Gods Army Ministries

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually–regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.” MATTHEW 28:19‭-‬20 AMP

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The confession of a Roman soldier

Now the centurion, and those who were with him keeping guard over Jesus, when they saw the earthquake and the things that were happening, they were terribly frightened and filled with awe, and said, “Truly this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54 AMP

Foreign soldiers performing garrison duty in a conquered territory that hated them knew to be on their guard at all times. They also quickly became skilled in applied cruelty to break the spirit of resistance and enforce their will in the occupied territory in which they would always be outnumbered. 

The small squad of Roman soldiers on crucifixion duty that received Governor Pilate’s order on Good Friday morning were undoubtedly a tough lot. They had dealt death to others and seen their buddies killed. They carried out the terrible punishment of crucifixion in order to terrorize the local population into submission, usually posting the charges above the head of the unfortunate victim as a disincentive to any others who might contemplate similar crimes. 

The routine execution of three Jews started off normally enough. The soldiers were hardened to the screams and curses of two of the condemned. But it soon became apparent to these soldiers and their junior officer that something very unusual was happening. The calm and loving demeanor of the One in the middle stunned them. 

The darkness that came upon the entire land, as well as the earthquakes that began to rock the surrounding area as the middle one’s death approached totally changed their thinking and their world: “When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!’” (Matthew 27:54).

Their Lenten sermon was correct. He was. And is.

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The true words of Pontius Pilate

Then Pilate came out again and said to them, “Look, I am bringing Him out to you so that you may know that I find no guilt in Him [no crime, no cause for an accusation].”
John 19:4 AMP


The Romans were justifiably proud of their legal system, elements of which form the backbone of Western law today. It didn’t take the Roman governor of Judea and Samaria, Pontius Pilate, very long to figure out that the bound rabbi before him had committed no crime: “Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, ‘Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him’” (John 19:4). Not only was there nothing upon which to convict him, there wasn’t even enough of a case to charge and hold him.

Pilate had absolutely no way of knowing that he was uttering a powerful statement about the manner in which the almighty God was about to bring about the salvation of the world. The innocence of Jesus Christ, about which Pilate was absolutely correct, meant that Jesus completely qualified as the innocent victim, the substitute, who was at the heart of God’s Old Testament system of reconciliation.

The death of Christ, which would soon take place, would have been meaningless, a terrible and bloody miscarriage of justice, but also the terrible squandering of the life of the Son of God, if he had not lived his 33 years in complete moral perfection. Jesus Christ was innocent of any sin or crime against the laws of God or Rome, and thus his death was acceptable to God the Judge as payment for the sins of the world.
He is the Lamb of God, pure and holy.


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Crucifixion

For the next 60 seconds, set aside whatever You’re doing and take this opportunity!

Let’s see if Satan can stop this.

At the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to death.

At the time Crucifixion was the “worst” death. Only the worst
Criminals were condemned to be crucified. Yet it was Even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike Other criminals condemned to death by Crucifixion Jesus was to be nailed to the Cross by His hands and feet.

Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long.

The nails were driven into His wrist. Not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There’s a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder. The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the
wrist that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support Himself so that He could breathe.

Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could not support Himself with His legs because of the pain so He was forced to alternate between arching His back then using his legs just to continue to breathe. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage.

Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours.

Yes, over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of suffering? A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water from his wounds.

From common images we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side… But do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body. A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a
Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. But before the nails and the spear Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp. Most men would not have survived this torture.

He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds. The human adult body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood.

Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into His members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His chest..

All these without mentioning the humiliation He suffered after carrying His own cross for almost 2 kilometres, while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed).

Jesus had to endure this experience, to open the Gates of Heaven, so that you can have free access to God.

So that your sins could be “washed” away. All of them, with no exception!
Don’t ignore this situation.

JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU!

He died for you! It is easy to pass jokes or foolish photos by e-mail, but when it comes to God, sometimes you feel ashamed to forward to others because you are worried of what they may think about you.

God has plans for you, show all your friends what He experienced to save you. Now think about this! May God bless your life!

60 seconds with God…

For the next 60 seconds, set aside what you’re doing and take this opportunity! Let’s see if Satan can stop this.

All you have to do is:

Simply
1. Pray for the person who comes to your mind when you read this.

2. Then, send this link to people.. I know someone has to read this.

People will
1. Pray for you and you will make that many people pray to God for other people.

2. Take a moment to appreciate the power of God in your life, for doing what pleases Him.

He said (Matthew 10:32 and 33): ” Therefore, all whoever recognizes me before others, I will recognize him too in front of my father in heaven; but the one who denies me before others, I will deny it before my father in heaven “.

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It’s been almost a year now…



It’s been almost a year now. In March 2020 the government announced that there was going to be a three week long lockdown. Since then the original three weeks turned into a year.

During the lockdown we were no longer able to visit church on Sundays. Fortunately this has changed. Last Sunday, 20 March 2021 this worked out for us and we were able to visit the West Rand Biker Church for the first time since the lockdown!

Just after 06:00 we were woken up by the alarm! But this morning it was different! I woke up with a feeling of excitement! We were on our way ri church!

At about 06:30 we were ready to roll. We were finally heading to church! Round about 07:00 we arrived at the church.

We parked the bike on our usual spot. After the usual ritual of getting out of our riding gear we headed to the building. We met up with our brothers and sisters and it felt good greeting them and looking them in the eye! This process took a bit longer than usual, to such an extent that we did not even get to have a “church coffee” and i was so looking forward to it!

The service was about to start. We went inside and got to sit in our usual spot. Then the service started. As usual, it was a great service. Just like a year ago… Nothing much changed in that department!

After the service, the greeting process also took longer than usual… But we did not mind at all! It was just great to see everyone again…

Then it was time to head back home. As we were riding home I savored every moment, not only the ride but also the first church visit in a year! It just felt great…

Christo Pelser
God’s Army Ministries: Chairman of the Board.

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HOW GOD WANTS YOU TO READ THE BIBLE

Mike Brummel Wednesday, 17 Jul 19

As parents and children alike know, there is a world of difference between hearing and doing, as much of a difference as a clean room is from a messy one. In some instances, the command falls on “deaf ears,” while in other instances the hearing leads to obedience. James doesn’t hesitate to write about this same kind of phenomenon present in the life of the church.

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. (James 2:22-25)

Beware of Self-Deception

It’s not uncommon for someone to hold false beliefs about themselves. For example, you may work arduously to convince yourself and others that you don’t have a drinking problem even while you simultaneously begin sneaking drinks in throughout the workday. The word of God warns about the craftiness of sinful human nature when it says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?” (Jer. 17:9; Eccl. 7:29).

This duplicity can rear its ugly head when you consider your own relationship to God and his Word. Are you studying it only to be able to show others how learned you are? Are you reading it without considering that it is addressing you, the reader? Will your forgetful hearing be the same as those to whom the Lord will say on the last day, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?” (Luke 6:46).

The word is speaking to you not so that you can forget about it the very next moment, like those who are “always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth,” but so that you can understand how you are to strive and exercise yourself in obedience to the Lord (2 Tim. 3:7; Luke 13:24; 1 Cor. 9:25-27). You may be able to fool others, you may be able to fool yourself, but you cannot fool the God who knows the thoughts and secrets of your heart (1 Kings 8:39; Ps. 44:21; Jer. 20:12).

The Word Given to Hear and Keep

Instead of a passive kind of hearing, James calls believers to connect hearing with doing, with concrete action. Later in the letter James reminds his audience that “faith apart from works is dead” (James 2:26). This is not to say that you merit your acceptance with God through works of righteousness, but that true and living faith, authentic faith, expresses itself through obedience and action (Gal 5:6; Eph. 2:8-10; Titus 3:5). This is because the gospel is not just food for your intellect, not just a seasoning or adornment for your life. By the power of God, the gospel brings life to your understanding, your will, your emotions, your imagination, in other words, to the totality of your being (Rom. 12:2; Eph. 4:23-24; Col. 3:10). The Bible assumes that all of who you are, body and soul, will respond to his grace through thankfulness, what Soren Kierkegaard calls “a striving born of gratitude.”[1] In his good pleasure, the unchangeable God has “brought us forth by the word of truth,” making us new creations (James 1:18).

The Spirit progressively transforms our whole person to be more like Jesus, a transformation which evidences itself through conformity to the “perfect law, the law of liberty” (Jm. 1:25; Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18; 5:17; Jm. 1:18; 2:25). Steadfastness under trial, slowness to anger, impartiality, love of neighbor, and confession of the truth are some of the results of this hearing connected with doing (James 1:12; 1:19-20; 2:8; 3:17).

According to James, it is no contradiction for believers to, on the one hand, rest upon Christ alone for salvation while, on the other hand, exerting themselves in self-denial, submission to God, and heartfelt obedience—these actually sweetly co-exist with each other (James 4:7). In a similar way, James wants to remind you that hearing and doing, far from being distant strangers who never meet, are in fact siblings of a common household, siblings who share their lives together without a second thought.

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6 THINGS A CHRISTIAN HUSBAND SHOULD GIVE HIS WIFE

Le Ann Trees Thursday, 26 Jan 17

Does the Bible allow a Christian husband to treat his wife any way he decides is best? Does a Christian wife have to submit to her husband at all times? The apostle Paul has the following to say to Christian husbands and wives regarding their conduct toward each other:

Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. (Eph. 5:24)

However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. (Eph. 5:33)

The Greek word for “submit” in Ephesians 5:21–24 is hypotassó, and it refers to a wife’s “recognition of an ordered structure” in which her husband is the person to whom she should show appropriate respect “as to the Lord” (BDAG, 1042; Eph. 5:22; see also 1 Pet. 3:1–6). Similarly, the Greek word for “respect” in Ephesians 5:33 is phobētai, which means to have a profound measure of reverence/respect for someone (BDAG, 1061).

While some Christians have wrongly used these Bible verses as an excuse for husbands to mistreat their wives, the verses actually communicate the vast responsibility a husband has to care for his wife and the wife’s duty to honor her husband. In an upcoming article, we will focus on a Christian wife’s responsibilities to her husband. First, here are six things (in no particular order) every Christian husband should give his wife:

1. Love

A Christian husband should love his wife as he does himself and always protect her from all harm (Eph. 5:25–29). He should do his best to “nurture and cherish” his wife in the love of Christ as he would his own flesh and tend to her spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs (Eph. 5:29; Col. 3:19).

2. Respect

A Christian husband should always respect his wife. When Paul tells wives to submit to their husbands in Ephesians 5:24, he does not mean that wives must endure abuse, neglect, or mistreatment of any kind by their husbands. Rather, Paul is reminding the church that a wife is under the leadership of her husband (Eph. 5:23). A Christian husband must always show his wife honor, both publicly and privately, and protect her dignity and reputation from any and all slander (1 Pet. 3:7).

3. Spiritual Leadership

A Christian husband should provide his wife with spiritual leadership. Even though his wife may be well equipped in biblical doctrine and application and spend a considerable amount of time instructing their children in the faith, a husband must be diligent to oversee and guide the spiritual training of his family (Eph. 6:4).

4. Attention

A Christian husband should be attentive to his wife. He should always do his best to set aside a substantial amount of time to be with his wife, enjoy her company, and seek to understand her better. In doing so, a Christian husband and his wife can grow closer to each other and build a stronger marriage that honors God in all (Prov. 5:18–19; Eph. 5:31).

5. Devotion

A Christian husband should always be faithful to his wife. Even when times are difficult due to financial, emotional, or physical challenges, a husband’s personal happiness must always be subordinated to sacrificially loving his wife “as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her” (Eph. 5:25; see also 1 Cor. 7:1–5). In doing so, he honors not only his wife but also his Lord.

6. Enjoyment

A Christian husband should enjoy his wife. She is a precious gift from God given to comfort, support, encourage, and love her husband (Prov. 18:22; 31:10–12; 1 Pet. 3:1). The more a husband values, cherishes, and nurtures his wife, the more she will reflect God’s love as his radiant bride.

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What is the message of the Bible?

Answering this question in a single article is hard, and inevitably leaves out a lot of important topics. But I’ll try. I’ll phrase six key themes of the Bible.

1. Creation

God is the Creator of the universe, of this earth and of our lives. Therefore, He deserves our worship (Revelation 4:11). If we want to know how we should live, we should ask our Creator.

2. The fall

Humanity turned away from God. Sin entered the world. This affects every single human being, and therefore we are guilty before God. We are separated from Him, and we can’t live in his Kingdom as long as we are not reconciled to Him.

3. God’s invitation and warning

Although humanity turned away from God, He sent his prophets to proclaim his will. These told the people to love God with all their hearts, and to love others as themselves (Deuteronomy 10:12, Leviticus 19:18). They called people to repent of their sins and to trust God (e.g. in Ezekiel 14:6). They warned the people that God’s judgment would come over those who kept rejecting Him. But they also promised that God would send a Savior to reconcile humans with God. God showed His love for a world that rebelled against him (Romans 5:8).

4. God’s salvation through Jesus Christ

God sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, who was born of a virgin. Jesus taught people Who God is, and He showed His love and power. He died on the cross for the sins of all who believe in Him, so that they could receive forgiveness of sins and eternal life (John 3:16).

5. The Holy Spirit

When Jesus returned to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit convinces people concerning their sins, so that they accept Jesus as their Savior (John 16:8-11). If people come to faith, the Holy Spirit comes in their lives and leads them in God’s truth (John 16:13). He forms believers from all over the world into the one Church, the body of Christ.

6. God promises a new earth

Jesus will return. This will be on “the last day” (John 6:40). All humans will then be raised from death, and Jesus will judge them. The unbelievers will be lost forever. But whoever believes in Jesus, will live forever in God’s Kingdom, on the new earth where there will be no more death, illness or tears (Daniel 12:2, Revelation 21:4).

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CHRISTIAN, YOUR DEPRESSION IS REAL. SO IS GOD’S DELIVERANCE.

J. D. Greear Monday, 25 Mar 19

A few years ago, I read a book about Ernest Shackleton’s failed mission to be the first explorer to cross Antarctica. His plan was to sail as far south as he could and then walk a hundred or so miles across the South Pole. But there was an early freeze, and the ship got caught and crushed in polar ice several hundred miles from their destination. For more than a year, Shackleton’s group fought to stay alive in subzero temperatures. But the worst thing for these men was not the temperature. It was the darkness. At the South Pole, you see, the sun goes down in mid-May and doesn’t come back up until August. Those who have experienced this say that there is no desolation so devastating as the polar night—darkness all the time. Weeks upon weeks of no light at all.

The prophet Jeremiah described how he felt driven to a place of “darkness without any light”:

I am the man who has seen affliction under the rod of his wrath; he has driven and brought me into darkness without any light; surely against me he turns his hand again and again the whole day long. He has made my flesh and my skin waste away; he has broken my bones; he has besieged and enveloped me with bitterness and tribulation; he has made me dwell in darkness like the dead of long ago … though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer.– Lamentations 3:1–8 ESV

No light. No hope. That’s how Jeremiah felt, and maybe you can relate. The “he” that Jeremiah is talking about is God. Maybe you’ve also felt like God is not listening—or, even more, you wonder, “God, are you behind this terrible circumstance? At the very least, you’re not doing anything to stop it.”

Jeremiah goes on to say, “My soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness is; so I say, ‘My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the Lord’ … My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me” (vs. 17–20).

As you read those verses, you may think, “Is this the Bible? Shouldn’t an editor have weeded this out? This is Jeremiah, after all—the prophet of God! Jeremiah, this is not you at your best. Why don’t you take a nap and a shower and take another swing at this tomorrow?”

Jeremiah could have edited this out. Thank God he didn’t.

You see, it’s easy to think that what we need is more positive and encouraging psalms like David’s about the Lord being our Shepherd and still waters and cups running over and lions lying down with lambs and stuff like that. That’s what the people like. That’s what sells.

But God put the book of Lamentations in the Bible, even though it’s depressing and most people will never memorize it, because he wants those of you who suffer in the darkness to know that he knows how you feel. And, like Jeremiah, it’s OK for you to express those emotions to God.

You see, this lament is honest, even though it is incomplete. It is an honest reflection of how Jeremiah feels, even if it doesn’t fully account for everything God was doing. When you cannot see or understand how God is working in your life—through your pain, even—it’s OK for you to be deeply honest with him.

Sometimes, I think we can be too quick with our answers in church: “Are you feeling sad? Life got you down? Well, that can’t be from God! Just pop on some K-love, ‘cause everything in the Christian life should be positive and encouraging all the time.”

But when you are experiencing depression, you don’t need a quick encouragement. You need a God who walks through pain with you.

One of our Summit church planters tells the story of when he first felt called to ministry, how he resigned from his job in Tennessee and moved his family to North Carolina to attend seminary, only to have everything fall apart. His marriage came within inches of destruction; he went into bankruptcy. The worst, he said, was holding his newborn son as he died in their arms. He said, “I had no words. All I could ask God during that season was, ‘Why?’ I didn’t want to talk about God or preach the words of God. I only wanted to rage against God. All I’ve done is try to follow him, and this is how he treats me?”

Many believers have gone through dark chapters and thought the same things as Jeremiah, but they’ve suppressed those emotions, telling themselves, “Real Christians don’t ever feel like this.”

The prophet Jeremiah was a real Christian, and he said his soul was depressed within him.

Charles Spurgeon was a real Christian, and he told his congregation, “I have spent more days shut up in depression than probably anybody else here.” He was said by many to be the greatest preacher to ever live, and he frequently considered quitting the ministry because he was so depressed.

Martin Luther was a real Christian, and he went through times so dark that his wife would remove all the knives from their home for fear he’d kill himself. “For more than a week I was close to the gates of death and hell,” he wrote. “I trembled constantly. I could find no thoughts of Christ, only of desperation and blasphemy of God.”

Can you see you are not alone in your thoughts? The greatest Christians in history were not those that God delivered from all pain and misery but those he delivered through their pain and misery. He is ready to walk with you through the darkness and do the same for you.

This content originally published here. Used with permission.

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Onslaught: 7 Ways You Can Be Spiritually Attacked

Just when you think you can’t fight any longer…remember, the Lord has already won!

Onslaught: 7 Ways You Can Be Spiritually Attacked

In spiritual warfare circles, we love Deuteronomy 28:7: “The Lord will cause your enemies who rise up against you to be defeated before you; they will come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.” It is not just an attack, but an onslaught.

I can just hear some of you saying “amen” right now. But what if the devil isn’t coming at you just one way? What if he’s coming at you seven ways from Sunday in an onslaught that’s touching just about every area of your life and working overtime on your mind? Or what if the good fight of faith doesn’t seem so good at the moment?

What if you’ve done all you can do and you’ve been standing and withstanding, but feel like you can’t stand much longer? And what if you’ve resisted the devil and submitted yourself to God, but the enemy is just not fleeing? What if you have repented for any open doors, confessed the Word of God, decreed, declared, pushed back the darkness, exercised the binding and loosing keys of the Kingdom, commanded the enemy to cease and desist operations, praised your way through and you are still not breaking through?

Recognizing the Onslaught

Before you can conquer an onslaught, you have to discern it. It sounds simple, but it’s not always intuitive. Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary defines “onslaught” as an attack; an onset; a furious or murderous assault; a bloody fray or battle. Merriam-Webster goes further and calls out “a violent attack; an especially fierce attack. It’s a blitz, a charge, a raid, rush, and strike.

So again, what do you do when the onslaught is manifesting and you’ve done everything you know to do and none of it makes a lick of difference? What do you do when your shield of faith is getting too heavy to lift up, you’ve kicked off your shoes of peace and your sword of the Spirit seems too dull to cut through the witchcraft? What do you do when one isn’t putting a thousand to flight and two isn’t putting 10,000 to flight?

Once you’ve recognized the onslaught for what it is, you first have to refuse to tap into the spirit of fear that comes with an attack. Second, you have to stop looking at the onslaught, stop thinking about the onslaught, stop talking about the onslaught and look at the Lord instead. Proverbs 3:25-26 (NASB) displays this truth: “Do not be afraid of sudden fear nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.”

Paul’s Strategic Advice

Paul the apostle was no stranger to the enemy’s onslaught. Five times he was flogged with 39 lashes. Three times he was beaten with rods. He was stoned once and shipwrecked thrice. During his journey, he was often in danger from deep waters and robbers; he was often in danger in the city and in the wilderness, and he couldn’t even count on his own countrymen to stand with him. Paul the apostle was often sleepless, often hungry and thirsty, often cold and naked—and he still carried the burden of the church on top of it all!

Despite all of this, Paul’s advice was clear: “Do not be frightened by your adversaries. This is a sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and this from God.” (Phil. 1:28, MEV) See, Paul knew that faith in God was the only way through. He knew that trust in God’s delivering power was the only way out. He knew that fear and faith cannot coexist in the same heart. And Paul knew that God would ultimately deliver him if he just believed what God said. When Paul was on a ship that was sinking, he told his captors:

“But now I advise you to take courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel of God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar. And, look! God has given you all those who sail with you.’ Therefore, men, take courage, for I believe God that it will be exactly as it was told to me.” (Acts 27:22-25)

Refuse to Do These 3 Things

Fear came knocking at their door during the onslaught, but they refused to waiver. They refused to believe what they saw with their natural eyes, what they felt with their fickle emotions or what they heard in their imaginations. They chose to trust in God and keep pressing toward His will.

Essentially, an onslaught is the enemy coming in like a flood. So what do you do when the enemy’s onslaught is coming in seven ways? Attacking your mind, your health, your family, your finances, your physical property, your friendships, and more? You hold on to these words from Isaiah 59:19 about our Warrior Lord who is fighting for us: “So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west and His glory from the rising of the sun; when the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.”

Yes, we have to repent, resist, declare, decree, command, bind, loose and stand, but ultimately the battle is the Lord’s. We can reject the subtle voices of fear that try to rob our faith. And trust Him to see us through to victory. He always leads us into victory in Christ (see 2 Cor. 2:14). Always. So keep standing.

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Is hell real? Is hell eternal?

Question: “Is hell real? Is hell eternal?”

Answer: 
It is interesting that a much higher percentage of people believe in the existence of heaven than believe in the existence of hell. According to the Bible, though, hell is just as real as heaven. The Bible clearly and explicitly teaches that hell is a real place to which the wicked/unbelieving are sent after death. We have all sinned against God (Romans 3:23). The just punishment for that sin is death (Romans 6:23). Since all of our sin is ultimately against God (Psalm 51:4), and since God is an infinite and eternal Being, the punishment for sin, death, must also be infinite and eternal. Hell is this infinite and eternal death which we have earned because of our sin.

The punishment of the wicked dead in hell is described throughout Scripture as “eternal fire” (Matthew 25:41), “unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:12), “shame and everlasting contempt” (Daniel 12:2), a place where “the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:44-49), a place of “torment” and “fire” (Luke 16:23-24), “everlasting destruction” (2 Thessalonians 1:9), a place where “the smoke of torment rises forever and ever” (Revelation 14:10-11), and a “lake of burning sulfur” where the wicked are “tormented day and night forever and ever” (Revelation 20:10).

The punishment of the wicked in hell is as never ending as the bliss of the righteous in heaven. Jesus Himself indicates that punishment in hell is just as everlasting as life in heaven (Matthew 25:46). The wicked are forever subject to the fury and the wrath of God. Those in hell will acknowledge the perfect justice of God (Psalm 76:10). Those who are in hell will know that their punishment is just and that they alone are to blame (Deuteronomy 32:3-5).

Yes, hell is real. Yes, hell is a place of torment and punishment that lasts forever and ever, with no end. Praise God that, through Jesus, we can escape this eternal fate (John 3:161836).