Wiping Away Every Tear
“God will wipe every tear from their eyes”. Revelation 7:17
The shedding of tears is a natural response to deep issues of life – moments of overflowing sadness, grief, pain, or even joy and happiness. The Bible describes many moments when tears have flowed. David once admitted, “I drench my couch with my tears” (Psalm 6:6). On another occasion, he asked God to “put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?” (Psalm 56:8)
In his revelation, John saw tears in Heaven. But something was different: They all had been wiped away! He saw “a great multitude which no one could count … standing before the throne and before the Lamb” (v. 9). They were united in praise and worship.
These people had “come out of the great tribulation” (v. 14). They had endured persecution and been faithful. They had been purified. In Heaven, there was no more hunger or thirst. They served God continually and were in perfect fellowship with the Lamb.
But God knew all they had experienced. Yes, they had shed tears, but all of the tears were gone! This is a message that, if we endure and are faithful, He will make everything right.
This is God’s promise to you! He is with you right now, and He knows what you are going through. He promises to take away every tear. For now, focus on Him. Stay faithful through every situation. Let Him take away your burdens and worries. And worship Him!
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March 19, 2020 Walking With Jesus
“The smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God, out of the angel’s hand”. Revelation 8:4
In an awe-inspiring moment, the Lamb “broke the seventh seal”; suddenly, there was “silence in Heaven for about half an hour” (v. 1). An angel stood before God’s altar, holding a golden censer. He was given “much incense…so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints” (v. 3).
The smoke of that incense, along with the “prayers of the saints” (v. 3), rose up before God. We can picture waves of the prayers of men and women from every nation – short prayers, long prayers, intense prayers, simple prayers, salvation prayers, and prayers about trials and persecution, personal and family problems, and world conditions.
As this incense rose before God, “the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth.” Thus, the prayers of God’s people played a pivotal role in fulfilling God’s plan and changing the course of history.
So often we might feel that our prayers don’t matter. But the Bible reminds us that God hears our prayers – every one of them. And as Revelation reminds us, every prayer makes a difference in the lives of people and in the course of nations.
Today, join with people throughout the world. Spend time in prayer. Pray for your needs and your family, for your country and the world, and for revival. Picture your prayers rising before God like sweet-smelling incense, pleasing to Him, changing the world.
The Throne of God
If God gave us a window into Heaven, what would we see? John actually had that experience. He saw a door that opened. As he entered, through the Spirit he saw “a throne” and “One sitting on the throne.”
We can tell that this image is important because the word throne is used 34 times in the book of Revelation. Emphasizing a similar point, Jesus even told the disciples that Heaven “is the throne of God” (Matthew 5:34).
Whenever we think about Heaven, we should think about that throne. This is a place from which God rules and reigns. Sitting on this throne, He watches everything that is done and determines the course of men and nations. His throne is surrounded by men, women, and angels constantly praising and worshiping Him. From His throne, He reigns sovereignly over everything in creation.
At the end of your life when you reach Heaven, you will dwell in His presence and join the throngs surrounding His throne. But you don’t have to wait. You can praise and worship Him right now. With the angels sing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God” (v. 8).
Imagine Him in His splendor, perfect in majesty, holiness, and purity, possessing absolute power and filled with timeless wisdom. He is your Judge and Guide. And remember, He is Your Heavenly Father. He loves you! He is there, sitting on His throne, watching the world, watching over you.
An Unlimited Number of Angels
An Unlimited Number of Angels
“I heard the voice of many angels… the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands, saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb.” Revelation 5:11-12
In his vision, John saw the Lamb who took a book no one else could open. Living creatures and elders fell down before Him, singing that He is worthy. Then, many angels, living creatures, and the elders joined in a time of great worship.
John was overwhelmed by the vastness of the throng. He used a Greek word murias, which means an unlimited number. It was a number so overwhelming that John used the word twice, writing murias murias. Then he wrote about “thousands of thousands.” He simply did not have the vocabulary to describe this vast number.
All of these people John pictured had gone through struggles, problems, concerns, and worries. But they realized that God is so much greater than anyone or anything in the world. And they knew that the Lamb is worthy!
When we praise God, we can picture ourselves adding our voice to this myriad of myriads. Someday, we will join this Heavenly throng, praising and worshiping God. When we face problems, we can look forward to the day when we will stand in His presence and all of life’s troubles will be past.
No matter what you are going through, you can praise God! Right now, praise Him and thank Him. Praise Jesus for He is worthy. Bow before Him. As you praise Him, everything else will seem insignificant. Enter into His presence. Thank Him! Worship Him!
Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart
Let Jesus Come Into Your Heart
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in.” Revelation 3:20
During a lifetime spent serving God, Leila Morris wrote more than a thousand songs and hymns. Born in 1862, she kept writing even when her eyesight began to fail.
One of her most memorable hymns was written in 1898 while she attended a camp meeting in Mountain Lake Park, Maryland. She heard a powerful sermon focusing on repentance. Leila watched as a sophisticated woman responded to the invitation, kneeling in prayer. As the woman clearly was struggling, Leila joined her at the altar.
Inspired by the words of that sermon, Leila told the woman, “Just now your doubting give over.” She heard the song leader encourage the congregation, “Just now reject him no more.” And the minister urged, “Just now throw open the door.”
Reflecting these words, Leila told the kneeling woman that she just needed to “let Jesus come into your heart.” Those words became the title of a hymn.
She wrote, “If you are tired of the load of your sin, if you desire a new life to begin, let Jesus come into your heart.” She knew that He could change lives and cleanse every sin. She prayed, “reject Him no more,” and simply “throw open the door.” He will fill a void that “this world never can fill.”
Today, millions of people need to hear that message. Make sure that Jesus is your Lord. Pray that God would use you to reach souls for Jesus.
“Wake up, and strengthen the things that remain, which were about to die, for I have not found your deeds completed in the sight of My God,” Revelation 3:2
Believers in Sardis had earned a reputation. They acted in ways that conveyed the impression that they were alive, that they were alert and active. But Jesus wanted them to know that He knew the truth – they were dead. There weren’t any signs of life. Their faith, from His perspective, was not active and real.
Regardless of their reputation or how others viewed their lives, Jesus found their deeds were not “completed.” They had been given tasks to perform that had not been finished. Perhaps some progress had been made, but the work was not concluded.
They might have been satisfied, but Jesus was not. They might have concluded that they had done enough, but Jesus knew that they were far from reaching His goals. He wanted them to do more.
The message was that they were too concerned with the opinions of other people and their own subjective conclusions. They needed to realize the only conclusions that really mattered were those of God Himself.
They needed to look at their lives from His perspective, to realize that partial fulfillment was not enough. They needed to be sure He was pleased, and they had accomplished the projects to which they had been assigned to His satisfaction.
Today, ask God to give you His perspective on your life. What tasks has He called you to accomplish? What resources has He given you? Have you left anything undone?
“I say to you, the rest who are in Thyatira…who have not known the deep things of Satan.” Revelation 2:24
Jesus gave John a message for the church in Thyatira in His revelation. They needed to continue their “love and faith and service and perseverance.”
But they were warned because they “tolerated the woman Jezebel.” This symbolizes people who were leading God’s people astray. Those guilty of these things might not have known the “deep things” of Satan. The Greek word suggests a mystery. The Bible frequently mentions that God’s Word is filled with mysteries. But here we discover that “deep things” are also associated with Satan. This reminds us that Satan can be subtle and disguise his intentions. He seems to be one thing while in reality, he is something else.
When it comes to Satan’s goals, not everything is clear or obvious. We know that he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44). He is devious and subtle. He tries to take advantage of us with “his schemes” (2 Corinthians 2:11).
He can appear to be harmless and even “an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). Because of his devious, deceitful character, Satan can trap us into drawing the wrong conclusions and spreading chaos and destruction.
In your life, make sure you stay on guard for the subtle ways you can be attacked, the deceptive ways he can try to influence your thoughts and attitudes, and the lies that he can spread. Fill your mind and heart with God’s Word. Stand firm!
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