The Joy of Glory

Discovering endless joy in the boundless glory of God…

Good Friday Devotional: Revelation 12:7-12

Revelation 12:7-12 (click here)
And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. (Revelation 12:10-11)

Reflection
Good Friday.

Good…

What makes this Friday good?

The Friday of the crucifixion was the day in which the sinless son of God was ruthlessly murdered. The evilest, vilest act that has ever been committed took place on that day… and we dare to call it “good?”

Good Friday?

What makes this Friday good?

Look harder… look closer at the cross… look underneath the evil to see the sovereign love of God subverting it, turning it to good. Look and see God beat evil with its own actions… good! Look and see God defeat death with death… good! Look and see Christ conquer in the very moment he appears to be conquered… good!

O’ this Friday is good, for our sovereign God ruled over the evilest, vilest act for the most glorious, gracious purpose! Through Christ being slain our salvation was accomplished! Satan was defeated! Sin, evil, and death itself died! Through Christ’s sacrifice we have overcome all!

Yes… we still live awaiting the final completion of redemption. Yes… that means we still fight sin, evil, and we may even have to face death… but it has all been conquered and the final day of salvation will come and prove that to be true!

The day will come when what Christ accomplished on the cross will be brought to completion and have its final effect! On that day it will be said of us that we have conquered by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony! For we faced all of life, sin, suffering, and even our deaths with a confidence in Christ’s victory!

What makes this Friday good?

Christ’s conquering cross!

Truly, this is GOOD Friday.
*All previous devotionals may be found at www.thejoyofglory.com
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

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Lent Devotional: Jude 17-25

Jude 17-25 (click here)
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen. (Jude 24–25)

Reflection
How are you going to make it?

How are you going to make it all the way through life, to the end, faithful to the Lord, never falling away? How will you endure? How will you overcome?

Jude closes his small epistle with a massive exclamation… “Now to HIM who is able to keep YOU from stumbling…”

How are you going to make it? God is going to keep you! How will you endure? God is going to keep you! How will you overcome? God is going to keep you!

God is able to keep you from falling away, able to bring you all the way home to himself, able to complete the good work he began in you and make you blameless! He is able to bring you all the way through life, overcoming all, and finally standing in the presence of his great glory!

How? How is he able to do this?

He is able because he is the only God who has worked his gloriously majestic salvation through his Son Jesus Christ! He is able because has sovereign dominion over all, complete authority over all, he has always had it and he always will!

This sovereign God with all dominion and authority for all time is able to keep and has promised to do so through Christ! And what is the result for you and me? Great joy! The greatest joy! Complete joy! Eternal joy!

Full joy forever!

Let this promise sustain you today! The God who has all power and authority for all time is working in you today, sustaining you today, so that you will make it all the way through life, overcoming all by his power so that in the end you get him in all his glory as your joy forever!

How are you going to make it? God is going to keep you! He is keeping you! Right now… today!

 
*All previous devotionals may be found at www.thejoyofglory.com
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

Lent Devotional: 1 John 4:1-6

1 John 4:1-6
Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

Reflection
People have all sorts of ideas about Jesus… most of them are actually quite positive. Even people who hate Christianity will often express a kind of respect for Jesus.

He was a great teacher, a good man, a philosopher, a moralist, a revolutionary, a progressive, a… fill in the blank.

Many religions, sects, and cults will even reference Jesus as an influence of figure within their belief system. With all this talk about Jesus… how are we to know who is telling the truth. How are we to know who actually knows Jesus.

“By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God.”

The apostle John tells us that the Holy Spirit of God, who inspired him and the other authors of Scripture, confirms the confession of Scripture… that Jesus is the Christ in the flesh… fully God and fully man. In other words, we are only speaking truth about Jesus in so far as what we sign aligns with the testimony of Scripture.

I don’t have the authoritative word about Jesus… nor do you… nor does any other religions, sect or cult. Jesus has the authoritative word about himself, and he has given it through his Spirit in the written Word. To deny Christ as he has revealed himself is have a spirit that at its root is anti-Christ.

It doesn’t matter what positive things we say about Jesus… we are actually speaking against him if we deny the reality of who he is… God in the flesh. And it is this Christ who dwells within us, empowering us to overcome the very world that denies him!

We need not fear any religion, sect, cult, or even secularism. We need not fear what anyone says against Jesus. No matter how powerful the world may seem, Christ has already conquered it through his death and resurrection… and this conquering Christ dwells in you! Therefore, you have already overcome the world too!

People have all sorts of ideas about Jesus… but the only idea about him that matters is the one that is true… he is God and he lives in you!

 
*All previous devotionals may be found at www.thejoyofglory.com
*The complete SVCC Lenten reading guide is available here.

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