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Deuteronomy 7; Psalm 90; Isaiah 35; Revelation 5

My identity in Christ is probably the most important part of my walk with Jesus. When it is threatened, I can go into places of despair quite easily. God’s Word and His promises are the hopes that sustain me during these times and today is no exception.

 Do this because you belong to the Lord your God. From all the peoples on earth he chose you to be his own special people. Remember that the Lord your God is the only God and that he is faithful. He will keep his covenant and show his constant love to a thousand generations of those who love him and obey his commands. So do not be afraid of these people. The Lord your God is with you; he is a great God and one to be feared. – Deuteronomy 7:6,9,21 GNT

I am holy to God, He chose me to be His and I am special to Him. God is so faithful and wants me to love Him and follow Him. I do not have to be afraid for God walks with me.

It is helpful to get inside the prayer life of so many great leaders in the Bible and the prayer of Moses in Psalm 90 is no exception.

I come away with these thoughts – I know God’s hand is on me and it causes me to be full of faith. In Him I am secure. God never fails, never changes, is the same for ever. God calls me by my name and how can I resist such grace. He teaches me the value of time and that my real place is in eternity. So I take time to repent and ask for forgiveness for my sins, for not engaging in His Word and not taking time to pray. I also ask God to fill me with wisdom and I find that He meets me in my quiet time to love me. There is a transforming power that comes from Him working in me. I take on His image more each day. It is His favour on my life that makes His work in me so established.

As I spend time with Him I know that others see the results of that experience when they see my joy.

They will reach Jerusalem with gladness,
singing and shouting for joy.
They will be happy forever,
forever free from sorrow and grief. – Isaiah 35:10 GNT

Chris Tomlin sings a song called “Is He Worthy?” that really expresses my heart. It reaches into the book of Revelation where the call came asking who was worthy to open the scroll.
And I saw a mighty angel, who announced in a loud voice, “Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?” – Revelation 5:2 GNT
The song that was sung was that Jesus was worthy – He is the one who has redeemed by His blood for all peoples everywhere and because of this I am invited to reign with Him.

And sang in a loud voice:

“The Lamb who was killed is worthy
    to receive power, wealth, wisdom, and strength,
    honor, glory, and praise!” – Revelation 5:12 GNT

My prayer today Jesus is no different – You are Worthy!
Erwin (evanlaar1922)

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Deut 6; Psalms 89; Isaiah 34; Rev 4

“Listen, O Israel! The Lord is our God alone.  And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength.  And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today.  Repeat them again and again to your children.  Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up.  Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”  Deuteronomy 6:4-9 NLT

How am I modeling God’s love in my home?  What am I putting above him? Sometimes I can get bogged down with the mundane of day to day life that I forget to give him praise, I forget to thank him…I forget that he is the one in control and not me.  Worry can creep in and I try to handle things on my own.  I think that he knew that I would need visual reminders.  Hanging bible verses on my bathroom mirror, at the sink, on the fridge.  Playing worship music.  Filling my mind with His word.

“Search the book of the Lord, and see what he will do.  Not one of these birds and animals will be missing, and none will lack a mate, for the Lord has promised this.  His Spirit will make it all come true.  He has surveyed and divided the land and deeded it over to those creatures.  They will possess it forever, from generation to generation.” Isaiah 34:16&17 NLT

“O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies!  Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord? You are entirely faithful.  You rule the oceans.  You subdue their storm-tossed waves.  You crushed the great sea monster.  You scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.  The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours; everything in the world is yours-you created it all.” Psalm 89:8-9

When I stand in front of the ocean. I am reminded of my smallness.  And God’s power and might. His unfailing, unchanging, constant love.

Thank you Father for your faithfulness.  For your forgiveness.  For loving me when I don’t deserve it. Thank you for your goodness.  I put my hope in your word.  Amen.

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Dear Father, Help me to live a life pleasing to You.  Help me to be in your word every day.  Forgive me for when I don’t thank you for all that you have done for me.  Thank you for your forgiveness.  Thank you for your faithfulness.  Amen.

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty-the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.”  “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power.  For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”  Revelation 4:9-11 NLT

Amy(amyctanner)

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Revelation 10-14

Revelation can be a terrifying book to read and a difficult thing to understand.

However, the one thing I’m always drawn to, fascinated with, and encouraged by is the great and mighty throng that worship God in Heaven. All throughout this book, we see a common thread of worship described in the most beautiful terms.

And even in this passage, in the midst of the suffering and judgement being poured out onto the earth below, those in Heaven are worshiping and praising God Almighty for His power, love, goodness, and justice.

Revelation 11:15 (NIV)

The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said:

“The kingdom of the world has become
the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah,
and he will reign for ever and ever.”

This passage makes me so excited for Heaven.

I can’t wait for the salvation that we’ve been promised to finally be fully realized.

I can’t wait for the moment when Jesus finally has complete victory and rule over the earth.

I can’t wait for pain, suffering, and death to be gone.

I can’t wait for the joy of His presence.

And I can’t wait to worship God with millions of others who have been set free by Jesus and are overcome by the love of God.

Oh the love of God. It’s beyond comprehension.

Christmas is but a glimpse.

Easter a glimmer.

Heaven is where we will finally see in full the beautiful masterpiece God has been creating for thousands of years.

And it will be beautiful.

And we will worship.

And He shall reign forevermore.

Father, thank You for your great love in sending Jesus to live in our world, take on our sin, and die our death so that we could one day soon enter into Your Kingdom and live with You forever. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your power. Thank You for Your justice. I can’t wait to worship You in Your home, as You sit on upon Your throne in victory, but in the meantime, I will worship You here and now as You give me glimpses of the great joy that awaits me in Heaven with You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.  

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Revelation 5-9

11 Then I looked again, and I heard the voices of thousands and millions of angels around the throne and of the living beings and the elders. 12 And they sang in a mighty chorus:

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slaughtered—
to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and blessing.”

13 And then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea. They sang:

“Blessing and honor and glory and power
belong to the one sitting on the throne
and to the Lamb forever and ever.”
(Rev 5:11-13) NLT

In these chapters, John continues to give us a vivid description of Jesus and all that leads up to the second coming of Christ as revealed to him by the Holy Spirit. All of creation sings praises to God the Father and Jesus.

13 Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?”

14 And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.”

Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

15 “That is why they stand in front of God’s throne
and serve him day and night in his Temple.
And he who sits on the throne
will give them shelter.
16 They will never again be hungry or thirsty;
they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.
17 For the Lamb on the throne
will be their Shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of life-giving water.
And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.” (Rev 7:13-17)

I can persevere in this life because of these promises–the hope of knowing that one day Jesus will make all things right, that he will take away all the pain and suffering, and I will be in His presence through all eternity. I believe this and hold fast to them. Everything in this book I’ve been reading all year is true. I stake my eternal life on the Word.

When the Lamb broke the seventh seal on the scroll, there was silence throughout heaven for about half an hour. (Rev 8:1)

All the praising stopped! It was silent for 30 minutes. I think all of heaven prepared for what was about to come. The consequence of sin and those who chose not to believe in Jesus for salvation was about to begin. I think even in those 30 minutes God was giving people a chance, one last chance, to accept his son.

20 But the people who did not die in these plagues still refused to repent of their evil deeds and turn to God. They continued to worship demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone, and wood—idols that can neither see nor hear nor walk! 21 And they did not repent of their murders or their witchcraft or their immorality or their thefts. (Rev 9:20-21) NLT

After all the terrors (the NIV calls them woes) set upon the earth in chapters 8 and 9, there were still those who were unwilling to repent and accept Jesus. Their hearts were so hardened, nothing could get through to them. Woe to them is really what comes to mind. My heart breaks for these people and tears well up in my eyes at the possibility of any of my loved ones being in this group. It is why I must continually and fervently pray for those who have not yet accepted Jesus as their Savior.

Lord Jesus, I know that one day I will be in your presence and I, too, will sing praises and worship you. You are my Shepherd. There are many in my family that have not yet accepted you and I pray for their salvation. Please work in their hearts, reveal yourself to them, let them know you as Savior. I pray this not only for my loved ones, but for all who have not believed. Use me to tell my story of you, your love, your kindness, and your forgiveness. May they see all you have done to change me and seek you to do the same in their own lives. As we celebrate your birth on this Christmas Eve, may many come to understand the sacrifice you made for all of us, so none would be lost. Thank you for coming from heaven to this earth as a baby. You alone are worthy of worship.  In your precious name I pray. Amen

Cindy (gardnlady)

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Revelation 1-4

I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for my name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. (Revelation 2:3-4 ESV)

Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life. (Revelation 2:10 ESV)

I know your works, your love and faith and service and patient endurance, and that your latter works exceed the first. (Revelation 2:19)

I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. (Revelation 3:1-2)

How many of these congregants thought they were doing the right thing day in and day out until these letters arrived? How would we evaluate our own personal, spiritual lives?

Many of us in America today live in a state of spiritual gluttony. Donald Whitney points this out in his book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. And, I find it quite fitting in light of these letters written thousands of years ago. Just as they did, we would likely come up a little short during a truly honest evaluation.

Just take a minute to think about the opportunities to spiritually gorge yourself surrounding you on any given day.

How many . . .

churches within an hour drive?

Bible studies offered at those churches on any given day of the week?

Christian kids’ programs in the evenings?

Bibles on bookshelves around your home?

Christian radio stations within your area? (or jump on the internet)

Podcasts? Books? Bookstores? Christian counselors? Christian schools?

With this smorgasbord ever at our disposal, our problem is not lack of  opportunity for spiritual growth, but rather a spiritual food coma.

Sometimes we sit back, content to soak in God’s love and goodness toward us. Other times we find an isolated place to ponder a recent conviction or teaching. We might even pull together a few fellow Christians and dissect a passage, sermon, or book yet again after a teaching or personal reading.  But, for what purpose?

17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. (Revelation 3:17-19)

I’ve been in a little season of having my soul restored after some painful experiences in the church, but there comes a time to step out again. Not leaving behind bible study or prayer, but putting it all into practice and shining my light out in my neighborhood and community once again. Time to walk off those spiritual calories and regain some of the muscle that weakened. My faith is not meant to be a quiet one; it might be personal, but definitely not private.

Dear Lord, thank you for a much needed season of healing, but help me not to fall into the traps of the churches in Revelation and mistake my spiritual study for growth. Help me put to action all I have soaked in and shine more brightly for you in the fresh way of Your crafting. In Jesus name, Amen.

Erin (6intow)

 

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Job 40-42; Psalm 150; Revelation 22

And so we end the year with three important passages of Scripture. Whether your year has been hard or easy, challenging or a breeze, we can always spend our days praising God. Psalm 150 gives us that basis:

1 Praise the Lord!Praise God in his sanctuary!Praise him in the sky, which testifies to his strength! 2 Praise him for his mighty acts!Praise him for his surpassing greatness! 3 Praise him with the blast of the horn!Praise him with the lyre and the harp! 4 Praise him with the tambourine and with dancing!Praise him with stringed instruments and the flute! 5 Praise him with loud cymbals!Praise him with clanging cymbals! 6 Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!Praise the Lord! (NET)

We are given many ways we can praise God and everything that does have breath should praise God. And here’s a great reason why. Because of how the whole story ends, how this time on earth comes to an end and we read that in Revelation 22.

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. (NIV)

Jesus is coming soon. Are you ready? Are you living each day and each year like you’re ready. Let’s start 2019 with that attitude and lifestyle. Come Lord Jesus. Come.

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Job 34-36; Revelation 20

I had lunch with a friend recently who shared she’d read a book in one day. I was intrigued. I’m not usually a fast reader. And I’ve been known to fall asleep during read-alouds if we venture past three chapters at a time–and I’m the one reading out loud. I looked up the average reading speed and decided to test it out, if I could read 50 pages in an hour. I began to calculate how long it would take me to get through a stack of books I really and truly want to read. Maybe 2019 will be the year I read all the books, at least, all the books I have that I want to read but haven’t yet.

The first time I ever stepped foot into my dad’s house was the day after he died. I took in the details of his life, one I had not been invited into; I noticed a lot of things, but maybe what surprised me most were the books he had about Christianity and Jesus, and not one book spine creased. They were brand new, unopened. My impression of him was he was seeking and hoping. I felt a sadness, and not because he didn’t read those books (those books are not his salvation)–but for so many other things that run profound and deep. Grace reaches here too.

It’s almost two years since he died. I’ve thought long on legacy, family, faith, the marrow of what matters, and eternity. I’ve wondered about success and purpose and how others define it–or is there a universal definition? Mostly, I’ve focused on my own walk, and to this point I thought I had been intentional, but now even more so. My words and actions will either reveal or betray my heart–they will show what really mattered to me.

11 And I saw a great white throne and the one sitting on it. The earth and sky fled from his presence, but they found no place to hide. 12 I saw the dead, both great and small, standing before God’s throne. And the books were opened, including the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to what they had done, as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up its dead, and death and the grave gave up their dead. And all were judged according to their deeds. 14 Then death and the grave were thrown into the lake of fire. This lake of fire is the second death. 15 And anyone whose name was not found recorded in the Book of Life was thrown into the lake of fire (Revelation 20:11-15, NLT).

My 2018 word was seek, and God showed me many things. But seek first his kingdom was the underscore of so much. Next year, a focus on purpose (and reading all the books). (Did you pick a word? Also, what’s on your reading list?)

Lord, it is everything to know you and to be known by you. To love you, and to be loved by you. It is joy, confidence, safety, peace, hope, strength to be in relationship with you. You called to me to seek your face, and it has changed everything.

Courtney (66books365)

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