Prayer For All Who Reject The Truth Of God’s Word
Top 7 Bible Verses About God’s Punishment
Here are seven Bible verses about the wrath of God or God’s ultimate punishment of the unrepentant wicked.
Matthew 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”
Matthew chapter 25 is one of the most sobering of all chapters in the Bible because it states the fate of everyone who refused to believe in Jesus Christ in their lifetimes and that means that they have the wrath of God abiding on them (John 3:36b). It doesn’t matter whether they believe it or not because what a person believes cannot change what is true and all who reject Jesus will be rejected by God on Judgment Day and that is truth.
Romans 2:3 “Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God?”
In a scathing rebuke of the unrepentant wicked, the Apostle Paul paints a vivid picture of the fate that they will face someday (or after death, e.g.
Heb 9:27) but he’s also speaking to you if you’ve never trusted in Christ, and he says to them and to you that it’s “because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed” (Rom 2:5).
That’s when “He will render to each one according to his works” (Rom 2:6) for those who “do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury” (Rom 2:8).
Proverbs 11:21 “Be assured, an evil person will not go unpunished, but the offspring of the righteous will be delivered.”
We see the rich getting richer at the expense of the poor. We see systemic political corruption in most everyone in D.C. and we think, “How can they get away with that?” The fact is they won’t. We have God’s word on it.
He will not let anyone go unpunished if they don’t repent, however, the righteous have had God’s wrath already placed on Christ on their behalf so that they won’t have to face it.
That will allow believers to go unpunished because our punishment was placed on Christ.
Matthew 10:28 “And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”
We know that hell is real, no matter what the false Bible teachers tell us. Sadly, they’ve watered down the gospel so much they put out the fires of hell in their teachings, but unless they repent, they will find out all too well that hell is real.
They, along with all unbelievers, should repent today because their body might be destroyed but the soul never can be.
Fear Him who can destroy both body and soul or fear God’s ultimate judgment that will surely come someday to all who refuse to believe (Rev 21:8).
Romans 13:4 “For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.”
Romans chapter 13 is all about following the law of man. God sees breaking man’s laws as breaking His own laws because “he is God’s servant for your good” so Paul’s warning is “if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer” (Rom 13:4).
Hebrews 10:28-31 “Anyone who has set aside the law of Moses dies without mercy on the evidence of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment, do you think, will be deserved by the one who has spurned the Son of God, and has profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has outraged the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
It’s going to be stark terror for unbelievers to face God’s wrath someday and only then will they finally believe in God, but it will be far too late to do anything about it.
Whoever spurns the Son of God spurns God the Father and God won’t fail to place His vengeance on those who reject Jesus Christ.
Whoever rejects belief in Christ will someday be rejected by God because they have rejected the only way that they must be saved (Acts 4:12).
Matthew 25:46 “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
Matthew 25 has a lot about the judgment of God but it also shows those who are His own.
The church does the ministry of Christ by feeding the poor, visiting the sick, welcoming strangers, and going to those in prison (Matt 25:35-36), however “he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels” (Matt 25:41) because they did nothing for Christ; only for themselves (Matt 25:42-43).
Matthew, the author of the gospel by the same name, wrote more about God’s punishment of the wicked in the New Testament on those who refuse to believe in Christ than any other author in the New Testament.
He included a very serious warning from John the Baptist, who said God’s “winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire” (Matt 3:12).The Apostle John wrote of the Judgment Seat of Christ and wrote that he “saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life.
And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done” (Rev 20:12) and in reference to the second death (Rev 20:14) he adds, “if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire” (Rev 20:15).
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Five Amazing Truths About the Wisdom of God
As a Christian, you have a mighty resource at your disposal—the wisdom of God. Not only can the wisdom of God help you make good decisions in your life, but God’s Word promises that it brings joy, long life, riches and honor. Just look at what King Solomon wrote about wisdom in Proverbs 3:
Joyful is the person who finds wisdom, the one who gains understanding. For wisdom is more profitable than silver, and her wages are better than gold. Wisdom is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
She offers you long life in her right hand, and riches and honor in her left. She will guide you down delightful paths; all her ways are satisfying. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her; happy are those who hold her tightly.
Moreover, Solomon goes on to tell us that we should make getting godly wisdom the principal thing (Proverbs 4:7, NKJV). What’s that mean? It means we should make seeking wisdom from the Word of God “first in importance.
” If you are struggling with a situation and you seem to be going around and around in circles, not getting anywhere…you need godly wisdom. If you are sick in your physical body, and you can’t seem to get well…you need godly wisdom. If your finances are control…you need godly wisdom.
No matter what your problem, the wisdom of God, found in His Word, is the place to start.
Below are five amazing truths about the wisdom of God that will help you every day of your life. Study them, meditate and then begin applying them, and you will get wisdom for whatever you’re facing today.
Truth No. 1: God’s Wisdom Is Available to Every Believer
“For God does not show favoritism.” –Romans 2:11
Every believer has the right to access the blessings of God. He does not give wisdom to some and not to others. He doesn’t withhold any good things from His people. If you desire the wisdom of God regarding any situation or simply as a consistent part of your life (and this is best!), then you can have it.
It doesn’t require that you be a Christian for a certain number of years. It isn’t necessary that you get straight A’s on some celestial report card. You don’t have to attend church every time the doors are open or go through some lengthy prayer process.
The lack of any of these doesn’t preclude you from receiving God’s wisdom.
Truth No. 2: You Simply Need to Ask for the Wisdom of God
“If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.” –James 1:5
As a child, did you ever hear the words “you should know better”? Thankfully, that is not the response you will ever hear from God when you ask for wisdom.
If you are facing a decision or are questioning how to handle a situation, God will not respond with an eye roll and shake of His head.
He will not be disappointed in you for asking or angry that you can’t figure things out on your own. No, His Word promises that if you ask for wisdom, He’ll give it to you.
However, He does have on prerequisite when you ask. Verses 6-7 say:
But when you ask him [for wisdom], be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.
What does this mean? It means that when you ask God for wisdom, believe that He is going to give it to you. Take the wisdom of God as soon as you ask for it, and declare that you do not doubt it. Thank the Lord that you receive it, and you have it!
Truth No. 3: God’s Word Is Full of His Wisdom
“For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
God has already given a lot of wisdom in His Word. Throughout the Bible, you can learn many lessons, such as: how to face adversity with faith, how to handle difficult people, and how to manage your finances, just to name a few. You can learn by reading about others’ interactions with God (i.e.
the Israelites, apostles and early Church members) and how He worked in their lives. So, dig into the Word. Study about Jesus’ ministry. Study about Paul’s journeys. Study about Moses’ leadership. Study Solomon’s wisdom.God’s Word is full of the insights and advice you can directly apply to your life and the situations you face every day.
When you sit down to study the Word of God, praise the Lord for His wisdom, and thank Him that He gives it to you. Ask Him to grant you wisdom, knowledge and understanding. Ask Him to show you how what you’re reading applies to your life, and how you can put it into action.
Truth No. 4: The Wisdom of God and the World’s Wisdom Are NOT the Same
“Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” –Proverbs 1:7
If you have been following the Lord for longer than two minutes, you know that the world’s ways do not reflect God’s ways. The world will tell you to look out for yourself at the expense of others.
The world will tell you that immediate happiness is the most important goal for your life. The world will tell you to do whatever makes you happy. The world will tell you there is no absolute truth.
However, God’s wisdom surpasses all of the world’s wisdom.
The truth is that acknowledging and honoring the Lord with your life is the foundation and the start of true wisdom. The world chooses not to fear the Lord, so its wisdom is limited to man’s thinking. This is how the Lord puts it:
“My thoughts are nothing your thoughts,” says the Lord. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” – Isaiah 55:8-9
As a child of God, He wants you to understand His ways and thoughts, so you can apply His wisdom to your life. But to the people in the world who reject Him, His wisdom is much higher than theirs.
So, if you are seeking God’s wisdom, recognize that you may have to relinquish what is commonly accepted by everyone else.
Family, friends and co-workers may look at you sideways, but trust that God’s way is best.
Truth No. 5: The Enemy Will Try to Distract You From the Wisdom of God
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” –1 Peter 5:8
The enemy will do his best to confuse you about following God’s wisdom by reminding you of past mistakes or competing options. Therefore, it’s necessary to get quiet before the Lord by spending time in Bible study and prayer.
When the enemy comes at you with condemnation for past mistakes or confusion because the Lord is leading you in an unconventional direction, use the Word to combat him.
It’s also wise to speak with trusted, mature believers, possibly a pastor at your church, small group leader or a spiritual mentor.Wisdom is the principal thing, and these five truths about it will help you navigate from the small to the big issues of everyday life. Remember, if you seek the wisdom of God—if you want to have it—then you can count on receiving it. God won’t withhold it from you.
You simply need to ask Him for it. Then spend time in His Word, in prayer and listening to His Holy Spirit, understanding that His way may look different from the world’s. Then refuse to let the enemy distract or confuse you.
The wisdom you need—God’s wisdom—is available to help you live successfully no matter what you face.
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The Wrath of God Poured Out on Jesus for You
…whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith. This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed.
– Romans 3:25
Therefore, He had to be made His brethren in all things, that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
– Hebrews 2:17
…and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
– 1 John 2:2
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
– 1 John 4:10
At the cross, Jesus took our sin upon Himself. He paid the penalty for our sin. He became our substitute. At the cross God’s justice was satisfied, and His love fulfilled. Then Jesus said, “It is accomplished.” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
– The HOPE, Chapter 10
Observe & Consider
In the previous lesson we considered that Jesus’ work on the cross resolved a dilemma of divine proportions: it fulfilled God’s love for man and, at the same time, satisfied His righteous justice in regard to sin. There is something more that was satisfied by Jesus on the cross – God’s anger at sin and its destructive effect on this world.
Have you ever heard or read of something so evil that it turns your stomach? Many people respond to these kinds of stories by saying, “If God is so good, then how can He allow such a thing to take place?” When people say this, it is an indication that there are some truths of which they are not aware.
Regarding sin and its effect in the world, God has more anger than we can understand. But there is a reason that God doesn’t just pour out His anger and judge this sinful world immediately.
We can know this reason from 2 Peter 3:9-10, “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.”
From this verse we see what will someday happen to this world and all of its works–it will all be burnt up. Ultimately, God isn’t trying to preserve or rescue this sin infected world; He is creating a new one (Revelation 21:1).
But as much as God is angered by sin in this world, this verse also tells us Jesus is not slow about His promise (to return and to judge the world), but He is patient because He wishes that none should perish.In other words, as intense as His anger is over sin, His love for people is even more intense.
Though His judgment of this world may not be immediate, it is imminent and inevitable.1 And it will be terrible. This brings us back to the point of today’s lesson.
In each of the Bible verses quoted at the beginning of this lesson, you’ll find the word, “propitiation.” Simply put, this word means that all of God’s wrath for the sin of this world was poured out on Jesus and satisfied at the cross.2 Theologian J.I. Packer says that propitiation is “the heart of the Gospel,” and that it is key to understanding the Bible in general.3
For those who have placed their trust in Jesus, the implication of propitiation is nothing less than incredible.
It means that, though God’s anger will one day be poured out on those who reject Him, He will never be angry at those who have placed their faith in Jesus.
If you have placed your faith in Jesus, He may discipline you because He loves you (Hebrews 12:6, Hebrews 10), but He will never again be angry at you because Jesus took it all on the cross.
Ask & Reflect
- Have you ever been angry at someone? Have you ever said or thought, “I can’t believe he did that to me?” Human anger is usually triggered by a wrong suffered, often unexpectedly. God’s anger is different in that He not only knows about every sinful thing we have done, He knows about every sinful thing we will do in the future.4 Knowing this, do you believe God ever thinks, “I can’t believe he did that”?
- Because of Jesus’ work on the cross, God’s anger over your future sinful acts is already propitiated (satisfied). Do you have difficulty believing this? Why or why not?
Decide & Do
Peace with God (Romans 5:1) is a priceless gift. But as we have considered in previous lessons, a gift is not yours until you receive it.
It is entirely possible to be convinced that you are going to heaven because you really believe that Jesus paid for your sins, but at the same time to feel that God is angry at you for something you have done.Some gifts are harder to receive than others, not because the one giving the gift is making it hard, but because we are making it hard. Feelings don’t change quickly or easily. But over time, what we feel will be changed by what we know.
If you struggle to experience peace with God, if it is hard for you to believe that God is never angry with you, then memorize and meditate on the Bible verses cited at the beginning of this lesson. Study them in context of the verses that surround them. Ask God to make His truth come alive in you. He will do it because He is faithful to His Word.
For Further Study
12 Peter 3:7 – “But by His word the present heavens and earth are being reserved for fire, kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.”
2J.I. Packer, Knowing God. (InterVarsity Press, 1973, p.167).
Packer quotes John Murray’s definition of propitiation (from his book The Atonement) as follows: “The doctrine of propitiation is precisely this: that God loved the objects of His wrath so much that He gave His own Son to the end that He by His blood should make provision for the removal of this wrath.
It was Christ’s so to deal with the wrath that the loved would no longer be objects of wrath, and love would achieve its aim of making the children of wrath the children of God’s good pleasure.”
3Ibid. p. 172. Packer writes: “A further point must now be made.
Not only does the truth of propitiation lead us to the heart of the New Testament gospel; it also leads us to a vantage–point from which we can see to the heart of many other things, too. When you stand on top of Snowdon, you see the whole of Snowdonia spread out round you, and you have a wider view than you can get from any other point in the area.
Similarly, when you are on top of the truth of propitiation, you can see the entire Bible in perspective, and you are in a position to take the measure of vital matters which cannot be properly grasped on any other terms.
In what follows, five of these will be touched on: the driving force in the life of Jesus; the destiny of those who reject God; God’s gift of peace; the dimensions of God’s love; and the meaning of God’s glory. That these matters are vital to Christianity will not be disputed.
That they can only be understood in the light of the truth of propitiation cannot, we think, be denied.”
4Merrill F. Unger, The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary. (Edited by R.K. Harrison, Howard Vos, and Cyril Barber; Originally published by Moody Press, 1988). “OMNISCIENCE. The divine attribute of perfect knowledge.
Its possession is incomprehensible to us, and yet it is necessary to our faith in the perfection of God’s sovereignty. The revelation of this divine property that of others is well calculated to fill us with profound reverence. It should alarm sinners and beget confidence in the hearts of God’s children and deepen their consolation (see Job 23:10; Psalm 34:15-16 ; Psalm 90:8; Jeremiah 17:10; Hosea 7:2; 1 Peter 3:12-14 ). The Scriptures unequivocally declare the divine prescience and at the same time make their appeal to man as a free and consequently responsible being.”
Scripture quotations taken from the NASB
Breakthrough Prayer and Scriptures
Are you looking for a breakthrough? Waiting for something to happen that hasn’t happened in a long time?
God has a specific formula on how to get your breakthrough. Why is it some people can pray prayers and things happen right away while others have to wait for such a long time for anything to happen? We would to share with you some scriptures and a step by step formula and prayer to step into your breakthrough for this year.
First, let’s look at some bible scriptures that give an outline for breakthrough and let’s look at some stories in the bible on how men and women of God have received exactly what they asked for in prayer.
1. Confess your sins. Repent.
There are some that think because we are Christians we don’t sin. This is not truth. We are still sinners and we sin just about everyday in our thoughts and deeds.
Some are sins of commission (we did something wrong) or sins of omission (we failed to do something that we should do) Therefore, we need to ask for forgiveness of our sin BEFORE we ask God to give us anything.
We have to make sure that there is nothing standing in the way of our prayers being answered.
Proverbs 28:13 (NIV)
“Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper,
but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”
Psalm 66:18-20 (NIV)
“If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened;
but God has surely listened
and has heard my prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer
or withheld his love from me!”
2. Make sure that what you are asking for is the will of God
God is not going to answer prayers that are not according to His will. Find the scriptures in the bible that support your request and this will be the basis of your request. God’s word is the truth and He is obligated to fulfill His word.
1 John 5:14-15 (NIV)
“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”
John 8:32 (NIV)
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
3. Ask God to endow you with faith to believe
For the breakthrough to happen you must have faith that God will answer your prayer.
Acts 1:8 (NIV)
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
4. Be Persistent. This is the most important point.
Ask, Seek, Knock! Ask, Seek, Knock! Imagine that I walk up to a house and I Ask someone outside if “so and so” is inside the house, I received no answer so my next step is to walk up to the house and Seek out the person so I may say “Hello, is “so and so” home?”. Then I take it a step further and I knock. When you are knocking on a door, you knock until someone opens it.
The action of Knocking is repetitive. Go ahead, start knocking on a door and you’ll see that it’s not knocking until you’ve done it several times. No one goes up to a door, whispers, raps on it once and thinks that someone will answer. Therefore, when you go to God in prayer…Ask, Seek, KNOCK. Don’t get tired of asking…keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking.
This is a continual motion.
Matthew 7:7-12 (NIV) Ask, Seek, Knock
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”
Here’s another story of persistence…
Luke 18:1-8 (NIV)
“Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared what people thought.
And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused.
But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care what people think, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually come and attack me!’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says.
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?”
And a story of faith and persistence in prayer…
1 Kings 18:41-45 (NIV)
And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees.
“Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked.
“There is nothing there,” he said.
Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.”
The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.”
So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’”
Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel.
We trust that this formula will help you to receive the breakthrough that you have been waiting for.
Here’s a prayer for your breakthrough
Most High God, I come before you covered under the blood of Jesus and I thank you for the forgiveness that He has imparted to me by dying for my sins. Forgive me of my iniquities and specifically for the sin of _________________________. I pray that you will give me the grace to continue to walk in truth and not fall into that sin again.
I pray that you would bind the hand of the enemy so that I will not be tempted in this area again but I know that if he comes again you will provide a way for me to escape the temptation. Give me the heart and mind of Christ to love You as You have loved me. I pray that you would give me the faith to believe for the breakthrough in the area of __________________.You know how long I have waited for this. Forgive me for my sin of unbelief. Speak to my heart and show me if this is Your will. I know you are obligated to fulfill Your word. You are not a man that you should lie or the son of a man that you need to repent. I know Your word and Your promises are Yes and Amen.
I can rely on Your immutability and on the answer to this prayer. Bring scriptures to my heart and mind that I can use to stand on your promises and receive my breakthrough. Most of all God grant me a persistent heart that I can continue to Ask, Seek & Knock until you open that door.
Thank you for creating this opportunity where I have to bow my knee to your power and trust You. I ask all of these things in the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
When you get the scriptures that are specifically targeting your need, speak them daily and watch what the Lord will do!
We are certain that God will do a new thing in your life in this area and we would to hear from you. Leave us a comment below.
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Here are some Scriptures on faith and a Prayer for faith