“Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice,
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and
might and honor and glory and blessing!
And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,
To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!
And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”
Take a few minutes to read and re-read the passage above.
Respond to the Lord in ways you feel appropriate.
This morning I was reading and reflecting in 1 Peter. This passage jumped off the page:
“And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot.” (1 Peter 1:17-19)
In this life, we are not home but we who are in Christ are in ‘exile’ awaiting our uniting with Him. Peter urges us to reflect on the fact that we have been bought with a price – a ransom – from this world. The ransom was paid by the eternal and lamb of God, Jesus Himself.
Take a minute to re-read this passage and ask the Lord to open your eyes to any conduct in your life not in alignment with our Lord. Confess whatever comes to mind and lean into Him for His grace to conduct yourself in a manner worthy of Him who called you into His own Kingdom.
This week, those in the US pause to celebrate a holiday called Thanksgiving (Thursday Nov. 24). In our family, we gather to have a feast of turkey and other traditional foods. It is always a special time to be with family and reflect on all our blessings.
Take a moment to thank the Father for who He is.
Thank Him for His goodness, faithfulness, mercy, grace and love.
Thank Him for what He has done for you.
Thank Him for your family.
Thank Him for your fellow believers in your community.
What are some other areas or people for whom you can thank Him?
Let us give thanks to the Lord.
Yesterday I was reading in Romans 13. I spent some time reflecting on these verses in light of the Lord’s soon return.
“Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near.
Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” (Rm. 13:11-14)
Take a few moments to reflect on these verses and examine your own life in light of what the Spirit is saying. The Lord calls us to live in the light.
May you see the goodness of the Lord in your life today.