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“Come.”

Scripture reading for December 30th: Revelation 22:17-21, 2 Peter 3:10-13

Revelation 22:17-19: 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 prophesy 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.”

The final words of this prophecy received by John and the final warning of Peter before his martyrdom are our closing thoughts on this past year. John records the final invitation and promise of Jesus Christ: “Surely I am coming soon.” In response to this short and plain announcement, the Spirit, indwelling every believer echoes the call to “Come.” Those filled with the Spirit, having made themselves ready for the Day of Christ, here are called the “Bride.” The Bride is calling out in agreement with Jesus Christ and the Spirit, “Come.” Peter’s final warning before he is crucified upside down, is for believers to remember the promises of Jesus Christ about His return and the judgment of the earth and those refusing grace. God will destroy the earth and heavens by fire in that final judgment. But God’s people, the “Bride”, will be actively awaiting the new heavens and new earth and the righteousness of King Jesus! Amen! Come!

2 Peter 3:11-13 “Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness, waiting for and hastening the coming of the Day of God because of which the heavens will be set on fire and dissolved, and the heavenly bodies will melt as they burn! But according to His promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”

Revelation 22:20-21 “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.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit! Thank You for Your unchanging Truth given to us through Your eternal Word and Son Who was and is the Word made flesh. Help me to patiently wait, do the works You have prepared for me, and be ready for Your promised return. Fill me with the Holy Spirit and use me to reach others with the Good News of Christ’s coming! “Come.”

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Onward and upward! A blessed New Year!

Dear Friends,

It has been a privilege to write and finish my 13th year of devotions. What started as a call to my church family to systematically read Scripture has become a spiritual discipline for me to continue my journey through the trials and triumphs of life on earth to one day, by grace, behold our Lord face to face. God, through His Son and His Word, has given us His great and precious promises that we might have all we need for life and godliness on our journey. We overcome by the blood of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, and the word of our testimony of faith in Jesus Christ and His Word. We fight the ‘good fight’ through obedient listening to His voice through His Word and the Holy Spirit and acting on what we hear.

Each day brings us all closer to the Day of Christ–His return for His Bride, the Church. God’s Word encourages us to watch and pray and be found in faith, working when He comes. Jesus calls us to follow Him, for He is the only Way to Father’s House, the Truth and the Life. The Father gives each of His born-again children the gift of the Holy Spirit to prepare them to live and reign in His eternal kingdom. The final invitation of the Holy Spirit and the Bride, the Church, is “Come!” This call is for all who are thirsty and all who will humbly repent and receive the Father’s call through His Spirit-filled Church. The last repeated Word from Jesus Christ is “Surely, I am coming soon.” Are you ready? What a great way to close out a year and begin a new year–with a renewed commitment to follow Jesus, confessing and forsaking sins, and drinking deeply of our Lord Jesus’ thirst-quenching gift! God bless you! Jesus is Lord!

Have a blessed New Year in His Love, John and Mary Morse

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“Come.” “Enter the city by the gates.”

Scripture reading for December 30th: Job 40-42, Psalm 150, Revelation 22

Revelation 22:14-17 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. “I Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the Root and the Descendant of David, the Bright Morning Star.” The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” 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.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ closes with a further description of the Holy City and its river of Life and the throne of God and the Lamb. All His servants come through Him, the Gate, and will worship Him and see His Face and have His Name on their foreheads. God’s glory will light their lives and they will reign with Him forever. If anyone wants to be truly blessed, they must was their robes and respond to the invitation to “Come” that the Spirit and the Bride are offering to any that are thirsty. All may come without cost for the free gift of the Water of Life and eat of the Tree of Life. Jesus Christ, Himself, declares three times that He is coming soon! He assures us that it is He Who has sent His angel to testify about His coming to the Churches! The final prayer of the Bride: “Come, Lord Jesus!”

Psalm 150:1-2, 6 “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!” . . . “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for sending Your Son to earth as the Son of God and Son of Man to reveal the way to Your eternal home–prepared for us! We are eager to see the Holy City and our place You prepared for us. But most of all, we long to see Your face and behold Your glory and worship forever! You truly have given us far, far, more that we deserve! Praise our Lord!

Job 42:10-11 “And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before. Then came to him all his brothers and sisters and all who had know him before, and ate bread with him in his house. And they showed him sympathy and comforted him for all the evil that the Lord had brought upon him. And each of them gave him a piece of money and a ring of gold.”

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I am coming soon!

Scripture reading for December 31st: Revelation 22

Key Scriptures: Revelation 22:1-5 “Then the angel showed me the River of the water of Life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the Tree of Life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will worship Him. They will see His face, and His Name will be on their foreheads. And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever.”

John is finally allowed to see the River of Life and the Tree of Life on the main street of the New Jerusalem. He is assured that nothing accursed will be allowed in to entice those in the city to eat of anything else because the throne of God and Christ the Lamb are in the middle of this city. Their presence brings glorious light to everything and there can be no darkness or shadow of turning. The sun and stars will no longer shine because heaven and earth are now one and Christ’s glorious rulership will be forever and ever with His Father, God. This eternal blessedness is reserved for all who by faith received Jesus Christ as Lord and repented of their sins. Now is the time to act for Jesus is coming soon (suddenly)!

Revelation 22:6-7 “And He said to me, “These Words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent His angel to show His servants what must soon take place.” “And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the Words of the prophecy of this book.””

Faith confession and prayer: Father God, I hear Your eternal Word and have read it myself and believe it to be true and clear. I look forward to seeing Your face and partaking of the Tree of Life and River of Life forever and ever in the light of Your amazing glory and grace. I ask for mercy towards my children and grandchildren and all friends and neighbors that they may share in this amazing prophecy of Jesus Christ, King of kings, and Lord of Lords!

Revelation 22:17, 20-21 “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 of the Water of Life without price.” . . .”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.”

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“Come.”

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!

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“Come, Lord Jesus!”

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!”

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The Invitation: “Come!”

Scripture reading for December 31st:  Malachi 1-4 and Revelation 22

Key Scriptures: Revelation 22:17-20  “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!” 

Jesus Christ ends the Revelation given to John with three “I am coming soon!” declarations.  The Holy Spirit and the Bride(Christ’s Church) all are calling out to all men to “Come!”  The message is simple.  It must not be added to or taken away from!  Old and New Testaments agree!

Malachi 4:1-3 “For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble.  The day that is coming shall set them ablaze, says the Lord of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch.  But for you who fear My Name, the Sun of Righteousness shall rise with healing in His wings.  You shall go out leaping like calves from the stall.  And you shall tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet, on the day when I act, says the Lord of hosts.”  

Prayer:  Lord, I long for Your coming.  Thank You that it will be soon!  Help me to offer the invitation to all You send me to.  Amen.

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The Lamb of God

Scripture reading for May 1st: John 1:29-51

“The next day John (the Baptist) saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the One I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because He was before me.’ (John 1:29-30)    John the Baptist came calling all people to repent and be baptized in the Jordan river.  He had told them that One was coming after him whose sandals he was not worthy to untie.  This One would surpass him, and would baptize people with the Holy Spirit.  (John 1:26, 33)  He also told the people plainly that Jesus was the Son of God! Speaking prophetically, John announced that  Jesus was the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the whole world!

This story of the lamb is richly embedded in the history of Israel.  When Abraham and Isaac went up Mt. Moriah to offer Isaac as a sacrifice,  Abraham had told his son that the Lord would provide a sacrifice.  (Genesis 22:8)  As Abraham lifted the knife to slay his son, God stopped him and provided a ram in place of the boy!  (Genesis 22:10-13)

On the night of the Passover in Egypt, Moses was instructed to have each family take a lamb without spot or blemish and slay that lamb, catching the blood.  With hyssop, the head of each house was to apply the blood to the doorposts and lentils of the house to keep the death angel from taking the firstborn.  (Exodus 12:3-12)  They were to eat the lamb  roasted in fire and with bitter herbs and unleavened bread, ready to travel out of Egypt.  This lamb would sustain them and there would be no feeble or sick among them.  The lamb would atone for a family!

Once a year, the High Priest, would take a goat and sacrifice it, taking the blood and sprinkling it on the atonement cover inside the Holy of Holies.  This was to take place on the Day of Atonement.  This goat died to cover the sins and rebellion of the whole nation of Israel.  (Leviticus 16:15-17, 34)

Jesus Christ came as the Lamb of God taking away the sins of the whole world!  He was the final sacrifice, His blood being offered in Heaven to cover the sins of each person who would repent and believe!  (Hebrews 9:6-14) Hallelujah!

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