Devotion for Wednesday, September 27, 2023

“And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast, full of blasphemous names, having seven heads and ten horns” (Revelation 17:3).

Oh the tangled webs we weave.  But are they so tangled?  How often is it the same story of sex, lust, and indecent behavior?  Throughout history, the mighty fall because of the same indecent harlotry.  Like Esau, we sell our birthright for a moment of nothingness.  The Lord has come offering everything and we give it away for nothing.  This is a blasphemy of this age.

Lord, help me to better understand the predicament.  Nothing has changed.  People fall for the same thing over and over.  We give away what is good and right for things that do not matter.  Help me, Lord, so that I see through the devilish tricks that are used over and over again.  Guide me away from the way the world thinks to think as a child of God.  Lead me up and out of this age’s way of doing the same thing and expecting a different result.

Lord Jesus, You died so that I could be freed from this age’s trap of death.  Grant me knowledge of the peace You have already given me.  Let me live freely in the grace which is mine which enables me to learn how to live into the eternal life which is promised in and through You.  May I never give away the new birth right of grace by faith for the pottage of nothingness this world offers.  Keep me in You, Jesus.  Amen.