Hell Was A Wake-Up Call | Life Chat

Edited 10/29/2020


When I write this, it’s Friday, October 26, 2018. I’ve shared a little bit in posts and with others that lately I’ve been pretty overwhelmed. Anxiety. Fear. Worry. Uncertainty of the future. The whole kit an kaboodle (anyone else use that phrase, I thought it was one word, that’s how my family says it xD)

Today, I decided to join my husband as he went to campus for his class. It’s actually my old “stomping grounds.” I graduated from this university five years ago. And when we first started looking at the school and the area last year, I really felt excited because I wanted to connect with the town again. But when we were looking and moved I lost that connection.

I lived there as a student but I’m not a student anymore. My ties to the university are not like they were when I was a student.

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I get it. It’s not personal. It’s how the college experience works. We’re in school for a period of time, but then we’re supposed to move on. My ties to the location were cut. The nostalgia, I felt was placed back into a memory box. Until today.

I’ve felt a battle with darkness, with my vulnerability. Problems in life take precedence with my worry. It’s crippling sometimes. My weakness becomes consuming. Today, I wondered about the distance I’ve felt with God, not with Him, but me. I know I’m not as strong in my weakness as I have been with God before.

Today, I decided to bring a book with me.

23 Minutes In Hell by Bill Wiese. 

Basically, this is an account of Bill going to Hell.

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UPDATE: Added 10/29/2020- I no longer believe in his account being legit, however, I do appreciate how the book made me think about what it would mean to be completely separated from God, and all the little things I take for granted.

As we drove to the university, it was a cloudy day and I kept wondering about other times I’ve been worried or dealing with hard circumstances. How, despite the fear, in those times I felt that connection to God.

When we got to campus, my husband out of the blue asked if I felt odd or any connection to being back. I relied on past feelings, we had visited the campus before and that connection was gone as I shared. So I answered, “No.”

Right after I answered my husband, as we started walking around, those feelings unlocked the box. I remembered many moments of walking on the campus. The places I had been while praying to God. How He helped me when I was on campus. It was where I first decided to create the book series. It was where He helped me forgive past hurts from toxic friendships. It was where I wanted to draw closer to Him just like when I was 13. 

And for some reason, He allowed me to be filled with those memories. Something I desperately wanted last year and did not receive. But now…there they were.

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Then we went inside a building I had many memories in. More nostalgia hit. I was walking towards a set of tables and I saw myself preparing right before my Math final. I spent three days straight studying, that’s all I did. I passed but I clung to God during that time. Desperately crying out to Him.

We walked to the second floor and went to an area that was encompassed by large windows, you could see outside, and the campus is beautifully detailed with trees. When my husband went to his class, I pulled out the book.

I’m almost halfway through it. There was a lot of statements made that made me pause, think, and pray about.

Hell is very real, and what Bill made clear was the separation from God and life itself. No oxygen. No water. Constant pain. No breaks. No sleep. No communication with anyone. All suffer. That’s all that happens. Suffering and pain. Heat that should have killed on the spot, but in Hell death escapes. People are basically on the verge of death, dying always in the worst possible way. But they never die.  

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Bill pointed out how everything was basically dirt and rock, no light aside from what fire revealed. No more trees. Nothing that had life. Nothing representing hope. Hope was gone. Completely.

From where I was sitting trees surrounded me.

It was then I realized even in the darkest moment I could ever go through in life on earth. The worst pain. The worst heartache.

It was nothing compared to Hell.

I was surrounded by trees. I could breathe in air. I could experience cold and embrace warmth. Even with financial issues. Even when people are hurting me. Even when I struggle with fear or worry. Even when pain (physical or mental) has me crying out on the floor. I’m still surrounded by blessings. I can see the hand of God active.

As I shared with my friend, in Hell everything is meant to hurt you. But on earth, no matter what we experience, the world is not 100% focused on hurting us. Sin exists. Darkness is prevalent but it cannot touch us 100% to the full extent it could. 

Looking out the window, I saw people walking and my heart was moved to pray for them. God reminded me and shown me how important it is to ask for His hand in our lives and others. To understand the reality of how dire everything is. 

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I think it’s easy for us to say Hell is scary and Christ saves us from it. But I don’t think we really realize the magnitude of what that means. I agree with the book, in the beginning, it mentioned how we shy away from talking about Hell. We don’t always talk about wickedness or evil. Or when we do it’s watered down, and how we are exposed to evil is watered down.

We need to talk.

I went to the university thinking of how I wanted to draw closer to God and He answered me in many ways. He used Hell to teach me A LOT of stuff I can’t all cover in this post.

I felt disconnected, God reminded me I was not separated.

I felt alone, God probably laughed. 

I needed to be awakened from the callous numbness I was living, the foggy glaze over my eyes. I needed that reminder of how just powerful and strong He is. How supernatural His grace, mercy, and love is for us.

And I hope to share more of what He put on my heart soon with this blog.

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❤ My circumstances have not changed. I still deal with fear and worry, for sure. But it really felt like, as the hymn, He pulled me out of deep miry clay. He pulled me out of my thoughts and lies of darkness. I was reminded God’s plan is far greater than what I can see. There is so much around me happening exactly according to His will and He knows how it all will work out. It’s not about me understanding Him, rather, just trusting Him.

Those in Jesus Christ are connected with Him even when we don’t feel Him. We are showered in His love regardless of what happens in our life and the pain we feel. It’s easy to say He doesn’t care when we have trees around us and can breathe in air. Our circumstances dictate our heart and our thoughts about God.

But when we are cloaked in darkness and unbearable pain in which every second is too long and we beg for death but never reach it. 

That changes everything.

What we took for granted…is gone. Just a passing moment.

The pain of this world is nothing compared to the utter devastating pain of Hell.

We need to spend every day and waking second with Christ because this world is a distraction for us. A deception ready to make us think twice about prayer, reading scripture, and drawing closer to God. 

I have a lot of work to do.


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29 thoughts on “Hell Was A Wake-Up Call | Life Chat

  1. I really like your post, T.R. I like when you said, “But on earth, no matter what we experience, the world is not 100% focused on hurting us. Sin exists. Darkness is prevalent but it cannot touch us 100% to the full extent it could. ”

    That’s amazing when you said, “He pulled me out of my thoughts and lies of darkness. Telling me, “There is so much more around you that you do not see. There is so much happening for My purpose you can’t understand right now.” What I love about this is that for me, it shows that God continues to find me even when it seems that I am lost in the lies of darkness and in my own head.

    Some of the quotes I liked in your post include:

    1). “We are connected with Him even when we don’t feel Him. We are showered in His love regardless of what happens in our life and the pain we feel.”

    2). “We need to spend every day and waking second with Christ because this world is a distraction for us. A deception ready to make us think twice about prayer, reading scripture, and drawing closer to God.”

    This is a really good post T.R. and whenever I get back to blogging, I know you already said I could but as a formality; could I reference this in a post?

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    1. I’m so glad this post spoke to you! Yea, absolutely you can reference this post. God reaches us in many different ways. We just need to have our eyes open and give Him time in order to grow. Daily. I’m working on this.

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  2. Despite all the crosses we bear, life is a beautiful thing; God’s creation is good. Lord forbid that I would ever know a place completely devoid of His presence. Thinking in this way brings so much into perspective. It makes me want to seek Christ, God, and the Holy Spirit tirelessly.

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  3. I never pass by an opportunity to use “the whole kit-an-kaboodle” because it’s an underused and excellent phrase.

    “23 Minutes in Hell” is an interesting read that is substantiated by many scriptures. I’m reading about rightly balancing the law and gospel. The key is determining if the person is comfortably sitting in sin or guilt ridden. If someone is happy with their sinful life it’s time to drop the law and fires of Hell into their consciousness, quickly followed by the gospel of Jesus. Focusing on Hell has it’s limitations, but can’t be ignored either.

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    1. My main focus has been talking about Christ before talking about sin and Hell. God has very much helped me share with others why He is important to me and naturally the other topics flow. People listen more versus having stone ears. They may not turn to Christ but they have heard and every step forward is something. But for me, Hell is not just for sinners it is a reality check for believers. We are told we will be judged more than those who did not know the truth. Many of us, I think are settled where we are. We have lost a desire for Christ and what He has done in our lives. The reality of Hell is ongoing. If not for us, others. People draw to honey versus something that is bitter. I want my love for Him to be a testament that challenges them against the deception of the world.

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      1. Amen, the gospel of Christ is sweet as honey, and often times it is a great start to sharing the Faith. God’s goodness is a greater motivation in my life now than the fear of Hell – but it is good to remember what He saved us from.

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  4. Great stuff, as always. I’ve also been feeling compelled to talk about hell or evil soon. Maybe it’s just the time of year… But if the Lord wills it, He’ll give me the time, space, and keep reminding me of the Scriptures I’ve had floating around in my head!

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  5. “I think it’s easy for us to say Hell is scary and Christ saves us from it. But I don’t think we really realize the magnitude of what that means.” TRUTH.

    “Darkness is prevalent but it cannot touch us 100% to the full extent it could.” Amen! Definitely, something to be thankful for.

    “Or when we do it’s watered down, and how we are exposed to evil is watered down.” Yes. And in some cases, it’s presented as fun. (Ouiji boards, some horror movies, Halloween, etc…)

    “I felt disconnected, God told me I was not separated.” He never leaves us or forsakes us. But sometimes it sure does feel like He did. I’m so glad that He told you that. 😀

    “He pulled me out of my thoughts and lies of darkness.” I can’t express how thankful I am that He has.

    “There is so much more around you that you do not see. There is so much happening for My purpose you can’t understand right now.” Oh, that reminds me of John 13:7. I don’t want to take it out of context but in that, Jesus said, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”

    “We need to spend every day and waking second with Christ because this world is a distraction for us. A deception ready to make us think twice about prayer, reading scripture, and drawing closer to God.” I was told (by you and another friend I believe) that everything we do, we do with Christ. Therefore, if I wouldn’t watch a movie with Him, then I probably have no business watching it in the first place. And then there are things like Candy Crush in which it isn’t exactly a sin to play but it can turn into an idol… this post was so needed. 🙂

    “And I hope to share more of what He put on my heart soon with this blog.” I look forward to that. 🙂

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  6. This is powerful stuff. The pain we experience in this world is nothing compared to the pain we would experience in hell. We definitely never talk about hell, or people do talk about hell but more for the sake of condemnation. It’s a hard topic! I definitely haven’t thought that much about it from this perspective. Super cool also how you are connected to your past university again. And I think we all have a lot of work to do, haha.

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    1. I think hell is definitely often used only for sinners and I don’t think that’s right. Sinners who dont care about Christ, won’t care about Hell 9 times out of 10. It is our testimonies with Christ that I think help people who want realness. And then, we can focus on the darkness and reveal the truth. We are a living witness and testimony for others. God has used Hell to encourage me on why clinging to Him every second is needed. Why our hearts need to be so compassionate for the lost. Why we need to push and redirect believers to the truth. It is easy for believers to feel settled and we cant be. Never. The need is there. He deserves glory. He deserves our everything.

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  7. Thank you for sharing. Not everyone will write about hell. The two most important things I got out of your post is, first, God cares so much for each one of us, helping us so that we can help others. There is a bigger picture. It is more than just us: it is a world around us that we need to reach for Christ, but yet, God cares about us in the same way He cares for others. Second, I had a dream where I was taught things that I know I need to write about and as you have not delayed in obeying, I must not either!

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    1. Praise Jesus for speaking to you! His love is so beyond anything we could imagine and I really want to encourage people to go to Him and understand why our relationship with Him is so important! Perhaps you were the reason I needed to share the post! I asked about an hour ago that the Lord convict or speak to the one who needed the post, perhaps the person telling me in the my dream that they needed the message. May you give Him the glory and may it reach others!

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  8. G’day and thanks for being honest and sharing. Its important to keep doing that.

    I have been sitting with and chewing on 2 kings 6:8-23 for about a week. Praying for you right now T.R – May you see that those who are with you are way more than those who are with them and open her eyes Lord God so that she may see.

    Praying that you experience Gods peace that only he can provide.

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    1. He certainly is filling my heart against the hard moments, and I know every time of weakness is opportunity for His glory. For that, and most importantly for Him alone I am very thankful! Thank you so much for your prayers and encouragement! God be upon you!!!

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  9. It’s beautiful how a subject usually so heavy brought your soul into a place of rejoicing as you looked at it in light of Jesus. ❤️ May we view all things in light of who He is, what He has done, and what He has promised!

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