We believe that it is important to be thoughtful when considering God's Word, the Bible. We hope you will check back from time to time for thoughts on God's Word and how it applies to us daily.
"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death." -Revelation 12:11
To wage an almighty fight against Satan, the accuser of the brethren, requires these things. Sometimes we can become overly verbose while attempting to instruct others in their faith. We invent "how to" guides for "walking out your victorious Christian life!" John's words here have a gravity and simplicity that cannot be ignored. We overcome, first and foremost, by the blood -- Christ's blood. This points to an act on Christ's part and on our behalf that exists apart from any action of ours. Then, by the Word! Finally, by not holding too tightly to our earthly person - dying to ourselves. Help us cling to this daily that we might overcome by God's grace.
"...there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand people were killed and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven." -Revelation 11:13
While John's Revelation has gained an unfair reputation for being all doom and gloom it is important that we always remember God's nature. He is not arbitrarily bringing chaos and disorder upon humanity. His heart is for us! Even the purpose of this calamity is to bring people to Him. Oh, that men would be saved without going through tragedy! But we know that is not always the case. Blessed is the man whose trust in God is from the very beginning, unspotted from the tragedy of human sin. That would be a very rare creature. Most of us exist in the realm of faith stirred by earthquakes.
"...I went to the angel and said to him, 'Give me the little book.' And he said to me, 'Take and eat it, and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be sweet as honey in your mouth.'" -Revelation 10:9
Just so, we too, are to consume the Book - a practice that has fallen out of fashion in many christian circles. How else do we receive spiritual sustenance? We must take God's word in our hands and eat it up! In it we find the sweetness of peace and joy and everlasting life. By it we are challenged in our innermost being. Our gut is put to the test. Can we stomach God's words?
"Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth..." -Revelation 8:5
God's judgment is holy. God's judgment is fair and just. The fire from the altar is pure, undefiled and holy. God's judgment poured out upon the earth is first and foremost devoid of evil intent. God's patience towards mankind and His desire for reconciliation endures for millennia (even to this day) -- in which we see God alone providing reconciliation through the person of Jesus Christ. Finally, we see that God is faithful to His promises and judgments. He is faithful to his word.
Anthony is the Pastor of Living Water Christian Fellowship.