Jesus reveals the destruction of Jerusalem as a sign of the end of the ages. With images similar to those in Revelation, he describes the mounting power of evil. The descriptions of the explosions of evil serve to awaken in the faithful the yet greater power of God to triumph in the end.
Are there people and events in your life that are coming against you with strength similar to what Jesus outlines? The overwhelming power of these energies only serves to scream out all the more that your redemption is near.
Once again, it is a matter of things getting worse before they get better. You have models for prayer this week—Zechariah, Solomon, David and John. They heighten awareness that the Holy Spirit is praying in you and working out the victory.
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Example: Your words will not pass away. v. 33
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels.
In the season of Kingdomtide this year we read Luke 19:28 to 24:53.
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From the sea and the land come the beasts born of the dragon. They are blasphemous counterparts of the Blessed Trinity. Five times the Greek word, exousia, is used, translated by the English, “authority.” This is the constituting power of God alone, here usurped by evil in a sacrilegious pretence at being divine. The evil of those who bear the mark of the beast replaces God’s brand of ownership.
Chapters 12 to 14 reveal the characters that will play their parts in the second half of the Book of Revelation. Evil is portrayed in these outlandish images—the same evil of Dives who despised Lazarus.
Hear the words of Jesus in his arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane: “All who draw the sword will die by the sword” (Matt. 26:52). Is there any violence in you?
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Example: Granting me grace to endure. v. 10
Thursdays are dedicated to the letters of Paul, other letters,
the Book of Acts, and the Book of Revelation.
In the season of Kingdomtide this year we read 2 Timothy and Revelation 12—22.
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David is as Lazarus of last Sunday. Pray this psalm interceding for the millions who lie in poverty outside the range of ears to hear the cry, but near to the heart of those willing to be moved by others in need.
There is power in the word “pour” as David expresses his complaints, his angers, and all his emotions. They do not come out drip by drip, hedged in by guilt and shame, as so often happens when it comes to feelings. Be as David. Take all of who you are in confident pouring into the lap of the Lord’s compassion. When these energies are spent, there will be a space of pure emptiness for the glory of the Lord to fill you and the hearts of the desperate in expressions of glory as is in the final verse.
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Example: You are my place of refuge. v. 5
We continue to read the Psalms in numerical order.
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