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Sunday, December 8th, 2013
Reading for today: Zephaniah 1:17-18 and Revelation 17:17-18
“I will bring distress upon men, And they shall walk like blind men, Because they have sinned against the LORD…” Zephaniah 1:17a
Luke 18:35-43 tells us of a time that Jesus gave sight to a poor blind beggar. Scripture tells us that as this man cried out for Jesus, but the crowd tried to hush him. This did not deter him, but only brought him to cry out with more fervency. Is sin making you walk as a ‘blind’ person, keeping you bound in chains? Repent and cry out, in faith, to God, asking Him for mercy. Jesus came to set the captives free (see Luke 4:18). Trust in Him today and be set free!
Saturday, December 7th, 2013
Reading for today: Zephaniah 1:14-16 and Revelation 17:15-16
“Then he said to me, ‘The waters which you saw, where the harlot sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues.” Revelation 17:15
The waters, or the sea of humanity, on which the harlot sits, are the peoples of the earth. There will be many nations and followers of this evil system and, with this, there will be hundreds of millions who are lost. What a warning! Religion does not bring salvation but only damnation. Do you have a personal relationship with the Lord and Savior? If not, don’t hesitate, call on Him today.
Friday, December 6th, 2013
Reading for today: Zephaniah 1:12-13 and Revelation 17:10-14
“And it shall come to pass at that time that I will search Jerusalem with lamps, And punish the men who are settled in complacency…” Zephaniah 1:12a
As described in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, complacency means: a feeling of being self-satisfied with how things are and not wanting to try to make them better. This is a serious matter to the Lord. James 1:22-24 says, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was.” Let us not lag in diligence, but be fervent in spirit!
Thursday, December 5th, 2013
Reading for today: Zephaniah 1:10-11 and Revelation 17:7-9
“…’The sound of a mournful cry from the Fish Gate…’” Zephaniah 1:10b
In Jerusalem, the Fish Gate was where fishermen brought and sold their catch. Here is a time where hearts are heavy, crying out from the Fish Gate. Isn’t it interesting that in Matthew 4:19, Jesus told His disciples that He would make them ‘fishers of men’ if they would follow Him. Is your heart tender to the things of God when it comes to the lost? Are you a ‘catcher of men’ for Jesus?
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Reading for today: Zephaniah 1:7-9 and Revelation 17:4-6
“Be silent in the presence of the Lord GOD; For the day of the LORD is at hand…” Zephaniah 1:7a
Because there was no repentance, God is calling for silence as He prepares to judge His people in Judah and Jerusalem. Ecclesiastes 10:14 tells us that you can tell a fool just by the many words he uses. In an instant, God can take away a man’s breath and life. James 4:10 tells us to, “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” Are you being still, listening to His voice?
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
Reading for today: Zephaniah 1:4-6 and Revelation 17:3
“So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast…” Revelation 17:3a
John, being accompanied by an angel, is being led away by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness (or world). What he sees is beyond imagination. Who is the ‘woman’ stated here? One thing is for sure, she has tremendous power and many will be deceived by her and the beast. Jesus said in Matthew 24:24 that false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. Stay close to the Shepherd, He leads His children to good pasture.
Monday, December 2nd, 2013
Reading for today: Zephaniah 1:1-3 and Revelation 17:1-2
“‘I will utterly consume everything from the face of the land’…” Zephaniah 1:2a
Although written 2,600 years ago, the message is for us today. Malachi 4:1 tells us that a day is coming, burning like an oven. We are closer to this time than any other point in history. We, as God’s children, have His assurance and promise of protection during this horrific time, but there are many who do not. We are not to be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord (2 Timothy 1:8a). Are you living as light and salt, spreading the Good News of Christ? In obeying this, you may be the one that God will use to bring a lost soul to heaven.
Sunday, December 1st, 2013
Reading for today: 1 Thessalonians 5:18
“…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:18
My mom loves animals and I do too. When we started making a farm, I got lots of animal buddies (and they bring silly stories). I thank God for furry and feathery friends. I love Him! God wants us all to give thanks through the good and bad times. A few months ago, I was attacked by a dog. I have scars, but I give thanks to God because He put a ‘bubble’ around me and gave me the brains to know what to do! I love Him! Emma George – Age, 10
Saturday, November 30th, 2013
Reading for today: Colossians 3:15
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” Colossians 3:15
When I read this verse, I thought about how people have to let Jesus into their hearts. When we ask Jesus to come into our heart, He forgives us of doing sinful things. He will, one day, take us to heaven to be with Him and we will live eternally with Him. As Christians, we should always be thankful for Jesus’ dying on the cross so that we can have our sins forgiven. Gabby Aloisi – Age, 10
Friday, November 29th, 2013
Reading for today: Jonah 2:9
“But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.” Jonah 2:9
We need to make sure that we thank God for answering our prayers. We should be thankful for all that He has already given us and be prepared to receive whatever His decision is. Sometimes, we do not receive everything that we ask for, but we need to be thankful for what we do have because not everyone is as fortunate as we may be. The important thing is to acknowledge the Lord’s salvation and what that means to us in eternity. Michael Aloisi – Age, 14