April 12 – Devotion Sharing (Revelation 14, 15)

Submitted by Jina K. Gracepoint Berkeley Church

Revelation 14:6-7 

  • What truths about God are stated in this text?
    From 14:6; He is the God of all nations.  He brings the message of the gospel to all who live on the earth – to every nation, tribe, language and people.  He loves and wants all men to hear the Gospel and to be saved.  This past month, I’ve been thinking a lot about some international students that we ministered to a long time ago and was really encouraged to hear from them.  Recently we received a visit from a couple who had accepted Christ at our church and then moved to the east coast.  And now they will be relocating to a different country.  I was so thankful because I saw how they were striving to remain faithful to God and they asked for prayers that they would be able to continue to grow in their faith in that new country.  I also heard an update about one person who seemed so closed off to God for a long time, but surrendered her life to Christ before returning to her country.  I remember being worried about her, wondering if her young faith would stand in the midst of all the distractions and conflicts in the new environment.  Recently we heard how she was really growing in her faith, that she was serving faithfully in her church and how she was growing in her understanding of God’s heart.  As I thought about these precious people, I was convicted again of God’s loving heart which is so urgent and burdened for lost souls all over the world, in every nation, tribe, language.  He desires to rescue them from destruction and death and to bring them the eternal Gospel.  God’s heart is so big and he desires for all men to come to salvation.

    Another truth from this text is that God’s wrath is real and we will one day face His judgment.  His ways are just and true.  He is a God of justice and truth.  Therefore, He cannot ignore sin but must deal with and punish sin.  He is the Creator and Maker of all the heavens, the earth, the seas, of all of creation, including every human being.  Therefore, He is the rightful King who deserves all glory, and all of our worship.  He is the Holy God.  Out of the Temple came seven angels who were dressed in clean, shining linen and wore golden sashes around their chests.  This imagery emphasizes to me the absolute purity and holiness of God and the presence of God.  There is no contamination or corruption of sin or any darkness or filth of any sin at all.   In light of God’s absolute holiness and justice, it is also clear from this text that He is also a God of wrath and judgment against all the sin, rebellion against God and evil in this world, and in each of our hearts and lives.  It is unclear from the figurative writing, what is the exact time, details, or manifestations of God’s judgment.  But one thing is clear is that it is real.  And as He is the holy God of all glory and power, His judgment and wrath is a truly fearful and terrifying thing.

    In the midst of this judgment, however, there is signs of God’s mercy.  There are those people who had been victorious over Satan and over the battle of sin.  God gave them harps to sing His praises.  How is this possible in light of God’s absolute holiness, and His rightful judgment and wrath against all sin?  How is it possible for any sinner to stand before God and to not be completely destroyed by His wrath?  I am reminded that it is only possible because of the Lamb, Jesus Christ, and His blood shed for me on the Cross.  I am spared from this wrath and to come before God’s holy presence because of His “righteous act” that he accomplished on the Cross–the entire fearful wrath of God was poured onto Jesus on the Cross, in my place.  He bore the judgment and the wrath of God that I rightfully deserved.  He suffered and bore the complete wrath of God against all the sin, rebellion and evil and darkness within my sinful heart so that through the Lamb, I can claim victory over the battle of sin and Satan and be included in this group of people who is able to not be destroyed but to sing praises and worship to God.

  • Reflect on the state of my sense of awe toward God’s judgment.
    Especially in light of Passion week, my sense of awe of God’s judgment has been freshly renewed.  As I went through the passion experience and watched The Passion of the Christ this past week, it was really almost unbearable to see the intensity of the suffering and punishment which Jesus had to endure (the beatings, the torturous flogging, the humiliation and mockery, the cruelty of having to carry his own cross all the way up the mountain, and the suffering of being nailed and dying on the Cross.)  It struck me again how He had to go through all this, so that I would not have to.  All the punishment, pain and torturous suffering that Jesus bore reveal the wrath of God and judgment that I rightfully and fully deserve because of my sins.  As much as it was the soldiers, Pharisees, and Pilate who handed him over to die, it was as much directly because of my sins that crucified Jesus.  Jesus willingly drank the cup of all that suffering and took it all upon Himself so that I can be spared and completely pardoned.  It has really renewed my sense of awe of the fearful wrath and judgment of God but at the same time has renewed in me a sense of gratitude, awe and amazement of God’s incredible love and mercy that He has for me in order that I can be reconciled to God and have eternal life.

Write a prayer in response to Revelation 14:6-7.
Dear Lord,
I confess that you are the rightful King of my life and over all of Creation.  You are the Holy God and you deserve all glory, honor, and all my worship.  I know that all the suffering and death you bore, was for me, because of my sins and rebellion against you.  I thank you, Lord, that you bore the full wrath and judgment that I rightfully deserved.  You died so that I could be reconciled to you and live eternally.  I stand in awe and amazement at your unfathomable love and mercy for me and for every person in this world.  Please help me to daily die to myself  in order to fully love others so that I can be someone that can bring your eternal Gospel and salvation to others.

In Jesus name, Amen.


Submitted by Kevin J. Gracepoint Berkeley Church

Revelation 14:6-7 

  • What truths about God are stated in this text?

There are many grand descriptions of God’s character in this passage: His deeds are great and marvelous, His ways are just and true, He is to be feared, because He alone is holy, and He is the judge. These truths should cause me to examine the state of my relationship with Him on a regular basis. It’s so easy to get caught up in life’s routines and demands and the responsibilities of ministry that can create a sense of busyness that masks the issue that is of utmost importance, one that I need to concern myself with most – what is my standing before God, the ultimate judge? If the hour of God’s judgment is coming, then I must daily take steps to prepare myself for that judgment. It’s important for me to connect with God through word and prayer, honestly consider the state of my heart, examine my life for sins I need to confess and issues that I need to deal with, and struggle to replace myself self-centered ways by giving God His rightful place on the throne of my life.

As I reflect on my sinful state before the perfect and holy God, do I have a healthy, reverent fear of Him that leads me to praise and gratitude? Are my thoughts and deeds bringing honor to God, or am I living selfishly where my greatest concerns revolve around the desires of my heart? As I consider these questions, I know that I often fall short of having the right posture of humility before God. It’s only when I am honest about my sins and struggles – my pride and refusal to submit to the basic call of discipleship, my deception and refusal to confess all forms of sin and acts that I feel I need to hide, my lack of care and concern for others and my small heart, the anger and resentment in my heart, my desires for comfort – that I see my need for God and recognize just how much I am at his mercy. Ultimately, all of my sins are against God so I must live with a reverent fear of Him, recognizing that I could never approach His standards of morality, goodness and holiness. As the text says, God alone is holy and His ways are just and true, and so it’s important for me to engage in regular repentance when I see that my life is full not of His ways but of my ways.

The text also describes God as the Creator of “the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water,” and I am reminded once again that there is nothing He does not have total claim over, including my life. I know that every waking moment I am sustained by the grace of God, and the only appropriate response to this is praise, worship, gratitude, and a desire to live for the one who made my life possible in the first place. As I think about the different ways I could be spending my life, I recognize that the one that will bring me the most joy and the one that is simply right and true is a life that brings glory to God. Spending my life serving Him as I strive to love others, live a sacrificial life, and take up my cross daily is

  • Reflect on the state of my sense of awe toward God’s judgment.

In light of the events of Passion week and Good Friday, I had a chance to reflect on just how much I don’t know, how blind I am to my own sins, and how I grossly underestimate the consequences of my sinful actions as it pertains to myself, other people, relationships with others, ministry, church, and foremost, my relationship with God. For every sin that I am aware of, it’s clear that there must be ten that I am blind to. I deserve nothing but wrath and condemnation just for the sins that are blatantly obvious, so the fact that I live in this period where God’s judgment is suspended is something I am so grateful for. The cross of Jesus becomes so much more meaningful and personally significant to the extent that I understand the punishment that Jesus bore was a consequence of the judgment I was due.

Write a prayer in response to Revelation 14:6-7. 

Heavenly Father, my heart is filled with gratitude as I recognize my sinfulness and the fact that You do not hand out the judgment I deserve. You are the just God, the holy One who deserves to be feared, revered, honored and worshiped. I repent for my lack of fear and reverence for your character and Your standards. I pray for wisdom and grace as I aim to live a life that reflects Your holiness. I pray that I can be someone whose single focus is to proclaim the eternal gospel of Your redeeming love and forgiveness to everyone You bring into my life. Thank you for your mercy and your infinite forgiveness. In Jesus name, Amen.

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