But Hezekiah’s heart was proud and he did not respond to the kindness shown him; therefore the LORD’s wrath was on him and on Judah and Jerusalem. 2 Chronicles 32:25
Pride is thinking highly of one’s self or one’s own accomplishments. It is a highly prized feeling in this world. Children are trained to be proud of themselves and what they can do. Pride says, ‘I can do it’, or ‘I am so good.’ It is all about self.
All over the world, people are struggling with themselves and who they are. They struggle with their own self value in this world. Counselors are always telling people that they have high value and must be proud of themselves.
Hezekiah had done a great job at following the commands of God in removing false idols and serving Him alone. Yet, at some point he began to allow pride in himself, turning his heart away from God. Since he had pride in his heart, God began to bring His wrath upon him and the nation.
The danger in pride is that it is all about self. It is saying that you ca do it without anyone else’s help. It ignores others or God and removes them from the picture.
Pride in self is what led to the downfall of Satan. Pride removes God from the picture. Many believers have allow pride to enter their hearts and minds. As they do that, they are slowly pushing God of the throne of their heart and putting themselves on that throne that is supposed to be God’s throne.
The only pride a believer should have is in what Jesus had done for them and others, and pride in what others are doing and who they are. Self pride brings about God’s wrath, because it takes the focus off of Him and places it on self.
You may have some self pride in your heart. Seek God for strength and realize who He is and who you really area in the grand scheme of eternal life and this universe.
In yourself you are nothing. You cannot do anything on your own. In fact, you messed everything up by allowing sin into your life.
Turn from self pride and realize who you are. As a believer you are God’s servant doing God’s work for God’s purpose to honor Him. Know what Jesus has done for you and be proud of Him, not self.
Give God all the credit and take pride in Him.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what He has done for you; that you will take pride in God’s work; that you will turn from self pride to God; and that you will allow God to get all the credit in your life.
“A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb.” Revelation 14:9-10
In his vision John sees some angels who cry out some warnings. God is starting to pour out His wrath upon those who have chosen not to follow Him. The third angel points out that anyone who worships the beast or takes its mark on the forehead will also receive God’s wrath.
There are many debates as to who the who the beast could be and what the mark is. There are also many debates as to when this beast could arrive on the earth. I do not want to debate all that.
One thing that is certain is that Satan has been called a beast. He is out to get every person to follow him and will use whatever is necessary to accomplish that goal.
Satan is active today. He is willing to put his stamp on anyone who wants to serve him. That stamp is one of sin. The list of ways a person can sin is too numerous to count. The world is always coming up with a new way to sin against God.
The focus of Satan and the world is to get you to not follow God. They want to get your eyes off of Jesus. If they can succeed in that, they have won.
Most people will say that they would never accept the mark of the beast. Yet, they live their lives as though Jesus had done nothing for them.
When you go through your day, how many times are you doing something for Jesus?
And how many times are you just doing it for yourself? Doing it for yourself is what Satan wants you to do. It got your focus off of Jesus. In essence you have accepted the mark of the beast in your life.
Whose image are you representing today? That of Jesus or that of the world?
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will turn away from the lies of the devil and this world; that you will do everything for Jesus; and that you will represent Jesus to this world.
“They called to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!'” Revelation 6:16
In John’s vision he saw a time in the future where the scroll was opened up by Jesus, the only One who could open it. As the scroll was opened up there was great disaster and destruction done to the earth and everyone on it. The scroll was the wrath of Jesus being poured out upon the earth.
For the last 2,000 years, at least at this point in time, Jesus has been patient with mankind. He has reached out in love and mercy to draw all people to Him. Yet, many have rejected Him. Others have claimed to follow Him, but did not. Others have cursed His name.
Jesus had died an extremely painful death on the cross for every person and yet many do not want to follow Him. His anger against people who are like that will be great.
Think about the times when someone has done wrong to you. How angry do you get? If you are like most people, it is very angry. You want vengeance for the wrong done. you want the person punished.
God is no different. There will come a time when God will punish every person for the wrongs done to Him. In all the wrongs done to you, none is so great as what has been done wrong to Jesus. He gave His life for you and every person. What more could He have given.
In the future when God’s wrath will be poured out, all mankind would rather die than be in the way of that wrath. It will be a time that is unparalleled in history. Nothing will ever have been like it.
To avoid the great wrath of Jesus, you must be willing to follow Him with all of your life. Accept what Jesus has done for you and given you.
Along with that, pass that information on to every person you meet. Do you really want to see others go through His wrath? That is the whole of the gospel message. Jesus does not want to punish but to save, but if He has to, He will punish.
You do not want to go through His wrath.
I pray today that you will serve Jesus with all of your life; that you will accept what Jesus has done for you; that you will tell others of what Jesus has done for them; and that God will show His love and mercy on you.