Are you listening to Moses or the Prophets? If you are not, then you will not listen to any once dead person. Many people think that if someone comes from hell or heaven to preach to them they will hear but the truth is that they will also not listen to them. God has provided all you need to be with him where He is. This article emphasizes the need to hear Moses and the Prophets.
Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, for I have Five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.' Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.' And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.' Luke 16:27-31(NKJV)
The rich man in Luke 16:19-31, didn't want his brothers to come and meet him in hell and suffer the torments he was suffering (very thoughtful and loving of him I want say). So, he requested that Abraham should send Lazarus to testify to them. In concluding their conversation, Abraham told him that if his brothers would not hear Moses and the prophets, they would not hear anyone that rises from the dead.
Moses represents the law of God, God's instructions, the scriptures or the word of God. And the prophets are God's truly anointed servants and mouthpieces of God. Abraham is saying, you have the word of God and the prophets for you to escape torments in hell. The question really is "are you hearing them, are you listening and adhering to their instructions?" It is not enough to have the bible, read it and pray it (which are all very very important), it most crucial that you obey it. Obedience is the proof of your love and faith in God (John 14:15, 21).
Jesus said in Luke 16:17 that it is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for one little part of the law to fail. That means whatever God said in His word is sure to come to pass. For example, Ephesians 5:27, says that Jesus is going present a church that is without spot or wrinkle, holy and without blemish. We are not to have any spot of sin on us if we are to make it. Is it possible? Yes, it is because God will not demand from you what He had not made possible. The Lord has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness (1 Peter 1:3)
So what do you do? You are to do the same thing that the apostles decided to keep doing-give themselves to the word and to prayer (Acts 6:4). You can only be cleansed by washing of water by the word (Ephesians 5:26) and prayer gives you access to God and the help of the Holy Spirit, for without God, you can do nothing (John 15:5). By the help of the Holy Spirit, as you keep studying the word of God and applying them, you are transformed into God's image of spotlessness (2 Corinthians 3:18).
Now, I know you strongly desire to be ready and to you it may be time factor that is the issue. The truth remains that we can always create time for anything we want to do. One hour out of twenty-four hours a day for God will not destroy your plan, in fact it will surely organize it well for you. Put God first and every other thing will be added to you. Many times activities rob us of things that are more important.
We need to be vigilant, always watching and praying. May God help us all in Jesus name.
Ngozi Nwoke is a teacher, counselor and author of "Peace Money Can't Buy" and "The Man Jesus" . She has a passion to teach people how to enjoy peace, God's love and christian living for more fulfilling life. Want more fulfilling life? Subscribe for free email updates today. http://stepswithgod.co
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