Month: July 2021

Purchased But Not Sold Out

Scripture: Revelations 5: [9] And they sang a new song:

“You are worthy to take the scroll
and to open its seals,
because you were slain,
and with your blood you purchased men for God
from every tribe and language and people and nation.

Observation: Jesus purchased me with his life and saved me from eternal damnation, so why am I not totally sold out on Jesus. He is the only reason I’m sitting here right now writing this. He has blessed me beyond my desires and protects me each day and has set up a new home for me where I will live for all eternity with him. So why am I not living totally for Him?

Application: I need to realize I’m not my own, but owned by my Lord and Savior. My life should evolve around His desires, not mine. My priority should be doing the will of Him who saved me and ask my Father what He desires of me.

Prayer: Dear Lord I am yours and I give you this life as a living sacrifice, may it be holy and pleasing to you.

What Do I Lay Before the Throne?

Scripture: Revelations 4: [10] the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

Observation: How do I worship God each Day. Do I sing his praises, obey each command, think of Him constantly giving Him thanks? So what do I lay before the throne that would show my love? I can’t think of anything that I do on a regular basis that shows my love and that worships Him. I have my moments where I honor and worship God, but it should be constantly like we will be doing in heaven.

Application: In heaven I will be worshiping my Lord constantly and it’s time to start right now. He is building me a place in heaven because He loves me, I should be preparing a place in my heart where He can dwell. He laid down His life and I need to lay down my crown at His feet in worship.

Prayer: Dear Lord forgive me of my preoccupation of this world. Show me how to worship you each day and bring others closer to you through my worship. You are worthy of all of my love, all my praise, all of my obedience and all my time.

Am I Lukewarm?

Scripture: Revelations 3: [16] So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.

Observation: I remember when I first became a Christian I was on fire and wanted to serve and make a difference for my Lord. Now I do a few things, but not with the same spirit and compassion I use to and not as often. Am I becoming lukewarm? I would like to answer no, but the answer is yes. I’ve become lazy and complacent in my service for God.

Application: I need to realize Jesus was never lukewarm for me and continues to work in my life. I need to get that fire back and not to do things because I feel I have to, but because that is what I desire to do. I need to give from my heart with the gratitude that God deserves from me.

Prayer: Dear Lord heat me up for you. May you be my first and last thought each day and fill my heart with your love. May I become so hot that people would wonder what drives me and then see it is your love. Help me Lord I can’t do this without your guidance.

Going Back to the Start

Scripture: Revelations 2 [5] Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

Observation: I remember when I first became a Christian all I wanted to do is serve and please God. I wanted to learn all I could and make a difference. I was like a child seeing things for the first time and every day in amazement of the new things I discovered with my new heart. But now it seems to almost be a burden to serve and I make excuses. I don’t see new things, but I am in a rut dreading another passing day, not looking forward to what God has in store for me.

Application: I need to ask God to open my eyes to Hid wonders again. I need to get my zeal for serving back and get on track of what God wants of me. I need to see his miracles every day because He surrounds me with them. It’s time to bear a harvest of fruit in his name. I have the talents, gifts, testimony and strength He has given me and I need to use it to further His kingdom.

Prayer: Dear Lord I repent of my laziness and willingness to allow to Satan destroy my joy. Guard me and walk with me toward the life you have planned for me that I may bear so much fruit that it would feed your angels.

Taking God’s Word to Heart

Scripture: Revelations 1: [3] Blessed is the one who reads 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.

Observation: This year will be the 13th time I read through the Bible. I’ve read the words, but I haven’t taken them to heart all the time. I haven’t obeyed what is in God’s word and I haven’t shared it with others as He commands me. I know God’s word and what He desires of me yet I still find myself living this life my way instead of how God has designed it. I want to be blessed and God has blessed me, but not out of my obedience, but by his grace.

Application: I need to study God’s word not just read over it. I need to put the meaning in my heart and live them out. I should be living a life that deserves to be blessed. It time to share what I have learned with others that don’t know the Lord to be that light that God calls me to be.

Prayer: Dear Lord show me how to put your word deep into my heart that when times come I will be able to call on those words to glorify you. Put the understanding in my mind and give me the wisdom that I will need.

Only Jesus

Scripture: Jude 1:24 To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy

Observation: I don’t know why I underestimate Jesus. When I’m in trouble I focus on the problem and not on my Lord and Savior. Just yesterday I was reading how Jesus calls us His friend. He has always acted as my best friend watching over me always there when I call, but it is one sided friendship most of the time. He can even present me before the Father in a way that God doesn’t see my sins and I can enter into His glory, because of Jesus.

Application: I need to realize the person of Jesus. My King, Lord, Savior, my friend and my everything. There should be no one or anything that deserves my love more than Him. I need to realize all He has given to call me His and the lengths He went that I may have eternal life with Him and the Father.

Prayer: My Lord I owe you everything and I know you are with me. Show me how to live this life with you by my side. May I honor you and show you my friendship with a heart of love.

I Want Others to See My Love for God

Scripture: 3 John 1 [3] It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth.:

Observation: I wonder if there is anyone I know that can tell that I walk by faith and if they were so impressed by my walk that they would tell others about me. Maybe I don’t walk by faith, maybe my complaining and lack of trust tells others something else about me. Have I become a hypocritical Christian saying one thing and living my life in another. I try to imagine what someone else would see by looking at me and if they would be able to see a strong walk in Christ or would the few things I do for others in God’s name get shadowed by the way I live my life each day.

Application: I need to present myself as an ambassador for Christ in my everyday life. People should be able to see the joy in my life without forcing anything. I need to remember who I am in Christ and not the position I hold in this world. I want to live my life in a way that others would see my love for God and for them.

Prayer: Dear Lord I do love you and you deserve to be first in my life above everything. Help me focus on you and that others would see that love and be drawn near to you because they desire the same relationship we would have.