Scripture reading for December 9th: Revelation 7, Psalm 117-18, Proverbs 29
Key Scriptures: Revelation 7:9-12 “After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God Who sits on the throne and to the Lamb!” And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen!””
As John beheld the glory of God and the Lamb, he saw a great multitude of people from every tribe, tongue, and nation assembled in white robes and shouting praise to God and the Lamb for their salvation! This caused a domino effect as the angels, elders, and living creatures joined in the shout of blessing to the great God of heaven and earth!
Faith Confession: I look forward to joining the throng around the throne of God in worship of the Lamb and in thanks for His great salvation. It is my prayer that none of my family or friends will miss out! Help me to pray Lord!
Psalm 117:1-2 “Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol Him, all peoples! For great is His steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord!”
Scripture reading for December 6th: Revelation 6, Psalm 115-16, Proverbs 28
Key Scriptures: Revelation 6:12-16 “When He opened the sixth seal, I looked and behold, there was a great earthquake and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. The sky vanished like a scroll that had been rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him Who is seated on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb.””
John watched as the Lamb opened the scroll He had received from God on the throne. As the seals were opened, judgments were triggered on the earth. The sixth seal brought a great earthquake which caused mountains to crumble and islands of the sea to disappear. The dwellers of earth were terrified and sought shelter from the face of God and from His wrath against sin.
Faith Confession: I am thankful that I am a citizen of Heaven and just a pilgrim on earth. I am concerned for those not recorded in the registry of God’s family. Great terror and eternal loss will be their lot so I must pray and do my assignment from God while on earth.
Proverbs 28:14 “Blessed is the one who fears the Lord always, but whoever hardens his heart will fall into calamity.”
Scripture reading for December 5th: Revelation 5, Psalm 113-14, Proverbs 27
Key Scriptures: Revelation 5:13-14 “And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To Him Who sits on the Throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” And the four living creatures said “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”
As John is viewing the throne of God and activities around it, He saw a”Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, . .” This “Lamb” took the scroll which no one could open and a chorus broke open of the twenty-four elders as they sang a new song of worship to the Lamb. Then all of heaven and earth joined in resounding choruses of praise to Lamb Who had been slain to purchase people for God from every tribe and nation. Hallelujah now and forever!
Faith Confession: I am thankful for Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, who purchased me from bondage to sin and made me a priest and part of His glorious kingdom. Worthy is the Lamb to receive all praise and worship!
Psalm 113:2-3 “Blessed be the Name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the Name of the Lord is to be praised!”
Scripture reading for December 4th: Revelation 4, Psalm 111-12, Proverbs 26
Key Scriptures: Revelation 4:8-11 “And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come!” And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to Him Who is seated on the throne and worship Him Who lives forever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before Him Who is seated on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, “Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for You created all things, and by Your will they existed and were created.”
John was caught up through a door in heaven to behold the throne of God and the worship going on there. Magnificent living creatures full of eyes and wings worshiped, and the twenty-four elders followed their example. The One on the Throne is “Holy, Holy, Holy.” All creation belongs to Him and He alone is worthy of worship.
Faith Confession: I look forward to being caught up to heaven and to behold My Lord and participate in the worship there. God Almighty and Jesus Christ are worthy of all glory, honor, and power, for by their Wisdom I have an eternal home.
Proverbs 24:3 “By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
Scripture reading for December 3rd: Revelation 3, Psalm 107-8, Proverbs 25
Key Scriptures: Revelation 3:10-12 “Because you have kept My Word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell upon the earth. I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the Name of My God, and the Name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down from My God out of heaven and My own new Name.”
Jesus is coming soon! That is His Word for His Church, encouraging them to patiently endure throughout the trials of life on earth. A crown awaits those who endure and conquer! A permanent place in God’s presence is our reward. We will have His Name, God’s Name and the name of our new home, the New Jerusalem, written on us! We will be marked as His own for eternity!
Faith Confession: I believe Jesus is coming soon and He has redeemed me from the far country of sin! Lord, help me daily to patiently endure the trials and to conquer my fears, Satan’s tricks, and my flesh. I desire my full reward to cast at Your nail-scared feet!
Psalm 107:1-3 “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has redeemed from trouble and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.”
Scripture reading for December 2nd: Revelation 2, Psalm 107-108, Proverbs 24
Key Scriptures: Revelation 2:2-5 “”I know your works, your toil and patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call themselves apostles and are not, and found them to be false. I know you are enduring patiently and bearing up for My Name’s sake, and you have not grown weary. But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had at first. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first. If not, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place, unless you repent.””
Jesus revealed Himself to John during worship on Patmos. He gave John letters to seven churches that John was an overseer in. John was to write down and deliver these prophetic warnings from the Great Shepherd. From the letter to Ephesus, we can see that Jesus saw both the good and the evil. He commended them and reprimanded them, calling for repentance from a loss of first love. This was a life-giving rebuke from the Savior!
Faith Confession: Lord, thank You for speaking to Your Church and people. Thank You for watching over us and speaking truth plainly. Forgive me for waning love; Your Goodness has lead me to repentance and life.
Proverbs 24:26 “Whoever gives an honest answer kisses the lips.”
Scripture reading for November 29th: Revelation 1, Psalm 105-106, Proverbs 23
Key Scriptures: Revelation 1:4-7 “Grace to you and peace from Him Who is and Who was and Who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ the Faithful Witness, the Firstborn of the dead and the Ruler of kings on earth. To Him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by His blood and made us a kingdom, priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, He is coming with the clouds and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of Him. Even so, Amen.”
The Apostle John was an old man who had been imprisoned on Patmos, a rocky island in the Mediterranean. He was alone and in worship to God the Father and Jesus Christ, reciting praise for the mighty act of salvation wrought by Jesus Christ through the shedding of His blood. He spoke prophetically or the coming of Jesus again on the clouds of heaven and how all on earth would see Him and mourn because they did not confess Him.
Faith Confession: I worship the One who gave His blood for the forgiveness of my sins and the sins of the whole world. He is coming again in power and glory on the clouds of heaven to receive His followers. To Him be glory now and forever and ever!
Psalm 105:1-2 “Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon His Name; make known His deeds among the people! Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; tell of all His wondrous works!”
Scripture reading for November 27th: 3 John, Psalm 101-102, Proverbs 21
Key Scriptures: 3 John 9-11 “I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who like to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church. Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.”
John mentions by name a man who was causing trouble in the church. Diotrephes was known for his self-centered attitude and failure to submit to those God had placed in authority in His Church. John warned the believers not to imitate evil, but to imitate what was good. This man had not seen God and was not doing good. Even worse, he was in Christ’s church family and thought of himself as a believer: he was deceived!
Faith Confession: Lord, help me to practice good and avoid bad examples. I will respect those You place in authority and show hospitality to the brothers and sisters, putting others before myself.
Psalm 101:2-3 “I will ponder the way that is blameless. O when will You come to me? I will walk with integrity of heart within my house; I will not set before my eyes anything that is worthless. I hate the work of those who fall away; it shall not cling to me.”
Scripture reading for November 26th: 2 John, Psalm 98-100, Proverbs 20
Key Scriptures: 2 John 8-11 “Watch yourselves, so that you may not lose what we have worked for, but may win a full reward. Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting, for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.”
John stressed to all of Christ’s followers the importance of abiding in Christ and His teaching. Departing from the teaching of Jesus means we depart from God the Father as well as Jesus the Son. Anyone teaching a different gospel is not to be entertained or even greeted. Those wanting to enjoy a full reward must be watchful and abide in Christ’s Word.
Faith Confession: I freely chose to abide in Jesus Christ and His holy Word. Through the Holy Spirit I am watchful for those who would teach another Gospel or advocate a different teaching. I desire a full reward for me and those I am with!
Proverbs 20:27-28 “The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all his innermost parts. Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king, and by steadfast love his throne is upheld.”