Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions: December 10, 2014

Today’s Bible reading is Revelation chapter 7

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

In every age God has had a faithful remnant. During the Great Tribulation God will send revival to the Jewish people, and He will raise up 144,000 Jewish evangelists. The apostle Paul was an evangelist. The Tribulation will have 144,000 evangelists that will be like Paul. Can you imagine what an impact these will have on the world? Just one John the Baptist, or Paul, or Moody, or Graham, or 144,000 of any one of these? As a result of their preaching ministry there will be a great spiritual awakening, and God will give a great harvest from among the nations. These believers will make up a faithful remnant that will be dedicated to the Lord, even to the point of being willing to sacrifice their own lives for the sake of Jesus. There will be people saved during the Tribulation. It will be people who have never heard the Gospel whose heart’s have not hardened. Those who are saved during the Tribulation will pay a great price for following Jesus. It will cost them food and friendships, water and worldly possessions, and ultimately it will cost them their lives. But one day these will rejoice in God’s Presence before the very throne of God. What are you and I willing endure for the cause of Christ? We are not living in the Great Tribulation. What are we doing to evangelize the world?

Prayer: “Lord let us be among the faithful and may You give us courage to suffer. May the fire of evangelism burn in our hearts. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron

Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

Today’s Bible reading is Acts chapter 4

(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)

The early church had a tremendously powerful ministry and witness, what were some of its characteristics? They unashamedly preached Jesus and Him crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. Their constant concern was to glorify the name of Jesus. Along with that was the intentional way they witnessed about the Gospel. The disciples were willing to suffer and die for the sake of the Gospel. Part of their witness was a willingness to endure suffering. Also, they were marked by the influence of the Holy Spirit. They experienced God’s power as a result of being Spirit filled. The early church knew how to pray and when they called upon the Lord their place was shaken. They saw thousands trust Christ as Lord and Savior. They were marked by unity and a mutual concern for one another. They experienced great grace from the heavenly Father. They were generous and gave sacrificially. Their gatherings were marked by praise as they rejoiced in everything God accomplished. Believers today must get back to the same qualities that marked the early church. The early church turned the world upside down for Jesus Christ. We can do the same today if we will follow their example.

Prayer: “Dear Lord, raise up churches today that resemble the early church in the book of Acts. May we each do our part to seek revival in the church today. In Jesus name. Amen.”

Randy J. McPheron