Revelation 6:17 God’s Wrath Will Come

For the great day of his wrath has come, and who can withstand it? Revelation 6:17

One thing that no one really wants to see is the wrath of someone else. Most people are willing to do what it takes to please others to avoid their extreme anger.

Criminals often see the wrath of the police officer or judge come upon them when they are caught. After they have seen this once, some will choose to never commit the crime again out of fear of that wrath and harsh judgement. They crumble under the wrath.

John describes a future day in which God pours out His wrath on the earth against sin, killing many people. As this occurs people are in fear and wonder who can withstand His great anger.

It is common to hear many people say that God is love and will never get angry. Others will question how a good God of love could ever punish or pour out wrath upon anyone for any reason. They feel that if this is true, then they don’t want a part of Him and continue to live in sin.

God is love. He is also very patient. However, God is also holy and just. There will come a day when every person will be judged for their acts of sin. The beginning of this judgement will be poured out across the earth prior to the eternal judgement.

Inside the church there are also people who are like the world in that they don’t believe God will judge them harshly. They do not fear the judgement that will come some day.

If the judgement of a police officer, judge or some other person can be harsh, the judgement of a loving God who sent His Son to give His life so that one may live and be forgiven of sin, will be much more harsh.

Jesus has given His life for you and is willing to forgive you of all your sins. Accept this and turn from all sinful ways to follow God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.

Know that if you choose to continue to live in sin and not repent, then there will come a day in which God will judge you. His wrath will be poured out upon you and you will not survive it.

God loves you and wants you to live and not judge you.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will allow Jesus to forgive you of all your sins; that you will allow God to give you strength to turn from all sins; and that you will never have to see the wrath of God upon your life.

Romans 15:13 How To Overflow With Hope

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

Hope is something that many in this world do not have. Everything in their lives appears to be falling apart, including the world around them. All that is shown in the news is death and destruction.

People are struggling to find joy and peace, causing them to look for both in places where there is only death and more pain.

As Paul is drawing to close on his letter to the Romans, he is praying that God will fill them with joy and peace as they trust in Him. The reason for this is so that they may overflow with hope through the Holy Spirit.

Along with the world, many believers have lost a lot of joy and peace as they look at what is occurring around the world. Not being blind, they also see death and destruction. It does not appear as if God is doing anything to stop the evil that is rising.

Strong and true believers, however, will see things differently. While they see the death and destruction, they know that God and His followers will win in the end. The recognize that God’s word says that things will get worse before they will get better.

In knowing this, they have a joy and a peace that the world cannot know nor understand. The Holy Spirit residing in them gives them power to stand strong and true for God. They know that God is working out all things for their good, despite the circumstances around them.

Believers, who are standing like this, are looking forward to the day when Jesus returns and wins the battle for eternity.

Allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with His power and hope to make it through the battles in your life. As you trust in God, you will be filled with a joy and a peace that all will be well in the end and that you are on the winning side.

Do not let the death and destruction of this world rob you of the joy and peace God has for you. This world will die and all death and destruction will be destroyed for eternity some day soon when Jesus returns to take you home for eternity.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the joy in trusting God; that you will know the peace in trusting God; that you will overflow with hope in Jesus; that you will be filled, led and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Matthew 7:15 Watch Out!

Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ferocious wolves. Matthew 7:15

Seeing a person on the surface does not always reveal who they really are as a person. Many people love some actor or actress because they appear to be a wonderful father or husband, or some great person. This is usually seen by a character that they portray in a movie or television show.

While they appear to be good, this is just acting, it is not always the real person. All that is being seen is the outward surface, not the inner character.

Jesus warns of false prophets. These false prophets appear to be safe, but are dangerous, ferocious wolves.

It is easy for a person to talk a good talk, while inwardly seeking to destroy someone. Those who harm children will often talk nicely to them and offer good gifts, until they do serious damage.

Inside the church there are also many who are false. They know all the bible verses, can sing all the songs and know the doctrine, but alongside of all that teach things not of God. The false teachings sound good on the surface, but are just slightly off from what the bible truly says. Words are spoken with false, selfish motives to infiltrate and destroy.

Currently it is easy to find churches that promote sinful activities as acceptable. These are taught under the concept that God loves everyone, thus accepts sin.

The true believer must know what God’s word says and be alert for false teaching. Each person must be careful in what he says and does. Everything must be said or done through the lens of the bible. Only in this way will the lies be seen and recognized.

As a believer, you will hear many teachings and sermons. When you hear some teaching, you must take the time to check what you heard with the entire word of God. Do not take things only on the surface.

Allow God’s Holy Spirit to lead and guide you. He can open your eyes to see deception and reveal false prophets. You can know them by their fruit.

In the same way, seek to know God’s word correctly for yourself. Be careful to not speak God’s word out of context and become a false prophet yourself. Watch out for others and yourself in being false prophets.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know and understand God’s word; that you will be guided by the Holy Spirit; and that God will open your spiritual eyes to recognize false teachings.

Joel 2:1 Sound The Alarm

Warning alarms

Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming. It is close at hand–Joel 2:1 

Alarms are something that can be found nearly every place that a person goes. Cars have alarms to warn of someone attempting to get in without the proper key. Stores have alarms to tell that someone is shoplifting some item. Radios play warning messages of extremely dangerous weather that is coming up.

All these alarms are to bring to awareness that there is some type of problem occurring or about to occur. It gives people a chance to fix the problem or prepare for a problem that is arising.

Joel tells the people to blow trumpets as an alarm, to warn the people that God is about to bring on judgement upon the land.

Throughout history God has never wanted to just judge and destroy or punish people. His desire is that people would change, turn from their sins and follow Him. God is loving and merciful, but He is also a just God whose time of mercy will come to an end. A day will come in which He will judge and destroy those who choose to not follow Him.

There will be a final judgement when Jesus will judge and destroy all who refuse to obey Him. This will occur when He returns. However, there will be days of punishment while on this earth. Both will incur some or all of God’s wrath against people.

Every believer must be willing to sound the alarm that something is wrong, that people who are living in sin and refusing to obey God will be getting an eternal day of punishment. The world will continue to live in sin if no one will warn them of the coming judgement.

As a believer, at some point in your life, you had been given the warning signal that living in sin was wrong. You had chosen to begin to obey and follow Jesus. Continue to flee sin and obey God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.

Now it is time to sound the alarm and warn others of God’s coming judgement. Let everyone you know that God loves them, but cannot accept sin in their lives. Let them know what Jesus did for them. Be His witness and build His kingdom.

It is time to sound the alarm to all you meet.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s plans; that you will sound the warning of God’s coming judgement; and that you will be a witness of God’s love and mercy.