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Did God Plan for Evil to Exist in the World?

We can choose to walk in God’s ways or we can choose to turn from Him.

Written by Hope on 31/08/2014
Series: Weekly Devotional
“God wants everyone to be saved and to fully understand the truth.” 1 Timothy 2:4

In the beginning, God created the heavens, the earth and all of the things in it. When God created people, he gave us free will. That means we can choose to walk in God’s ways or we can choose to turn from Him. Choices led to evil entering the world but, originally, God made a perfect and peaceful world.

Not Choosing God
The Bible records that God gave Adam, the first man, specific instructions to avoid “the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:17). However, Adam chose to disobey God’s instructions. As a result, “sin entered the world. Adam’s sin brought death” (Romans 5:12). God didn’t intend for Adam to eat the fruit. That’s why God warned him. We can see that evil exists in the world because people choose to turn away from God, not because God wants evil in the world.

The Example of the Potter
Did God create us to be bad? No; God created people to be “in His own image” (Genesis 1:27). The book of Isaiah compares God to a potter and us to clay. A potter crafts clay into a good vessel that he desires. The potter doesn’t create the vessel to become corrupted by mold, and God didn’t create us to become corrupted by sin. Just as the potter doesn’t want his vessel to be smashed, God doesn’t want His people to perish.

Built for God’s Purpose
People have had the option of disobeying God ever since the original sin; but that is not what He wants us to choose. Sin separates us from God, but God wants to be with us. That’s why He sent Jesus to save us from our sins. People sin because “they have no fear of God” (Psalm 36:1), but God said, “I have made [all who claim Me as their God] for My glory” (Isaiah 43:7). Remember to choose God and obey His ways, so that we can bring Him glory. Even though God didn’t want us to choose evil, He still provided us with a way out through Jesus. Let’s be thankful and continue to choose goodness over evil.

Pray this week:

That God will strengthen you, so you can obey Him.

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6 Social Media Jobs That Are Great For Millennials

Jimmy Rohampton ,    CONTRIBUTOR
I cover how to use social media to level up your career  

Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.
If you’re a millennial, learning to use social media was as natural as learning to walk. That might be a bit of an exaggeration, but social media has been a big part of your life for nearly as long as you can remember. In fact, it’s such a central part of your day that you probably have a hard time staying away from your apps. On average, millennials spend 5.4 hours a day consuming user-generated content, much of it on social media.

If you consume a lot of content on Twitter, Facebook and more, a social media career might be right for you. After all, you’ve already put in the time as a digital native. Now, you might as well get paid for it. The key is to match your skill set and salary needs with the right social media job.

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Then, you’ll get paid to do something you love. Here are a couple social media jobs that might be right for you:

1. Social Media Manager

Are you the type of person that likes to be in charge? If so, you might be perfect for a social media manager position. Social media managers are responsible for all aspects of social media campaigns. You’ll take care of the strategy, implementation, and marketing.

If you work for a small business, expect to wear a lot of hats with this position. You will be the resident strategist one minute, and the next minute you’ll be putting that strategy into action. If you work for a big company, though, you can expect to have some employees under you. These employees will take on most of the duties and you’ll watch over them.

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Social media managers make an annual median salary of $46,169 and there is a projected growth outlook of 13%. In other words, you can expect lots of these jobs to pop up in the coming years.

2. Social Media Specialist

If you excel at strategizing but don’t want all of the responsibilities that come with being a social media manager, you can become a social media specialist. Social media specialists are responsible for developing strategies to meet companies’ and clients’ social media needs.

Don’t worry, though. It’s not all work and no play. You’ll also immerse yourself in social media posts. In fact, you’ll need to monitor all of the social media conversations to determine which direction your company should go in when posting on social media. On average, social media specialists make $38,100.

3. Social Media Coordinator

As a coordinator, you’ll be responsible for making sure that all of the posts go live every day. You can’t just post on a whim, though. You’ll follow a posting calendar for all of the social media accounts. Message relevancy is very important for social media coordinators. You’ll speak to people in all of your company’s departments to make sure you’re staying on message with each post.

A social media coordinator has a median salary of $37,865 and it has a projected growth rate of 6% up to 2024.

4. Social Media Analyst
If you like the numbers side of social media, consider becoming a social media analyst. You’ll look at various metrics and trends to help your team cultivate a social media strategy. Keep in mind that analytics are constantly changing so you’ll need to keep your hands on the wheel at all times. You can expect a fast-paced career if you become an analyst.

Social media analysts make an average of $45,720 a year.

5. Social Media Community Manager

Do you spend a lot of time interacting with people (even strangers) online? If so, you might have the perfect personality to become a social media community manager. This fast-paced job puts you right in the middle of the online action. You answer questions, join conversations, and offer solutions.

In some cases, you’ll even have to get conversations started. You’ll be the spark that ignites exciting conversations on all of the channels. When you do this, you have to keep your company’s brand in mind. Every conversation should focus on the brand and improving the user experience.

Social media community managers make an average of $31,500 a year.

6. Social Media Planners

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You’ll make an average of $45,000 a year if you take a job as a social media planner.

 

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Loving the unlovable demonstrates God’s love for us.

Loving Others
Loving the unlovable demonstrates God’s love for us.

Written by Dan Lee on 15/11/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Love, Enemies, Humility, Pride
If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.

Matthew 5:46
We are surrounded by all kinds of people. Some are easy to love. Others, we tend to ignore. Then there are some that act in ways that makes us want to hate them.

Here are three kinds of people we might tend to look down on, or even hate — and what God’s Word says about them:

1. “Servers”
People of many cultures look down on waiters, clerks, or manual laborers. We act as though they exist only to meet our needs and pay no attention to their feelings.

But Peter says in his letter, “And all of you, serve each other in humility, for ‘God opposes the proud but favors the humble.’” (1 Peter 5:5)

God’s love means having a humble heart for others.

2. “Sinners”
Jesus told a story about two people praying in the temple: a Pharisee and a despised tax collector. The Pharisee prayed, “I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner like everyone else . . . I’m certainly not like that tax collector!” (Luke 18:11)

The tax collector, on the other hand, prayed, “O God, be merciful to me, for I am a sinner.” (Luke 18:13)

Jesus said, “I tell you, this sinner, not the Pharisee, returned home justified before God. For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18:14)

God’s love is available to all, including sinners.

3. “Strangers”
The news today is full of stories about people hating each other because of their race, their beliefs or their feelings toward us.

But Jesus said, “Love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” (Luke 6:27-28)

God’s love even reaches those who oppose and slander Him.

Conclusion
Every human being is made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26). When we disrespect or hate another person, we are disrespecting God. As Jesus said when asked to sum up the commandments, he gave just two: Love God, and “Love your neighbor as yourself. No other commandment is greater than these.” (Mark 12:31)

When, by the power of the Holy Spirit, we humbly love the Servants, the Sinners, and the Strangers in our lives, people will see God’s love (see also John 13:35), and the Lord Jesus will be glorified.

Pray this week:

Lord, there are many unlovable people in my life. Please give me Your Holy Spirit’s power to love with a humble heart and pray for them, and to bring You glory.

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21 Strange And Awesome Uses For Honey & Lemon.Try It

Honey has been around for about as long as humans. The first recorded drawing of a human harvesting honey is approximately 8,000 years old. Archaeologists have found honeycombs buried with pharaohs in Egypt. In Rome, soldiers used it to heal their wounds. In the Old Testament, Israel was described as the land of flowing milk and honey. Throughout history, honey has been a form of payment or trade.

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Liquid gold, as some call it, is no longer considered to be as valuable as in ancient times. Nowadays, we walk into a grocery store and grab a plastic bear filled with honey and feed it to our families.

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Of course, there are differences in the quality of honey out there. Pasteurized honey has been heated and valuable nutrients have been removed in the process. This is why many are now looking to purchase raw honey to enjoy its full benefits.

But what can you do with honey besides eating it? We’ve found 21 awesome and sometimes slightly strange uses for honey that you should definitely give a try.

1. Use honey on your chapped lips

Honey has antibacterial and antiviral properties. Plus, it is a great moisturizer. Apply some on your lips and try not to lick it off. A great time to do this is at night after you brush your teeth and you’re on your way to bed. You won’t be as likely to lick your lips then as you be would during the day.

2. Treat herpes blisters

Herpes simplex (also called cold sores) is painful and unsightly. It also seems to take forever to heal. Honey, with its antiviral properties, can help speed up the process. Remember: only the raw stuff will provide full benefits

(Herpes- any of a group of virus diseases caused by herpesviruses, affecting the skin (often with blisters) or the nervous system.)

3. Stock it for emergencies

When archaeologists found honeycombs in Egypt, they were surprised to discover that the honey was still edible. Raw honey may crystallize, but it will last forever. If you have no access to other sweeteners or healers, you’ll be so glad to have your stash when you need it.

4. Use it on wounds

Honey’s acidity has the ability to increase the release of oxygen from hemoglobin, which creates a good environment for healing a wound. When you apply it, lymph flow increases and the wound can heal faster. Honey also draws liquid from the wound.

5. Wash your hair with it

Shampoos have a tendency to rob hair of its natural oils. As a result, the follicles go into overproduction. With its relative acidity, honey preserves the natural oils and has been found to help with treatment of dandruff, too. Mix one tablespoon with three tablespoons of water and massage into hair when taking a shower. You may have to warm the mixture a little to get it to dissolve in the water.

6. Use it as a face wash

Got any leftovers from that honey shampoo? Use it to wash your face. So many products include honey because of its healing powers and gentle cleansing ability. Why not use honey without all the added chemicals?

7. Use it as a hair mask

Rub honey onto the tips of your hair, leave it on for a few minutes, then wash. It will make those tips look healthier and more vibrant.

8. Cure that hangover

Use honey instead of ibuprofen after a night with a few too many. We couldn’t believe it either, but the fructose in honey speeds up the metabolism, hence the shorter hangover time.

9. Get rid of parasitesOf course, you just may have to see a doctor when there is a real concern for parasites. But you may also try to drink a daily solution of honey, apple cider vinegar and hot water. The acidity of the vinegar combined with honey’s antibacterial properties may do the trick. Sometimes, it simply takes a little extra work and possibly a change in your diet to get rid of parasites.

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10. Use honey to cure a sore throat

Simply mix two tablespoons of HONEY with a full cup of hot water and the juice of a freshly squeezed LEMON. The whole family can enjoy this healthy remedy.

11. Soothe dry elbows

Apply some honey to your elbows, leave it on for 30 minutes, then wipe it off. Make sure not touch anything with your elbows while you wait! You may have to repeat this a few times to see lasting success.

12. Use it on burns

When you apply honey to your burns, the hydrogen peroxide that will be released will clean the wound and ease the inflammation. Plus, you’ll avoid chemicals from other topical creams.

13. Preserve your fruit with it

It’s not too late for preserving fruit. Mix one part honey with ten parts water and pour over your berries to preserve them. The honey actually intensifies the flavor of the berries. You can experiment with different amounts until you reach your own desired sweetness.

14. Pour it in your bath water

Adding just a few tablespoons of honey to your bath water will make it smell sweeter and make the water appear softer. You’ll carry the mild scent of honey around with you all day. Yum!

15. Increase your energy before a workout

Consume some honey before you exercise and the slow, consistent release of glucose will keep you from burning out too quickly. You can also mix honey with some coconut water, which is full of electrolytes to replenish your body during and after a workout.

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16. Eat it raw from the honeycomb

Honey will not be any more raw than when it comes directly from the comb. Also, the honeycomb is said to aid with healthy cholesterol levels, thanks to its long-chain fatty acids. The alcohols contained in the honeycomb are full of antioxidants that help protect the liver as well.

17. Make your own body scrub

Use it for yourself or gift it to someone else. Mix 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup raw cane sugar and 1/4 cup olive oil to make an excellent scrub. Careful when you use this in the shower — the oil will make the shower floor slippery.

18. Use it to build up immunity to pollen

Though not widely researched, one study suggests that consuming birch pollen honey can be helpful in people with birch pollen allergies. It is not likely that a lot of research will be put into honey as a cure for allergies, so you may end up being your own guinea pig for this one.

19. Use it as a sweetener in your green tea

Green tea is believed to increase metabolism, and so is honey. Plus, honey is known to have a positive effect on blood sugar. The combination of the two may be a great addition to your weight loss program.

20. Cure halitosis (bad breath)

Mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon in a cup of warm water. Gargle and swallow, or spit out if you wish. The antibacterial properties of honey can kill the germs that give you bad breath. Plus, cinnamon happens to be an appetite suppressant.

21. Make your own shaving cream with it

Honey mixed with warm water can be used as a shaving cream. It’s soothing and prevents razor burn while moisturizing your skin.

Remember, raw honey is always the better choice because it has not been stripped of its nutrients. It will be much more beneficial than the pasteurized stuff. Enjoy!

— Ute Mitchell

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7 Tips For Motivating Your Team (Even When The Going Gets Tough)

“ When people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with, and prioritize their work around those top priorities, not only are they many times more productive, they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life.” 

Stephen Covey'

You can spend months defining your team’s core values, articulating your Mission and Vision, and fashioning a flexible, up-to-the-minute strategy — but your whole tower will crumble if your team members don’t feel motivated enough to execute rapidly and consistently.

If their collective attitude boils down to “Who cares?” then you’ve lost the game before you’ve even begun.

If that’s true, then who’s at fault?

Well, you can blame your team if you like. You can even punish them for being unmotivated — a dangerous form of self-sabotage that will most likely force you farther toward failure. Or you can decide to shoulder the responsibility and work to engage your team and rev their motivational engines.

 

7 Tips For Motivating Your Team (Even When The Going Gets Tough)

The Lowdown
“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” So said legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, who had plenty of experience with both commitment and motivation.

The son of a second-generation Italian-American butcher whose business prospered during the Great Depression, Lombardi grew up with daily exposure to the type of commitment required not just to survive but to thrive during hard times. He later earned a football scholarship to Fordham University, where he picked up the skills necessary to excel as a coach at West Point, and later with the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, and Washington Redskins.

What can you do to inspire your team to the Lombardi level of commitment? Start by showing them you believe in them; you are going to hold them to a higher standard, because you have confidence they can achieve it.

Try these tips, especially when the going gets tough:

 

1. Make sure everyone understands the big picture
If your team isn’t already familiar with the organization’s main goals, then lay them out in plain language.

Show them where they fit within the organizational structure, and why their work moves everyone toward those goals. Make them feel valued, so they’ll have reason to engage with and “own” their jobs.

2. Give them what they need
If team members lack the right tools or training, they may not feel capable of or confident about doing the tasks you’ve assigned them. Whether they need training, a new computer, a smartphone, or a better printer, make it happen, so they can move forward with confidence.

If they express a need for something to help them be more productive, and you fail to provide or approve it, they soon will stop coming to you with improvement ideas.

3. Plan carefully
Because long-term strategies rarely survive their first brushes with reality, you’ll need to collaborate with your team on how to best achieve them, because they probably know best. Review the plans and get everyone involved in how to proceed.

Give them active, important roles in building those plans, as well as controlling deadlines, scheduling, project management, and scope creep.

4. Establish performance goals
Provide reasonable objectives to shoot for, both as individuals and as a team, but make everyone stretch a little to reach them.

The goals can take the form of quotas, profit margins, commissions, projects completed early and under budget, or whatever else matters to your company or team.

5. Provide tracking metrics
Along the way, show them how they’re doing.

If the team realizes they’re they front-runners in a company-wide sales race, for example, they may work extra hard to stay there; or if they’re in second place, they may redouble their efforts to take first.

Consider it a report card for the team, one that may inspire them to kick it into high gear.

6. Be there for them
Lead from the front, ready to smooth the path and provide anything they need to in order to execute.

During a crunch time or crisis, roll up your sleeves, and work side-by-side with them until everything’s back to normal.

7. Celebrate successes
When something goes right, even something small, make sure your team knows you appreciate their efforts.

Public pats on the back are cheap, and in some cases, just as effective as cash. You can also provide treats for the break room, or take everyone to lunch when things go well.

 Flávio Rodrigues Vieira Flávio Rodrigues Vieira
Analista de negócios / Business Analyst • Mainland 3

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Trust Him For A Miracle

God also bearing them witness, both with signs and
wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the
Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
(Hebrews 2:4).

The New Testament gives numerous accounts
of the miracles Jesus did during His earthly
ministry. John 2:23 tells us that many believed in Him
when they saw the miracles He did. But there were
also many in His day who didn’t believe in Him despite
the miracles. It’s the same thing today; there’re some
who say that miracles don’t exist; but their’s is a twisted
opinion. Some of us have lived in and experienced, the
miraculous; we see, breathe, and experience miracles
all the time.
The very idea of the existence of a God is to believe
in the supernatural. If you don’t believe in miracles,
then you don’t believe in God! A miracle is God’s
supernatural intervention in the affairs of men. God is
a Spirit, and He lives in the realm of the spirit. When
you pray to Him, a God that you can’t see with your
physical eyes, and He answers you from that realm of
life, that’s a miracle. His answer to your prayers is His
response, and that’s what changes things.
God doesn’t need to respond if you don’t need
a miracle. You wouldn’t need Him to do for you what  
you can, and should do for yourself. For example, He
doesn’t help you put on your clothes or shoes, or put
food in your mouth; you can do all that by yourself and
for yourself. If you’re thirsty for water, He doesn’t give
you a drink. But if you don’t have access to the water,
you can act your faith and He’ll grant you a miracle.
When you need a miracle, it means you need
something that only God can do; the moment you act
on the Word, He responds! He never fails to show up,
as He always responds to faith. You can trust Him for
a miracle for your health, finances, academics, job or
business, and for your family.
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and
forever (Hebrews 13:8). If you accept and act on
His Word as others did in Bible days, you’ll get the
same results. This is what many are doing today, and
experiencing His miracles. 
Prayer
Dear heavenly Father, I thank
you for your presence in my life,
and your glory that fills my heart!
Thank you for your mercies and
blessings that I experience today
and always. I celebrate your
grace in my life, and the power
to live the transcendent life, in
Jesus’ Name. Amen. 

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A Strong Desire For The Word

But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both
now and forever Amen (2 Peter 3:18). 

As a child of God, you must relish the Word of
God; you must enjoy the Word. Your most
exciting times should be when you’re in fellowship
with the Word. God’s Word is everything; it’s what
you need to be all that God has destined you to be in
life. Having come to Christ, you must have a strong
desire to grow in your spirit.
Just like a new-born baby is fed with natural food
to enhance its growth and wellbeing, so also does
God expect the one who’s born again to feed, and
keep feeding, on the Word. We’re born of the Word:
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and
abideth for ever” (1 Peter 1:23). And then 1 Peter 2:2
says, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of
the word, that ye may grow thereby.” Nothing else
will make you grow spiritually, except the Word. God’s
Word will build you up to be spiritually, mentally, and
emotionally sound and balanced.
Your approach to the Word should be like the
Psalmist’s who said, “I rejoice at thy word, as one that
findeth great spoil” (Psalm 119:162). Cherish God’s
Word. Know the Word for yourself. You may stand
on someone else’s faith for a while; you may even
stand on your Pastor’s faith for a while, but it may not
continue after some time. It’s the reason some people
wonder why the prayers of others for them don’t seem
to work like it used to. It’s because God never intended
for your life to be sustained by the faith of another;
you’ve got to stand on the Word for yourself.
You have to grow in grace and in the knowledge
of the Lord Jesus Christ—for yourself. Study and learn
more about Him, and watch your life become a full
expression of the Word. Meditate on the Scriptures
until you’re programmed to only think God’s thoughts,
and influenced only by His character, ideas, and
opinions.

Confession
Dear Lord, you’re my God! Early
will I seek you; my soul thirsts for
you; my spirit longs for your Word
as the deer pants for the water
brooks. I delight in your Word
and yield to it for exhortation,
doctrine, and counsel; in it I’ve
found life, peace, righteousness,
and everlasting joy. Blessed be
God
Pastor Chris

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Apply The Word For Changes

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is
profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). 
As a Christian, it’s important that you keep
making progress, and using the Word of
God to improve the quality of your personality. You
ought to be able to testify of definite changes in your
personality in recent times, through the application of
the Word of God. There should be something positive
and definite that you’ve built into your character or
something negative that you got rid of from your
character, by using the Word of God. Subject yourself
to the Word for it to effect changes in your spirit and
in your soul.
The change in your physical body is easy; the
focus now is the change from within. You have a
responsibility in building and upgrading your life with
the Word of God; no one can do this for you. There’re
people who haven’t changed in ten years. The same
things that offended them years ago, are still offending
them now. The same people they disliked years ago
are still disliked today. The same issues they’ve had in
five years are still there. They’ve neither changed nor
grown; that’s sad.
The question to ask is, have such people acquired
more information? Of course, they might have; but they haven’t acted on the information. They’ve heard and
studied the Scriptures but haven’t yielded themselves
to the transforming power of the Word of God to
bring about lasting changes in their personality. It’s not
enough to hear or gather scriptural information; you
must act on the Word.
There’re those who, when they’re in church, write
down everything that’s being preached and taught.
They get the tapes and they listen, but they’re so used
to the voice that it doesn’t mean anything to them nor
effect a change in their character. They’ve become too
familiar with the Word. Don’t be that way. Believe in
the power and ability of the Word of God to transform
your life from glory to glory. Apply the Word for
changes. I’m not talking about a temporary change,
but permanent changes to affect your personality.
God’s Word was given to you as a creative
material. Any change you want in your life is possible;
use the Word to make it happen. You can create more
victories and sustain yourself in the transcendent life
with the Word. 
Confession
The Word of God is my life and
my sustenance; I’m making
progress and winning every day
by the Word. Today, my life is
improved and upgraded as the
Word of God impacts my spirit,
bringing about a transformation
from glory to glory, in Jesus’
Name. Amen.

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Is Hell Real, and Is There a Way Out?

Hell has no exit door.

Written by Lois on 12/07/2016
Series: Weekly Devotional
Tags: Hell, Heaven, Salvation, Jesus, Christ
No one can live forever, all will die. No one can escape the power of the grave.

Psalm 89:48
Is Hell real? The Bible tells us about two places, Heaven and Hell. Spending eternity in Heaven or Hell is our choice. (Revelation 22:17) Hell does not have an exit door, and is the destiny of everyone who is without God (2 Thessalonians 1:8-10).

Only Jesus can save us from that destiny. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

So what is Hell? Here are the three things that you need to know about what the Bible says about Hell…

1. What’s the reason that reason God made Hell?
Did you know that once there was war in Heaven led by a former angel? Revelation 12:7-9 says, “Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. And the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven. This great dragon—the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world—was thrown down to the earth with all his angels.” Jesus later warns that the wicked who forget God (Ps. 9:17) and His people will go to “eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matthew 25:41).​

2. Does Hell Really Exist?
In Luke, we read about two men. One spends eternity in Hell and the other spends it in Heaven. The unnamed man in the story put his faith in money and went to hell. Lazarus, put his faith in Jesus and went to Heaven. “The poor man died and was carried by the angels to sit beside Abraham at the heavenly banquet. The rich man also died and was buried, and he went to the place of the dead. There, in torment, he saw Abraham in the far distance with Lazarus at his side” (Luke 16:22-23).

3. God’s Mercy Saves Us From Hell
The Lord does not want us to suffer in Hell. “For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us”( 1 Thessalonians 5:9). Instead, he offers the gift of salvation. Giving us the chance to be with him forever. “And they speak of how you are looking forward to the coming of God’s Son from heaven—Jesus, whom God raised from the dead. He is the one who has rescued us from the terrors of the coming judgment” (1 Thessalonians 1:10).

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