Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Revelation 18-22

Drum roll please....as we read Revelation 18-22, the end of John's vision from Jesus and the last book in the Bible.  What Christians know as "Judgement Day" is coming.  Jesus will come again, and only God knows when that is.  John is telling us all about it.  It sounds to me like Babylon and anyone figuratively or literally guilty like Babylon is in big trouble.  We have to face our guilt, admit our wrongs, and ask forgiveness.  Repenting makes us "cool" in God's eyes, and it's just as important as our belief in Jesus.

As believers, we have so much to look forward to at the end of life as we know it.  Judgement Day is a little scary because there is so much we don't know, but we do know that God is true to His word.  His promises for us are amazing, just like He is.  

Jesus taught us to pray to our Heavenly Father by saying "Your kingdom come, Your will be done (Matthew 6:10)."  He meant it.  Revelation gives us a hint at why...

And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[a] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”
He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. 

The new life we have in Christ applies to our here and now, and it also applies to our eternal life.

Need some motivation to strengthen your faith?  This is exactly what we need!  

As we finish out the year and celebrate the New Year, what revelation is God working in your heart?  

A prayer for today-

Dear God,

I thank you for revealing Yourself to me.  Thank you for blessing me with Your divine presence and the new life I have through Your Son, Jesus.  Lord, help me to live my life for You.  I know I mess up all the time, but I love you with all my heart.  I pray for your mercy and grace, and I pray for Your kingdom to come and Your will to be done.

In the name of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, Amen

Grace and peace,
  *This post is part of A Mind-Maker-Upper's Everyday Reading Project.  Click here to read more.

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