Pastor Jon Stitzel, was a former Pastor of my church. He and his wife Brenda, were not just our spiritual leaders, but close friends. Jon & Brenda have been church planters for many years. They have touched many lives through their ministry.
Jon has a whole line of devotions on his Facebook page Jon Stitzel check them out! I’m sure you will be blessed.
Our highest priority in life is to love God. We will do this only when we begin to understand the depth of God’s love for us. LIFE begins for us then. Every man that has ever been conceived will exist forever. God clearly lets us know each and everyone of us will come to the point of acknowledging His existence. At that time they have a choice that will determine where they will spend eternity. There are only two choices; Hell or Heaven. Existence in Hell won’t be living. God calls this existence death. But choosing to love God guarantees us LIFE with Him. How awesome is this promise.!!!!! LIFE begins at the moment we choose to receive His love by accepting the penalty paid by His Son. We, moment by moment choose to love Him by gladly choosing to obey Him to demonstrate and grow our love for Him.
Love God more because He has promised to separate us from eternal damnation in Hell. Read Luke 16:19-31 to get a peek into Hell. Mark 9:44 describes Hell as an unquenchable fire. Revelation 20:11-15 describes it as a lake of fire. Hell is very real. Hell is DESERVED by each and everyone of us. BUT God loved us so much He Himself came and paid the debt for my personal sin. I Cor. 5:20, John 3:16-21
Notice how the song writer of Ps. 103:11-12 describes how thorough the debt of our sin condition is paid for; “as far as the east is from the west.” The east and west NEVER meet. This means the debt is paid in full. Not just sins that were unintentional, but even the sins that were deliberate. Sins that He knew we were going to commit before He saved us. He kept His promise to me. I confessed to Him I am a sinner before a HOLY GOD deserving of my sin debt, Hell. I was glad to receive the debt paid by Christ Himself on my behalf. He loved me so much, He who is eternally Holy, innocent, paid my debt in full. WOW. WOW. WOW. If this doesn’t stimulate our love for Him, nothing will.
I hope that perhaps some individual that hasn’t discovered the magnitude of God’s love for them might read these words and become convinced just how much God loves them and in turn will choose to love God. That love begins the moment you confess to God you are a sinful creature needing to have your personal sin debt paid by God himself. Then the rest of this earthly existence we spend growing our love for Him. He is WORTHY OF OUR LOVE. He has delivered us from a well deserved eternity in the fires of Hell. The choice is ours. God has given us the ability to choose. This whole thing is a mystery, but we don’t have to understand it to receive it. By faith we receive it. We simply believe God.
Allow me to caution those that refuse to accept God’s personal love for them. When you die, you won’t have any excuse that will deliver you from this eternal punishment. Romans 1:18-23 makes it clear, everyone at some point in life acknowledges God’s existence as Creator. CHOOSE TO LOVE HIM. HE LOVES YOU. HE DIED FOR YOU. PAID YOUR DEBT IN FULL FOR ETERNITY.
Let’s choose to grow our love for Him, He has delivered us from our eternal debt, Hell fire.
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