The praise that John saw

We read in Revelation that John was taken up to heaven, and he wrote down what he saw and heard. The book is amazing and one of my favourites. To see eternity and where we will be going, must have been breathtaking. I can’t wait for eternity and spending it with my Father God.

As well as all John saw, he writes down what he heard as well. He listened to the angels praising and the sounds of heaven.

“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come…”

This is reality. This isn’t some dream John had. This is what goes on 24 hours a day, as a constant praise to God going on in the heavenlies. We hear lots of noise, lots of bustle and business. To go somewhere where there is total quiet to sit and wait on God is near impossible. There is music everywhere, but not the music of God. Not the music that praises Him alone.

The best we have is the praise and worship songs that are written by those who love God and some lived many centuries ago. Fill your mind with these songs of worship. Fill your mind with words of praise from the Word of God. Take your focus away from the world that is full of self pleasure and brokenness. Redirect it towards heaven and fill yourself with the images of glory that we can read in Revelation. It may cause you to fall face down in total worship and honour to the Heavenly God. He reigns in heaven and earth, and deserves our devotion.

As we worship Him more and more, we become less like the world, and more like Him who we worship. We become more like Jesus the more we devote time and pleasure to reading His word and face down in front of Him.

When we get our priorities right and put God and the worship of Him first, then everything else falls into place in our lives. As soon as that priority changes away from Him, then things can start to fall apart.

Keep your eyes focused where they should be. On the Most High God.

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Love with a bit of bacteria!

I heard a quote yesterday that really spoke to me. “Bacteria grow in warm water, but die in hot”. Loving this. It was in relation to the state of the Western Church, that it is the same as the Laodicean Church of the book of Revelation.

There is a lot of good stuff going on in the 3rd World Churches, through persecution and hate and possible death. It makes me wonder where our faith is. Faith and submission are doing things you dont want to do, but doing them anyway because you have been asked to do them by the Most Holy God. There is no persecution in the Western Church, but if there were, would we then be a ‘hot’ church and not ‘lukewarm’ anymore?

God is definitely on the move in this country. We are seeing revivals in our churches, healings, forgiveness flowing. This is all the stuff that comes to the surface before God moves mightily within us. We call it the ‘dross’. The bad stuff in metals that come to the top when it is heated up to massive temperatures. It is skimmed off the top, so that the metals like gold can then be pure. Without some of our dross, we can then learn to be pure, and to live more like Christ in all we do.

We are called to love, but how many of us actually do? Real love. The love that doesnt care who it is, how they smell, what they look like. The love that doesnt care what mistakes they have made and continue to make. The love that can correct and accept both at the same time. The love that doesnt want us to sit in our quiet little homes, but to spend our time with with our church family more than anyone else. The love that looks after others in a quiet, sensitive way that wont cause offence or embarrass.

We can only do this when the temperature rises, and this becomes normal for us. When this is normal, we will see more of God, in such a huge way, we will just go and do more and more for Him. So much more, that the revivals we have seen in Wales, or in specific churches, will be normal. We will be letting our lights shine for the whole world to see, not just one or two people. If we are the city on a hill, lets act it. Lets be showing how much we are forgiven, loved and saved. When we understand what we are saved from, we can go out and help others by living our salvation. Be the city on a hill. Be the light that shines. Be so much more than just lukewarm for Him.