Revelation 1

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The Revelation of Jesus Christ. It’s one of the most studied and yet misunderstood books of the Bible. In all that we’ll see over the next 22 chapters it’s important to look for and not miss Jesus. This book is the Revelation of Him. It’s not the revelation of the anti-christ, or the timing of the second coming, though those things may be referenced in it’s poetic prophecies. It is the revelation of Christ, so be on lookout for His glory, majesty and grace.

Today’s goal

God desires to reveal His glory in all things. Seek to see Jesus in the happenings of your day.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

Books on Revelation

If you’re interested in further materials on Revelation and Eschatology, check out the following:

  1. A night of eschatology (video) – Desiring God
  2. Revelation: The Spirit Speaks to the Churches — by James M. Hamilton Jr.
  3. A Case for Historic Premillennialism — by Craig L. Blomberg (Editor), Sung Wook Chung (Editor)
  4. Heaven Misplaced: Christ’s Kingdom on Earth — by Douglas Wilson

Jude 1

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I don’t know if there is a more jam-packed book in the whole Bible. Perhaps that’s because this one is only 25 verses in 1 chapter.

Jude was a half-brother of Jesus, though he doesn’t mention that in his writing. He wasn’t a name-dropper, I think there’s a lesson there. But Jude was also not a believer or disciple until after his half-brother, Jesus rose from the dead. Sometimes people need to spend a lot of time around Jesus before they are convinced of who He really is.

There are a lot of challenging words and ideas in this short letter, and some strange references too. But the challenge given by Jude 2,000 years ago is still amazingly relevant today.

Today’s goal

Let your non-believing friends and family spend time seeing Jesus in your life.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

3 John 1

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I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

– 3 John 1:4

I was 16 years old the first time I went to a church youth camp. Twenty years later I can say with confidence that it was a turning point in my life. I’ll never forget that camp. The theme was “In Christ” and the focus of the teaching was the Book of Ephesians.

The opening day of the camp a balding, nearly 70 year old heavyset Pastor taught all three sessions on Ephesians 1. When he stepped up to the pulpit for the first session there was a sense among many of the nearly 400 high school students in attendance that this ‘old guy’ wouldn’t have anything to share with a bunch of kids. We were wrong.

By the end of the day a seed had been planted in my mind and heart by the old man. A seed of a desire to serve God with the rest of my life. As he walked to his car after the final evening session I caught him for a moment and asked, “Will you please sign my Bible?” Looking back it was one of those odd, youthful requests, but I do remember what he wrote…

“III John 4.
Chuck Smith”

Today’s goal

Make the heart of your pastor happy. Walk in the truth.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

2 John 1

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And now I plead with you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we have had from the beginning: that we love one another.

– 2 John 1:5

Many Bible teachers, including myself, believe that John’s reference to “the elect lady” in 2 John is a coded reference referring to the Church. Therefore, John here pleads with the church both 2,000 years ago, and now, to keep the ancient command of God to love one another.

Love is the summary of all of God’s law. As Paul wrote to the Galatians…

“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

– Galatians 5:14

And as Jesus spoke in Matthew 22:37-40…

Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ “This is the first and great commandment. “And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ “On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

It would be difficult to keep all of God’s written law exactingly. But thankfully everything can be concisely summed up in one word. Love.

Today’s goal

Love God and one another.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

1 John 5

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Daily Thoughts

Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

– 1 John 5:5

The Apostle Paul writes in the Book of Romans that Christians are “more than conquerors through Him (Jesus) who loved us” (Romans 8:37).  The word “overcomes” in 1 John 5 and “conquerors” in Romans 8 are the same root words in the original Greek. Through faith in Christ we become conquerors, overcoming the sin and death of this fallen world.

Take heart when faced with difficulties and trials in this world. This world is not all that there is, and in Christ we have an absolutely certain hope of a life beyond this.

Today’s goal

Give thanks to God for all that He has given us in Christ. Happy Thanksgiving!

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

1 John 4

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He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

– 1 John 4:8

Many refer to 1 Corinthians 13 as “The Love Chapter” in the Bible. First John 4 has to hold a close second in the love competition category. The word love is found 27 times in the 21 verses of this chapter. Here John, the beloved apostle, reveals this great truth; “God is love.”

There are many words that can be used to describe God; holy, just, good, gracious, merciful, powerful, creative, etc. But no list would be complete without “love” near the very top. Without the love of God there’d be no plan for the redemption of lost humanity. Jesus (our Redeemer) is the tangible expression of the love of God. In Him we see the Father’s love demonstrated, and through Him we experience the goodness of God’s love both now and forever.

Today’s goal

Seek to experience and express God’s love in a tangible way today.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

1 John 3

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But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?

– 1 John 3:17

This is a challenging word for Americans. It is clear that we are a nation that “has this world’s goods.” A brief check on the Global Rich List reveals that an income of just $32,500 puts you in the top 1%. I guess those Occupy Wall Street peeps might need to change their slogan.  Not only are we the most wealthy, there is also not a day that goes by that we do not see our fellow brothers and sisters in need.

“God, help me to have a giving heart! Cause Your love to abide in me.”

Today’s goal

Be thankful. Don’t shut up your heart from those truly in need.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

1 John 2

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Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.

– 1 John 2:15-16

Early in the Bible we are presented with the reason for which we live in such a sad and broken world. Through the first man (and woman) sin entered the world, and death through sin, and death and sin have been spread to every one of us. All of creation now sits under the curse and burden of sin and death.

How did such a terrible thing happen? Through the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. It’s described like this…

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate.

– Genesis 3:6

Desire met temptation with opportunity, and Adam and Eve (the first humans) were sunk. The tree looked good (the lust of the eyes), they figured it would taste good (the lust of the flesh) and they were told by the tempter that it would make them like God (the pride of life). So, they gook and ate.

Today’s goal

Don’t stand too close to or gaze to long upon ungodly things that you desire. When lustful desire meets temptation with opportunity, you’ll fall too.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

1 John 1

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If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

– 1 John 1:9

Jesus’s death, burial and resurrection were sufficient and acceptable sacrifices to fully deal with the dark stain of our failures and sin. That is gospel truth that I can stand upon and rejoice in. But while His sacrifice satisfies God’s righteous requirements for all who have sinned, His sacrifice only cleanses that which is brought to Him through confession. You and I cannot cleans ourselves. Only Christ can make us clean. But I have to invite Him—through confession—to do so.

Today’s goal

Don’t try to make yourself clean. You can’t do it anyways. Ask for God to forgive and cleans you from all unrighteousness.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon

2 Peter 3

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…knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.”

– 2 Peter 3:3-4

“Knowing this first.” Anytime I see words like those I know that what follows is important. These words are important, and we are certainly living in days in which scoffers mock both the promise of Christ’s second coming, and those that believe and look for Him.

Don’t lose heart! As sure as Jesus came the first time, He will come again.

Today’s goal

Be strong in the promise and hope of the Lord’s coming.

Helpful Resources

Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

Read the Scriptures at Bible.com

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon