When the seventh angel sounds

Revelation 11


And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.

The Lord will reward His servants. We should be holy people who fear the Lord and speak to others for Him.


Psalm 19 - Key


Who can understand [his] errors? cleanse thou me from secret [faults].

Sometimes, we don't even know our own sins. This verse is in the context of the many great benefits of the Lord's Word. I think that this implies that it is by the Lord's Word that we can be delivered from sins that we even have trouble admitting to ourselves.


Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

I'll meditate on the Word, throughout the day, at work.


Psalm 19 - Outline

Even through nature, everyone in the world knows of the glory of God
God's glory shines everywhere, like the sun
The Lord's ways are great and His Words do great things
More desirable than honey
The warning and reward from the Lord's judgments
We need the Lord to wash us from secret sins which we, ourselves, can't even understand
We need the Lord to keep us back from willful sins, when we know something is wrong, but do it anyway
The Lord sees our meditations


They still did not repent

Revelation 9


And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk:

This is a warning against being people who still don't repent, even when encountering plagues. When we encounter trouble in our lives, let's make sure that we are not like those who yet repented not.


The power of prayer

Revelation 8


And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire of the altar, and cast [it] into the earth: and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake.

The incense from the censor represented the prayers of holy people. We can see here that prayer is very powerful; let's take advantage of that power.


they which came out of great tribulation

Revelation 7


And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Let's be willing to live godly in Christ Jesus, to really stand for Him and serve Him in our lives in this world; even though that will mean that, sooner or later, we must suffer some form of persecution.


Mark 6 - Key


And when he had sent them away, he departed into a mountain to pray.

Jesus sent people away, then He was alone to pray. What things should we send away, so that we can be undistracted when we pray?


In my times of prayer, I'll pray in such a way as to not be distracted.


Mark 6:30-56 - Outline

Come away and rest for a while
The people outran Jesus and His disciples and gathered to Him
Jesus was moved with compassion for the people; and, when He was moved with compassion, He taught them
The people did not have nearly as much food as they needed
Jesus provides more than enough
Jesus sent the people away so that he was alone to pray
When they were troubled, He blessed them to Be of good cheer...
...as many as touched Him were made whole. (v56b)


Who shall be able to stand?

Revelation 6


For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?

When the Lord pours out His wrath on people, nobody will be able to stand up to His perfect standard of holiness. Praise the Lord that we have obtained mercy through salvation in His Son Jesus Christ, to be forgiven and to be His servants. Let's fear the Lord and make sure to be seriously considering the state of our heart before Him.


Do not weep; look, The Lamb has prevailed

Revelation 5


And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

John wept much because nobody was able to do something about this situation. Sometimes, we have troubles in our lives that are the same way. Our troubles just seem overwhelming, like there is nothing that can be done. We get very sad and discouraged because it seems like we are not able to do anything about it.

But, the message from the Lord, through the elder, in this verse, says Weep not. He continued to say, behold..., which means, look. This is the way that we can rejoice and have hope, despite seemingly hopeless, and overwhelmingly discouraging situations in our lives: It is by looking to Christ. It says that He has prevailed...


Psalm 17 - Key


Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, [that goeth] not out of feigned lips.

We shouldn't be fake with our speech in prayer. We shouldn't pretend to be godly with the form of our speech while hiding selfish intentions.


In my prayer times, I'll pray more for the things that I care about, not just about the things that I think I should pray for.


Mark 6:1-29 - Key


And the king was exceeding sorry; [yet] for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him, he would not reject her.

It says that Herod had John the baptizer beheaded for his oath's sake, and for their sakes which sat with him. What motives do we have for what we do? We shouldn't decide what to do based on what the people around us will think.


I'll have the boldness to keep a Bible at work, have it open sometimes, and read it during breaks.


Psalm 17 - Outline

Confidence in receiving the Lord's deliverance, based on the Lord's upholding
The way the wicked enemies are, that we must make sure not to be
Even the wicked are merely instruments used and controlled by the hand of the Lord
The wicked have their portion in this life
I find my satisfaction in pursuing the face of the Lord


Mark 6:1-29 - Outline

Familiarity breeds contempt
Jesus sent the 12 forth, "two by two"
Who people thought Jesus was
Herod made a rash oath and exceedingly sorrowful mistake because of the people who were with him


Falling down and worshiping Him

Revelation 4


The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

It says that the 24 elders fall down...and worship Him. Here is a good way that we can worship the Lord today: let's kneel down when we pray.


Psalm 15 - Key


He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.

If one of us wants a special opportunity to be close to the Lord, then he must be a person who speaketh the truth in his heart. This speaks of how we decide what we want to do, and how we talk to ourselves in our thoughts. Is is the truth?


Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.


Let him hear

Revelation 3


He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

It doesn't discriminate here, like Everyone who has ears to hear, but it says, He that hath an ear. It seems to me like almost everybody out there has at least one ear. But, what do we hear?

This does not say that we should hear any old thing with out ears, but it specifies what we need to be listening to. It says, ...hear what the Spirit saith unto the Churches. That makes me want to pay more attention to the surrounding passage. But it also means that we should not allow ourselves to be influenced by other things; instead, we need to listen to the Spirit of the Lord.


Hold tightly to what you have

Revelation 2


But that which ye have [already] hold fast till I come.

Today, we don't know everything; but, we can make sure to be faithfully doing what we do know.

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