LIFe with God: May 11, 2018

Posted on May 11, 2018

Scripture

Revelation 1

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Observation

What promise is given to the one who will read and follow the book of Revelation? How does this passage speak to those who are skeptical that Jesus ever claimed to be God? Why does John point out that he shares “the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that are in Jesus”? What is the significance of Jesus being among the lampstands and holding the stars?

Application

Am I willing to study Revelation and obey it in order to claim God’s promised blessing? Do I truly believe that Jesus is the all-powerful God? Do I willingly and gladly share in Christ’s persecution as well as His kingdom? Do I possess endurance? Do I trust Christ to be in control of and take care of the church and its leadership?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Thank You for the Revelation of Jesus Christ, which You gave Him to show His servants what must happen. Thank You for making it clear by sending Your angel to Your servant John, who then testified to everything that he saw concerning the word of God and the testimony about Jesus Christ. I claim Your promise of blessing to the one who reads the words of this prophecy aloud, and to those who hear and obey the things written in it, because the time is near! I thank You for the grace and peace that are mine through Jesus Christ — the faithful witness, the firstborn from among the dead, the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Jesus, the one who loves me and has set me free from my sins at the cost of His own blood and has appointed me into His kingdom as a priest serving You, His God and Father — to Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever! May I remain watchful for the Day when He returns with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all the tribes on the earth will mourn because of Him. This will certainly come to pass! I believe that Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, — the one who is, and who was, and who is still to come — the All-Powerful! I thank You that You allow me to share in the persecution, kingdom, and endurance that are in Jesus, and I thank You for revealing Your plan through Your Son to the apostle John. I thank You that Jesus is the eternal one and only unique Son who has authority and power over His church and its leaders. I declare that He alone is the Savior, the resurrected God-man. He is my worthy judge and high priest. He is absolutely pure and holy, and His eyes see all things with perfect insight and judgment. His strength, power and judgment are perfect, and His voice carries all authority throughout the universe. He can but speak a word and worlds are created or destroyed at his discretion. His radiance is greater than the sun. And though the natural human response on seeing Him would be to fall down at His feet as though dead, thank You that He places His right hand on me and says: “Do not be afraid! I am the first and the last, and the one who lives! I was dead, but look, now I am alive — forever and ever — and I hold the keys of death and of Hades!” Thank You that, in Jesus, I am forgiven, justified, sanctified, and redeemed to eternal life with You! In His name I pray, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!
One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Michael & Jenn Morgan (Eleanor)
  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz (Anabelle)
  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Jared & Amanda Patchin (Alex, Luc)
  • Travis & Consuela Sauer (Mikayla, Christian, Donte, Cheyenne, Sera, Ella, Thomas)

Ministry:

  • Boise Rescue Mission

CLF:

  • That we will be people who are devoted to giving to the Lord’s work and to anyone who has a need.

Community: Pray for your neighbors…

  • That God would provide opportunities for you to minister to them
  • That unbelievers would receive Christ as Savior and Lord
  • For their marriages / family relationships
  • For their finances / employment
  • Any specific needs of which you’re aware

Catechism

PART 1: GOD, CREATION AND FALL, LAW

Question #18: Will God allow our disobedience and idolatry to go unpunished?

Children’s Answer: No, God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them both in this life, and in the life to come.

Adult’s Answer: No, every sin is against the sovereignty, holiness, and goodness of God, and against His righteous law, and God is righteously angry with our sins and will punish them in His just judgment both in this life, and in the life to come.

Memory Verse

Ephesians 5:5-6 (HCSB)

For know and recognize this: Every sexually immoral or impure or greedy person, who is an idolater, does not have an inheritance in the kingdom of the Messiah and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for God’s wrath is coming on the disobedient because of these things.

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