The book of Revelation which is the last book of the bible spells out in vivid detail what will happen on Jesus Christ’s return. Chapter 22 is the final chapter of the Book of Revelation and is properly the epilogue, or conclusion.
The main purposes of the visions John has in the Book of Revelation are accomplished; the enemies of the church are conquered; the church is triumphant; the affairs of the world are wound up; the redeemed are received to their blissful, eternal abode; the wicked are cut off; the earth is purified, and the affairs of the universe are fixed on their permanent foundation. There are a few miscellaneous matters that close this last chapter in the bible.
There is a solemn affirmation on the part of him who had made these revelations, that they are true, and that they will be speedily accomplished, and that he will be blessed or happy who shall keep the sayings of the book.
And, finally, a command was given not to seal up what had been revealed, since the time was near. These things would soon have their fulfillment, and it was proper that the prophecies should be unsealed, or open. The final result of all these things, is to find consolation in the assurance of the final triumph of the Son of God.
Satan has been conquered and we will never have to deal with him again. Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
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Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.—Gal 5:24
As you start your weekend, ask yourself, “Do I belong to Jesus?” If your answer is yes then it’s important to set aside those worldly desires and fleshly passions.
I know personally that the flesh and it’s desires are a big stumbling block for all of us desiring to follow Jesus. There is hope for us in the Holy Spirit. Let Him lead you through your weekend and then on Monday you can look back and say to our Lord, “Thank you for the power of your Holy Spirit and helping me walk in your way.”
Satan loses again and your faith in Jesus Christ, our Lord, continues to grow. Blessings to you this weekend.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer. My God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; so shall I be saved from my enemies.—Psalm 18:2
Who do you turn to for protection in your time of need? Most would answer they turn to the police, medical professionals or other service providers. Who do you turn to when you need protection from the enemy, Satan?
Our Lord has provided us the most powerful weapon in the world to help us in our time of need. His Word can release stress from your life and protect you in the shadow of His wings. God has given us His word to help us in our daily lives. Why not take advantage of this great opportunity to open your bible today and read what God has to say to you.
David, the great king of Israel, found protection and peace in the Lord, and in His word. There is no detail about daily living that is left out of God’s Word. Your life’s direction, protection and peace lay within it’s powerful pages.
13When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone. 14But each one is tempted when by his own evil desires he is lured away and enticed. 15Then after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death—James 1:13-15
Temptation will be with us as long as we live. Although the areas of enticement and their power over us will change with time, we will never be so mature or spiritually minded that we can totally relax our vigilance against them. Satan is always ready to capitalize on our weaknesses and selfish desires to draw us away from the heavenly Father.
James says we are tempted when we are carried away by our own lusts. Therefore, the problem begins within us when we feel the pull of our flesh to think, speak, or do what is contrary to God’s standard of holiness. Although being tempted is not a sin in itself, yielding to it is. When we dwell on a tempting thought, the idea gains a foothold in our mind and desires. With more attention, the desire will grow until a choice must be made about whether or not to act.
At the same time, we shouldn’t think that holding onto sinful desires is fine as long as we don’t actually do anything. Jesus debunked this idea in the Sermon on the Mount when He enlarged the Law’s commandments to include not just actions but also attitudes of the heart (Matt. 5:21-48). Anything less than God’s standard of holiness is not His will for us (Matt. 5:48).
Temptations start small. Yielding to them may seem inconsequential, but once we give in, that sin gains strength in our life and our ability to resist grows weaker. It may seem as if there’s no way out of this downward spiral, but God has given us a way of escape if we choose to seek out His help.
12Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with hearts of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive any complaint you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which is the bond of perfect unity.—Colossians 3:12-14
Resentment will suck satisfaction right out of your soul. Bitterness, which is worse, consumes it. Revenge has a monstrous appetite and makes one start planning how to get back at that person. Then before you realize it, one act of retaliation is never enough. Grudges send us on a downward spiral and the enemy is dancing with glee.
Some people see the path of forgiveness to be impossible. So let’s be realistic. When you forgive someone it does not pardon the offense, excuse the misdeed, or ignore it. Forgiveness is not even necessarily reconciliation. The phrase “forgive and forget” sets an unreachable standard. Painful memories are not like old clothing, easily shed.
Forgiveness is simply the act of changing your attitude and your heart toward the offender; it’s moving from a desire to harm them toward an openness to be at peace. A step in the direction of forgiveness is a decisive step toward your happiness.
God is pleased. You are happy. The enemy is defeated.
And because you belong to Christ you are complete, having everything you need.— Colossians 2:10
In Galatians 5:17 the Apostle Paul speaks of the spiritual struggle between the Spirit of Christ Jesus that dwells within us and our sinful spiritual state. He says, “The sinful self wants what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit wants what is against the sinful self. They are always fighting against each other.”
Under the instigation of Satan, one of the things that the sinful spiritual self wants is to convince us that we are incomplete in some way. The idea it tries to foster is that what we do and who we are is never enough. There is always more that we could have done and there is always more that we could be. The sinful spiritual self never seems to be satisfied. It is always frustrated because we always fall short of its self-aggrandizing expectations.
We don’t have to allow our sinful self to torment us with its constant demands for more. We don’t have to make ourselves whole and we don’t have to fill the emptiness, for we are complete in Christ. No matter what state we are in and what stage of life we occupy, we have the spiritual resources necessary to please God and make Him happy, right then and there.
Put an end to your striving for completeness that can never succeed and take your rest in the completeness you already have in Christ Jesus.
You, little children, are from God and have overcome them, because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.”—1 John 4:4
How often do you sin? Every day? Once a week? Once a month? When you think about it, sin is sin and the frequency of your committing sin is not the issue. The issue here, of course, is that you have sinned.
God’s word says that, “the wages of sin are death” (Romans 6:23). Not immediate physical death but future spiritual death and ultimate separation from God. It’s impossible to have self-control over committing sin. Especially if the sin you commit is one that has haunted you for a life time. If you fall into this category of sinner realize that Satan has your number. He knows exactly where you are weakest.
But there is hope for those who have failed to remain righteous in their life. When you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior, He gave you the Holy Spirit to live within and help you with just these sort of things and weak moments.
God’s word says, “greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4) The Holy Spirit is greater and more powerful than Satan will ever be. It’s up to you to tap into that power, harness it, and use it for strength to resist temptation, which happens just before you sin.
Now’s not the time to throw a pity party and wallow in the failures of the past. Instead it’s time to praise God, for his goodness and to move forward! You are an overcomer.