How easy it is to become distracted, depressed, angry, and frustrated when looking out at our troubled and fallen world. The Apostle John in the book of Revelation offers us another alternative. It is to worship: “To quicken [your] conscience by the holiness of God,to feed [your] mind with the truth of God,to purge [your] … Continue reading Why We Need the Book at the End of the Bible
What are the leading factors that cause spiritual decline and demise in the lives of professing believers? 1. Lack of watchfulness (Rev. 3:2). Carelessness about one’s body is ofttimes fatal to it; and unwatchfulness over the heart breeds spiritual decay. 2. Spiritual sloth (Ecclesiastes 10:18 - Through laziness, the rafters sag;because of idle hands, the … Continue reading Jesus Initiates A Wake Up Call to His Church – Revelation 3:1-6
1. Preparation: Pray and Read Through Your Passage Record your prayer for God’s help. Open up my eyes to the fair beauty of you my merciful Lord who comes to wake up a church full of hypocrites so that we might enjoy an intimate, eternal companionship with our Lord. Send the reviving wind of your … Continue reading How to pray Scripture? A Guide through Revelation 3:1-6
"There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him:” Haughty eyes (Where and when have I looked down upon others—pride of race, face, place, and grace? Where and when have I possessed an exaggerated sense of my own opinions and interests, and a diminished awareness of the needs of … Continue reading A Guided Prayer of Confession from Proverbs 6:16-19
God’s purpose is to make us like Himself - holy and pure. Ephesians 5:25-27 -- "Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any … Continue reading God’s Overarching Purpose in Your Rescue
This past Sunday I preached from Revelation 2:1-7 where our exalted Lord challenges the church at Ephesus for abandoning their first love. The sermon focused on the five things that our heavenly Bridegroom does to woo back his loveless bride - the church. Preaching on this text has led to some serious soul searching for … Continue reading The Danger of Losing Your First Love
The Book of Revelation is meant to humble us by a vision of the absolute sovereignty of God over history: past, present, future. There is nothing outside of God’s control. Every power, every evil-power is subject to His rule. ‘There is not a single inch of the whole terrain of our human existence,’ wrote Abraham Kuyper, … Continue reading The Design of the Book of Revelation
I was reading in my devotional time yesterday morning the last chapter of the Gospel of Matthew along with commentary from J.C. Ryle’s Expository Thoughts on the Gospels and came across these gems I felt compelled to share with you. "Finally, let us observe in these verses, the gracious promise with which Jesus closes His … Continue reading The Promise of His Presence – What difference should it make in our lives?
The book of Revelation is a manual of comfort to the Church
in her pilgrimage through this world
to the Heavenly Canaan of her rest.
That death discharged in full the mighty debt which sinners owe to God and threw open the door of life to every believer. That death satisfied the righteous claims of God's holy law, and enabled God to be just, and yet the justifier of the ungodly. That death was no mere example of self-sacrifice, but … Continue reading What the death of Christ accomplished – J.C. Ryle