Archive for the ‘Revelations’ Category

Pray and sniff

February 11th, 2017 by Maureen

…they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.  Rev. 5:8

Whether this is a metaphor or not, how absolutely astounding that our prayers are presented as God’s incense, a perfume with eternal and infinite qualities. Our half-asleep whispers, our on-going conversations with our Father, our formal and corporate prayers, the joyful anthems we sing on the happiest days of our lives, and our most desperate, doubt-colored cries on the worst – are so valuable to God that he keeps them in golden bowls. We don’t need to fully understand the nature of prayer to believe that our prayers matter to God.

Lord, you are worthy of my trust so I lay before you the hopes and needs of my life.

The wonder of naming

January 30th, 2017 by Maureen

No longer will your name be called Abraham Gen. 17:15
No longer will your name be called Jacob Gen. 32:28
Saul became known as Paul. Act 13:9
I will give to each one white stone with a new name written on it. Rev. 2:17

When most of us experience the joy of naming – a new baby, or even a new puppy – we think about names that are in some way meaningful and reflect something about the being we are naming. We even name inanimate objects because they matter to us. Historically, being recognized as legitimate with the father’s name often meant the difference between having an inheritance and not having an inheritance. Our Father has a special name for each of us too. He calls us by the name that perfectly reflects who we truly are. In the Bible God even renames some people in order to reflect changed lives and changed relationships with Him.

Thank you, Papa, for giving me my own unique name and Your redemptive name.

Good Friday on the time-space continuum

March 25th, 2016 by Maureen

Pilate: What shall I do with Jesus, called the Christ? The crowd shouted, “Crucify Him….And Jesus having again cried with a great voice, yielded the spirit; and lo, the veil of the sanctuary was rent in two from top unto bottom, and the earth did quake, and the rocks were rent. Matt 27

The cross was a concrete moment in time but it is also an experience happening outside of time. God exists and functions outside of time as well as within it. Jesus Christ was crucified on a Friday in Palestine sometime between 30 and 33 A.D. yet Jesus Christ was crucified before the world was made. Rev. 13:8 calls Him the “Lamb who was slain before the foundation of the world.” 1 Peter 1 explains that Jesus Christ was foreknown before the world was made and fortold by Old Testament prophets. Paul explains the same thing in Ephesians 1 and goes on to explain that before God even made us His intentions for us is an existence within the communion and love of Father, Christ, and Holy Spirit, as Jesus explains in John 17, has always existed. In Matthew 25 Jesus speaks of His Kingdom prepared for us before the foundation of the world. Jesus Christ’s crucifixion is an pre-creation experience within the Triune Godhead, a predicted event from the mysterious promise issued in Genesis 3:15 up until it became a historic event. Time and eternity converged in that moment and expelled enough energy to cause earthquakes and the symbolically split the dividing curtain between heaven and earth caused the evil. At this moment the eternally foreknown and foretold became present reality and a continuously happening present event as each person who recognizes His grace and embraces reconciliation to God through Christ. As each of us experiences His crucifixion as a personal event we are then continuously reconciled to what has already taken place on our behalf.

God, thank You for always and forever loving me.

Already gone

February 2nd, 2016 by Maureen

I will restore to you the years the locusts have eaten. Joel 2:25; If anyone is is Christ the new has come and the old has gone. 2 Cor. 5:17; Behold I make all things new. Rev. 21:5

There is no loss, no baggage, no regret, no failure in our lives that Christ cannot restore. There is no old, used up, distorted, ragged, broken, torn, vermin-ridden mess in our lives that Christ cannot make new. In fact, because we are in Christ that shiny new restored life is already bestowed upon us through salvation and the old life is already gone.  It’s only from our perspective that it is not being realized. He has made us free to live the life He realizes for us.

Lord, help me to decide, to respond, to live, and to think based on what You have made new.

Keeping Christmas

December 26th, 2012 by Maureen

But I have this complaint against you. You don’t love me or each other as you did at first! Look how far you have fallen! Turn back to me and do the works you did at first. Rev. 2:4

People are nicer to each other at Christmas. Somehow the joy, goodwill, and bit of extra patience that miraculously happens in a crowded store before Christmas seems to dissapate in the return line the day after.

“I will honor Christmas in my heart and try to keep it all the year.” – Ebenezer Scrooge.

Lord, keep the joy and goodwill in my heart all year.

Better than the average Messiah

December 6th, 2011 by Maureen

On His robe and on his thigh He has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lord. Rev. 16:19

Typically when a problem exists we look at all possible solutions and try to pick the best one. If that solution doesn’t work we may try another or even expand the pool. In trying to solve the problems sin creates, all the ways we hurt other people and ourselves, we may try a number of solutions but, Jesus is the Solution of solutions. He’s not your average Messiah.

Hallelujah, Lord, You truly are  King of kings and Lord of lords.

New again

April 20th, 2011 by Maureen

For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? Is. 43:19 And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Rom. 6:4 Behold, I make all things new. Rev. 21:5

At times the new feels like it’s worn off, we feel stained by our failures and tattered by our disappointments. Christ set renewal in motion for those who believe in Him. He is always making us new and wants to help us see our new lives and to live them out through the power of his resurrection.

Lord, make me new again.

Scented prayers

January 15th, 2011 by Maureen

And when he took the scroll, the four living beings and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they held gold bowls filled with incense, which are the prayers of God’s people.  Rev. 5:8

How absolutely astounding that our prayers –  the very ones we prayed this morning, some half-asleep whispers, some spoken with only a shred of hope, the joyful anthems we sing on the happiest days of our lives, and our desperate cries on the worst – are so valuable to God that he keeps them in golden bowls.  How amazing that they are incorporated as perfume into the worship of heaven. We don’t need to fully understand the nature of prayer, we just need to pray.

Lord, you are worthy of my trust so I lay before you the hopes and needs of my life.