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Barren Because You Are Blind to Hell

Barren Because You Are Blind to Hell

Scripture: 2 Peter 1:8-9

For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But he that lacketh these things are blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.

Reflection.

Today, let’s look at the reason most Christians are fruitless with the following points below.

Unable to See Hell

The inability to see the reality of Hell is a cause for much of the prevailing barrenness in Christian circles.  Moses pleased God because he saw the invisible.  “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27).

Jesus Christ Was Not Blind

He had His eyes on Heaven and Hell throughout His ministry.  To say that Jesus Christ spoke more about money than anything else is a misrepresentation of Christ and His message.  The spirit of Christ’s message was to point us towards eternity.  He came to teach us about the eternal God who dwells in Heaven above.  He taught us about the reality of eternal judgement. 

Blindness to Hell

Jesus told us about Lazarus and the rich man.  If this story is true (and it is) then it is worth giving up everything and going to the rest of the world to tell them about Jesus. I want you to remember these facts about Lazarus and the rich man.

Five Lessons from Lazarus and the Rich Man

1. This was not a parable because Jesus mentioned the name of Lazarus, who must have been a real person who once existed in their town.  This frightening story is the most reliable account of life after death given to mankind.  Most preachers do not read it nor preach from it.  Consequently, the church is shielded from visions of Hell.  This causes blindness as far as eternity is concerned.  And it is this blindness that leads to passivity and barrenness. 

2. The poor man died before the rich man because the poor usually die before the rich.  This is simply a pattern on this earth. However, the rich man went to Hell and the poor man went to heaven.  This shows that living long does not make you go to a good place when you die. 

3. From the story of Lazarus and the rich man, we know that there is, at least, one rich man in Hell.  This implies that there could be several other rich men in Hell.  This must be a warning to all rich men. 

4. The rich man had a luxurious life; clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day.  Despite this, the rich man went to Hell and the poor man went to Heaven. 

This shows that no matter how rich and luxurious your life is, you can be thrown into Hell.  This is a very frightening thought for those who have only known luxury and wealth on earth. 

When I saw the trials of multi-millionaires like Michael Jackson and the Chief Executive of Enron who were on trial for various alleged crimes, I realized how the richest men on earth could be in danger of being thrown into horrible prisons with dangerous criminals.  If human beings can do this to the rich men on earth, then Almighty God can, and will throw rich men who do not fear Him into Hell.

5.The poor man suffered greatly and had dogs dressing his sores on a daily basis.  They licked up the blood and the puss that exuded from the huge ulcers on his legs. Yet, when this poor man died, he found his place in Abraham’s bosom.  This shows us that God loves humble and poor people even if we don’t.  Unlike most Christians, who often shun these people, Jesus loved them, and He died for them.  It is no wonder that it is often poor people who believe the stories of Heaven and Hell.

Prayer.

Thank you, Lord, that we are not barren because of blindness to hell. Let the eyes of our understanding be enlightened that we may know the hope of our calling in Jesus’ name, amen.

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REF: BISHOP DAG HEWARD-MILLS

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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