Scripture: Revelation 16.
(What is God saying here?)
Revelation 16:8-15 (NLT)
8 Then the fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, causing it to scorch everyone with its fire.
9 Everyone was burned by this blast of heat, and they cursed the name of God, who had control over all these plagues. They did not repent of their sins and turn to God and give him glory.
10 Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. His subjects ground their teeth in anguish,
11 and they cursed the God of heaven for their pains and sores. But they did not repent of their evil deeds and turn to God.
15 “Look, I will come as unexpectedly as a thief! Blessed are all who are watching for me, who keep their clothing ready so they will not have to walk around naked and ashamed.”
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
As I’ve read through the Bible I have seen where there have been many warnings about the wrath of God, His second coming, His dislike of sin and sinful acts. I have also noticed where warnings have often failed, and consequently thousands of people have suffered cruel deaths. We are no different today. It’s not until something drastic occurs that the whole country goes on high alert and we become very cautious and protective for a period of time. Back when the unfortunate incident occurred on 9/11/2001, there were lines backed up at churches nearby the Trade Center, and the following Sunday morning churches were filled. Unfortunately each Sunday after that saw declining congregations and today committed Christians are out knocking on doors to try and get folk out to church. In the verses above you will notice (verse 9) where the people recognized that God was the author of the disaster with the extreme heat of the sun, because the people cursed God. But at the end of the verse we are told that the people did not repent of their sins. In verses 10 and 11 we can see a similar occurrence and the unfortunate end result. In verse 15 God reminds us that He will come unexpectedly. This tells me that we are to be a family/church/city/state/nation that is poised and ready to meet our Savior should He come today. Are you ready to meet your Maker friend? Have you truly committed your life to Him and now experiencing a relationship with Him? It will hurt me immensely if I knew that Jesus came to collect His people and that you read this devotional and it didn’t help you to turn your life around and turn to Jesus. Please consider seeing your pastor or a trusted Bible teaching believer today and asking them to introduce you to their best friend, Jesus. Please don’t wait until Saturday or Sunday, you may not be around then. If you would rather contact me for more information, please use the email address in the last paragraph and I will gladly help you. After reading this today you will make a very critical decision. I pray that it will be one that will change your life and your eternal destination forever!
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Lord Jesus, I thank You for saving me from the pits of Hell and giving me the assurance of eternal life with You. I strongly believe that someone will read this and they will ponder the importance, or necessity of change in their lives. Please soften their hearts and help them to see how truly important this decision is. Please burden their hearts to make the right decision while they are still able to. Please help them to understand and grasp the significance of what You did on Calvary just for them. I love You Lord and I thank You in advance for what You will do with Your Word today!
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