With the parallels between Christ and this Beast we are supposed to be alerted to the need for real discernment – what is worse is that Satan is allowed in a limited but still potent way, not only to deceive but to war and to conquer! He is a counterfeit with a club! That means that we are going to need more than just discernment. In fact John tells us what we are going to need … he says at the end of v.10 that in Satan’s great counterfeit Beast there is a call for two things: endurance and Faith. we need endurance and faith this side of the resurrection to fight the good fight! and the passage I believe, will teach us that the Truth of Christ is our greatest TONIC for Spiritual endurance!
God of Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3-5)
guest Speaker Ozzie Ozgood lays out 3 comforting truths from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians.
How to Defeat the Devil (Revelation 12:7-17)
Our real power is triumphantly proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus’ death and resurrection even to the point of death! every believer is a Serpent Slayer through the Blood of the Lamb! the blood of the Lamb wins every battle for every believer!
Love At Full Strength (Psalm 121:1-8)
Fear of the unknown is always going to provoke the question “Where am I going to find help?” That is what the Psalmist is looking for, whether it was the original song of the exiled captive, or the National song of Pilgrimage to Jerusalem as they ascended the mountains, or the ongoing song in our mouths as we face what is in front of us … we are looking for help! and this Psalm teaches us that … God’s help is not mere strength, but it is LOVE at full strength!
Dangerous Christmas (Revelation 12:1-6)
This little paragraph recounts the pattern of human history that explains Christmas. It unpacks the drama and the danger that preceded the Incarnation and the splendid accomplishment of the incarnation – but it tells the account in the TRUEST form, from the point of view of the Spiritual realities. This Christmas, I pray that you look at Christmas from this same point of view, because that is when you will be able to stabilize your faith that the Babe born 2,000 years ago is what all of history is about – that your life is caught up in Him – I want you to spiritualize your conflicts so that you can see the Battle belongs to the LORD!
He Shall Reign (Revelation 11:14-19)
What is so great about the 7th trumpet? = It ties together the reign of Jesus from his Resurrection to ours. Teaching us the glory and efficacy of Christ’s reign, subjecting all things to Himself … And showing that wherever the king is, his kingdom is too. And most of all showing us that we win in Christ, and we are winning!
David’s Decline (1 Kings 1:1-4)
The grace of Jesus Christ will not be thwarted in the life of the believer but sin is of such a serious nature that even believers are warned of its cancerous effects, and the Kings of Israel and Judah are the picture of that decay, even good king David is. Tonight as we look at David in a sad condition needing someone else to warm his blood I would like to assert that it is only the Blood of Jesus Christ that warms us to LIFE!
Great Realities (Revelation 11:1-13)
teaches us the surety and comfort of the church as the invincible body of Christ, right along side the reality of suffering even to the point of death! John finishes off this interlude of encouragement to teach us that Christ will be faithful in conforming us to Himself!
Progressing Intimacy (Revelation 10:1-11)
Progressing in the love of Christ goes in two directions. As we deepen our confidence in the Majesty and Mercy of Christ we also experience the suffering of the sinful world more. As we taste more of the sweetness of Christ’s Word, we also get the bitter indigestion of having to be witnesses in a hostile and callous environment. But all this connects us more intimately to Christ, both in his humiliation and his exaltation. John shows us in
that Christ gives us the power to preach boldly even through intensifying bitterness!
See How He Loved Him (John 11:36)
You can see the whole Gospel of Christ’s love from that profound narrative of the death of Lazarus and the love Christ showed.