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The End of The Wicked



"The Lord of hosts has purposed it, to bring to dishonor the pride of all glory, to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth." Isaiah 23:9 This will happen to every proud and glorious man on earth when he leaves his lavish lifestyle and stands before his Creator empty-handed. He who enjoyed such honor will be brought into contempt. What a shock he has coming! There is a passage in the Scriptures that says that all in hell await the mighty men of the earth coming into the place of damnation. “Hell from beneath is excited about you, to meet you at your coming; it stirs up the dead for you, all the chief ones of the earth;" Isaiah 14:9 The great men of the earth lived in luxury, they were drunk and deceived by pride, they lived unrestrained from evil, their names appeared on the news media daily. The great men of the earth love the fame, they rejoice in the glory. Many of them actually think they are invincible. But they don't consider their end ...the grave is the great equalizer. It's the same for all. The poor and afflicted go to the grave, as well as the rich and famous. There is no honor given them when the famous stand before their Creator, the one they scoffed at or ignored. They will descend in shame. vs 10-11: "They all shall speak and say to you, ‘Have you also become as weak as we? Have you become like us? Your pomp is brought down to Sheol…'" Jesus said, "What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul? (Mark 8:36) Think on this while you still have time. You don't know if you'll be alive tomorrow, many will die unexpectedly before the dawn of the next day. They will stand before their Maker, and many will discover the foolishness of the priorities they clung to in their walk on earth. But it will be too late. What can be worse than finding oneself in hell? What can be worse than the shock and the regret? Some say there is no hell, but they make Jesus a liar, because Jesus had a lot to say about the place called hell. It's in his Word. In many passages. He actually speaks more of hell than he does of heaven. Why? Because the “many” go that way. (Matthew 7:13-14) As people age, they begin to realize how short this lifetime is. Some will come to understand that the wisest thing they can do with their short sojourn is to obey the command Jesus gave: "But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." Matthew 6:33 Does this mean that you quit your job and go hand out religious tracts? No, of course not - that is, not unless the Lord so directs you. No, what it means is it demands a shift in your focus. We need to work, to do whatever we do to support ourselves and our families. The apostle Paul was a tent maker. The difference is in the attitude. The attitude in the world is to become someone great, to make a name for oneself, to rise to the top, to gain wealth. Not so the believer in Jesus Christ. The believer's HEART is focused on his Lord and on whatever his Lord will direct him to do. The right attitude is to do what one has to do but to always be ready for the Lord to interrupt and send him on a mission, even if it's just to speak to someone, to bless someone, even to silently pray for someone when the Lord has pointed that person out to him. It's the attitude of the heart, the willingness to surrender at all times, from a heart that has been deeply touched by the love of God. Some of these people will never be known among men, but on arriving in heaven they will find that indeed the last becomes first. The most glorious words a person can hear upon leaving this world are: "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things, enter into the joy of your Lord." Matthew 25:23

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