Dangerous Territory

“It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

Hebrews 10:31

Jonathan Edwards once preached a sermon on this very passage. I will not attempt to summarize or recreate it, but I will share what God has laid on my heart. 

I have the ability to dream and remember my dreams from time to time. I can take a short nap and still have a pleasant dream or two. I have dreams that are sometimes odd and others I wish never ended. My dreams are sometimes so vivid that it seems real to me. I have seen people who have gone on to be with the Lord, and I have reunited with some I have not seen in a long time. I am not sure about the science of dreams or what causes them, but I do enjoy them. 

I recall a time in my life when I was playing church and not living as I should. I recall a series of dreams I had that were quite vivid and to be quite honest, scared me to death. I would not say they were nightmares per se, but they were dreams warning me of my sin. In my dreams, God allowed me to see where my life was headed. He played out worst-case scenarios in my dreams of my sin and what was in store. In the dreams I always got caught and my life was doomed to ruin with the ugly consequences of sin. 

In the dreams, I often was relieved to wake up and my heart pounded with fear. I woke up in a sweat and I started to take inventory of my life. I am not sure of the dreams and why I had them, but I believe God was speaking to me through them. I am grateful how God has worked in my life, and I am grateful for these dreams which scared me half to death. I don’t believe in coincidences, and I believe God allowed me to have these dreams to wake me up.

I have landed in the principal’s office, dean’s office and have experienced corporal punishment. These situations by no means were pleasant but they are nothing compared to falling into the hands of an angry God. God is merciful, but He also is a righteous judge. He cannot tolerate sin and there are real consequences to the choices we make. Hell is not a fantasy, but it is a real place that is prepared for those who choose not to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Death comes for all and we will give an account of what we do with Jesus and our choices. 

Where are you friend? Where are you headed today? Where is your eternal destiny? Do you fear falling into the hands of an angry God? Do you live your life mindful that there are consequences to your sin? Are you aware that you always reap what you sow? May we fear the God who created heaven and earth, and may we abstain from that which would separate us from Him. A moment of pleasure in sin is never worth the consequences of it. Turn from your sin before it is too late, and be mindful that God is always watching. 

Stay in the Fight!

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