More Than a White-Picket Fence Life

“After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”” Revelation 19:1-2 NIV

Revelation chapter 18 opens with the final mighty cry of mercy which encircles the earth with power before probation closes. The rest of chapter 18 is dedicated to explaining the reasons for Babylon's condemnation. Chapter 19 opens with rejoicing over the justice of God and the reasons for his glorious vindication. Evil's demise coincides with Love's triumph. In Babylon's fall God stands more glorified than before the entrance of sin into the universe. God's love now demonstrated, shines beyond the possibility of reproach. The enemy's self promoting theories are seen in their true light and all responsibility for sin rests squarely upon his shoulders.

For most of us, the dramatic conclusion of the Great Controversy which plays out in the last chapters of Revelation reads like a fairytale. It's not that we reject the story, it's just that it feels very distant and it is difficult to allow it to impact our daily experience. God can and will make eternity real if we ask him to. We stand much closer to the events we read about than we realize yet it requires supernatural intervention to awaken us to our place in history. 

It is not evil to be comfortable, but today's comfort happens to play into the enemies designs. The focus of the great controversy now rests upon you and I. God is seeking to awaken us to his unmatched love and the exhilarating life-giving message of Revelation 18:1. The enemy is desperately seeking to keep us comfortable and distracted. If he can't keep us comfortable then he seeks to discourage, depress, and bind us in chains of sin.

God has infinitely more in store for us than a white-picket-fence life. Adventure, joy, and freedom await our investment in eternal over temporal interests. God sometimes sees fit to call us to make dramatic shifts overnight, but more typically God works through daily incremental shifts toward heaven. What ways has God laid before you that you can invest your time, your money, and your heart in things of eternal worth? The more invested we are in such things the more real the struggle of the Great Controversy becomes to us. Heaven is eager for you and I to join the fight in earnest.

Still Seeking His Face,

Pastor Andrew

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