Listen to Joseph Prince lead you through what Jesus did for you
8“Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”
11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”
I love Revelation 4. I also love Revelation 5. Revelation 4 has what I want to focus on. It needs no commentary. Just take it for what God may say to you.
The Throne in Heaven
After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne.3 And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings[a] and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, 6 and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. Continue reading
I have featured this song before. BUT, the words are fantastic. We can always w0rship to the song. Here is a great setting for the song. Enjoy with Kari Jobe.
“Jesus take away the fog and the clouds and the veil, and help me to see…give me eyes to really see.”
This is how Eldredge ends this section. To get there he discusses a hugh let down over the health of his son, Blaine. He concludes, “life is brutal.” Life IS brutal and life is hard. How are you going to live it? How are you going to cope? Are you just going to cope–that is the big question.
Eldredge starts this section by making a point that we are like the captain of a ship that is lost at sea. One of his favorite phrases for the condition of the average heart is “we are alert and oriented times zero” meaning that we are lost and don’t have a clue.
Given our condition it would appear that God has abandoned us. Or, maybe I’m not doing my part? It seems either we’re blowing it or God is holding out on us. Seems he hasn’t come through for me, for us.
Long ago and wise man named Irenaeus said: “The glory of God is man fully alive.” Jesus said something very similar. “…but I have come that they may have life and have it more abundantly.” He wants us to have a blessed, abundant life.
What could all this mean to us today?
I am rereading another one of John Eldredge’s books, Waking the Dead.
I am focusing on this book for a while so if you have read the book, I’d love your input here. If you are interested, please pick up a copy and read it with me.
Waking the Dead, that is an apt title. He starts part 1 with the title “Seeing Our Way Clearly.” That is so on the money for the modern christian culture in the world–the western world anyway. That is the part of God’s body I am most familiar with.