40 Days of Prophecy - January 21, 2016 - Bittersweet

Begin your time with God in prayer:
Praise God for who He is. Confess any sin so that nothing blocks your fellowship with Him. Ask God to use the Spirit and the Word to transform your life. Yield your will to God’s will.

Let God’s Word penetrate your head and your heart:

Read Revelation 10:1-10

The final judgments are about to be poured out. It will be both sweet and bitter for believers. It will be sweet because there will be no further delay in God’s redemptive plan. It will be bitter because believers will face persecution. John must prophesy once again about the final act of God’s plan in a last attempt to redeem the lost.

"How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:14-15

Just as John had a mission to do, so do we. People cannot call on Jesus if they haven’t heard about Him.

Apply God’s Word to your life:
· Make a list of at least 5 people you know who need to hear about Jesus.
· Commit to pray for their salvation. Ask the Father to draw them to Jesus.
· Expect the bittersweet. Rejoice in God’s redemptive plan.
· Give yourself fully to Jesus today so that you can endure the trials ahead.

Father, thank you for the bittersweet. Give me the faith to look beyond today to Your final victory in Heaven. Help me to grasp what will happen to those who don’t know You so that I am passionate about sharing my faith. Draw me deeper in my walk with You so that I can be bold about following You. Amen.

Related verses to meditate on:

John 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

"Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts." Jeremiah 15:16

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