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Revelation 2:4

September 30

Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.

Jesus – the First and the Last, the One Who was dead but now lives forevermore, the One Who holds the keys to death and hell – had a message for each of the churches of Asia, represented by seven golden lampstands.

For the church at Ephesus, he had many compliments. He commended them for their hard work, their refusal to quit, and how they would not tolerate evil pretenders. They had been patient and persistent for His name’s sake.

In spite of these admirable traits, Jesus had one thing against them: the Ephesian church had left their first love – their passion and evangelistic zeal. Jesus urged them to remember the height from which they had fallen, to repent, to turn back to that first precious love, to do the early works they had once performed. Otherwise, Jesus was on His way to remove the lampstand from its place.

Do you burn with the same fervor as when you first came to Jesus? Is His Word like fire shut up in your bones that you cannot hold back? If you are not eager to accomplish the first works that you once did, repent and turn back to Him.

Listen to what the Spirit said to the church of Ephesus and what He still speaks today: for the one who overcomes, He will give fruit from the Tree of Life in God’s paradise.

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you be consumed with zeal for the Lord. May your last works be greater than your first!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament

Isaiah 61:1-62:6

New Testament 

Philippians 2:12-18

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 72:12-20

Proverbs 24:12

 

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Revelation 1:12-13

September 29

Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man…

As God unfolded the revelation to John, He showed him seven golden lampstands. In the midst of them was a person so overwhelming that John fell prostrate before Him.

The seven lampstands represent seven churches of Asia located in seven different cities. The One like the Son of Man wore a long robe with a gold sash across His chest. His eyes flamed like fire under wool-white hair, and His face blazed like the sun.

Just as Jesus stood among the lampstands, the Tabernacle of the Old Testament was situated in the center of the camp in the midst of all the tribes of Israel. When God’s Shekinah glory fell, it radiated to all of His people.

The Lord longs to be at the center of our lives. He is to be our wellspring, the bountiful and beautiful source of all the good that flows in and out of our lives. He aims to be in the middle of our marriages, the hub of our families, and at the center of our churches.

When we set our love on Him – make Him the focal point – He promises to rescue us from every trouble, to answer when we call, and to honor us (Psalm 91:14-15). Is He at the center of your life?

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you establish Jesus in every concealed corner of your heart as Lord over all.

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament

Isaiah 60:1-22

New Testament 

Philippians 1:27-2:11

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 72:1-11

Proverbs 24:11

 

 

 

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Revelation 1:3

September 28

Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near.

The book of Revelation, anointed by the Holy Spirit and delivered by an angel to John on the isle of Patmos, serves as our roadmap from today to eternity.

God promised a double blessing to the one who reads the revelation and to the one who hears it. He guarantees that blessing will flow from this book.

While many choose to focus on the antichrist, the book of Revelation actually is a victorious declaration of Jesus – the Alpha and Omega, the Faithful Witness, the Bright and Morning Star, and the Amen. Why did God reveal Him to the Church in these final chapters?

When Jesus came to us before, He came as the Lamb slain from the creation of the world. He was mocked, despised, spat on, and betrayed by His closest friends. He hung on a Roman cross, bleeding for the remission of our sins. His cruel, humiliating death purchased our redemption.

In Revelation, God pulls back the curtain to present the King of kings and Lord of lords! He is the Root of David Who will rule the world from Jerusalem with a rod of iron. Nobles will come to pay Him homage. He came as the Lamb before, but He will return as the Lion of the tribe of Judah!

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Give all glory to the Lion and the Lamb Who has overcome the world. Soon, we shall behold Him!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament

Isaiah 57:15-59:21

New Testament 

Philippians 1:1-26

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 71:1-24

Proverbs 24:9-10

 

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Matthew 6:24

September 27

No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

John, the beloved disciple of Jesus, was exiled to the island of Patmos by Roman Emperor Domitian in 95 A.D. John was over 80-years-old and the last living disciple from the original group of twelve.

Domitian’s reign was marred by fear and suspicion. Subjects of the empire were required to throw a pinch of incense into a fire which burned in front of the emperor’s statue to acknowledge the leader as their true lord – a test of loyalty. When Christians refused, they were thrown to the lions.

John opposed all emperor worship and fervently preached a “new religion” that continued to grow in spite of persecution. His devotion was to Christ alone. Domitian sentenced this “enemy of the state” to the small, rocky island.

John was surrounded by many other criminals who were forced to work in the mines and suffered harsh conditions. The church that John had pastored in Ephesus was only 36 miles away, beyond the pounding waves and the screeching seagulls.

But it was there, in that barren place, that God sent an angel with a revelation that still captivates us. John tenaciously clung to his faith and claimed Jesus as His one, true Lord. Would you pass the test of loyalty?

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May your loyalty forever be to our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. May you forever serve Him faithfully.

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament

Isaiah 54:1-57:14

New Testament 

Ephesians 6:1-24

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 70:1-5

Proverbs 24:8

 

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James 5:11

September 26

Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

If the Church aims to re-establish itself in America, we must be willing to endure. We cannot falter under the measure of the day. We must rise to become the shining city on a hill.
 
If we are persecuted, we must endure suffering as a good soldier of Christ (II Timothy 2:3). We do not pass out, we press on. We lean our shoulders into the plow and do not look back.
 
God is greater than any financial storm; He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. God is greater than any emotional storm; He remains our Prince of Peace. God is greater than any physical storm; He is Jehovah Rapha, our Healer. He is greater than any enemy we will ever face, an ever-present help in the time of trouble. He gives us strength to endure every hardship!
 
As long as we live and breathe, the best is yet to be. The Lord of Hosts promised that the final glory of this house will be greater than anything that came before, and He will pour out His peace and prosperity there (Haggai 2:9).
 
Press on and persevere for the prize! For those who endure to the end shall be saved!

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Don’t give up! Don’t give in to the voice of doubt. Take a stand and endure. Have faith in God. Nothing is impossible for you!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament

Isaiah 51:1-53:12

New Testament 

Ephesians 5:1-33

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 69:15-36

Proverbs 24:7

 

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1 John 3:18

September 25

My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.

When the Church was born in the upper room, the power of the Holy Spirit breathed into us the ability to bring the kingdom of heaven to earth.

We have the power to lay hands on the sick and see them recover. We have the power to cast out demons. We possess the power of the Name above every other name!

Until we put our faith to work through obedience to God’s Word, we will not tap into this power. Many churches read the holy Scriptures as part of their tradition, but they do not believe that they are His God-breathed words to us. They claim the Bible as an historical document. They do not believe in a God Who is the same yesterday, today, and forever – Who still heals and deals in signs and wonders.

It is time for us to be saturated in the power of the Holy Spirit and be obedient to His Word. The Church of the Living God must behave like we believe! That Church will experience signs and wonders. That Church will see the lost forsake their sin and come to the Cross of Christ. That Church will witness captives set free, marriages mended, and addictions broken. That Church will welcome prodigals home and see broken hearts filled with hope. May that Church arise!

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you be filled with Holy Spirit boldness to put into practice the truths that you believe! Arise and act!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament

Isaiah 48:12-50:11

New Testament 

Ephesians 4:17-32

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 69:1-14

Proverbs 24:5-6

 

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Acts 1:8

September 24

But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

To our faith, we must add power! The power of the Holy Spirit fuels our faith.

The Lamb of God came to take away the sins of the world. Jesus told the disciples that He would be crucified, rise again, and ascend to the Father. He wouldn’t leave them alone; He would send another, and they would receive power when the Holy Spirit came upon them.

Power to do what? Jesus inspired them with these words in John 14:12: “In solemn truth I tell you, anyone believing in me shall do the same miracles I have done, and even greater ones, because I am going to be with the Father.” (TLB)

The disciples saw Jesus take a sack lunch and feed 5,000. He walked on water in the midnight storm. With a few words, He subdued the wind and waves. He halted a funeral procession to bring the dead back to life. And through the power of the Holy Spirit, we will do greater things than these!

On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit filled the upper room, and the Church was born when that power came upon it. The gates of hell will not prevail against us! We are the Church triumphant.

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. May you be consumed by the fire and power of the Holy Spirit to do even greater things for the glory of God!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament

Isaiah 45:11-48:11

New Testament 

Ephesians 4:1-16

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 68:19-35

Proverbs 24:3-4

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Hebrews 11:6

September 23

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

We are people of action! We are people of conviction who refuse to cower under current societal pressures.

Jesus prompts us to have faith in God! Have faith that the life-giving blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed us from all sin, that we have been saved by grace. Our hope is in Him Who gave His life for us.

Faith is the means by which our spiritual forefathers subdued kingdoms and worked righteousness. Faith is how they received their dead back to life.

Faith is the key that unlocks the door to every precious promise found in God’s Word. Faith opens the windows of heaven so that provision is poured out to us. Faith claims the shield of protection in the day of battle. Faith allows us to smile at the grave, because Jesus has robbed its sting and power over us.

Faith believes that God will provide for all of our needs according to His great riches. Faith empowers us to trust the Great Physician Who heals all of our diseases.

We have faith in the King Who rules over all. We trust in Jehovah Jireh. We have no fear of tomorrow, because we rest in the hands of the One Who holds our future.

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. When you pray in the mighty name of Jesus, mountains of impossibility move, demons flee, and chains are broken! Have faith in God!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament

Isaiah 43:14-45:10

New Testament 

Ephesians 3:1-21

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 68:1-18

Proverbs 24:1-2

 

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Proverbs 3:5-6

September 22

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.

The 55 delegates who gathered at the Constitutional Convention argued fiercely. Some contended that the only means for national survival would be to appoint a king. Others debated that this country would only thrive if individuals governed themselves.

The group finally decided that, as long as the citizens of the United States willfully bowed to a Heavenly King and submitted to His Kingdom, they could govern themselves.

John Adams, a founding father who went on to become our second president, said, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” In order for a country to survive, we must remain closely connected to our faith. In order for a society to remain moral, we must retain our religious convictions.

The wisdom of these 55 patriots ensured over 200 years of prosperity in which this nation has been exalted above all other nations. Not just because of the self-evident truths they wrote down, but because of how we chose to live – we put God first.

How can we preserve freedom for our next generation? When will a righteous revolution sweep this nation? When we love the Lord with all of our hearts and acknowledge Him in all of our ways.

Today's Blessing:

May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you and give you His peace. Commit to put God first in every area of your life. May your witness spark a righteous revolution right where you are!

Today's Bible Reading

Old Testament

Isaiah 41:17-43:13

New Testament 

Ephesians 2:1-22

Psalms & Proverbs

Psalm 67:1-7

Proverbs 23:29-35

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