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End Times

Tuesday

April 26, 2016

The Judge

Read

"After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” Revelation 4:1

Think

When something wrong happens in our world, when a crime is committed, our automatic response is, “Someone’s got to pay!” We have a mindset that is bent towards justice. We want to see wrongs righted. That isn’t just something we come up with on our own, however. That justice mindset is ingrained into our souls by the God of the universe, who is the ultimate Judge. In the book of Revelation, we read about the fact that God has the final word. He sets the final verdict. In the end, evil will not triumph. As you look at our world today, it can be easy to think that evil is winning. But keep in mind that what we see is only temporary. God, who reigns in eternity, has the final say. Have hope in the future and keep that justice-minded spirit as you go through each day!

Pray

Thank God for His ultimate victory over sin, death, and evil. Pray to keep a God-centered, justice-minded outlook on the world today.

Act

When you read today’s headlines, keep in mind that everything our world is experiencing is temporary. Don’t let the bad news keep you distracted from the reality of the greatest news: God wins!

 

Thursday

April 21, 2016

A Glimpse Ahead

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"I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me.” Revelation 1:12

Think

When we study Revelation, we are promised that we will be blessed. That promise is not realized when we understand it; simply, we are told that when we read it we are blessed. How is that? First, we will never fully understand it. There are images that are confounding, and truths that are revealed. However, our blessing comes in the fact that we are given a glimpse into the future. God, in His sovereign nature, has allowed us a sneak peek at what is to come. When we realize that, it puts us in a position of humility and awe. To know that the God of the universe is sharing with us that which is yet to be is to understand an aspect of His love for us. As you read Revelation, read it with that sense of wonder and awe. Praise God for the fact that He has allowed us to see something that has not even happened yet!

Pray

Take some time today to simply stand in awe of who God is and what He has allowed us to have through His Word. Thank Him for revealing that which no one else could – the future and what lies ahead.

Act

Read Revelation 1:12-18. As you do, keep in mind the fact that this is a picture of our Lord and Savior in His rightful position – a position of authority and power. Allow this passage to put you in a place of humility before Him.

 

Tuesday

April 19, 2016

Ever Ready

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“For the Lord Himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

Think

The end of the world is a fascinating topic. People predict it and try to prepare for it; they foretell it and try to figure it out. But none of us really knows when it will happen. We don’t know the exact time or day. What we do know, however, is what the Bible teaches us about it. When the end comes, it will start as quick as the blink of an eye. For many people, the idea of the end of the world is scary. They fear it, partly because the details are unknown.

But for those of us who are Christ followers, the end is not something to fear. In fact, because we know how the story ends, we should have hope! We should also have a sense of urgency in telling those people in our lives who do not know Christ the reality of a relationship with Him. As you think about the end times, what emotion is first to enter your mind? If it is fear, remember who holds the future in His hands. If it is excitement, challenge yourself to tell as many people as you can about the hope they can have. The time may not be known, but what is known is that time will end. Are you ready for the ever after?

Pray

Thank God for holding the future in His hands. Pray for a sense of hope and urgency as you think about the end times.

Act

If you knew the world was going to end tomorrow, what would you do differently today? Make a list of things you would change if you knew the end was here. Then, make a point to begin changing those things now!

 

Friday

April 8, 2016

The Blessing of the Book

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“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Revelation 1:3

Think

While Revelation is undoubtedly one of the most confusing and confounding books of the Bible, the reality is that for those of us who call ourselves Christians, the book is a book of real comfort. We are given an all-access pass to see the very throne room of God, and even given a glimpse into the future that God has in His hands. While the imagery can seem confusing, the meaning behind it is simply this: God wins! When Christ returns, all death, sickness, and evil will end. And for those of us who have accepted God’s gift of eternal life through Christ, that is simply good news!

As you continue to study Revelation in this current series at Fellowship Church, keep that reality in mind. Focus on the God who holds the future in His hands. Look for ways you can apply the lessons of Revelation. And walk in hope and assurance knowing that, in the end, we win!

Pray

Praise God for His glory and thank Him for holding the future in His hands. Pray for the kind of perspective He wants for you as you continue to dive into His book.

Act

Commit to being part of this continuing series at Fellowship Church called “The Book of Revelation”. Look for someone in your life today that you can invite with you so that they can experience the blessing of studying this amazing book!

Wednesday

April 6, 2016

A Book of Hope

Read

“Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.” Revelation 1:3

Think

Have you ever wondered about the end of the world? If we’re honest with ourselves, the thought has crossed all of our minds. “Are we nearing the end of the world?” Natural disasters, persecution of Christians, violence, sexual immorality – all of these are signs that the end is near. But a bigger question that we must all ask isn’t, “When is the end?” The question we should be asking is, “How should I live my life in light of the signs?”

God doesn’t want us to become paranoid about the end of the world. For those of us who are Christ followers, Revelation isn’t a scary book. It’s not in the Bible to frighten us. It is, though, something that should encourage us and inspire us to make as much difference as we can today. As you read and study Revelation, and as we go through this teaching series as a church, make sure you focus on what God wants you to DO. The world is dark; make sure you are a light to point others to the WHO of Revelation – Jesus Christ!

Pray

Thank God for the opportunity that you have to be an example of His love and purpose for the world. Pray for opportunities to share your faith and hope and trust in the God found in Revelation.

Act

Revelation is a book of hope. That hope is found in the very words God communicates to us in this amazing book. Write today’s verse down and use it as encouragement each day.