Revelation 13:4 The Wrong Perspective

People worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can wage war against it?” Revelation 13:4

In order to have the correct perspective in life, one must have the right foundation. He must be willing to look at things from the correct position.

When things are viewed from the wrong base position, everything will appear different from what they really are. Things can become distorted and appear much larger or much smaller than what they are in reality.

In John’s vision, he sees a dragon give a beast supernatural powers to heal itself. The people begin to worship the beast. They asked, “who is like the beast?” And “who can wage war against it?”

Throughout time there have been people of the world that have risen in power and authority. As they rise up, they are not followers of God and appear to have complete control of what they are doing and that God has not power to stop them.

Most people give up the fight against such a person, feeling as if there is no way to combat him. This becomes even more true about believers when the evil person appears to be doing things that only God can do.

Satan tries to masquerade himself as an angel, a worker of God. The world will often speak the very words of God, but taking them out of context and twisting them up. Many believers cower in fear, forgetting the authority that God gave them. Forgetting that God said He would make the believer more than a conqueror.

In answer the questions about the beast, God and His followers are able to wage war against the beast. Believers are to wage war against the demonic forces and influences in this world by the power of the Holy Spirit.

You may see some worldly, demonic authority rising up in power, maybe even doing miracles as Jesus did. Rather than fearing and worshiping the authority, stand on God’s side and be willing to fight the battle.

Do not allow fear of the authority to overcome your trust and faith in God. God is greater than any thing or any person on this earth. He has given you all authority and power to overcome the world and all that is in the world.

Keep your eyes on who God is, not who the demonic forces appear to be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the power and authority of God; that God will help you recognize the demonic forces in this world; and that you will worship God alone.

Revelation 9:20-21 Refusing To Repent

The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues still did not repent of the work of their hands; they did not stop worshiping demons, and idols of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood–idols that cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they repent of their murders, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts. Revelation 9:20-21

The world loves to live the way that it lives. They do not see bad situations as warnings as to how they are to change their bad patterns of living.

Most people live with the here and now attitude, not realizing the future dangers that are awaiting them.

John sees a vision of the future judgements of God being poured out upon the earth. After a world-wide plague kills many people and animals, the people still refuse to repent of their sinful ways.

Throughout history God has used disasters to attempt to get people to turn towards Him. Some of those disasters are direct judgements upon the people for what they are doing. Instead of seeing those disasters as a calling card to repent, most people continue to live in sin.

God never wants to destroy people, but wants them to turn towards Him, trusting Him and having a loving relationship with Him. He is willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen, including plagues and disasters.

Across America and the world, more and more people are living in more and more sin, and promoting those sins to a greater extent. They worship their golden idols and sexual immorality, with no apparent consequence. Regardless of the plagues that come, people continue to live in sin.

People need to repent of all sins and turn away from their sins before God chooses to pour out judgement upon them.

God may be using disasters in your life to get your attention upon Him. He has good plans for you, but you must be willing to turn from sin and follow Jesus with all of your heart, rejecting all sin.

Do not be like the world, embracing sin, but flee temptation to sin. Be holy as God is holy. If you choose to live in sin, as the world does, there will come a day of God’s final judgement upon you that will last for the rest of eternity.

Repent of your sins and turn from those sins while it is today.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will reveal to you sins that you need to repent of; that God will give you strength to resist temptations to sin; that you will see God’s hand at work in every disaster; and that you will live for God.

Revelation 8:4 Your Prayers Are Before God

The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Revelation 8:4

Incense is something that can bring a sweet smell to an area. It can push out bad smells of other things. The smell of the incense will overpower a negative smell.

Sometimes certain chemicals are used for incense that can also brings a calming to the body, peace or comfort. These can sometimes be mind-altering drugs, changing how a person feels, covering up a bad situation in one’s life.

John describes a picture of an angel in heaven bringing before God some incense with the prayers of God’s people.

Everyday people around the world are worshipping God and praying to God. With all of the negative things happening in life on this earth, those words of worship and prayer can often appear to be worthless sounds in this noisy world. It can feel as if the prayers are only reaching the ceiling and bouncing back down, useless.

The world wants a believer to think that his worship and prayers are worthless, but God thinks differently. That worship is rising before God as an incense, a sweet smell coming out of a dark and dying world, full of sin.

The prayers of believers brings God great comfort and peace. Those prayers are showing God that His people are believing in and trusting Him to meet their every need. It gives God the ability to work in the lives of His people to meet their every need.

God hears every prayer that a person makes. He is not so far away that He cannot hear them. In the end, if not sooner, God will remember all of those prayers and get His vengeance upon the wicked for the wrongs that they did to His people.

You may wonder about the value of your prayers or if God even hears those prayers. Know that your every prayer is brought up before God as a sweet smelling incense before Him.

Do not withhold your prayers and worship from God. They enable God to do things that will be for your benefit. God is collecting those prayers to be used at the right time, in the right way to build you up and to build His kingdom up.

Do not get discouraged when your prayers appear to not be answered, God is already working on it.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will pray daily to God; that you will trust God as you pray; that you will know God hears your prayers of faith; and that God will smell the sweet incense from your life of worship and prayer.

Revelation 5:14 Humble Worship

The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshipped. Revelation 5:14

Famous people in many different areas of life are worshipped by many people. They are looked up to as the greatest and cannot appear to do anything wrong or bad.

Those being worshipped are people in music, acting, sports, business, writing, and nearly any other area of public light. They are lifted up by thousands or even millions of people as being the best, and many will pattern their lives after them. And while being worshipped, they will accept the praise and honor.

In his vision of heaven, John sees every creature circling the throne of heaven. All of the creatures and elders fall down and worship Jesus, who is on the throne.

Worship is the act of someone giving someone else praise, honor, glory and power that is above and beyond the simple normal. People love to receive worship, because it lifts them up and makes them feel good. People also love to worship people or things that they can see, feel, taste or touch.

The world likes to worship things or people that do not really have any control over them. They still have their personal freedom to do what they want.

Believers are to have a different mindset. They are to realize that there is only One who is worthy of all worship and praise, and that is Jesus. It is not about them or what they did or can do, but all about Him. It is not about the temporary things of this world, but about Jesus.

This can be humbling to lower one’s self and place Jesus above himself in every area of life. It is laying down one’s life to lift up and worship Jesus as worthy of all honor, glory, power and praise.

You were created to worship. You will worship something or someone. Knowing this you have a choice as to who or what you will worship and honor.

The moment you realize what Jesus has done for you, you will want to humbly bow down and worship Him, giving Him your entire life. Lay your life at His feet ang give Him all authority and power over you.

Jesus created you and paid for the redemption of your life, because of the sins you have done. He has willingly removed your sins, so give Him all the worship and praise due to Him.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will humbly bow down before Jesus; that you will worship Jesus with your entire life; and that you will give Jesus all authority over your life.