Revelation Lesson 19 Day 2 144000

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Revelation Lesson 19 Day 2

Revelation 14:1-5

3. a. Then John saw…

John saw the Lamb (Rev 5:6) standing on Mount Zion

With Him were 144000 who had his (the Lamb’s) name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.

John heard a sound from heaven like the roar of mighty ocean waves or the rolling of loud thunder.

It was like the sound of many harpists playing together. He heard the 144000 singing a wonderful new song in front of the throne of God and before the four living beings and the twenty-four elders.

b. The 144000

  • They had the Lamb’s name and His Father’s name written on their foreheads.
  • They had kept themselves pure as virgins, following the Lamb wherever he goes.
  • They were purchased from among the people on the earth as a special offering to God and to the Lamb.
  • They are blameless, spotless, untainted, and beyond reproach

 4.  Purchased from among mankind

Ephesians 1:4-7, 12-14

Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son. MSG

  • God carried out his plan and purchased us with the sacrificed Messiah’s blood, poured out on the altar of the Cross.
  • His blood set us free of penalties and punishments earned by our sin.
  • We are abundantly free!

1 Peter 1:18-19

  • God paid a ransom to save us from the empty life we inherited from our ancestors.
  • The ransom–the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. NLT

5.  a. Ways our lives should imitate Christ’s character

1 Corinthians 6:19-20

Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. As His temple, bought with a high price, we honor God with our body.

Ephesians 5:1-11

  • Walk continually in love [that is, value one another–practice empathy and compassion, unselfishly seeking the best for others] AMP
  • Avoid sexual immorality and all moral impurity {indecent, offensive behavior] AMP
  • Avoid every hint of greed
  • Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes are inappropriate for Christ’s followers.
  • Instead, speak of our thankfulness to God.
  • True believers place the highest value on the things of God.
  • Live as people of the light. For this light within (us) produces only what is good and right and true. vs 9 NLT
  • We should figure out what pleases God and do it. MSG

Philippians 2:1-16 NLT

  • Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others.
  • Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.
  • Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Phil 2:3-4 NLT
  • Have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
  • He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. (What amazing humility!)
  • He gave up his divine privileges;
  • He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being.
  • He died a criminal’s death on a cross.
  • Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear.
  • God is working in us, giving us the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
  • Do everything without complaining and arguing.
  • Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.
  • Hold firmly to the word of life.

1 John 1:9-10

If we freely admit and confess our sins, he is faithful and just [true to his own nature and promises] and will forgive our sins and cleanse us continually from all wickedness. AMP

b. My personal not-so-Godlike character challenges

  • My thoughtsselfish, dissatisfied, anxious thoughts, feeling sorry for myself
  • My tongueIt likes to complain and point out what’s wrong more than it likes to express gratitude and notice what’s right. It also responds too quickly, leading to regrets and sometimes hard feelings.
  • My focus on pleasing people versus pleasing GodI’ve made progress in this area after wearing myself out this year. It’s a challenging process to wean others off their dependence on me. I’m learning to say no. And learning to deal with the backlash. A tough lesson for me.

When I told God I can’t do all he called me to do, he pointed out how many times I expand on what he actually said.

I over do it.

I don’t say no when I should.

I don’t rest when I should.

There will always be something left undone. It’s okay. (I’m not sure I believe that, yet.)

He said he didn’t tell me I had to do everything others asked me to do. 

I find it so hard to say no, but when I don’t, I end up displaying a bad attitude.

Note to self: God is working in me, giving me the desire and the power to do what pleases him.

 

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