew when Christ gave him a new heart that he wouldn't practice that sin anymore. And I called him two years later and I said, Ben, are, are you clean? He said, absolutely. He wasn't going to be one who's going to be judged for practicing sin because the heart of Christ gave him the freedom to get out of that sin and to never go back again. So the great verse in Romans is in Romans 5:8 and it says, even though we were yet sinners, even though we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. So you and I've got to get on our knees today and say, Jesus, show me. Do I have a new heart? You know, do I have a heart that wants to practice sin or do I want to have a heart that wants to confess my sin and to receive your grace and to receive your forgiveness so that that judgment will not be a judgment for me? By the grace of God. He will pass you through judgment into eternal life. And so my question for you today is this. When you get on your knees tonight before bed, you know, what is your prayer need to look like before God? And maybe you need to do that prayer right now.