Scripture reading for December 31st: Revelation 22; Psalm 150
Key Scripture: Revelation 22:17-21 “”The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of Life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. He Who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”“
As we come to the end of this year’s trek through the Bible chronologically, I want to thank the Lord Jesus for the privilege of studying and sharing His amazing Word. Thank you, each one, for joining me as you could. This final devotion records the final prayer of Christ’s Bride, the Church. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the Bride simply says “Come.” It is an invitation to the thirsty. It is to “whosoever” will respond, with no prejudice towards anyone and no payment required. It is accompanied by a final warning concerning additions or subtractions from God’s Word. Eternal loss is promised to those who choose to do that. Jesus personally states that He is surely coming soon! Grace alone can prepare us. Amen! Come Lord Jesus!
Faith confession and prayer: I pray today, and daily, along with Your Bride, “Come.” I believe You and Your eternal Word, forever settled in the heavens and on earth. Help me to live by grace and faith each day until Your soon and sudden return. Amen! Praise the Lord Jesus Christ!
Psalm 150:8 “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
Scripture reading for December 31st: Revelation 22, Psalm 149-50, Proverbs 14
Key Scriptures: Revelation 22:17-21 “The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price. I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book. He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.”
We end this year’s devotions with the last words of John’s revelation and the last words of Jesus Christ to His Church, the Bride. The Bride, through the Holy Spirit is praying to the Lord Jesus saying, “Come!” I believe this simple prayer has two aspects. The Bride is asking God to bring in the thirsty and those still to be saved. The Bride is asking Jesus to come for them. The Lord Jesus answers: “Surely I am coming soon.” The Brides answer is “Amen.” It all occurs by grace through faith!
Faith confession: Lord Jesus, I join the Bride in praying “Come.” May the lost and thirsty come to You and find refreshing in the river of life and healing food in the tree of life flowing from Your glorious throne! “Amen.” Hallelujah forever and ever!
Psalm 149:1 “Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song; His praise in the assembly of the godly!
Psalm 150:6 “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”
Scripture reading for July 29th: 2nd Corinthians 1, Psalm 150, Proverbs 26
Key Scriptures: 2nd Corinthians 1:18-22 “As surely as God is faithful, our word to you has not been Yes and No. For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, whom we proclaimed among you, Silvanus and Timothy and I, was not Yes and No, but in Him it is always Yes. For all the promises of God find their Yes in Him. That is why it is through Him that we utter our Amen to God for His glory. And it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has anointed us, and given us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”
All God’s promises are available to those who are believers in Jesus Christ. God is not arbitrary and does not change His mind like men often do. What He has promised, He says Yes to provide. He alone provided us our salvation through His Son Jesus. He alone establishes us as members of His family through new birth. He anoints us with His Holy Spirit as a guarantee of our future inheritance! Hallelujah and Amen!
Faith Confession: Lord, all your promises are Yes and Amen in my life. Thank you for the Holy Spirit and Your grand Kingdom that is here now and coming soon!
Psalm 150:1-2 “Praise the Lord! Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens! Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to His excellent greatness!”
Scripture reading for December 3rd: Revelation 3
Not many people love to be corrected. Yet the Bible teaches that “the Lord disciplines those He loves and punishes everyone he accepts as a son.” (Hebrews 12:6) In “this prophecy received by John from Jesus Christ, the Lord gives strong words to His Bride, the Church. We all would be wise to listen and heed what He has to say!
“To the angel of the church in Sardis write: . . “I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of My God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.”” (Revelation 3:1-3)
Jesus knew the true condition of the hearts of those in this church. They had reputations and an image that they were trusting in, but they had been and were asleep and dead spiritually! Jesus told them plainly, not to condemn them but to warn them to repent! A change of mind was needed and a return to the original Gospel message and passion of trusting in Christ would put them back on track! Failure to respond would bring great disappointment when Christ returned. They would not be ready and their inheritance would be in jeopardy.
But there were a few in Sardis that were not asleep or dead! “They will walk with Me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before My Father and His angels.” (Revelation 3:4-5) Spiritual ears are required to hear the loving words of Jesus!
Scripture reading for August 27th: 2nd Corinthians 1:12-2:8
Paul’s failure to visit the Corinthians as planned had left some of them charging Paul with being unreliable. Paul wrote this second letter to them to defend his reliability and to deal with issues that needed resolution. Paul explained that he had dealt with them in holiness and sincerity, according to God’s grace. He had planned to visit them on his way to Macedonia and then come back though on his way back to Judea. He decided not to personally visit at that time to spare them a personal rebuke. He was not being deceptive, but faithful to God. (2nd Corinthians 1:15-17)
“For as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not “Yes” and “No,” but in Him has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” (2nd Corinthians 1:18-20) Paul may have appeared to be undependable, but God was and is faithful. God’s word can be trusted. Every one of His promises are true and believers can say “Amen” to them for their lives.
Paul next wrote to encourage these Corinthians to restore the brother that they had disciplined for having his father’s wife. (1st Corinthians 5:1-5) “The punishment inflicted on him by the majority is sufficient for him. No instead, you ought to forgive and comfort him, so that he will not be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. I urge you, therefore, to reaffirm your love for him. . . .in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not ignorant of his schemes.” (2nd Corinthians 2:6-11) This man’s punishment of being handed over to Satan had evidently brought deep sorrow and repentance. He was a broken man who now needed restoration from the same church family who had in love put him out. Paul encouraged them to obey his direction. Forgiveness was needed to restore him and this congregation to the flow of God’s grace.
Are you standing firm in God’s grace today? Is there a promise of God that you need to say “Amen” to? Is there a brother or sister that needs restoration and forgiveness? Be obedient!