God’s not a loving genie

Some people think God is a genie in a bottle. When you need something, you pray and voila! Nothing could be further than the truth. God is not there to serve us, we are here to serve Him. A second major and probably more common misunderstanding about God is the idea that God is just this loving God who could never hurt a flea! How wrong could you be!

2 Thessalonians 1 v This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. They will suffer the punishment of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might

6a00d834515beb69e200e54f35c8a18834-800wiPreaching today has moved away from the hellfire and brimstone of the 70’s. But we need to be careful that we present people with the whole picture. You see the following are all true about God:

  1. God is Love
  2. God is Holy
  3. God hates sin

God hates sin so much that He had to come up with a permanent solution and the solution was so terrifying that Jesus sweated drops of blood just thinking about what he had to do, just before he went to the cross. The Bible says that everyone has sinned. The Bible also defines sin as things like doing the right thing with the wrong motive. How many times do we do that? The Bible says that just looking at a woman lustfully is sin. That counts for 100% of men. The Bible says that even a little white lie is a sin. In fact, the Bible says that when you know to do good and then you don’t do it, that is sin. On that definition, no-one can escape.

The good news is that Jesus died so that we can escape the terrible judgement of God because Jesus took the penalty for sin. However he did not take the penalty automatically. Every person has to receive and accept the sacrifice of Jesus personally for them.

Listen up. Hell is real. God will not hesitate to send people there if they have committed even one sin. Those who have accepted Jesus as saviour are righteous – it is as if they never ever sinned. God is love, but He is also a righteous judge who demands nothing but sinlessness. Without Jesus, that’s impossible, and without Jesus, God will send you to hell.

Pray to receive Him right now if you have never done so.

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