Revelation 10:6 No More Delaying

And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay!” Revelation 10:6

Often when there is a major project to be done, that will take a long time to complete, there are many different delays in completing it. These delays occur due to waiting for parts, or due to the weather, or payments or some other issue that slows the project down.

There has to come a point when the builder of the project stops allowing for any more delays to get it done.

John sees an angel standing up who says that there is to be no more delay, but that God’s will is to be completely accomplished.

Depending upon which side a person is on, delays can be a good thing or a bad thing. Delays in getting a road built is a problem for the drivers. That same delay may be good for those who are trying to fund the building of it.

God’s final will is for the salvation of everyone who follows Jesus and destruction of all who refuse to follow Him. His delay of this final judgement is good news for those who don’t know Jesus yet as their Savior. It gives them an opportunity to believe and be saved.

For the believer, the delay is a struggle because they are waiting to be saved out of this fallen and dark world, full of sin and trouble.

However, there will come a day when God says enough is enough and stops delaying the final judgement. This will occur at the perfect time for God’s will to be completed and the believer needs to have patience in waiting for that time to come.

During your life on this earth you will see many troubles and hardships. You may be wondering how long they will last and when will God do something about them.

God is delaying for a purpose as He waits for the perfect time to end all troubles. Instead of fretting and worrying over the delay, embrace it as God’s perfect timing. Trust God in when He will complete the salvation promised when you began to believe in Jesus and follow Him.

At the right time God will say “There will be no more delay!”

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust in God’s perfect timing; that you will know God is in control; that you will know God’s peace as you wait; and that you will be ready when God says that there is no more delaying.

Luke 1:38 Trust God’s Word To You

“I am the Lord’s servant.” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38

Everyday people receive mail or emails with promises of many different things. Most often they are filled with promises to meet a need or to make one wealthy.

While some of these may actually be true, most are not. They are scams to get money from an unsuspecting person. Many people will trust these scams, while those who are wise, reject them.

With these types of scams going on all the time, people tend to have a hard time trusting anything or anyone.

Angel had come to Mary and gave her an amazing word from God. Instead of questioning it, she requested that it would come true as spoken, trusting the word.

All throughout the bible there are many different promises God has made to those who follow and trust Him. Some of those promises are often restated to a believer by a word of prophecy or a word of wisdom when needed.

These words spoken today are just as strong and powerful as those spoken by the angel to Mary. Yet, many believers question God’s word to them. They struggle with believing that God will truly meet their needs or bring them through a tough situation.

God does not play favoritism, but all of His promises are for everyone who follows and trusts in Him. Jesus did not die on the cross and raise again just to let the believer be on his own. He is with every believer, right by their sides fulfilling every promise of God to them.

All a believer has to do is do what God asks and to trust God to fulfill His part. God will not fail or forsake anyone who is seeking Him with all of their heart.

Over time you have probably read some of God’s promises to you. You may have also have had some prophetic words spoken to you. With all of these, you may also wonder about the truth in these promises, wondering if God will fulfill them.

Take a moment to look through the bible and see all the promises fulfilled there. Then look at your life and see all the promises already fulfilled.

Now trust God with the rest of your life. God has not changed and will continue to fulfill every promise He gave you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the promises of God to you; that you will trust God with all of your life; and that you will see God fulfilling His promises.

Matthew 1:24 Do It Right Now

“When Joseph woke up, he did what the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took Mary home as his wife.” Matthew 1:24

An angel had come to Mary and told her that God would give her a child even though she was not married yet. She was engaged to be married to Joseph. Being pregnant at this time frame would usually mean sexual actions outside of marriage…a sin.

Joseph was a man who followed God with all of his heart and abilities. He realized the problem and decided to protect her but still could no longer marry her. This was a good thing to do according to the Law. It was not correct though, since the pregnancy was from God Himself.

During the night, God sends an angel to talk with Joseph. Joseph is given the message that there was nothing done wrong in this pregnancy and that it was from God. God was, now through them, fulfilling a long-held prophecy of sending a Messiah. He wants Joseph to still get married to Mary.

Imagine how hard this must have been for him. People would see Mary being pregnant. They would not be stupid, when the baby would be born, many would count back the days and realize they were not married when it started. People would talk, and most likely not in a good way.

Joseph had to put all of his trust in God. The whiplash of this could be death by stoning. The Law stated that anyone caught in sexual immorality was to be stoned to death.

Yet, in the morning, Joseph gets up and gets married to Mary. He does what God has told him to do, regardless of how hard it looked.

This shows tremendous faith in God. There are going to be times in your life that God is going to ask you to do something that sounds utterly ridiculous. You need to be willing to step out in faith and do it. Trust God, He knows what He is doing and having you do. God sees the bigger picture.

Do not argue with God about what He wants done. And do it right away. Do not wait. There is a purpose for God to have you do what He is asking you to do right now. If you wait, you may miss the opportunity of a lifetime to build His kingdom. If Joseph would have sent Mary away, there may have never been a salvation for you today.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to see the plans He has for you to do; that God will help you build your faith and trust in Him; that you will do what God is calling you to do; that you will not turn from His calling; and that God will change the world through you.

Jude 9 Slander

“But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, ‘The Lord rebuke you!” Jude 9

Jude starts out this very short letter stating that he originally wanted to talk about the salvation the people shared in with him. He decided not to do that because there was something else of greater importance. This was that there were people among them who were ungodly.

These ungodly people were not just worldly people, but people who claimed to know God. They would pervert the gospel message to the point of saying they could sin anyway that they wanted and it was acceptable.

One of the things they were known for was slander. Not only would they slander other humans, they also slandered heavenly beings. They may have been stating slander about angels at this time.

In today’s verse, Jude states something that is interesting. He points out that the archangel Michael did not even slander the devil himself. The devil, who is worthy to be slandered, was not slandered by this great angel. Michael was one of the highest angels. He had great authority and could have done so but did not.

Instead of slander, Michael stated that the Lord was to rebuke the devil. He refused to take on the authority and left it to God.

Many times today people will condemn sinners in their sinful practices. People will look at a mass murderer and condemn him to death and hell. Often people in a church will look at one member who is living in some sin and condemn him.

Jude is saying that is not your place to do so. God is the only one who has the legitimate right to condemn a person.

You may point out to a person that the sinful lifestyle they are living may bring on the judgment of God and damage their walk with God. But in no way is a person to condemn any person to hell. Allow God to bring on that judgment or rebuke.

Jesus came to save, not condemn. Are you trying to bring the person to Jesus to be saved? Or are you just condemning them with no chance of life?

I pray today that God will help you watch the words of your mouth; that you will not condemn other people; that you will build people up and bring them to Christ Jesus; and that you will allow God to bring His own judgment in His own time on whoever He decides.