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Jesus is Coming Soon!

Scripture reading for December 30th:  Revelation 22:12-21

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Revelation 22:7, 12, 20-21  “Behold, I am coming soon!  Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.” . . . . “Behold, I am coming soon!  My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.”  .  .  .  . “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”  Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.  The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.”  

The final revelation of Jesus Christ to John during his visit to heaven comes from Jesus Christ, Himself!  He states three times emphatically that He is coming soon!  He reminds His people that His reward is with Him when He comes.  He repeats that each person will be rewarded according to their deeds.  He also emphasizes that some will not enter heaven because of their failure to repent of sins and wash their robes!  (Revelation 22:15)

Observations for over-comers:  Over-comers say “Amen!” and pray for Christ’s prophecy to be fulfilled and long to see His face!

Jesus Christ: “At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn.  They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory.  And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”  (Matthew 24:30-31)

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The Awesome God of Creation!

Scripture reading for May 27th:  Acts 17

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Acts 17:24-28  “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands.  And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything, because He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.  From one man He made every nation of men that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live.  God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.”  

Paul ministered to the intellectuals of Athens by telling them about the God who created the heavens and the earth. He told them about the omnipotence and omniscience of this Creator God, who was very near to each one of us.  He also told them that this God had placed each person in the geographical location He desired  and given the time allotted for them.   Paul said that God did this so that men would seek Him and reach out to Him!  These truths are often veiled from unbelievers but can serve to open their hearts to the God who alone is worthy of worship!

Observations for over-comers:  Sharing with intellectuals about the One True God will help to open their hearts.  Remember that God has already revealed Himself to each person through nature and conscience.  “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.  Day after day they pour forth speech;  night after night they display knowledge.  There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.  Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”  (Psalm 19:1-4)

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Each person is significant!

Scripture reading for April 17th: 1st Chronicles 1-9

The first nine chapters of 1st Chronicles offers a challenge as to what we might learn from pronouncing hundreds of names, many that are unfamiliar to us.  Chronicles was written from the view of the priesthood and some think that Ezra helped compile this record.  The geneaology begins with Adam and gives a record of descendants up to the exile in 586 BC.  This record is repeated again, with additions, right up to the time of Christ in Luke’s Gospel.  (Luke 3:23-37)

God considers individuals important.  He knows our name and listed all these people by name.  He also recorded information about certain individuals who were noteworthy.  Of the sons of Judah, Er, the first-born, was noted as being wicked and the Lord put him to death. (2nd Chronicles 2:3)  Hezron married at 60 years of age and had a son, Segub.  (2nd Chronicles 2:21)  It may have been unusual to marry so late!  In 2nd Chronicles 4:9-10, Jabez cried out to the Lord for his blessing and an enlarged territory.  Jabez asked to have God’s hand with him and to be free from pain.  God answered his prayer!

In the last section of this genealogy, there is a record of the sons of Levi.  The Levite families had assigned jobs in the temple.  The house of Merari was assigned to be musicians ministering before the tabernacle.  (2nd Chronicles 6:31-32)  Aaron and his descendants offered the sacrifices in the most holy place.  (2nd Chronicles 6:49)  A later record in 2nd Chronicles 9:17-27 described Levites who returned from captivity in Babylon and were gatekeepers in the house of the Lord.  A single man, Mattithiah, was a Levite who was put in charge of baking bread for the tabernacle.

God is a God of order.  He assigns jobs to His people according to their abilities and His needs.  He knows each by name and makes note of those who do well and those who mess up!  Each person is important and the job they are assigned is significant.  Take time today to thank God for the gifts He has given you.  Ask Him to show you the significance of your work and offer your gifts to Him to use for His glory!  God is keeping a record for Heaven!

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