Hades Secret Desire                Luke 16:19 – 31          March 19, 2017

  1. The rich man eats and dresses well
    1. He thought he had life all figured out
    2. Didn’t need anything more than his money
  2. The poor man would be happy to be fed like a dog
    1. Had nothing – His most valuable thing was his faith
  3. Rich or Poor – we will all find our human experience coming to an end sometime
    1. We don’t know when
    2. We usually don’t know how
    3. But we are only here for a short time, THEN eternity
  4. IN HEAVEN:
    1. You will find healing and peace
    2. You will find love and deep relationships
    3. Not much is said about Heaven here because it is not the focus of this parable
  5. IN HELL:
    1. You will KNOW you messed up
      1. Woke to TRUE TERROR
      2. Any relationship is far away
        1. No friends in sight
        2. No parties
        3. Just pain, anxiety, loneliness – total anguish
  • Any compassion is far away
    1. Complete and total separation from God
    2. Any grace and mercy is FAR REMOVED
  1. You will experience ANGUISH and PAIN far greater than you could ever imaging
    1. Torment and Anguish from the eternal flame
    2. Mark 9:47-49 “And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.” ESV
  • Not even a vapor from a tiny drop of water to ease your burnt lips and all consuming thirst.
  1. You will KNOW that it is TOO LATE to change your FATE and ETERNITY
    1. Great Chasm is FIXED
    2. NONE may cross
    3. Your FATE is sealed
  2. Hebrews 9:27-28 “And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, so Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appears a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.” ESV
    1. Here is HADES SECRET DESIRE
      1. You will suddenly become very EVANGELISTIC
      2. You will WANT others to hear the Gospel
  • You will WANT someone, ANYONE go and tell
  1. All your “Good Excuses” gone only REALITY remains
  2. Others hearing the Word of God is suddenly Number one on your agenda
  3. Hoping upon hope that they may be spared the SAME FATE as you
    1. They have already heard and turned away
  4. The time to find God’s Redemption is NOW!
    1. Later is not guaranteed
    2. There is one way…and ONLY One way to escape the torment of hades flame:
      1. By GRACE alone through FAITH alone in CHRIST alone!
    3. Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” ESV
  5. The time to SHARE THE GOSPEL is NOW!
    1. Later is not guaranteed
    2. Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” ESV
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Luke 11:33 – 36  33“No one after lighting a lamp puts it in a cellar or under a basket, but on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.34Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is full of light, but when it is bad, your body is full of darkness. 35Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness. 36If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright, as when a lamp with its rays gives you light.”

  • First point is KEY
    • You NEED the light of Christ!
    • He is the WAY, the TRUTH and the LIFE
      • He is ETERNAL Life
      • He is the WORD
      • He is the LIGHT of Salvation
    • Jesus told us in John 8:12 that “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
      • There is enough darkness in our world
        • We NEED Light
        • Step out of the shadows
        • Step into the LIGHT
    • If this is a step you are not willing to take then none of the rest matters
      • You will remain in the darkness of sin and self
      • FOREVER
    • The good stuff and blessings you try to claim will remain forever just out of reach
      • You will never have your best life now if you are unwilling to accept through FAITH the gift of GRACE that God is offering you through HIS SON Jesus.
  • Let your light shine
    • This is God’s Light in you
    • Shine His light everywhere you can
      • Make sure your light is its brightest
        • Batteries fully charged up by:
          • The Word
          • Prayer
          • Church
          • Living faith
      • No filters/veils/shorts over your light
        • Short circuits can drain a battery of life
        • Are you trying to cross anything of the flesh with your light from God?
        • Is there something in your life you are trying to power WITH God that is not OF God?
      • Corrosion can rob your light of power
        • What is contaminating your life?
        • What are the acids that are slowly eating away at YOUR CONNECTION with God?
      • Abuse can knock your light off kilter
        • Just like using a flashlight as a hammer is a bad idea SO IS using your faith for sin and self.
    • Just because you are saved does not mean you can sin with abandon.
      • Forgiveness is NOT cheap and should be treasured
      • Be careful what you let in your life
      • Stuff of the world can dim your light
      • Stuff of self/pride can dim your light
  • It is possible that you can allow the darkness of the world to completely BLOCK OUT your light.
    • Remove those veils that limit your light
    • Repent
    • Live God’s Light and life
    • Share that light with others
  • Let your light shine

 The more of the world you try to bring into your vision the duller your light becomes. 

 Stay focused on Jesus

When Camo doesn’t Work                 Luke 1:57 – 56

(Camo Day at FBC)

  1. Camouflage is used to hide in the woods when you are hunting
    1. Or as a fashion statement
  2. I know some of you have hid away some presents for your family members.
    1. I usually find a few sometime in July
  3. This time of year it is easy to “hide” being a Christian
    1. It seems the whole world is putting on Christian Camo
      1. Even those who reject Christianity want to be accepted
      2. Even those who try to drive out the Bible and our Beliefs like to get presents
    2. This is a time of year that we TRUE Christians need to be more vocal with the TRUE REASON FOR THE SEASON
      1. So all the fakers camouflaged around us can hear the truth and be exposed.
      2. So a lost world can hear the REAL MEANING OF THE SEASON
      3. So we can be FAITHFUL to our calling as BELIEVERS
    3. You cannot hide when you are “With Child”
      1. It becomes obvious to everyone soon
    4. You may try to hide who you are
      1. But God knows your name
      2. Everything about you is obvious to God
      3. The truth of your heart is obvious to God
    5. You may not know what to do
      1. But God knows your purpose
      2. The plan for your life is obvious to God
    6. You may try to hide behind the traditions of your family/religion
      1. But God is Sovereign God and He may be up to something new
      2. God sees you in Spirit and in Truth
    7. You may try to camouflage your life from God
      1. But His hand is with you
      2. Your location is obvious to God
      3. Your direction is obvious to God