‘The Lamb standing’ Revelation 14.1 VOTD

“Then I looked, and here was the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him were one hundred and forty-four thousand, who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.”

Revelation 14.1

Among the great figures of Revelation is Jesus as the Lamb, not only as sacrifice, but as Leader of his people and the heavenly armies.

With him are the chosen people who bear his name and character. What are they like?

#VOTD #Jesus #victory

‘Despite great strength’ Psalm 33.17 VOTD

“A horse disappoints those who trust in it for victory; despite its great strength, it cannot deliver.”

Psalm 33.17

Man trusts in many things other than God, but they all ultimately fail.

In the place of “horse,” what might be appropriate for people today?

#VOTD #strength #victory

VOTD: 1 Kings 20.11 ‘Should not boast’

“The king of Israel replied, ‘Tell him the one who puts on his battle gear should not boast like one who is taking it off.'”

1 Kings 20.11

Within the story of the war between Syria and Israel, great ironies lie in Ahab’s phrase.

What truths in this phrase apply to Christians?

#boasting #VOTD #victory

VOTD: Romans 12.21 ‘Overcome with good’

“Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Romans 12.21

Evil is prevalent, but not overpowering.

How is goodness the superior force?

#evil, #goodness, #victory, #votd

5-30-2016 An Annual Memorial

Memorial Day started as Decoration Day for the graves of those who died in the War Between The States.  It became a federal holiday in 1971.  Remembering the war dead each year should remind us how precious is our national Freedom.  Have you noticed, there is no “memorial day” for enemies?  David reminded Israel, “O enemy, destructions are finished forever! And you have destroyed cities; Even their memory has perished” (Psalm 9:6 NKJV).  It has become devoted to baseball games, racing, grilling, and traveling.  For Christians, the Lord’s Supper is to “proclaim the Lord’s death till He comes” (1 Corinthians 11:26 NKJV) every “first day of the week” (Acts 20:7 NKJV), which keeps it fresh!  We don’t decorate Christ’s grave, we celebrate His victory, and ours: “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world” (1 John 5:4 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

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Who is on the watch?

In his book Christian Devotion, John Baillie recalls winter evenings of blackout during World War II in which he reread a good many books growing out of the previous war. One of them posed the questions: “Who really won the war for us?” “What kind of man was he?”

Discussion led to the answer that “he was a plain man awake all night in a ditch.” Professor Baillie adds as comment, a confession of faith: “Is that not the kind of man who by the grace of God will always win the battle of life—a plain man on the watch?”

—John Baillie, Christian Devotion (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1976.)

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 – But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. For God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with Him. Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day, by Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock, Warner Robins church of Christ, Warner Robins, Georgia

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(#112) The Proverbs of Solomon 16:19-Victory Is For The Lowly

Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

Proverbs 16:19: “Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.”

The way “up” is “down.” No one will ever enter Heaven by self-elevation, but by lowliness of heart in serving the Lord. Jesus warned of seeking the best seats without earning the respect of others: “So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: ‘When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, “Give place to this man,” and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, “Friend, go up higher.” Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted” (Luke 14:7-11).

“Dividing the spoil” is what is done by the proud, following a victory. Serving with the lowly means more than only counting the victories. Many World War II military veterans seem to recount more memories of their shared struggles with fellow-soldiers than they do the campaigns and victories.

Going to Heaven is not for the “proud,” and there will be no “spoil” to share. We must serve God on Earth before we can enjoy the blessedness of Heaven. “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith” (1 John 5:4). “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

Being of “a humble spirit” will put one in the best company on Earth. The lowly Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem in the last week of His life on earth (Matthew 21:1-9) in complete fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy: “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9). Jesus invites all who will become lowly in heart to follow Him: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30). Christians are those who will follow the lowly Jesus: “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to subdue all things to Himself” (Philippians 3:20-21). As Christians, we must conduct ourselves with the attitude of our Master: “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself” (Philippians 2:3).

All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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