DRAGON’S PURSUIT OF THE WOMAN – When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent’s reach. Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring—those who obey God’s commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus. (Revelation 12:13-17)
Pursuit and Escape – Aware that his time is short, and with no more access to Heaven, Satan will vent his remaining wrath earthward. As a result, God will Continue reading “The Dragon Pursues the Woman”
Job 1:21 – “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised.” (NIV 1984)
My Musing – In reality, you can take it with you. Not the possessions you might accumulate in this life of course. You might actually die with these things possessing you instead of you possessing them. Whichever is the case, you must relinquish them as you pass into eternity – whatever your final destination. But there are some things that you can take with you.
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. (2 Peter 1:3-7)
What He has given us is not measured by the abundance of our possession or the wealth that we may happen to accumulate over a lifetime. These may not even last our lifetime, and we certainly cannot take them with us. But the above qualities can be ours, and we will take them with us into eternity. How much the measure increases (1 Peter 3:8) in this lifetime, and how much we carry into the next life, is entirely up to us. You see, “it’s not how much you [possess] but what you do with what you have [been given].” So how full have you packed your suitcase?
Psalms 139:16 – All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – It should be very comforting to us that He chose us and that He has plans for us. Plans that are good and for our benefit.
My Advice – You are not here by accident. Your life is not unfolding without design. God chose you long before you were even born. Keep your eyes open for the paths that He will lead you down. Keep your ears open so you will always hear Him calling.
WAR IN HEAVEN – And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” (Revelation 12:7-12)
Celestial Conflict – What is this celestial conflict all about? The fact that Michael led God’s angels to victory is significant, because Continue reading “War in Heaven”
Romans 13:1-2 – Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, he who rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. (NIV 1984)
In Congress, July 4, 1776 – The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, Continue reading “Revolutionary Declarations”
Psalms 127:1 – Unless the Lord builds the house, its builder labors in vain. (NIV 1978)
My Musings – There are so many things that we build in life without God’s involvement. How much better they would turn out if we included Him.
My Advice – As you build a career, family and relationships, make sure you include the Lord every step of the way. All of these are much too important to leave God out of them.