Every power that God employs is for the salvation of His church – the Bride who the Bridegroom loves. You are the apple of God’s eye and the gates of Hades will not prevail against you because God has given you “the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.” – Jesus has not just secured your salvation but made YOU a Beautiful PART of His work. “I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it,”
Last Words (2 Samuel 23:1-7)
Last words can be great words! Scripture records many last words of Saints… not the least of which are the last words of our Savior and LORD – Why? because we are not running from death – but conquerors of death! – because life only has meaning in proper understanding of our DEATH and the last words of a Saint are likely to bring the sharpest focus on the FACT that the he already died long ago in Christ – and now his every breath is only to Proclaim HIM as LORD and to SERVE others.
End of Idolatry (Revelation 6:12-17)
If we see that – God is holding back the consummation of all things and the coming of His ultimate GLORY with the VINDICATION of all His loved ones, so that TODAY could be the DAY of salvation! There is GREAT Hope! Do you see how the Doctrine of God’s Final Judgment is vital for our life in Christ? We have WORK to do… in spreading the Testimony of Jesus and the word of God – it will undoubtedly make us Martyrs … but also persuasive Evangelists! And as long as it is Today we KNOW… now is the favorable time; behold, now is the day of salvation. What a dignity Christ has called us too! TO be part of His undoing the curse of Adam in the Garden by – turn your friends from their idolatry! – refuse idolatry!
But Did You Die? (Revelation 6:9-11)
Our death is only a reflection of Christ’s death for us. That is the strength of our conviction and the resource of our Spiritual courage. If it were left to us at all, then we would never die to self – never want Justice, only revenge – and we would not be able to wait with patience for His timing. But Christ really has given us His life and His death. We do LIVE and DIE for and IN Him, because He lived and died for US!!
Apocalyptic Horsemen (Revelation 6:1-8)
God moves in a mysterious way, but His purpose is not mysterious or hidden. The Bible tells us that his purpose is to show compassion and to have mercy! At times it can be very difficult to SEE the purposes of God but if we look at the Providences of God with the conviction of His Purposes then we will conquer!
Eureka, the Key (Psalm 19:1-14)
When you know what God says about you in Christ, that you are innocent and acceptable, then you can TRULY know what God is saying to you through Creation and His Commands. This knowledge is a wonderful light which enables you to TRULY know yourself and to know THE GLORY of GOD shining in your heart in the face of Jesus Christ!
Worthy Lamb (Revelation 5:1-7)
John through Symbolism is able to zoom in on multiple focal points … He is going to present Christ as multi-dimensional so that we can see His worthiness – and that is what we NEED if we are going to worship Him and join the cosmic Market Day for our souls. Symbolism helps but to see the worthiness of Christ you need the Spirit to show you His diverse perfections!
Incredible Worship (Revelation 4:6-11)
shows us that true worship feeds the soul and strengthens the church no matter the situation!
A Door Open to the Throne (Revelation 4:1-6)
If we only look at the details of the vision these chapters we would get distracted and not understand what is going on. But there is a center, and it is a majestic throne. It is a very great encouragement that the very first thing that John saw in the center of the Universe is a Throne! I say that Christ on the Throne is the center of everything and the anchor needed for the soul!
Discipline and Love (Revelation 3:14-22)
Whether we are talking about Luther or if we look at David – or anywhere else you look at true repentance, it always points us to the reality that Repentance equals unrelenting dependence on God – a life of it! The very thing that Laodicea lacked. They thought they had need of nothing. So Jesus rebukes them in LOVE. Yes, that is right, in LOVE. True LOVE has teeth. We are apt to presume upon Christ’s love and assume it excludes discipline – and that lets in evil leaven, lending strength to flesh. The amazing truth that Jesus declares to them in v.19 is that without discipline you cannot know love!