Posted by: heisourstrongtower | December 21, 2013

Many Strands Challenge ~ Seeking God’s Wisdom for 2104 ~ Day 82

Seeking God's Wisdom - Day 82

Today’s Assignment ~ Make sure that you have your prayer journal with you as you complete each day’s reading.  You are going to want to keep track of the verses that are resonating with you, as you read.

1. If you have not already done so, answer the questions in this blog-post;

https://heisourstrongtower.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/many-strands-challenge-seeking-gods-wisdom-for-2014/

If you have answered them…review your answers prior to reading today’s assignment.

2. Say a prayer asking God to reveal Himself to you through His word.

3. Read Revelation 14 – 15 and as you read, highlight verses that are speaking to your heart and reflect on these questions…

• What is the main point of this portion?

• What does God – Father, Son or Holy Spirit – reveal of himself?

• What insight am I given about myself and into my life situation? Is there an example of a warning to heed? A promise to claim?

• What does Christ require of me now, in thought, word or action?

A reflection on today’s reading…

I went to my NIV Women’s Devotional Bible and looked at Revelation 11 – 13 readings to see if there was a devotional to share that would help me to better understand the words shared.  I found one and I want to share it with you here.  So consider this a review of Revelation 12…

http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation%2012:1-17&version=NLT

Imperfect Yet Forgiven

Common wisdom holds that we should never discuss tow topics: religion and politics.  Nevertheless, two travelers waiting for a delayed flight began a conversation about religion.  One of them was a skeptic who was hostile to Christianity; the other was timid girl who was undecided about her faith.  The skeptic was trying to defend her lack of faith by exposing the evils historically afflicting Christendom: hypocrisy, covetousness, divisiveness, and the corruption of well-known religious leaders.

Nearby, a Christian woman sat listening to the conversation.  She knew the accusations were true – she had dealt with many of these issues in her own life.  Soon, the skeptic loudly extended the circle of her audience and addressed the other travelers sitting nearby, including the Christian lady overhearing the exchange.  “I can tell you are quick to condemn evil,” the Christian lady replied.  “You’ve just listed the things that make Christians human.  I must tell you that I am a Christian and love Jesus.  I won’t speak a word in our defense since I have committed many of the sins you accuse us of.  But I do challenge you to speak a word against Jesus Christ himself.”

The skeptic was surprised.  She seemed almost frightened as she sheepishly replied, “Well, no! I’ve read the Bible and I could not find fault with him.  Even I know he was perfect.”  The timid girl looked at the Christian woman and smiled.

One of Satan’s greatest tactics is to accuse believers.  And most of his accusations are true.  We do sin – we all fall short of the glory of God.  The accuser of the Christian community doesn’t have to look far to find accusations to hold against us.

Jesus overcame Satan at the cross and will one day hurl him into the lake of fire at the end of time.  But today his accusations against believers carry no weight with God because our sins have been forgiven.  As John tells us in the book of Revelation, the accuser was overcome by “the blood of the Lamb.”

So the next time Satan or his minions accuse you of sin, don’t grow defensive.  Simply say, “You’re right…but, hallelujah, I’m forgiven!”

Questions for Reflection

1. Do you grow defensive when someone accuses you of sin?

2. Based on your knowledge of Scripture, what tactics does Satan use to try to make you an ineffective Christian?

3. Spend some time thanking God for overcoming Satan.  Ask him to give you strength to overcome and to be a good witness to those you encounter.

I would like to share the scriptures that I am going to meditate on from today’s reading.

Revelation 14:9-13

9 “Then a third angel followed them, shouting, “Anyone who worships the beast and his statue or who accepts his mark on the forehead or on the hand 10 must drink the wine of God’s anger. It has been poured full strength into God’s cup of wrath. And they will be tormented with fire and burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb. 11 The smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever, and they will have no relief day or night, for they have worshiped the beast and his statue and have accepted the mark of his name.”

12 This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus.

13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this down: Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them!”

and Revelation 15:3 – 4

3 And they were singing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb: 

“Great and marvelous are your works,

    O Lord God, the Almighty.

Just and true are your ways,

    O King of the nations.

4 Who will not fear you, Lord,

    and glorify your name?

    For you alone are holy.

All nations will come and worship before you,

    for your righteous deeds have been revealed.”

I will be praying on these verses today.

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