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Judgment for the generations!

Scripture reading for December 27th: Job 31-33, Psalm 102, Revelation 19

Revelation 19: 1-4 “After this I heard what seemed to be a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven crying out, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for His judgments are true and just; for He has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of His servants.” Once more they cried out, “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever.” And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God Who was seated on the throne, saying, “Amen. Hallelujah!”

God had called in Revelation 18:30 for rejoicing in heaven from the saints, apostles and prophets over God’s just judgment of Babylon. Chapter 19 begins with a great multitude in heaven loudly shouting “Hallelujah!” and praising God for the judgments and the righteous vengeance of God on those who failed to repent but shed the blood of saints, apostles and prophets. All heaven worshiped God Almighty in hearty agreement saying “Amen!” All the redeemed of earth and heaven long for God to bring mercy to the lost and while on earth, are called to share the Good News. But there is also a longing for the removal of sin and corruption from the earth and those who, refusing mercy, perpetrate the rebellion. Only our Omniscient God can justly judge and righteously repay. He too would rather show mercy. We worship Him for His amazing patience and mercy but also for His righteous judgments!

Psalm 102:12-13 “But You, O Lord, are enthroned forever; You are remembered throughout all generations. You will arise and have pity on Zion; it is the time to favor her; the appointed time has come.”

Prayer: Hallelujah! Amen! Thank You Lord for Your great mercy towards me and all the saints, apostles, and prophets! We are all saved by Your amazing grace by the gift of Jesus Christ and His shed blood. You have wiped away our sins and given us a mission to share the Good News. Thank You for Your promise of final righteous judgments at the appointed time. Let every generation bring You glory!

Job 31:9-12 “”If my heart has been enticed toward a woman, and I have lain in wait at my neighbor’s door, then let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down on her. For that would be a heinous crime; that would be an iniquity to be punished by judges; that would be a fire that consumes as far as Abaddon, it would burn to the root of all my increase.””

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Steadfast and patient till Jesus comes!

Scripture reading for October 11th: Jeremiah 37, 21, 34, Psalm 79, James 5

James 5: 7-11 “Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. As an example of suffering and patience, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.”

James concludes his short letter with a call for patience and steadfastness while the believers waited for the coming of the Lord and Judge! He pointed to farmers for an example as they sowed their seed in faith, they must wait for the early and late rains to bring the crop to maturity before the fruit of the earth can be harvested. In the same way, believers must guard their hearts and be steadfast through the trials of life and God working in the hearts of people to soften them and bring forth precious fruit of repentance and faith. The prophets also stood as examples. James sited Job as an example of patience in suffering and how God restored him double. Jeremiah also remained steadfast in spite of persecution, death threats and imprisonment faithfully delivering God’s Word to His people in spite of resistance.

Psalm 79: 4-5, 11 ” We have become a taunt to our neighbors, mocked and derided by those around us. How long, O Lord? Will You be angry forever? Will Your jealousy burn like fire?” . . . “But we Your people, the sheep of Your pasture, will give thanks to You forever; from generation to generation will will recount Your praise.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for these words of encouragement to remain steadfast in the face of trials or suffering. We are thankful for the examples You gave us in the prophets of old and apostles of Jesus and in Jesus Himself. We look forward to the coming of our Lord and the great reward of eternal life in His presence forever and ever!

Jeremiah 37:16-17 “When Jeremiah had come to the dungeon cells and remained there many days, King Zedekiah sent for him and received him. The king questioned him secretly in his house and said, “Is there any Word from the Lord?” Jeremiah said, “There is.” Then he said, “You shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon.””

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Served by the prophets!

Scripture reading for October 12th: Jeremiah 30-33, 1st Peter 1

Key Scriptures: 1st Peter 1:10-12 “Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look,”

Peter loved Jesus and His Word! He had denied Christ three times, but was restored by Jesus with three questions concerning his love for Him. Peter knew salvation was found in Jesus Christ alone by grace. He also knew the Scriptures and writings of the prophets were Holy Spirit inspired. Jesus had opened the Scriptures to him and the Holy Spirit, living in him, now revealed truth that enabled him to preach the good news. The prophets of old were serving their generation as well as Peter, the Apostle of Jesus Christ and generations to come should the Lord tarry!

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, thank You for Your amazing Word written down through the prophets and confirmed to me by the Holy Spirit. Fill me with Your Spirit today to preach the good news and serve this generation!

Jeremiah 31:33-34 “”For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put My law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know Me, for the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity and I will remember their sin no more.””

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Great reward–in heaven!

Scripture reading for July 22nd: 2nd Kings 4-6, Matthew 5

Key Scriptures: Matthew 5:10-12 “”Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on My account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.””

Jesus had gathered a great crowd of people and he began to teach them. The Sermon on the Mount is the longest recorded message of Jesus and one of the most famous. Jesus taught that it was a blessing to be persecuted for “righteousness sake.” He went on to elaborate what this meant. Those who followed Him would be reviled and persecuted and blasphemed against. Those who follow Jesus live righteous lives and preach repentance from evil. This brings persecution and sometimes death. Followers can rejoice because they have a great reward and they join with a long line of persecuted prophets.

Faith confession and prayer: Lord Jesus, I will gladly and with rejoicing take persecution because of You. Help me to stay true to You and Your Word in my actions, words and deeds.

2nd Kings 6:31 “—and he (Joram king of Israel) said, “May God do so to me and more also, if the head of Elisha the son of Shaphat remains on his shoulders today.””

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Called by God to do His Work!

Scripture reading for April 30th:  1st Samuel 18-19, 1st Chronicles 3, Psalm 59, Acts 13

Key Scriptures: Acts 13:1-3   “Now there were in the church at Antioch prophets and teachers, Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen a lifelong friend of Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.  While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.”  

The early church sought the will of God by fasting, prayer and worship.  In the gathering of believers, some had the gift of prophesy and spoke prophetically to the believers concerning Saul and Barnabas.  God had already revealed to them a calling to preach to the Gentiles and now their calling was confirmed during a prayer meeting.  The church responded by obediently commissioning them through the laying on of hands.

Psalm 59:17 “O my Strength, I will sing praises to You, for You, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love.”  

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord, You alone have prepared the good works that You want me to do.  Help me daily to see each day’s portion of Your plan as I worship and pray to You alone.  Thank You that You are with me always!

1st Samuel 18:14  “And David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him.  And when Saul saw that he had great success, he stood in fearful awe of him.”  

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Let the prophets sound forth!

Scripture reading for December 12th: Joel 3, Amos 1-3, Revelation 10

Key Scriptures:  Revelation 10:4-7  “And when the seven thunders had sounded, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down.”  And the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and what is in it, the earth and what is in it, and the sea and what is in it, that there would be no more delay, but that in the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to His servants the prophets.”  

God does nothing in judgment without revealing His plans to mankind through His servants.  Prophetic vision was given to John as encouragement to God’s people and warning to all mankind.  But God told John not to write down what the seven thunders said or revealed of the end-time plan.  This will unfold in its time, when the seventh trumpet would sound during the great tribulation.

Amos 3:6-7 “Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid?  Does disaster come to a city, unless the Lord has done it?  “For the Lord God does nothing without revealing His secret to His servants the prophets.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for revealing Your plans and the coming judgment of all mankind.  Let me speak prophetically to my generation!  Amen.

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The Lamp of God’s Word

Scripture reading for November 14th:  Ezekiel 6-9, 2nd Peter 1

Key Scriptures:  2nd Peter 1:19-21 “And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” 

Peter, writing his last letter to the church, encouraged the believers to pay attention to God’s Word.  Holy prophets wrote down the Scriptures as they were directed and guided by the Holy Spirit.  No Scripture comes from man’s own intellect or opinion.  God’s Word is a bright light shining in the darkness of this world to guide His people home.

Ezekiel 10:4-5 “And the glory of the Lord went up from the cherub to the threshold of the house, and the house was filled with the cloud, and the court was filled with the brightness of the glory of the Lord.  And the sound of the wings of the cherubim was heard as far as the outer court, like the voice of God Almighty when He speaks.”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for Your Holy Scriptures that shine as light in our dark world.  Thank You for speaking to me and guiding me through this day.  Amen.

 

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The Counsel of God Stands!

Scripture reading for October 12th:  Isaiah 46-49, Hebrews 1

Key Scriptures:  Hebrews 1:1-3 “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, Whom He appointed the heir of all things, through Whom also He created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power.  After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, . . .”

The writer of Hebrews loves to tie Old and New Testaments together.  In the past, God spoke by the prophets concerning things to come.  Now, God speaks to us by His Son.  The Son is the exact representation of God. The Son is the Creator and Upholder of the universe!  The Son made a sacrifice of His blood to purify us from sin.  The Son is now seated at God’s right hand!  We must listen to the Son!  His counsel will stand!

Isaiah 46:9-10 ” . . .remember the former things of old, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all My purpose.'”  

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for speaking to Your people through the prophets of old concerning things coming.  Thank You for speaking today through Your Son!  Help me listen and obey.  Amen.

 

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The power of prophesy!

Scripture reading for June 8th:  Ezra 2-5, Acts 26

Key Scriptures:  Acts 26:27-29  “King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know that you believe.”  And Agrippa said to Paul, “In a short time would you persuade me to be a Christian?  And Paul said, “Whether short or long, I would to God that not only you but also all who hear me this day might become such as I am–except for these chains.”

Paul made his defense before King Agrippa and appealed to the King about his knowledge of the prophets.  He invited him to believe but Agrippa resisted, saying that he needed more time.  Paul stated that his prayer was for him to become a believer in Jesus, whether sooner or later, as well as all who heard him.

Ezra 5:1-2 “Now the prophets, Haggai and Zechariah the son of Iddo, prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and Jerusalem, in the Name of the God of Israel who was over them.    . . .and the prophets of God were with them, supporting them.”

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for prophetic support in preaching Your Word!  May prophesy flow through me as I testify of Your Gospel.  Amen.

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Blessed are the persecuted!

Scripture reading for January 7th:  Matthew 5

Key Scriptures:  Matthew 5:11-12  “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Jesus warned and taught His disciples that they would be persecuted.  He, Himself, suffered persecution because of His stand for God’s truth.  Our attitude in times of persecution should not be “woe is me!” Jesus taught that His followers should rejoice and be glad because of a great reward in heaven!  This takes faith and an understanding of God’s word and His precious promises.  He promised great reward and that is enough!  We are not the first to experience this persecution and Jesus wasn’t either.  The prophets of old also suffered!  It is said that Isaiah was cut in half with a saw.  Jeremiah was cast into the mud of a cistern and eventually stoned in Egypt where he had warned God’s people not to go!  The people wanted to kill Moses and return to Egypt.  We stand in good company with God’s prophets when we are persecuted for righteousness!

Observation for over-comers:  Our attitude reflects the faith and rest we have in God’s promises in times of persecution that are already here!  “The Lord is my Light and my Salvation–whom shall I fear?   The Lord is the Stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?”  (Psalm 27:1)

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