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Revelation 15:1-16:21

We've now reached the final set of seven judgments--the bowl judgments, and the end of the tribulation period is near. Seven angels unleash these horrific judgments and it appears that they are set in motion in fairly rapid succession. God is in control and the people are seeing His righteousness being demonstrated through judgment and wrath. Yet as we saw with earlier judgments, there is no sense of remorse, repentance, or turning toward God. Instead, we're told the people "cursed the name of God who had power over these plagues. They did not repent or give him glory" (vs. 9); they "cursed the God of heaven for their pain and sores. They did not repent of their deeds" (vs. 11); and yet again they "cursed God for the plague of the hail" (vs. 21).

How we choose to respond to the events in our lives, and ultimately to God, who is in control of our lives, is critical. Life isn't a cake walk. Tough things--death, sickness, financial problems, failed relationships, job loss, you name it--are going to happen.

So what can we do to keep our hearts open and submissive to God and His authority and control at all times? And how can we prepare now for when one of those hard times hits us head on? Tami W.

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I find that it's essential to take EVERYTHING before the Lord- He knows our triumphs and our struggles; only He can walk alongside us and carry us through. Today's reading was a somber reminder that we must cling to the Father and not harden our hearts due to our difficult circumstances. When I take the time to reflect on God's promises- His love, grace, provision, and His perfect plans- I see limitless possibilities and I'm granted the courage to live each day to the fullest.

It is interesting in the reading that God KNOWS that ALL the people will curse Him. Although we do have a free will and can express ourselves anyway we want to, He still KNOWS that not even one person will not repent in the end days during these plagues (the seven bowls). I think we need to recognize that He knows our hearts and we need to fully be honest and truthful to Him in any situation. When we focus on Heaven, everything of the world becomes fuzzy and not as important as we used to think.

I believe that we stay submissive to God's way by a study of his word. If we accept God's sovereinity then we must be submissive. If we study the word then there are testimonies of the saints who have gone before to encourage us. To this end we are encouraged, Abraham attempting to sacrifice his son, the tribulations of Job, the many trials of David. These are stories of persons who served God who faced great challenges and overcame them and were rewarded for their perseverance. Our motto should be, "if they can do it so can I".

When bad things happen to us, we need to continue to praise the Lord for who he is. The Lord God the Almighty is Just and true in all his ways. He is bigger than our situation and we need to praise him in our highs and in our lows and wait for him to come thru for us.

In times of trouble we also need to check ourselves, and repent for any wrong that we might have done that might have been part of the cause to the bad things that happen us.

God Bless you,

Jenny T

I think we must "read up" on the Word, and "be read up" at all times, as consistent and as regularly as we eat to survive and to be nourished. We must also be "prayed up", as regularly as we KNOW we that we OUGHT to work out (even though most of us won't do that pysical work-out thing on a consistent basis). But we'd better not neglect to do our prayer work-out. Otherwise, we might try to go ahead of the Lord and misstep.

God gives us grace and the vision according to our needs (and according to His faith working in us). So, for me, I'm stepping out one day at a time, and in the way I feel I've been given the grace and vision to do. The rest, I'm putting on hold, until my answers have been made clear to me.

Thanks for all your comments everyone. I enjoyed reading them. I would also add that I think it's important to act not react when the difficulties happen. We should react in a Godly way with Godly character. That comes through prayer, Bible reading and Christian fellowship.

God knows everything about us. We have to accept that God knows our thoughts. He knows what we need. We cannot hide from Him. So if someone knows us so well, we have to keep Him on our side, in our hearts and thank Him for all His blessings and gifts.

This morning my prayer was that the Lord place someone in my life today that I could testify to. My house guest invited two of her friends and myself to lunch and I cannot remember how it came up, but we were talking about our children who, when they were younger knew/believed in God but as soon as some of them go to University they come back questioning God's creation and existence etc. Two of the persons commented that they do raise certain questions too. They are aware that there is some "being" out there call it whatever name we want. I mentioned that I know the "Being" to be God and I testified to one of the blessings/answer to my prayer. The Lord heard me and answered my prayer. I knew I could not do it without Divine intervention. I just did not know how it was going to work out and it worked out so well I received not 80% of the blessing but 100%. My Being is ever-present. He is God and because He tells me so I believe Him and trust Him.

I pray that my two friends too will acknowledge Him as God and not just any being out there. I pray that God will speak to them today and that they will draw close to Him and feel His joy and peace.

The first thing I noticed is He desires our worship. He is still giving the people the time to repent even as the bowls are poured out. Just to worship HIM and He'd take them in. This is something I think a lot of us struggle with. Though Christ has been showing me how to praise God through the trials. And in leading me I can see how He is preparing me for theses days of trials. And I looked back to the song:

(I) "Great and amazing are your deeds,
O Lord God the Almighty!
(J) Just and true are your ways,
O King of the nations![b]
4(K) Who will not fear, O Lord,
and glorify your name?
For you alone are(L) holy.
(M) All nations will come
and worship you,
for your righteous acts have been revealed."

What an amazing song to learn! Thank you for listening!

Even through our pain, disappointments and struggles we should know and hold on to the One who is able to keep us from falling and to present us before the Father. In heaven or on earth He only can save and deliver us and we know this by faith. The bible says that without Faith we cannot please God. I guess we should then know that the work in our hands at this time and until the end is to work our faith to the peak and struggle that it should not drop; only then can we have peace in the midst of the storm.

To Joan R - What a great chance you had to testify to your faith with your friends! I believe many of our Christian youth are not properly prepared to defend their faith when they go to university. I recommend Summit Ministries - - or There is so much here to give anybody a solid foundation to defend their faith. Some of the material at Summit Ministries must be purchased, however, but it's well worth the money if you take the time to go through the material. It's especially meant to ground Christian young people, going off to university, in the truth of God's Word and be able to defend it.

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