“You cannot be an unbelieving, vile, scared, evil person, who lacks courage, forgiveness, discipleship, wisdom and love of God, to endure dangerous and unpleasant things that will occur in your daily trials and tribulations.” ~ Jon Barnes
Danger, pain, opposition, problems and choices are presented to all of us each day, as we prove our loyalty to God. Your integrity is being measured all of the time and your motives drive your passion for good work and faith in God. The work you do is a product of your working faith to display like a masterful priceless painting, without hands on the minds of many who will notice and share your handy work.
God can trust and rely on your quality effort and virtuous ethics of truth and work, as you labor, teach, and help others in your daily work, walk and ways in life. Your personal, family, and business models are not corrupt and full of evil practices. Mistakes are quickly noticed and corrected, when God and people point them out to you. In humility, you are not so quick to believe that you are always right! Since you have learned to listen, use, and carefully weigh improved information and experiences, you are quick to change your own ways to follow God.
The spiritual and physical outcome from your daily walk with God, should shine without measure or help from your extra makeup, cars, houses, boats, things, and stuff. Each crumb, key stroke, step, work, movement, note, song, whisper, yell, thought, action, reaction, or measure of silence should vibrate Jesus is Lord in your life, rippling through the Universe. Be the gladiator that you are internally as you quietly swing and sling the work and word God into existence in your own life, sharing God’s presence and present of Love.
Are you following the evil ways of a coward or God’s lifestyle of a champion with Christian character, simplicity, and grace?
Enjoy Today’s Reading
22 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal,flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb2 down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
John and the Angel
6 The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”
7 “Look, I am coming soon! Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”
8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had been showing them to me.9 But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll. Worship God!”
10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this scroll,because the time is near.11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”
Epilogue: Invitation and Warning
12 “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.
14 “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.15 Outside are the dogs,those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you[a] this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”
17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.