Rev. 2:7 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God.’
Rev. 2:11 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. The one who conquers will not be hurt by the second death.’
Rev. 2:17 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.’
Rev. 2:26 The one who conquers and who keeps my works until the end, to him I will give authority over the nations,
Rev. 3:5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.
Rev. 3:12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name.
Rev. 3:21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.
Rev. 6:2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer.
Rev. 21:7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.
How can you glorify the LORD for His creation during the hurricane?
First, don’t complain.
Second, as you see the clouds move across the sky and the force of this magnificent storm, you can see God’s power demonstrated and His design present in all creation. Thank Him for upholding creation in light of the amazing world around us (learned this from Answers in Genesis). Thank Him for His promise: “And … the Lord said in his heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the intention of man’s heart is evil from his youth. Neither will I ever again strike down every living creature as I have done. While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night, shall not cease.”” (Genesis 8:21–22)
Thirdly, do all you can to encourage and help others; especially find ways to bless and encourage those in your own household. Bear your burdens together, and if able, help others where they need it.
Fourthly, read the Bible and pray, start there. Because there are so many amazing promises about what God is doing through the gospel in our days forward. As we proclaim the gospel to people, it will change the world.
John Calvin believed in the historical world-wide flood when he said,
“Even though the whole world may conspire in the same wickedness, he has taught us by experience what is the end of those who sin with the multitude. This he did when he destroyed all mankind by the Flood, but kept Noah with his little family; and Noah by his faith, the faith of one man, condemned the whole world [Gen. 7:1; Heb. 11:7].”
(Institutes, Prefatory Address to King Francis p.23 in Battles edition, vol. 1)
It’s Saturday and that means media. The things we listen to have a great effect on us. If we listen to things that are good, they stick with us; if we listen to things that are bad, they stick with us. One preacher said this,
“God made music to worship him, but sometimes bad music seeps into our spirit and we are not even aware that we have held on to it. You have to guard what you listen to. We must feed on the Word of God as an armorment in the spiritual warfare.”
Some things stick with us that are really good. Very good. They are not so good in themselves, but they bring you back to good places and times. First a negative example: some in the sixties have songs in their minds that bring them back to that period of time that was full of drug use, rebellion, etc. And of course that would not be good. But let me tell you about when I hear certain songs, I remember salvation.
Today, I celebrate 22 years to this date of knowing the Lord. He has been faithful. There are songs that I listen to today that bring back when I first came to know Christ. But instead of creating simple nostalgia that makes me want to go back; I never do; I want to go forward. I need music that makes me want to go forward. I need media that makes me go forward. There is really only one option for the Christian and it is forward. And even the media of our memory is meant to take us forward.
We must go forward. Music that makes us go backward is bad media. I need Psalms, and Hymns, and Spiritual Songs that make melody in my heart, not substitutes that make sadness in my soul. I’ve left the old life, and I am a new man. I’m not looking for songs of the past unless they are songs way back that bring me way forward.
We need to pray for, work for, and produce media that when time goes on it doesn’t make people want to go back, but forward. That’s what I am thinking today on media. We need media that is full of God’s Word, and God’s Word is pressing us forward. We don’t need songs of failure, we need songs of faith! We don’t need a song that “takes us back” unless going back means it’s going to take us forward. We need forward march type media.
It’s Flavel Friday. John Flavel makes a compelling case to be conformed to Christ. He says,
“Christ has conformed himself to you by abasing incarnation; how reasonable therefore is it that you conform yourselves to him in the way of obedience and sanctification? He came as near to you as it was possible for him to do, strive you therefore to come as near to Christ, as it is possible for you to do” (John Flavel, Works Volume 2, Method of Grace, Sermon 30, p.418).