Yesterday’s sermon left me this “hunk of meat” to chew on. IT’S A HARD ROAD TO HELL. That is not the image I have always pictured. I’ve always pictured a carefree, do what you want to, be your own man sort of life. I didn’t dig deep enough.

Yesterday I visited a church where my nephew, Kent, was preaching. He credited this saying to his Uncle Havis. You see, Kent pointed out, if you stay on the road to hell, you have to ignore the God who loves you enough to let his Son die for you. You have to tread over the blood at the foot of the cross where Jesus died for you. You have to say no to the tug of your heart when the Holy Spirit invites you to turn your life to Jesus.

There are two spiritual forces, one for good, the other for evil. If you do not choose good – the way of God through his son, Jesus, – you will serve evil.

Both paths have trials, troubles, sorrows on this earth. One path you can walk in your own will; the other you can walk in the will of the Holy Spirit with God’s promise to be with you. Jesus said, “Cast all your care upon him; for he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7.


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About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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  1. Very cool, Oneta. I use to have a fear or a worry that people could go to hell easily, or one little mistake and you’re kicked out forever. That’s not true at all, even serial killers are made, created, they must make so many bad choices, they must reject what is good, they must harden their hearts, always with the Hound of Heaven knocking at their door and trying to steer them down a better path. Shoot, just to be an atheist is a whole lot of work, you have to deny the evidence all around you, constantly resist, and be opposed to anything that reminds you of the possible existence of God. It’s hard.

    I’m kind of a bleeding heart, so when I figured out the road to hell is actually a whole lot of work and not just a clerical error or a bureaucratic bit of red tape, I felt much better about it all. 🙂

    • oneta hayes says:

      Thanks for adding your confirmation in your own personal and unique sort of way. I admit I’ve had it easy to choose the road I’m on. I’ve never really walked through the perils of hell on earth because I chose the Lord’s way early. You add the perspective of one who had to be drawn from “hell on earth’ – proof positive that the Lord searches for his lost ones. But I still had to make a choice. I’m aghast at the memory of some of my thoughts as a little child. I won’t go into them but they were the devil’s bidding. It takes more than being raised in the cradle of Christianity.

  2. pranabaxom says:

    My path was already chosen partne. You know where it is heading😀.
    Hopefully the one that’s being created in the heaven we have now will end soon. Yesterday enjoyed a little piece of that by the California coastline for couple of hours. Enough to thank the almighty for still being able to see such splendor. Hope we can leave these natural bounties as such to our children.

  3. judyjourneys says:

    A powerful, heart-wrenching statement: “You have to tread over the blood at the foot of the cross where Jesus died for you.”

  4. What a powerful message; we must choose the narrow path found only through faith in Christ!.

  5. Frank Hubeny says:

    Walking in the will of the Holy Spirit by itself should make that path easier. We are not alone.

  6. Janis says:


    Thanks for sharing the wonderful message Oneta.
    I started singing one of my mom’s favorite hymns…

    When we walk with the Lord
    In the light of His Word,
    What a glory He sheds on our way;
    While we do His good will,
    He abides with us still,
    And with all who will trust and obey.

  7. Janis says:

    Reblogged this on themomshiediaries and commented:
    What a wonderful reminder!

    Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

    Matthew 7:13-14 (NET)

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