Yesterday I took a look at stress and how it relates to not following God’s word and will in your life.
I thought I would continue along the same thought today.
What is the opposite of stress?
There are a variety of answers dependent on who is asked. But it seems the top answers are relaxed, calm, and peaceful.
Jesus said, “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27
Once again His words assure you of the peace that comes only through Him.
Paul gives an example of the opposite when he tells the Romans the way of peace they have not known. There is no fear of God before their eyes. Rom 3:17-18
There are some that don’t have peace because they don’t have God.
Know God – know peace.
No God – no peace!
Now let me share with you the ultimate stress. Nothing you have ever known can compare to this and I pray you do not experience this.
Perhaps as close as you would ever get is waiting on the lab results from your doctor; waiting for days for that phone call to tell you the news – good or bad.
The final stress #1 – I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. Rev 20:11
The realization that God IS! The realization of being wrong. The thought that being an atheist, Buddhist, humanist, or Muslim wasn’t such a great idea.
There is no place to hide or slink away. If there is such a thing as blood pressure at this point it is through the roof!
The final stress #2 – I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. Rev 20:12
You lived a life the way you wanted to! You ignored what you may have heard preached in church or what any Christian may have shared with you, after all, they are all hypocrites and you justified your position and lifestyle to ease your conscience.
You refused and idea of salvation through Jesus. You bought into the idea that there were many ways to heaven and that everything would turn out all right in the end.
Now you stand before Almighty God and the books are opened. I believe these books are the 66 you will find in the Bible.
You lived by the thought that your good would far out-weigh your bad.
So be it!
The books are opened and you are judged by what is written in those books.
Have you ever committed blasphemy? Then you have taken God’s name in vain.
Have you ever lusted after another person? Then you have committed adultery.
Have you ever lied? Then you have borne false witness.
You are guilty of breaking the Law by not keeping the good works that God has commanded.
The words are spoken to you from those very pages that you ignored – the person who keeps all of the laws except one is as guilty as a person who has broken all of God’s laws. For the same God who said, “You must not commit adultery,” also said, “You must not murder.” So if you murder someone but do not commit adultery, you have still broken the law. James 2:10-11
You could have a coronary about this time except you’re already dead. No matter when or where you died. The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. Rev 20:13
The final stress #3 – And all were judged according to their deeds. Rev 20:13
By this time you realize you have made a grave mistake. You can argue with the Creator that sits before you but it does no good. All your words, thoughts, and deeds are cast back into your face.
Perhaps you say something like “Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.” Matt 7:22
The reply will be the same – “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” Matt 7:23
The final stress #4 – Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire. Rev 20:14-15
The book of Life is searched and you wait with great anticipation – hoping and praying that your name is written within its pages.
But it isn’t and you are condemned.
So is the stress now over?
You tell me.
Just before your judgment the devil, who had deceived them, was thrown into the fiery lake of burning sulfur, joining the beast and the false prophet. Rev 20:10
The beast and false prophet have been there for the past thousand years. They are still there. They did not burn up into nothing, knowing nothing, or feeling nothing.
There they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Rev 20:10
The stress of knowing you could have missed this torment is greater than anything you will ever experience in life.
The stress of knowing you could have accepted the forgiveness of Jesus, but didn’t, will forever be on your mind.
Regret will stress you out far beyond anything else.
You will beg for forgiveness but none is given.
You will bow down on your knees and proclaim that Jesus is Lord but it does you no good.
You are not the only one that is being stressed out.
I am too! Because I did not take the time to tell you about Jesus; to press upon you the importance of this moment.
He will take away my stress and He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Rev 21:4
Don’t put me through this! Please don’t stress me out!
Please accept Jesus as Savior.
Please share Jesus as Savior!