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Holy, Holy, Holy…(The Bible’s Impact on Music [May 29])


Will you be ready on that day? Will you be expectant until that day? Will you be obedient until that day? Will you be faithful and faith filled until that day? Will you be a living sacrifice till that day? Will you be humble? Will you be willing? Will you be seeking?

Jesus is coming back! So we need to be prepared for His return unlike the story of the bridesmaid who weren’t – didn’t bring enough oil and missed out – let’s be filled with the Holy Spirit and be expectant until the day of His return! Let’s be expectant! Let’s be loving and caring! Let’s be sharing the love and hope of Jesus with the world around us that they too will get to experience His return and spend eternity in heaven. Let’s worship God by doing all that we do as worship and sacrifice up to Him, not working as unto man but as unto the Lord! Let’s be worshiping Him in Spirit and in Truth!

The reason for the name of this blog is that back in 2005 my readings was from the book of Revelation. And now you know where the name from 2005 to eternity comes from.

Today’s reading comes from Revelation 4

The Throne in Heaven

1After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. 3And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. 4Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. 5From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, 6and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal.
And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: 7the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. 8And 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!”
9And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10the 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,
11 “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.”

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible speaks to the impact of the Bible on music. It pulls from Revelation 4:8 which says

‘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!”‘ — Revelation 4:8

It points us to the hymn “Holy, Holy, Holy” composed by Reginald Heber. “Holy, Holy, Holy” is his best known composition and as we can see was inspired by Revelation 4:8 as it speaks to the power of God. This hymn has been included in movies such as Titanic and The Fastest Gun Alive. Even with the song being sung through churches around the world, we see how it has been recorded by contemporary artists like Keith Green, Marcos Witt, Amy Grant, Sufjan Stevens, Ronnie Milsap, and Jimmy Needham.

So will you live out your life worshipping God in and through everything you do? Will you allow each day to help you be more prepared for His return from the clouds just as when He left the disciples? Let’s worship the creator rather than the created! Let’s worship the healer rather than the healing! Let’s live out our lives to the full that one day we may get to hear “Well done my good and faithful servant“.

Have you started your relationship with God yet? If not, is today your day? Let’s pray together…

Sample Sinners Prayer

I am celebrating with all of heaven for those who choose to start your relationship with Jesus. I am celebrating with all of heaven for those who choose to return to having a relationship with Jesus. We can never stray too far away and so I pray that everyone will turn back and be reunited with their heavenly Father who is waiting for your return.


Heavenly Father,
I thank You Lord for this new day and for everything in it. I ask Lord for Your hand to be over me and guiding me through this day. Grant me eyes to see and ears to hear so that You Lord will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in and through all of my life. Help me to be the person You have created me to be and to pursue Your purposes and Your plans so that in Jesus’ name You will be exalted even as our reading from Revelation says “Holy, Holy, Holy is the Lord God almighty, who was and is and is to come” for I know Jesus is coming back and Lord help me to be prepared and to finish the work You have given me to do and to be a good steward of all that You have given me. I ask all this Lord so that You will receive the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Are you ready to meet your maker?


What if today were your day? Would you be ready? Would you be ready to give an answer for what you have done or have left undone? Would you have a way to be reconciled to God? Have you made the decision to invite Jesus into your life as your Lord and Savior?

Today’s reading comes from Zechariah 14…

The Coming Day of the Lord

1Behold, a day is coming for the Lord, when the spoil taken from you will be divided in your midst. 2For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city shall be taken and the houses plundered and the women raped. Half of the city shall go out into exile, but the rest of the people shall not be cut off from the city. 3Then the Lord will go out and fight against those nations as when he fights on a day of battle. 4On that day his feet shall stand on the Mount of Olives that lies before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall be split in two from east to west by a very wide valley, so that one half of the Mount shall move northward, and the other half southward. 5And you shall flee to the valley of my mountains, for the valley of the mountains shall reach to Azal. And you shall flee as you fled from the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the Lord my God will come, and all the holy ones with him.
6On that day there shall be no light, cold, or frost. 7And there shall be a unique day, which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but at evening time there shall be light.
8On that day living waters shall flow out from Jerusalem, half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea. It shall continue in summer as in winter.
9And the Lord will be king over all the earth. On that day the Lord will be one and his name one.
10The whole land shall be turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem. But Jerusalem shall remain aloft on its site from the Gate of Benjamin to the place of the former gate, to the Corner Gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses. 11And it shall be inhabited, for there shall never again be a decree of utter destruction. Jerusalem shall dwell in security.
12And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.
13And on that day a great panic from the Lord shall fall on them, so that each will seize the hand of another, and the hand of the one will be raised against the hand of the other. 14Even Judah will fight at Jerusalem. And the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be collected, gold, silver, and garments in great abundance. 15And a plague like this plague shall fall on the horses, the mules, the camels, the donkeys, and whatever beasts may be in those camps.
16Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths. 17And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain on them. 18And if the family of Egypt does not go up and present themselves, then on them there shall be no rain; there shall be the plague with which the Lord afflicts the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths. 19This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths.
20And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “Holy to the Lord.” And the pots in the house of the Lord shall be as the bowls before the altar. 21And every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be holy to the Lord of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil the meat of the sacrifice in them. And there shall no longer be a trader in the house of the Lord of hosts on that day.
–from Zechariah 14

Today’s devotional from The Global Impact Bible using our reading from Zechariah 14 on the subject of human rights. The speak to the Maccabean Revolt and the impact of Zechariah on it. Do realize what happens with Bible illiteracy exists? Do realize the power of the Bible and why those in power or authority may want to remove it? We find in the story of the Maccabean Revolt how Antiochous IV Epiphanes became rule that he made a decree that possessing the Hebrew Bible was punishable by death and burned all the copies he could find. He went even further banning many Jewish practices including demanding that they stop worshipping God but rather worship gods. How would you respond today? Imagine had they obeyed man instead of God how it would have impacted Christianity and Islam today.

Mar 13 - Maccabean Revolt - Zechariah 14 - The Coming Day


Heavenly Father,
I thank You for a night of worship last night and a time to set it aside and focus on You. I thank You for this new day that You have made and prepared in advance all the good works You have for me to do. Grant me wisdom and discernment so that I may accomplish Your will. Grant me boldness and courage that I may walk through this day without worry and without fear knowing that I walk in Your presence and in Your will. Let this be a day that will bring You praise, honor, and glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.

How will you finish the race?


Are you preparing? Are you training? Are you living your life to the full?

24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadow boxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified. 

–from 1 Corinthians 9

Will you make it to the end of the race and win the prize? Will you stay faithful and true? Will you persevere no matter what trials come your way? Will you be an overcomer no matter what troubles come your way? Will you be able to celebrate as you cross the finish line?

I solemnly urge you in the presence of God and Christ Jesus, who will someday judge the living and the dead when he comes to set up his Kingdom: Preach the word of God. Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.

For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths.

But you should keep a clear mind in every situation. Don’t be afraid of suffering for the Lord. Work at telling others the Good News, and fully carry out the ministry God has given you.

As for me, my life has already been poured out as an offering to God. The time of my death is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful. And now the prize awaits me—the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on the day of his return. And the prize is not just for me but for all who eagerly look forward to his appearing.

–from 2 Timothy 4

Will you be ready for that crown that will be put on your head by Jesus? Will you be faithful with the amount He gives you today in order to receive the reward He has prepared and is preparing in heaven for you? Will you be ready to Him say “well done my good and faithful servant“? Or will you not receive the gift of Jesus and not live out your life for Him and under His authority?

14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silverb]”>[b] to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.

16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.

19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’

21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!c]”>[c]

22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’

23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’

24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’

26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate,27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’

28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

–from Matthew 25

Imagine if a huge accident or catastrophic event took place and it was the end… Are you ready to meet your maker? Imagine what the people of Hawaii must have been going through when they received a message across all channels (TV, Radio, Cell Phones, digital Road signs) for a half hour saying that a nuclear missile was coming their way and wasn’t a drill (which ended up being a false alarm). We need to prepared because we don’t know when our last day will be. We need to be prepared for the finish line in a way that we will win the prize and the crown of righteousness. So let’s make sure we are ready and prepared! Let’s put on the full armor of God! Let’s stand firm! Let’s persevere! Let’s be overcomers! Let’s humble ourselves and turn back to God and pray!

God has called us as believers to be a royal priesthood, so let’s be sharing the Good News of Jesus with the world around us! Let’s share the goodness and the blessings of God! Let’s be peacemakers! Let’s be instruments of reconciliation first to God and then to one another! Let’s do our part that others will come to know Jesus and have their names written into the Book of Life!


Your Crown is Coming — Day 363: Bible In One Year 2018

  1. Enjoy the honour of being crowned by the Lord — Psalms 149
  2. Experience your reign with Christ now — Revelation 20
  3. Exercise the authority God has given you responsibly — Nehemiah 9:38Nehemiah 10Nehemiah 11:1-21

Have you decided to make Jesus your Lord and Savior? Have you invited Him into your heart? Have you asked God for forgiveness? Jesus already paid the price so all we need to do is receive the gift of Jesus and ask God!

Let’s pray together…

Sinners Prayer Sample


 

Is today your day? The choice is yours!


Will today be the day that you make that decision that will transform the rest of your life? Will today be the day that you fully buy in and start living out the purpose and the plans for which you were created? Will today be the day that you will have a breakthrough by following through? Will today be the day you slow down enough to listen before you speak, before you act, before you respond? Will today be the day you start to live in the freedom that is available to you? Will today be the day you choose to allow Jesus to be your savior and lock in your eternity? Will today be the day you choose to allow Jesus to be your Lord and start getting to live out the promises here on earth? Is today your day?

Will today be the day that love, faith, and freedom come together in your life to transform your life forever?

Will you choose to trust in God’s Word and start to spend time reading it, listening to what it says, and integrating it into how you live out your life?

Will you choose to hold onto your faith and live in a way that will bring God the praise, the honor, and the glory in Jesus’ name?

Will you choose to live humbly, being a servant leader that others may come to feel and know the love of God in and through you?

Will you choose to live a life that is filled with repentance and forgiveness? Giving it and receiving it?

Will you wake up daily and choose to hold tight to your faith in Jesus? Will you choose to wake up daily preparing for the spiritual battles that will come your way and trusting and leaning into Jesus through them all? Our battle isn’t against flesh and blood! Our battles is against principalities and powers of this dark world! We need to choose to attack the problem rather than the person. We need to keep Jesus in the center! Put your trust in Him and build up your relationship with Him daily! Not just once a day but throughout your day!


The Biggest Decision of My Life

Day 289: Bible In One Year 2017

  1. Trust in God’s Word … Psalm 119:41-48
  2. Hold on to your sincere faith … 1 Timothy 1:1-20
  3. Put your faith in Jesus … Jeremiah 32:26-34:22

Today’s reading from God’s Word comes from …

What needs to be done to be ready for the year ahead?


Last day before work starts up. New year underway. What needs to be planned for? What needs to be prepared for? What do you need to be ready for? It’s go time! No more waiting! No more delay! No more sitting on the sidelines! It’s go time! It’s time to get fit! It’s time to get healthy! It’s time to set a plan! It’s time to get the projects itemized and aligned! It’s time to set schedules! It’s time to define rules! It’s time to make a difference! Let’s be ready!

So let’s praise God for what He has done! Let’s praise God what He is doing! Let’s praise God for what He is about to do! Let’s praise God for the favor He has provided! Let’s praise God fro the courage He has provided! And with this let’s complete the work He has given us to do!

Do you see the people God has brought around you? Do you see how God has brought you people who have been gifted to help in the work ahead of you? Do you see how God provided people who can provide wisdom and discernment? Do you see how God provided people who can provide expertise and skills to get it done? Do you see how God provided people who were gifted with talents that will help you get the work done? Appreciate them! Thank God for them! Come together in unity to complete the work has prepared in advance for you to do!

Ever been so aware of something ahead that when you look at different parts you see them coming together at the same time? 8 days left in my annual bible reading. The end of this coincides with the scheduled week of prayer and fasting. So what’s next? Building my relationship up with God as that is step 1 in receiving clarity in my heart! What things need to be accomplished — work, camp, travel, blessings, teach, raise, … God’s never early, and never late, God’s timing is perfect!

So let’s continue to prepare! Let’s hear God’s Word and be doers of God’s Word! Faith without actions is dead!

Let’s close together today with today’s reading from the New Testament!

Warning against Prejudice

1My friends, as believers in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, you must never treat people in different ways according to their outward appearance. 2Suppose a rich man wearing a gold ring and fine clothes comes to your meeting, and a poor man in ragged clothes also comes. 3If you show more respect to the well-dressed man and say to him, “Have this best seat here,” but say to the poor man, “Stand over there, or sit here on the floor by my feet,” 4then you are guilty of creating distinctions among yourselves and of making judgments based on evil motives.
5Listen, my dear friends! God chose the poor people of this world to be rich in faith and to possess the kingdom which he promised to those who love him. 6But you dishonor the poor! Who are the ones who oppress you and drag you before the judges? The rich! 7They are the ones who speak evil of that good name which has been given to you.
8 You will be doing the right thing if you obey the law of the Kingdom, which is found in the scripture, “Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” 9But if you treat people according to their outward appearance, you are guilty of sin, and the Law condemns you as a lawbreaker. 10Whoever breaks one commandment is guilty of breaking them all. 11 For the same one who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not commit murder.” Even if you do not commit adultery, you have become a lawbreaker if you commit murder. 12Speak and act as people who will be judged by the law that sets us free. 13For God will not show mercy when he judges the person who has not been merciful; but mercy triumphs over judgment.

Faith and Actions

14My friends, what good is it for one of you to say that you have faith if your actions do not prove it? Can that faith save you? 15Suppose there are brothers or sisters who need clothes and don’t have enough to eat. 16What good is there in your saying to them, “God bless you! Keep warm and eat well!”—if you don’t give them the necessities of life? 17So it is with faith: if it is alone and includes no actions, then it is dead.
18But someone will say, “One person has faith, another has actions.” My answer is, “Show me how anyone can have faith without actions. I will show you my faith by my actions.” 19Do you believe that there is only one God? Good! The demons also believe—and tremble with fear. 20You fool! Do you want to be shown that faith without actions is useless? 21 How was our ancestor Abraham put right with God? It was through his actions, when he offered his son Isaac on the altar. 22Can’t you see? His faith and his actions worked together; his faith was made perfect through his actions. 23 And the scripture came true that said, “Abraham believed God, and because of his faith God accepted him as righteous.” And so Abraham was called God’s friend. 24You see, then, that it is by our actions that we are put right with God, and not by our faith alone.
25 It was the same with the prostitute Rahab. She was put right with God through her actions, by welcoming the Israelite spies and helping them to escape by a different road.
26So then, as the body without the spirit is dead, also faith without actions is dead.

–James 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Today's Reading: Ezra 7, Ezra 8, James 2