Posts Tagged ‘Thanks’


Revelation 7:9-17 After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”
Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?” I answered, “Sir, you know.” And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore, “they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

As we journey through the book of revelation, we can see an obsession for worship of God and His son Jesus Christ that is beyond our understanding. I cannot imagine what life would be if all I did was worship someone and nothing else mattered to me. What would happen to my family, my responsibilities, my dreams and goals…?

I am being asked by many including people I dearly love if I have lost my beans! What’s with the obsession for God suddenly and why am I on this ‘holy trip’ and when will I come back to being ‘normal’? My only response is that if they knew what God has done for us and is doing and will complete in due course of time, they will be far crazier than me in worshipping Him.

To the world that I once was a part of, this God who is unseen and unheard is non-existent. To them, believing in something that is tangible, provable, indisputable and most importantly something that benefits them is what they are willing to put their trust in.

So money is a basic need before food and water, power is exciting and stimulating, sex is the expression of love, drugs are another way to peace, prosperity is having all of these in abundance and hope is in that which brings one glory.

Jesus Christ is often pictured as one who stands with his arms wide open. This is to show that He wants to have a relationship with each and everyone of us and that He has love enough to cover the entire world and He has given enough of himself to save the entire mankind if we would only accept Him.

The reason for accepting Him is not that our problems will vanish, that we will become successful or that we will have mystical powers but the reason is that we who are broken in sin are in desperate need of fixing and only God can fix us. In Jesus is the perfect spiritual doctor who medicates with His blood that washes us clean from inside out.

We are then robed in Him and our lives are transformed by His love. When He does this, we join the hosts of heaven to celebrate the greatest gift of life, our salvation. Better still, Jesus tells us that He is going to take us to be with Him soon and has gone before us to prepare room in His father’s home for us.

When John talks about the multitude from every nation, tribe, people and language standing before the throne of God, he is speaking about the you and me who God has called to be His own. What a privilege it is to be a part of the hosts of heaven and what more can we do but worship this Great and Glorious GOD who is WORTHY!

Are you still driven by the aspirations of this world or do you want to be counted in that countless multitude who will live in joy for eternity in God’s holy presence?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Daniel 12:1 “At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will arise. There will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. But at that time your people—everyone whose name is found written in the book—will be delivered.

Revelation 4:6b-11 In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.” Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”

I’m guessing that the most confusing part about the book of revelation is being able to relate to everything John writes because it is beyond surreal, more like out of a grand science fiction movie. Try as we might, it seems impossible to conjure up the images of grandeur that he shares.

In today’s chapter, is there something that we can learn beyond all this imagery of heaven, the 24 elders, the worship by the 4 creatures and all the riches ever imagined together on one platform?

As mentioned previously, to try and define God in our paradigm is doing God serious injustice because we live in a dimension that we are able to comprehend and praise God that we only have our own world-view and not more to contend with. To God who was able to create the heavens, the earth and even time and space by the mere words of His mouth, this heaven described by John is more than a possibility and so I believe we should understand God beyond our paradigm and give God our full attention.

The ultimate goal of every christian’s life is to spend eternity in God’s presence without the aches and pains of life as we know it. As we walk with Jesus daily, we grow in His knowledge and love for Him and when we are in His presence, the only thing that would captivate our minds is Him for what He has done for us.

Some of us believe and are saved by the grace of God. However, as life continues and we just live, we lose sight of the cross and of what Jesus has done for us and start living as everyone else around us, motivated and driven by the world rather than God. When Jesus keeps knocking on our hearts and we open the door again, we realize what we have nearly lost and that causes us to worship Him.

When I think of heaven, I realize that we like the hosts of heaven will be continually worshipping God and His son Jesus Christ because we have been fully redeemed and are full of gratitude for God’s salvation. The words spoken are words we can say even today if we truly know the new life Jesus has given us.

Are you living without the joy that the hosts of heaven have for God and His son Jesus Christ? Can you sing praises to God every moment of your life to thank Him for His gift of new life?

I pray for those of us who have never experienced the joy of the hosts of heaven to be able to do so by accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. I pray for those of us who have been transformed by the Holy Spirit at some point in our lives that we would not live as though dead but wake up to celebrate what Jesus has done for us.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”

1 Corinthians 15:56-58
The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

Another action packed chapter and I was wondering what I would write until I reached the end where Paul sums up the chapter so well. I encourage you to read and savor this chapter to understand it in its entirety. Paul wrote about the resurrection of Christ, the resurrection of the dead and the resurrection of the body and asks the basic question, what is it we believe and what is the eventual gain of our faith, one that we cannot see but firmly believe in?

In Adam we were given form and in his fall we are faced with the reality of death. In Christ we have the way to be alive again and Jesus is the first born of all creation because He is the great I AM. He was with God before creation and shall be around forever. We have a choice to believe in this amazing truth and live joyfully or live in rejection of this truth and know that our days are few and live hopelessly. If we believe, lets give ourselves fully to the work of the Lord because our labor will bear fruit in Jesus through his Holy Spirit that resides and works in us.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

1 John 5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world– our faith.


1 Corinthians 11:23-26
For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

For years, I grew up in Churches where at communion time, I heard this passage of scripture being read out and I knew it by heart. I was told I had to be old enough (A requirement at the Church I attended) to consume it and I couldn’t wait to grow up because I would then be ‘included’. I clearly remember the day I was confirmed and given my first holy communion. It was such a wonderful feeling to be considered a part of ‘them’ that took the communion, not because I understood why I was consuming it. Years later, God met me at the crossroads of my life and gave me a new meaning to life and a relationship that opened my eyes! What is the significance to this ritual of communion?

Back in the time when God gave the Israelites the Ten Commandments, they offered burnt offerings and sacrificed young bulls as peace offerings to the Lord. Moses then read out the covenant and when the people of Israel agreed to obey it, he took the blood of the bulls and sprinkled it on the people to confirm the covenant. The people of Israel were now bound by law and as hard as they tried, they were never able to meet the covenant. In Christ’s death, we have the new covenant which ended the need for any more sacrifices and efforts of man to meet God’s covenant. We now have a means to be connected with God through Jesus’ sacrifice and in acceptance of Jesus as our Lord and saviour, we are now one body and we all partake of His body through the communion.

2 Cor. 3:5-6 Not that we are adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. I pray you will find new meaning in communing with the Lord and serving him because of His sacrifice that set us free.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy


Romans 1:21-25
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

As I flipped to the next chapter this morning, I was pleasantly surprised to note that we are now in the book of Romans, a letter written by Paul to the believers in Rome. He wrote it to give them a concrete theological foundation on which to construct their faith and to serve God effectively. Paul is talking here about us and about how we ignore God even though God’s hand is evident in our lives. One challenge we face as humans is that we need to see and relate our worship and prayers on things we can touch and feel and this has resulted in us creating idols. What is the issue with idol worship if it helps us to focus on God?

Before we go any further, I would like you to read Exodus 20:1-4, 1 John 5:21 and Acts 15:19-20. As you can see, we are instructed over and over against humanizing God into a form that is not appropriate as this is trying to fit God into our paradigm. While it might be easy for us to use our sensory powers to focus on God, what we end up doing is limiting God into what will fit our senses rather than submitting ourselves in faith to him. Paul’s letter to the Romans is also relevant to us today and I pray that you are compelled to seek God through the scriptures and through faith rather than through sight and touch.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy