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Daily Bread - September 11, 2017
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Monday, 11 September 2017 10:41
2 Thessalonians 1:9 - Who will pay the penalty of everlasting destruction
from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His strength.

It could not be possible to imagine a more horrifying place than hell. It
is a place where the soul and the body never die, but are constantly in the
tortuous throws of the most agonizing death. The eternal death of hell has
no mercy, no compassion, and no hope of ever changing; but is continuous
and forever. It is a place where God's presence does not exist, and where
only the blackest darkness of a hopeless forever is engulfed in flames and
agonizing screams of the tormented. It is a prison where there is no rest,
no water, no pardon; and is the dwelling place of every evil and wicked
thing that has ever existed (Matthew 25:46; Isaiah 66:24; Mark 9:44,46,48).

The only possible way that anyone could ever begin to understand why a
loving and merciful God would create such a place of eternal destruction
and torment in His wrath is to understand how God feels about sin. The
concept of sin in the mind of men is, at best, something that "God does not
like, but nonetheless is an irresistible and undeniable opportunity for
pleasure". Yet, God views sin and death in the same category. To God, sin
is the most hideous act of injustice against the sanctity and security of
life. God does not see sin as a human failure that arises out of human
frailty, but the acts of high treason against the life that He has given. I
am certain that God feels the same way about sin that men feel about hell
-as repulsive and unimaginable! God, Who is not willing that anyone suffer
the judgment of hell, which was created for the devil and his angels, sent
His only begotten Son, so that we could be set free from the dominion of
death and sin (Hebrews 2:14; 2 Timothy 1:10; Romans 8:2)

The realm of death is the demonic realm that claims every person (Romans
5:12,17, 1:32, 6:16,23; 1 Corinthians 15:22). In the realm of death, the
fruits of death which are the acts of sin, dominate the lives of men. It is
because of sin that people go to hell, whether they are believers in God or
not. Jesus came to deliver us from the dominion of sin and the dominion of
death, so that death would have no claim on us now and throughout eternity.
He delivered us from the power of darkness, so that we would no longer
commit the acts of sin that have for a just penalty, death (Romans 1:32,
2:8-9, 6:21,23, 7:5, 8:13; James 1:15; 1 John 3:4-10; Galatians 5:19-21).
The Gospel that Jesus preached was uncompromising: "If your eye offends
you, pluck it out, and cast it from you; for it is profitable for you that
one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should be
cast into hell" (Matthew 5:29, 19:9; Mark 9:47).

Do not be deceived! God will not be mocked; whatever you sow, you will
reap. If you sow to your flesh, you will reap corruption; but if you sow to
the Spirit, you will reap eternal life (Galatians 6:7-8). There is a
penalty for sin! It does not matter what church you go to, or how much you
say you believe, sin must cease. God has made a way through Jesus Christ
our Lord -will you accept His way? Be certain that as sure as it is
appointed unto every man to die, it is also appointed that you will then
face the judgment -and the penalty for sin is death (Hebrews 9:27).

Today, lay hold on Christ Jesus, and the power and authority that He has
given to us to overcome every form of sin!
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