Devotion Time: October 25-31, 2010

Suggested Instructions

Read the assigned passage for the day, memorize the given memory verse for each day and answer the reflection question provided. Click here to download the packet.

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Daily Devotion and Bible Reading Plan

Monday              10/25               Revelation 2:8-11
Tuesday              10/26               Revelation 2:12-17
Wednesday        10/27               Revelation 2:18-29
Thursday            10/28              Revelation 3:1-6
Fri-Sun               10/29-31         Hosea 1-14

Memory Verses and Reflection Questions

MONDAY, 10/25

Memory Verse

Revelation 2:10

Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Reflection Questions

  • What did Jesus exhort the Smyrnans to do in the face of suffering?
  • How can I apply the exhortation to “be faithful, even to the point of death” in the context of my struggles with suffering for Christ?

TUESDAY, 10/26

Memory Verse

Revelation 2:17

He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it.

Reflection Questions

  • “As the center for four idolatrous cults (Zeus, Dionysius, Asclepius, and Athene), Pergamum was called the city ‘where Satan’s has his thone’”[1]
  • What would it have taken for the church of Pergamum to remain true in this kind of environment?
  • What is the modern church’s response to today’s idolatrous culture?  What has been our church’s response?
  • What is revealed about God from the fact that he will give me a “white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it”?

WEDNESDAY, 10/27

Memory Verse

Revelation 2:19

I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first.

Reflection Questions

  • What does Jesus credit to the church in Thyatira?  What are the things that I am doing more than I did at first?  How do I feel about the fact Jesus knows my deeds, love and faith, service and perseverance?
  • What does Jesus hold against the church in Thyatira?  Given that the culture they lived in was filled with sexual immorality and idolatry, what might have been some reasons why they tolerated Jezebel?  What are some things in our culture that I should not tolerate?

THURSDAY, 10/28

Memory Verse

Revelation 3:2

Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God.

Reflection Questions

  • Reflect on the difference between the Sardis church’s reputation and their true spiritual state.  How can a church become this way?
  • Is there some important aspect of my spiritual life, or our church, that is aptly described by the words “strengthen what remains and is about to die”?
  • What is involved in “waking up”?  How can remembering what I have received and heard cause me to obey and repent?

[1] Life Application Study Bible, study notes (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers and Zondervan, 1991) 2245

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