Revelation 5:11-14 "Worthy is the Lamb." on this week's Word of Grace Devotion with Pastor Joe Marquez.
The Word of Grace Devotion for December 14, 2020
Worthy Is The Lamb!
Revelation 5:11-14, “Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” 13Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!” 14The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.”
Beloved, we all know that Christmas is about Jesus. Christmas is centered on God becoming a man to die for the sins of the world. It centers on His birth, the incarnation, which revealed God’s heart for mankind; and His willingness to give His all for us. What is our response?
Revelation 5:11-14 captures our response. We, like they, are to worship the Lord saying, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
Beloved, my prayer for you and myself is that we would take some time out of this crazy world and this crazy time and worship our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Maybe we can take some time each morning in quiet solitude to thank Him for His goodness and our salvation. Maybe we can worship Him by serving or blessing someone who could not possibly repay us in anyway.
The idea is simply that we come back to a heart of worship for our Lord. We need to get ready because there will be a whole lot of worship going on in heaven!
I pray that you will have a blessed and worshipful week! I love you and I will be praying for you!
The Word of Grace Devotion for December 7, 2020
Reap In Joy
Psalm 126:5-6, “Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. 6He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.” NKJV
Beloved for many 2020 has been a year of sowing of tears. Loss of employment, illness, COVID restrictions and such has led to insecurity, fear, worry and much sowing in tears. Lives have been taken away and others have been greatly diminished. It has been a year of sowing in tears.
The same was true for the Israelites who suffered in Babylon under the judgment of God. They had been removed from their homeland because of their disobedience and were yearning to return home. They were sowing in tears.
But alas, hope was on the horizon. The promise was given, “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. 6He who continually goes forth weeping, Bearing seed for sowing, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, Bringing his sheaves with him.” The Israelites were given the promise that they would one day return home and be filled with joy! Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy!
My prayer is that what was true for the Israelites may it also become true for us. 2020 has been a hard year of sowing in tears. But 2021 offers us hope. Hope that we will overcome and that what had been sown in tears will return in joy! This is my hope and my prayer. May we, come again with rejoicing, bringing our sheaves with us!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! I love you and will pray for you!
Praying for a joy filled 2021!