Reflection Question: “I, Jesus, sent my angel to you to give you this testimony to share with the congregations. I am the bright Morning Star, both David’s spiritual root and his descendant.” “Come,” says the Holy Spirit and the Bride in divine duet. Let everyone who hears this duet join them in saying, “Come.” Let everyone gripped with spiritual thirst say, “Come.” And let everyone who craves the gift of living water come and drink it freely. “It is my gift to you! Come.” (Rev 22:16-17, Passion Translation) Have you received these gifts?
Reflection Question: At the end of Revelation 16, in verses17-21, we read a Hollywood-like account of destruction on the earth. And the people cursed God! It is difficult to think that, after all that, people would do anything but turn toward God. Again, think of those you love whose future might be uncertain. Today, ask God to show you what you might do for them, or how you might pray for them.
Reflection Question: Then another angel came from the Temple and shouted to the one sitting on the cloud, “Swing the sickle, for the time of harvest has come; the crop on earth is ripe.” So the one sitting on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the whole earth was harvested. (Rev 14:15-16) At the end of all things, an angel will come to harvest. What are you doing now to make certain those you love who do not believe, will come to believe?
Reflection Question: Then there was a war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon and his angels. And the dragon lost the battle, and he and his angels were forced out of heaven. This great dragon – the ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, the one deceiving the whole world – was thrown down to the earth with all his angels. (Rev 12:7-9) Do you see it? The dragon LOST THE BATTLE in heaven. How does knowing that God and Satan are not on equal footing affect your faith life? How should it affect your fears and concerns?
Reflection Question: The multitude of saints and angels sang ‘Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen!’ (Rev 7:12) For which of these attributes of God are you most grateful? What in your life makes that attribute of God important?
Reflection Question: Did you notice that the living beings around the throne praise God day after day and night after night (Rev 4:8) – constantly? It has been said that, each time the creatures rise before the throne, they observe a new attribute of God. For what things do you praise God today?
Reflection Question: These chapters include letters from Jesus Christ to the churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. As you read these letters, which church seems most like your own? What can you do, personally, to help bring your church into alignment with God’s plan for the church?
Reflection Question: Jude has strong words about the behavior of believers. What stands out to you as particularly personal? Since this day begins the book of Revelation, please consider this, as well: God blesses the one who reads the words of this prophecy to the church, and he blesses all who listen to its message and obey what it says, for the time is near. (Revelation 1:3) Revelation is the only book of the Bible that has a blessing attached to its reading. Yet, most people find it to be a challenging and difficult book. Pray each day that God will enlighten your understanding so that you might get a great deal out of your time in Revelation.
Reflection Question: I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning. (2 John 5-6) Love again – It is so important to God that we truly love one another. Where could you do better at loving other believers?
Reflection Question: Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and He knows everything. (1 John 3:18-20) Do you trust your feelings to give you truth? Did you notice that this Scripture says that feelings are lesser than God’s truth? How does this play out in your day-to-day and relationships?
Reflection Question: But you must not forget this one thing, dear friends: A day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief… (2 Peter 3:8-10a) What do you suppose God means, in not sending Jesus back ‘soon?’ What are you doing to participate in His desire?
Reflection Question: The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined your prayers. (1 Peter 4:7) Prayerfully consider what God would have you pray. Are you praying as broadly as God would have you pray? Are you praying as often? As consistently?
Reflection Question: So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:14-16) What does it mean to you to strive to be holy? How does that play out in a practical way?
Reflection Question: My dear brothers and sisters, if someone among you wanders away from the truth and is brought back, you can be sure that whoever brings the sinner back from wandering will save that person from death and bring about the forgiveness of many sins. (James 5:19-20) Do you know someone who has wandered away from the faith? What are the steps you can take to impact their life for a return to God’s Light?
Reflection Question: Understand this, my dear brothers and sister: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. (James 1:19). Which of those three is a challenge for you, personally? How are you working to turn that challenge around?
Reflection Question: The writer discusses the old covenant which held to a predictable and routine way of worship. Only the High Priest was allowed to go behind the curtain to the Holy of Holies, and then only once a year. Because of Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice and His ascending to Heaven, YOU are now the place where the Holy Spirit dwells. How do you approach the Holy God who dwells within you?