Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Revelation 7:9-17

Daily Devotional – Tuesday October 24 2006
Revelation 7:9-17

Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.

Our travelogue with Paul through the Eastern Med is over. This week we visit John’s Revelation as we transition into Advent and Christmas. I love this time of year with the crisp clean air and the color. You can tell I am a Northerner; and yes I have a thing for snow.

In today’s 9 short paragraphs God reveals to us through John a vision of Heaven. It delivers the promises made to us in the Old and New Testament. I must admit that I had great difficulty understanding these passages when I first read them many years ago. My spiritual maturing (aging) has helped better grasp and see the great vision.

In order to see this vision I had to first believe in God, Jesus Christ and the “fact” that the Holy Spirit resides in me as my Soul. The promise of heaven is made real to me as the final destination of my spiritual self. I am one of the multitude dressed in white, waving palm branches and singing praises to God and the Lamb.

I believe that I will survive the great tribulation and that I am saved by the simple sacrifice of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When we consider Heaven we naturally consider death. I do not fear death as I once did. Maybe it comes from being a polio survivor and very…very frequent flyer. Jesus has given me the great promise that in heaven under his protection my Soul will be fed, clothed, kept warm and safe and that I will never have cause for tears; and all of this for eternity. Jesus delivers on his promises. Thanks be to God and to The Lamb.

Oh yes! Another thought… Is heaven available to me now? Do I need to die to enjoy heavenly grace? Maybe not --- just a thought!

AMEN

John Dickie, October 24, 2006

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