DAILY DEVOTIONAL TUESDAY AUGUST 4, 2015
(2 Corinthians 5:6-8; Luke 16:19-31)
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***DAILY PERSONAL PRAYER FOR YOU: Dear Lord, help me to get through this day
and the challenges that I will be facing today. Guide me, strengthen me, and
give me wisdom as I make choices throughout this day. Please watch over my
family and those I love in this world, and keep them safe. I love you Lord,
and depend upon you each moment of each day. Bless me as I go through the
day, living my life for your glory. In the name of Jesus I pray...AMEN!
It was this time last year that comedian Robin Williams took his own life.
I felt it was such a critical Daily Devotional I wrote in the days after,
the Holy Spirit was telling me over the weekend that I had to share those
powerful words with you today. Please, PRAY before you read this, since it
goes to the heart of the 23 years of work here at Liveprayer and who each of
us is as a follower of Jesus Christ!!!
God is NOT laughing! Death and standing in the presence of God your Creator
is no laughing matter! Sadly, comedian/actor Robin Williams took his own
life last August at the age of 63. Williams was one of the premiere comedic
talents of our time as well as starring in dozens of great movies, playing
both comedy and serious roles, winning the Oscar for his work in "Good Will
Williams battled cocaine and aclohol addiction, cleaning up his life after
the death of his friend John Belushi from a drug overdose and the birth of
his son. He remained clean and sober for 20 years before relapsing several
years ago. Throughout his life, Williams was constantly dealing with severe
bouts of depression. It has been reported that in his final days he was
severely depressed, a common factor in many suicides.
Based on his documented statements over the years, his anti-Biblical stand
on all of the cultural issues of our day such as abortion and the radical
homosexual agenda, in addition to his public mocking of God and Jesus as
part of his comedic routines, it is clear that sadly Robin Williams had
completely rejected God and saw God's existence "possible but unlikely."
Like all who take their last breath of life, the very next moment they are
standing before God their Creator. Whatever fame or fortune they may have
enjoyed during this life is meaningless. At that exact moment the only thing
that will matter is the choice you made during your life regarding Jesus.
You will stand before God either clothed in your sins and be cast into
everlasting darkness, eternally separated from God your Creator, or having
come to Christ by faith you will be wearing a white robe of righteousness
and be welcomed into the glories of Heaven to spend eternity with God your
Sadly, Robin Williams, like all who die having rejected faith in Christ is
now and forever will be in the eternal torment of hell. There will be no
jokes in hell. There will be no impromptu ad-lib comedy skits in hell. There
will only be the gnashing of teeth and eternal punishment for sin that we
It is so sad, since someone like Robin Williams like many famous people,
have had the advantage of being exposed to virtually every kind of belief
system and religious thought that exists. They are intelligent, well
traveled, with a wide range of personal experiences. I am certain that with
the number of Christians within the entertainment industry, as well as those
who reach out to that world, Williams had many opportunities during his life
to hear the Gospel. Like so many, he made the conscious choice to reject
Let me just interject that I am sick and tired every time a famous person
dies, the media making their flippant comments about that person being with
God. Virtually every program has an interview with someone who knew Robin
Williams talking about him making God laugh. This makes a mockery of Christ
and what He did on the cross, feeding into the universalistic lie from hell
that all "good people" will get to Heaven. The Bible says there is NONE, NO
NOT ONE, who is "good" since we are all sinners. There is certainly nothing
for God to laugh at when it involves the soul of a person who has rejected
faith in Christ and stands before their Creator in their sin!!!
The Bible clearly tells us that tomorrow is promised to none of us. The fact
is, the moment each person takes their last breath, they will stand before
God. At that instant, there is only one thing that will matter and that is
whether you have accepted Jesus Christ into your heart and life by faith.
At that moment, those who have accepted Him will be forever with God their
Creator, those who have rejected Him will be forever separated from God
their Creator. It is impossible for us with our finite minds to even begin
to comprehend the glory of Heaven, being with God our Creator for eternity.
Likewise, it is impossible for us to even begin to imagine the horrors of
Hell, being separated from God our Creator for eternity.
HELL IS NOT A BAD VACATION, IT IS ETERNAL SEPARATION FROM GOD YOUR CREATOR
AND THERE ARE NO WORDS THAT COULD EVER DESCRIBE THAT HORROR!!!
The Bible, which is our final authority in ALL matters is very clear on
death. It is final. There is no such thing as reincarnation, we are not
coming back as a petunia. We don't die and go to some special place where
people can pray us into Heaven over time. The moment we die our body is no
longer of any use and our soul lives on for eternity, either forever with
God, or forever separated from Him. That eternal destination is determined
by only ONE THING, our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Being a member of a certain church CANNOT save you. Being baptized as a baby
CANNOT save you. The faith of your parents CANNOT save you. I have no doubt
that Robin Williams did many good works throughout his life, but good works
CANNOT save you. A pastor or priest simply praying over you while you are
dying CANNOT save you. The ONLY THING that can save you is putting your
faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior. It is a choice, a
conscious choice, that YOU and YOU ALONE have to make BEFORE you die.
I am certain that somewhere in the world within a few minutes of the passing
of Robin Williams, a man that had accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior also
died. This man was not known by the world, he was never on TV or in movies,
he did not possess a gift to make people laugh, he did not have great
wealth, but death is the great equalizer.
As Williams died without Christ, this man who was known and loved by the
world, this man who had all the wealth this world could offer, was instantly
cast into eternal darkness. At the same time, the man somewhere in the world
who died having chosen to put his faith in Jesus, despite having no fame or
fortune during his life, was instantly ushered into the presence of Almighty
God for eternity.
"What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, but lose his soul?"
I love you and care about you so much. Our prayers continue to go out to
Robin Williams wife, children, and family on the anniversary of their loss.
I pray that those in his family who may know Christ as their Savior have
found His comfort, and those who do not may have had their hearts opened to
Christ's love during their time of grief.
Being a famous person in this life does NOT guarantee you anything when this
brief journey is over. Each person is responsible for their own eternal
destination by their choice in regard to Jesus Christ. You see, it was Jesus
that died on a cross 2,000 years ago for your sins and mine. That is why
ONLY faith in Jesus can save you.
If right now, this very moment, you do not have the assurance that when your
life is over, you will be forever with God, the Bible says that TODAY is the
day of salvation. You never have to doubt or wonder again. Bow your head
right now, ask God to open your heart. Read the words and watch the short
video at this following link: http://www.liveprayer.com/plan.cfm I will
be praying for you as you make the most important decision that you will
make in this life, where you will spend eternity.
In His love and service,
Your friend and brother in Christ,
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