Sermon Are You Reading Your Mail?

Vicki asked me as I drove her to the airport, “Why do you think pride goes before the Fall ?” (It was early morning. She was on her way to see Steven in San Francisco.) I said, “I’ll get an answer started and you finish it. First, because it causes us to see people and situations from only our self perceptions. We become less aware to what is really going on beyond what’s happening in our own heads. Second, false pride causes us to displace God’s goodness with our own sense of self importance. Without God-awareness we are less aware, less able to see the big picture. This hubris, false pride, causes us to fall.”

She said, “I agree. As I think about all the unnecessary problems people can make for ourselves, it seems like pride is always present.” With that we were ready to hug. Say goodbye. And feel a little more alert to God’s presence so we could be sufficiently alert to what is going on inside us and around us.

God sends us messages, all the time. So do people. Obediently “hearing” and “seeing” and “reading” God’s messages positions us best to understand the people that come our way. They inspire us, instruct us, and inform us. And as a consequence they serve to keep us humble. For instance, the highlight in this part of Revelation are the 7 Scrolls, representing 7 major messages from God. They were so significant that only the Christ, the slain Lamb, was able to open them. And once opened everyone was to pay attention for life application.

As we read God’s messages, we should ask:
What does it mean?
What am I to do?
And then, how should I pray?

Pastor Les Hollon - October 2, 2016

Are You Reading Your Mail? The 7 Seals

Are You Reading Your Mail? The 7 Seals Revelation 7:9-17 Key Verse: “...He will lead them to Springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

From Series: "Revelation: Seeing God's Big Picture"

In a present set of circumstances we can feel overwhelmed. But if we take a fresh look by stepping back, everything comes more clearly into view. Faith enables us to look at what is going on from the bigger & better position - God’s point of view. Reading the Bible’s last book, Revelation, is the bold and humbling vantage of seeing everything with the revealed vision of what God showed to a faithful Christian leader by the name of John. John was exiled to an island called Patmos by a cruel Roman Emperor. And there God revealed that the ancient struggle of - good vs. evil, love vs. hate, hope vs. despair, grace vs. sin - becomes clearer when we see Christ ultimately defeating Satan. God wins in the end. And by knowing this we are renewed to deal with our present difficulties through the same power by which resurrection defeated crucifixion. Christ said, “Fear not. I have overcome. Peace be with you.” So in the midst of our troubled times, let’s allow God freshly to reveal His big picture to us. Which is why my Fall Sermon Series comes from God’s highlights as seen from Revelation.

Sermon Notes     Revelation 7:9-17

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