Hello! Thank you for taking the time to review this. It may just be the most important message you ever read. Who am I? My name isn't important. What you need to know is that I am writing this from hell. Yes, the real hell! I know what you're thinking, hell isnít real, right? Wrong! I too thought that hell was just a fictional place that people used to represent all the evil in the world. Boy was I wrong! Hell is very real. Itís searing hot here. My skin feels like it is melting off my body and the pain is excruciating. The smell of burning flesh is unbearable. Worms eat at my body continually, causing even greater pain. I want to die and be rid of all this suffering, but I canít. Iím here for the rest of eternity.
I wish I would have understood how all this works. Oh, I heard about hell and heaven in church, but didnít really take it too seriously. I thought that if I were basically a good person, I would go to heaven when I died. I wish now that I had paid closer attention to the messages about Jesus and salvation. I wish I had accepted Jesus Christ into my heart when I had the chance. But I didnít and now I must pay this horrible price forever. Itís too late for me, but not for you!
I know that you're probably thinking youíve got plenty of time. I thought so too. The devil (yes, he is also very real) kept whispering that I had all the time in the world. That there would be plenty of time later to accept Christ and now I should really live my life. I believed him and now he is my master. I didnít anticipate dying suddenly in a car accident. I thought I had years before facing death, that there was plenty of time to do the right things. You just never know how things are going to turn out. I always imagined myself living to a ripe old age before I died and went to heaven. Yet, here I am young and suffering eternal damnation in hell.
I remember hearing that God was loving and wondered, if hell is real, how could a loving God ever send anyone to this terrifying place. Well now I know that He doesnít. You see God gave mankind free will, which means that each of us have a choice to either follow Him or not. You can choose to accept Godís Son, Jesus as Lord and Savior and go to heaven when your physical body dies or choose to ignore or reject Him and live life the way you want, and end up like me, in hell. There are lot's of nice and good people here in hell, because they didn't choose to accept God's free gift of salvation.
God doesnít want anyone to end up in hell. Thatís why He sent His only Son, Jesus to earth to become a legal, vicarious sacrifice for all of mankindís sins, past, present, and future. Jesus died for the sins you have already committed and those you will commit in the future. God loved you so much that He sacrificed His only Son in order to draw close to and develop an intimate relationship with you. He loves you more than you will ever be able to grasp and yet, God is a gentleman and will not go against your free will. So, the choice of heaven or hell is up to you. Itís your choice who you follow. If you choose not to accept Jesus and follow God, then you are inadvertantly choosing to follow the devil and will end up here with me in this place of eternal torment.
Itís too late for me, but you still have time. You can accept Jesus Christ into your heart. However, donít procrastinate; you never know when the end will come. If you are ready, you can commit to God right now by repeating a simple prayer. You donít have to be in church. If you want to get down on your knees you can, but you donít have to. Just repeat after me:
ďFather God, I realize that I am a sinner. I repent of my sins and ask your forgiveness. I realize I donít deserve your love and forgiveness, but accept your free gift that was made possible through Jesus Christ by His death and resurrection. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior and commit to living my life the way Jesus would. I put my faith and trust in Him alone. From this day forward I will no longer follow the worldís ways. I will follow and serve Jesus. Satan, I serve you notice that I no longer follow you. Today I have been adopted into Godís family. I am now a child of God and commit the rest of my life to Him. I commit to reading Godís Holy Bible every day, so that I may grow closer in relationship with Him. Father God, lead me, guide me, and protect me from this day forward. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.Ē
If you just prayed that prayer from your heart, you are now an adopted son or daughter of God. You are now a co-heir with Jesus in the Kingdom of God. You are now a new creation. Your spirit has come alive and is aligned with Godís Spirit and will guide you for the rest of your life. However, understand that your mind and body are still the same and will need to be renewed over time. The devil will try to stop this growth through lies and deception. In times when you slip and sin, he will try to tell you that you are not a new creation and that God could not possibly love you now. This is a lie. Do not listen to devil, for he is the father of lies. He wants you here in hell. Satan wants you to turn against God and renounce him, because now that you have accepted Jesus, it's the only way he can get your eternal life.
Protect yourself daily by reading and meditating on Godís Word, the Bible. Spend time in prayer, speaking to God and listening for His still small voice. Find a Spirit-filled church to attend every Sunday. Attend classes that will help you grow in your relationship with God. Rejoice daily that your eternal life is now secure and that one day you will enter heaven and spend all eternity with God. Most of all, share this message with your family and friends, so they don't end up here with me.
If you did not pray the prayer or did not pray it from your heart and with the right motive, then your eternal life is still in jeopardy. Donít make the mistake I made and wait too long or you too will end up here in hell, facing eternal torment. Pray the prayer now before itís too late and then walk out the rest of your life with God. It's the best choice you will ever make. He loves you and wants to have an intimate relationship with you. He doesnít care what you've done or how bad you've been. Come near to Him and He will come near to you. Pray the prayer. He will welcome you with the open arms of a loving Father.
My time with you is quickly drawing to a close. I see the horrific figure of the devil coming toward me. As if the pain of my skin melting from my body and worms eating away my insides were not enough, Satan tortures us daily. My hope is that you will take this message very seriously and pray the prayer. Do it now. Do it quickly. Before itís toooooo late.
Copyright: Rod Nichols, 2005
Rod Nichols is an Associate Pastor at Truth and Grace Foursquare Church in Tacoma, WA. He is also a published author and accomplished public speaker and teacher. Rodís latest articles and books can be found at www.RodNichols.com. Rod is married with five children. He and his wife Karen live in beautiful Washington State. Rod is available as a freelance writer. If you'd like to hire him, e-mail Rod@RodNichols.com.