Life in Hell – CAC Living Water Devotional
CHRIST APOSTOLIC CHURCH
THE LIVING WATER DAILY DEVOTIONAL GUIDE
Wednesday, October 13, 2021
TOPIC: LIFE IN HELL (I)
Read Luke 16:19-31
And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom (Luke 16:23)
When you tell the tale of a place you have personally visited, people tend to believe you more, because experience, they say, is the best teacher. If you have experienced it, you can preach it better. No one is more qualified to talk about hell and the life there, than someone who had passed a night at least there. How is the place like? What are they doing there? Who are the people there? Can there be any greater disaster to man’s soul than hell, even as the world remembers International Day For National Disaster Reduction?
One thing that is common with the testimonies of those who claim they have visited hell, whether in dream, trance, or real life, is the agony and anguish the people there are subjected to. You wouldn’t want to visit such a place, whether in real life or in the dream world. To strengthen your resolve not to visit or end up in hell, listen to the account of the rich man in Luke 16. While we cannot totally believe the claims of those hell visitors that we have around us today, so to say, this account cannot be debunked, because it is from the Master Himself, who alone came down from heaven. His testimony is real and faultless.
This episode is the real picture of what hell is, from the very mouth of the Truth. It is true. The rich man ended in hell after enjoying all the goodness of this world, but Lazarus was comforted in the bosom of Abraham. Torment and comfort are two parallel experiences (v. 25). How do we know that the place is not habitable? Part of the torment is that water was not available to quench the rich man’s thirst. Was there no water, or was it deliberately withdrawn? How satisfying would a fingertip-drop of water can be? He believed that with that he could be satisfied. What a torment! Considering the rate at which you use water here to bath, drink, cook, etc., would you be able to cope where water crises will rob you of even a single drop to quench your thirst? Think of it and make necessary amends before its too late.
- Lord, help me not to end my life in hell, come what may.
- Lord Jesus, don’t let me be eternally separated from You.
- Lord, deliver our rich men from overconfidence in their riches, so that they can honour You with their substances, and better the lots of people around them.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:
Isaiah 24:10 – 28:3; Philippians 2:24 – 3:15