Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 247/260: Read Revelation 9

The siege upon Jerusalem was a devastating blow to what was once a proud and powerful people. Many souls were lost eternally because their hearts were not right with the Almighty Jehovah. Not every Jew in the city was killed, but even those who survived refused to repent. They continued their idolatrous ways.

The Old Testament is full of examples of idolatry, and the practice continues even to this day among God’s people who should know better.

The apostle Paul identifies covetousness as idolatry (Ephesians 5:5; Colossians 3:5), and it is not difficult to find even modern-day examples of otherwise religious people who put material desires above spiritual needs. The same was true in first-century Jerusalem; consider the attitude toward tax collectors and money changers and the warnings against exorbitant usury.

Where do we seek value? Do we equate our own worth to our bank account? Our possessions? Or do we understand the words of Jesus: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26).

Memory (Copy into a notebook 5-10 times)

Revelation 11:17. “We give You thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because You have taken Your great power and reigned.”

Pray

Pray that you may recognize your soul’s worth, as well as the eternal worth of those around you.

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