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You would also see poor people's families having funerals for them, and you would also hear the sounds of barking
and biting and animals scavenging for food.
So Gehenna became known as the place where the fire doesn't die, and there's weeping and gnashing of teeth - and
so that was hell HERE. Hell THERE was a place called Hades.
Jesus said the word hell 18 times; of the 18 times, 15 of the 18 was hell here; three of the 18 was hell there; so
roughly 87.7 per cent of the time when Jesus talks about hell, He's not talking about a future reality. He's talking
about a reality that's right here.
He said that six things will send your life to hell, six things, and these things are this: 1) Not controlling your lust
issues. So He says: you don't get those things under control, it endangers your life (of the garbage dump). 2) Anger,
holding anger in your heart. If you tend to not be able to let things go, and you hol d bitterness in your heart because
people have done you wrong - if you don't get that kind of thing under control, you run the risk of putting your life (on
the garbage dump).
3) Calling people idiots. He says: if your pattern in life is calling someone a fool, you're endangering your life (of the
garbage dump). Obviously that one's talking about hell here, otherwise we're serving a God who tortures people
forever for calling someone an idiot, and we're all screwed okay, so you don't want to do that. Essen tially He's saying:
listen, you know, you don't want to make a pattern of doing that. So He says: your lust issues, your anger issues, and
your tendency to think you're smarter than everybody else - those are the things you have to handle.
4) Fearing man instead of fearing God. He said: that'll hurt you. That will eventually endanger your life of the garbage
dump. 5) Unforgiveness in your heart will eventually endanger your life of the garbage dump... 6) ...as well as greed.
So greed, unforgiveness, fear of man instead of fear of God, calling people fools, lust and anger; those six things are
the things that destroy a man's life, to the point of putting you in the garbage dump.
When you think about it in those terms, what you think about is, you start loo king at yourself; or if you're a narcissist,
you start thinking about somebody else who needs to hear this.
So you go: well okay, I could see where this lust issue in my life has hurt me. I could see where my tendency to
power over people has hurt me. So if I was going to talk to you about how to be an over-comer, what I would simply
do is go through those six issues.
I want to even step back further from that, and give you a principle that actually is ubiquitous to the entire lot of it. If
we don't master this, then we can't deal with anger, and fear, and lust, and calling people idiots. We can't deal with
those things if we don't deal with this - and I think Jesus deals with it brilliantly in the end of the Sermon on the Mount.
This is what it says, in Matthew 7:13.
Enter through the narrow gate, for wide is the gate, and broad is the road, that leads to destruction, and many wander
through it. But small is the gate, and narrow is the road, that leads to life, and only a few will find it.
Just to be clear, that has nothing to do with heaven and hell. That has everything to do with the fact that, in life, most
people don't have what it takes to make a decision to make their life better. Most people just do what everybody else
is doing, and find themselves completely unravelling.
When you see euphemisms in scripture like death, darkness, decrease, destruction, it's not necessarily talking about
being literally dead, or literally dark. It has to do with a realm of life that is destroying you; light/life/inc reases, a realm
of life that's leading you to life.
He says: watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
By their fruit you'll recognise them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every
good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot
bear good fruit.
In other words, if what they're doing is working, they're likely a good piece of tree. Every tree that does not bear good
fruit is cut off and thrown in the fire. Thus, by their fruits, you will recognise them.
Not everyone who says to Me Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father
who's in heaven. Man y will say to Me in that day: Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name
cast out devils, and perform miracles? Then I will tell them plainly: I never knew you.