John the Revelator saw the prayers of the saints wafting up to God’s throne and they appeared as incense. David possessed the same understanding when he said, “May my prayer come to you like the sweet smell of incense. When I lift up my hands in prayer, may it be like the evening sacrifice.” [Ps. 141:2]
The more we pray, the more we give God to work with. May we take the challenge to fill the throne room of Heaven with the aroma of our prayers. When we do our part, God will SURELY do His.
READ/LISTEN: Rev. 7-9
John saw Jesus, the Lamb of God, seated upon the throne of Heaven. Spirits, saints, and martyrs were there, but one thing was clear … the Lamb was over all.
When you read about the strange spirits God unleashed in the earth to give men license to do horrible things, its easier to understand the spiritual conflict we hear about in the daily news. It all boils down to each person’s relationship with the Lamb. Blood washed Christians just have a completely different orientation to everything. People are either with the Lamb or against Him.
READ/LISTEN: Rev. 4-6
In the Revelation of Jesus Christ, John heard Jesus say that He has control of death and hell because He holds their keys. It is appointed unto men to die once and then go on to judgement. Christ is in control of death and those who are already dead.
Why so many people won’t trust Christ and turn their life over to Him is a mystery. He conquered death and hell and led the captives with Him. We are wise to live IN CHRIST for the rest of our earthly lives. He controls our destiny, not us.
PRAYER: Lord, I continue to place my life in Your capable hands. Reveal Yourself to those who resist You and draw them by Your Spirit to become members of Your great family.
READ/LISTEN: Revelation 1-3
John says of Gaius in 3 John, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” [3 Jn. 2]
This is a pattern for prayer about those you love. If the effective, fervent prayer of a man in spiritual right-standing accomplishes much [James 5:16], you must believe that the faith of your prayer is CERTAINLY worth the effort and time to utter these words before God on the behalf of those you love.
Let’s get busy.
READ/LISTEN: 2 Jn., 3 Jn., Jude
God is love. He gave it to us through Christ Jesus. It is the single most obvious difference between those who love God and those who don’t.
Loving, Godly people are attractive … they have a draw that goes beyond anything superficial. You can see it or the absence of it when you watch TV. You can see it when you meet people for the first time. They are full of God.
Because we have experienced the love of Christ and accepted His atoning sacrifice for our sins, we don’t have to fear the future, especially when we stand before God at the end of all things.
God is greater. Love overcomes evil.
READ/LISTEN: 1 Jn. 3-5
Peter makes it clear that God will use fire and heat to destroy the world to set up a new heaven and a new earth. John warns us not to get attached to earthly things for this reason. It’s a constant struggle and tension between the things we see, our desire for them, and the pursuit of eternal, heavenly things.
Paul encourages, “Set your affection on things above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” [Col. 3:1-4]
We will escape the fire.
READ/LISTEN: 2 Pet. 1-3; 1 John 1,2
Peter makes it clear that if we suffer unjustly, we will be rewarded by God. We have the chance to endure it, allow it to make us better, and actually use it as a Godly influence upon others.
Christ Jesus is our example of one Who suffered without deserving it. The prophet Isaiah described it this way … “He was oppressed and afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth.
Like a lamb led to the slaughter and like a sheep silent before her shearers, He did not open His mouth..” [Is. 53:7]
Yet God exalted Him above all else. Christ put His fate into the hands of His Heavenly Father. We should also.
READ/LISTEN: 1 Peter 2-5