It is a great day that we are living in so rejoice and remember to thank
the Lord for His many blessings. It is easy to get down and discouraged
when life gets tough, but if that happens keep Nehemiah 8:10 in mind, which
declares "…for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of
the Lord is your strength." Be encouraged in the Lord and know that He
loves you just the way you are and will handle every problem that you may
be going through, once you give it to Him. (Psalm 16:11)
This is a good story that shows how the enemy will deceive people and make
them think it is better to follow after him instead of surrendering our
life to the Lord and living according to His will. There is nothing good
about the devil for the Bible declares, he is only out to steal, kill and
destroy. I hope this story will speak to your heart if you are having
trouble with the enemy's temptations. (John 10:10) (Deuteronomy 30:19)
A highly skilled nurse died and arrived before St. Peter at the pearly
gates, who explained, "We have this policy of allowing you to choose
whether you want to spend eternity in heaven or hell." "That's easy," the
nurse said. "I want to stay in heaven." "It's not that easy," said St.
Peter. "You have to spend a day in each place before making this
With that, he put the nurse on an elevator and sent her down to hell. The
elevator doors opened and the nurse found herself in a sunny garden, where
many former friends and colleagues warmly greeted her. She had a great
time all day laughing and talking about old times. That night, she had an
excellent supper in a fantastic restaurant. She even met the devil, who
turned out to be a pretty nice guy. Before she knew it, her day was over
and she returned to heaven. The day in heaven was great as well. She
lounged around on clouds, sang, and played the harp.
At the end of the day, St. Peter came and asked for her decision. "Well,
heaven was great and all," the nurse said, "but I had a better time in
hell. I know it sounds strange, but I choose hell." With that, she got
back in the elevator and went back down. When the doors opened, she saw a
desolate wasteland covered in garbage and filth. Her friends, dressed in
rags, were picking up garbage and putting it into sacks. When the devil
walked over, she said to him, "I don't understand. Yesterday, this place
was beautiful. We had a delicious meal and a wonderful time laughing and
The devil smiled and said, "Yesterday, we were recruiting you. Today,
Even though this story isn't biblically accurate, it is a good illustration
of how the devil makes sin look good and lures people away from the true
peace and happiness that only comes from a personal relationship with the
Lord Jesus Christ. I don't want you to be deceived by the tricks of the
enemy. The devil will do everything in his power to entice you and make you
think that living your life against the Lord is where the most fun will be
found, but that is a lie straight from the pits of hell. Only with the
Lord as your leader will you find the true peace that He offers to all who
come to Him. (John 10:9-11) (Revelation 3:20)
There are many people who do not believe in Jesus Christ, but rather put
their trust in the big bang theory or evolution and believe their ancestors
were monkeys, but that's a shame because they are going to miss heaven and
eternity with God. The Bible declares in Proverbs 16:25 "There is a way
that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death." Trusting in
yourself and intellect cannot save you and get you into heaven, but only
by faith and confession of the Lord Jesus Christ, for the Bible declares in
Acts 4:12 "Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name
under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Revelation 20:14-15 "And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.
This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book
of life was cast into the lake of fire."
1 John 1:8-10 "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the
truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say
that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us."
Ephesians 2:8-9 "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that
not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should
Romans 10:12-13 "For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:
for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. For
whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved."
John 6:35,37 Jesus says "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall
never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. All that the
Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no
wise cast out."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
There is a great quote that I read once and I believe it is relevant to
this message: "No Jesus, No Peace; Know Jesus, Know Peace".
In Christ Service,
Gods Work Ministry