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“And the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became darkened; and they gnawed their tongues because of pain, and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pain and their sores; and they did not repent of their deeds” (Revelation 16:10-11).

And they did not repent of their deeds.  How many times do the mighty go down because they will not repent?  Why is the human heart so proud and filled with prideful contempt?  Even those in low positions hide behind their unwillingness to repent.  Darkness comes and the wicked get ready for evil deeds.  It is the story of wicked humanity.  It is the story of people who will not see the light shining in the darkness.

Lord, what is it in my rebellious heart that does not want to repent.  Why do I do these things when I know that You alone are Lord?  Lead Your people in the way of everlasting life so that we may humbly walk with You.  Take the chips off our shoulders and help us to see things as they truly are.  You have created all things and You have invited all into a loving relationship with You that will last forever.

Savior of the world. Lord Jesus, take all that hinders my walk with You and hang it with You on the cross.  Guide me according to Your goodness and mercy to know that only in You is there hope and a future.  All that happens in this age leads to the final moment of separation.  I will either be with You, or else on the path that leads to utter darkness and ruin.  Let my life bear witness of Your presence within me and reflect Your light upon others.  Amen.