Revelation 13:8 Will You Worship The Beast?

All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast–all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world. Revelation 13:8

Worship is something that every person on the earth does. Some will not call what they worship a god, but they do worship people and things.

In some places people worship idols as gods. Most often, however, the form of worship is found in idolizing something or someone higher than anything or anyone else as though it were a god of some type.

As John talks of the end times, he describes a beast that rises up in power. All of the people of the world worship this beast, except those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life–believers.

The majority of people in the church will be quick to say that they will not worship any person or thing outside of God Himself. As they say this, however, they are idolizing a person or some thing. Many idolize their careers, their home, their car, or even their ministry inside the church.

More time is often spent on things and other people than with God. People, pleasure and things are given higher position and authority in one’s life than God is. In their hearts they are bowing down to worship everything but God.

In the end times there will come someone who will rise up in power and authority called the Beast. The world will bow down to it and worship it. Believers need to take a stand to refuse to bow down to this beast.

If they are already bowing down to things, then they will bow down to this beast also. If they are not bowing down to things now, then they will not bow down to the beast.

As you examine your life, you must ask yourself where or what do you put your most time and effort in. In whatever you place all of your time and effort is what you are idolizing and worshipping.

Your first and primary focus should be upon God. Serving, obeying and worshipping God should take up all of your time and efforts, leaving no room to worship some beast that comes along.

Is your name written in the Lamb’s book of life? Will you worship the beast when it comes?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will worship God alone; that you will give all of your time and efforts to serve and worship God; and that God will keep you from being deceived into worshipping the things and people of this world.

Revelation 12:12 The Devil’s Time Is Short

Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell within them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short. Revelation 12:12

During times when a person is fighting for his life, he will do all he can. However, there can come a time when he realizes that his chances of winning the battle is nearly obsolete. At that point, he begins to throw out all rules and fight with everything that is in him to win the battle.

This becomes a matter of life or death.

In his vision of heaven, John sees that the devil is cast down to the earth and heaven rejoices. However, there is a woe to the earth because the devil is angry and knows he only has a short amount of time.

For the young person a hundred years feels like a very long time. It is not until one is much older that he realizes how short that hundred years really is.

Although it has been several thousand years since the devil has been cast down to the earth, it is a short time for him in light of eternity. The goal of the devil is to destroy all the works of God, to get as many people to reject God as possible.

The longer God holds Jesus back from returning, the shorter the devil’s times is on this earth. With that he is willing to fight harder and harder against believers. No holds are barred and it is a fight to the death.

Knowing this, the believer must be ready for the attacks against him. He must be willing to stand strong for God, putting on His whole armor for the battle for his soul. At the same time he must rejoice, knowing that the devil’s time is short and Jesus will return soon, putting an end to all sin and suffering.

The devil is out to destroy you by any means possible. He will do what he can to stop you from following and obeying God. These attacks can and will be severe, but you must remember that with God all things are possible and that God wins in the end. These attacks are only for a short time.

Hold on to God and keep fighting the battle. It will be worth it when Jesus returns and destroys the devil and all sin.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will strengthen you for the battle for your soul; that you will stand strong in God’s power; that you will know that Jesus is returning soon; and that you will know that God will win in the end.

2 Corinthians 6:2 Today Is The Day

For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation. 2 Corinthians 6:2

Procrastination is something that many people like to do. They want to put things off until the last minute or until they have to be done, with no choice.

The real challenge with procrastination is that often things come up at the last minute blocking a person from accomplishing the task desired, since it was put off for so long.

Paul quotes Isaiah in talking about God’s favor and salvation. Then he says that now, today is the time of His favor and the day of salvation.

One of the things that many people put off is repenting of sin and turning to God. It is common to hear of people who say that someday they will begin to follow Jesus, but not today.

This is often done, because they want to still live in the world and have the sinful fun of the world. They do not want to change.

While it may seem that a person has all the time in the world to make a choice to follow Jesus, this may not be true. Today may be looking good for one’s life, but tomorrow he may end up dead in an accident or something else, removing his chance to follow Jesus and be saved.

Doing something right away, when one has a chance, removes the chance of not being able to do it at all. Nothing is more important than the salvation of the soul. Salvation is something that effects someone in the here and now and also for all eternity.

You may or may not be a believer, but today is the day of salvation. Do not put off becoming a follow of Jesus and do not put off repenting of your sins.

You do not really know what the next moment holds for you. God may choose to take your life in the next moment, not giving you any more chances to be saved. Grab onto the salvation while you can, while it is still today.

Do not allow yourself to procrastinate on the most important event of your life. If you choose not to believe and you lose your life, you will end up judged in hell for all eternity. Today is the day of salvation.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will strengthen you to turn from sinful ways today; that you will not put off another moment to follow Jesus; and that you will know God’s favor as your follow Him.

Mark 1:15 The Time Is Now

“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15

With a lot of excitement people look forward to a coming, exciting event. Each day as it gets closer, the amount of excitement grows with anticipation of it. Once the day finally arrives, they will quickly act upon it and let everyone know regardless of who it does or does not involve.

The reason that people will let others know, is that they they are excited because it is good news to the one being affected. It is time for action, not ignorance or avoidance and they want as many involved as possible.

Jesus had grown up waiting for the day to come to start His ministry. Finally the day had come and it was a day for everyone to repent and believe.

The day has come has not changed since Jesus had proclaimed it nearly two thousand years ago, yet, people try to ignore it or put it off. Many in the world refuse to want to believe in Jesus today. They want to wait until a better time.

In the same way, many in the church do not want to fully repent and turn from certain sins and fully believe God’s word. They want to continue in some sin, while claiming to believe in and follow Jesus. They want to put off the repentance until a later, more convenient time.

The problem is no one is guaranteed the next moment. Each person may die within the next second. The time for repentance and belief in the gospel message is now. Not tomorrow, not in a while, but right now. Every person must put off all procrastination and repent and start believing right now, instead of waiting until it is too late.

Only you and God knows exactly where you are with Him. It is easy to claim with your mouth that you have repented and believe, but it needs to be done from the heart.

If you have been putting off obeying God’s word, today is the day to begin. Right now is the time to begin obeying with repentance and belief. This goes with repentance of sin and with obeying God’s commands to you. What is God calling you to do? Today, right now is the time to begin, not later or tomorrow, which may not come.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent before God of all sins; that you will believe God’s word now; and that you will not put off God’s commands to you anymore.