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.

James 2:19 It Is More Than Just Believe

You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder. James 2:19

Belief in a god is very common all around the world. At least half of the people of the world believe in at least one god, many will believe in more than one. Others believe in the possibility of a god existing, but are not absolutely positive.

Most of the people leave their level of belief at just that level, just believing and nothing more. It does not have much of an effect upon their daily living.

As James talks about doing good deeds and faith, he tells the people that it is good that they believe in one God, but it is not enough, because even the demons do that–and shudder.

Believing in one God is an easy thing for a person to do, but very commonly it does not change the way a person lives, thinks, acts or speaks. Even though they believe, they do not realize the authority and power of God, and thus believe with a flippant attitude. The demons know who God is and are fearful.

Sadly, this type of belief in God is a common occurrence within the church. People go to church, sing the songs, hear the sermon, then go home back to their sinful lifestyles with no thought about God in their minds or actions.

Actions are what proves a belief. A person can believe that a chair will hold him, but if he never sits on it, he really does not believe.

One must believe in what Jesus did to be saved, but then he must act upon that belief by doing good deeds out of love for Jesus and what He did and love for others. He must realize that without working for God, there will be a judgement against him in the end.

If you have chosen to believe in Jesus that is great. Now ask yourself what are you doing with that belief.

Do you realize who God is and the power and authority that He has over your life and this temporary world? Or do you think that He is just the good man upstairs?

Allow who God is to change you from the inside out. God has great works for you to do, if you will trust Him and obey Him, not just believe in Him.

True belief will bring about change and action.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know who God really is; that you will know God’s authority and power; that you will obey God with all of your life; and that you will be changed by knowing who God is.