The AMI QT Devotionals from June 12-18 are written by Pastor Andrew Kim at Tapestry Church. Andrew, a graduate of Eternity Bible College, is currently attending Fuller Theological Seminary. He and Jessie were married in 2014.
DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS FOR TODAY
“After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. 2 Then I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” 4 And I heard the number of the sealed, 144,000, sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel”
Throughout the book of Revelation, there are interludes that occur between descriptions of God’s judgment that are meant to console the persecuted Christians. Here in our passage for today, we find ourselves at the first interlude. As the opened seals reveal the wrath of God, chapter 6 ends with a piercing question that chapter 7 answers: “Who can stand before the divine judgment?” We find the answer in verse 3. The only ones who will not be harmed will be those who are sealed by God. In ancient times, seals were used by kings to designate those who belonged to them. Other religions used seals as a marker of devotion to their gods. Similarly, those who are sealed by God are those who belong to Him. Later on we find out that the seal is given to those who have been washed by the blood of the Lamb. In other words, those who have believed upon the gospel are the only ones who are able to withstand the judgment of God.
This is good news for all of us. It won’t be our track record, our good works, or how much time we’ve spent at church that will determine whether or not we are able to stand before God. What will allow us to stand confidently in the period of judgment is the assurance we’ve received from the gospel of Jesus Christ. For this reason, we do not have to be afraid of God’s wrath or where our eternal destiny will be. God has sealed us by the blood of the Lamb. We bear the mark that proclaims that we belong to His kingdom- protected by His grace and mercy. Nothing will be able to remove God’s seal over us. Today, let us reflect on this marvelous truth, walking confidently in our relationship with God!
Prayer: Father, thank you for your gospel and the assurance it gives me. Help me to walk securely and confidently in your love!
Bible Reading for Today: Romans 11
LUNCH BREAK STUDY
Read Ephesians 2:1-10: “And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
Questions to Consider
- What was the state of our being before Christ?
- On what basis are we saved?
- Do you feel secure in God’s love for you?
- We were dead in our sins and trespasses. It is important to recognize that we were not simply neutral towards God, but it says that we followed the prince of the power of the air and that we were children of wrath. In other words, we were against God and His ways. Our goal was simply to fulfill the desires of our flesh.
- We are saved by grace through faith- not by the works we do. The faith that we received is not something we work towards but a gift from God.
- Personal response
Oftentimes we revert back to basing our relationship with God on our performance. We feel secure in God’s love when we are doing well, but not so much when we fall into sin. Take some time before going to sleep to reflect on your relationship with God. Are you living your life in response to God’s grace or are you working to be loved by God?