Google+ 05/31/14 Let's Ask God What Mountains He Wants Us To Move!

Revelation 13:8-10

 

And all the people who belong to this world worshiped the beast.

They are the ones whose names were not written in the Book of Life

Before the world was made—

The Book that belongs to the Lamb who was slaughtered.

Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.
Anyone who is destined for prison will be taken to prison.
Anyone destined to die by the sword will die by the sword.

This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently and remain faithful.

 

As we conclude our three-part devotion entitled, "Faith Can Move Mountains!" we turn to the turbulent, but true, message of Revelation.  Why should we have faith?  Revelation spells it out for us with the brutal truth.  Why is the world going to be destroyed by fire?  The reason is stated by John in this extremely powerful chapter in the Bible.  The world has taken to worshipping the beast.  Faith in God took too much effort and did not bring the world pleasure fast enough.  As a result, we find ourselves in the same place Lot was in the Old Testament.  It is somehow encouraging to me that we that believe must endure persecution.  No, I haven't completely lost my mind!  Not only that, John tells us that God wants us to endure this persecution patiently.  This is where our faith becomes so important.  There are many in the "Christian" world that have abandoned the idea that Jesus is coming back the second and final time.  Their reason for this is that it has simply been too long.  If God really cared for His people, we would not have to endure this persecution.  I was recently reminded of an important fact for all of us to share.  Because of our website and the internet, I am able to communicate daily with people from all over the world.  I recently spoke with a pastor in Nigeria that asked me to pray for his congregation.  This request was obviously no earth-shattering fact, as I pray for lots of people and congregations.  The fact that the prayer request came because two of his congregation were killed during worship two weeks ago brought the idea of faith and persecution into an entirely different light.  He reminded me that being truly faithful to God requires not only patience but often GREAT sacrifice that we in America can only imagine.  Faith can move mountains.  "Let's Ask God What Mountains He Wants Us To Move!"