Five Minute Friday ~ Ready

I have come to look forward to participating in Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday writing prompt. I was telling a friend yesterday that I had known about FMF for several years, but had never felt led to participate. Then, about a month ago, the Lord placed the desire in my heart to be part of this wonderful group of bloggers who write like mad for 5 minutes on a common topic with editing. I begin early in the week praying and asking the Lord to give me the words to write. I pray these posts are a blessing to you.

Today’s writing prompt is,………READY

 

GO!!

 

Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.  Revelation 19:7 (NIV)

My small group and I have spent the past almost 2 years in the book of The Revelation. I wandered into Revelation by accident, when I began studying the Seven Churches in Revelation 2 and 3. Then, it was a natural thing to study the remainder of the book.

Revelation is one of those books of the Bible that many people just ignore because it is confusing and sometimes frightening. That was me then. Now, after having lived in Revelation for 2 years, I find it fascinating. I also find it challenging, and at the same time, comforting. Why? Because, we win.

Some of my previously learned theology has changed. Some has been strengthened.

I have fallen more deeply in love with Jesus through my time in The Revelation.

I am not frightened about what the future holds…..I do believe the events of Revelation will play out literally. Others in my group do not. That’s okay. We still love each other.

I am more READY than ever to see Jesus face to face.

What about you? If Jesus is your Lord and Savior, YOU are the bride who needs to be READY for the Lamb’s appearing. Have you made yourself READY for His appearing? If you have never made Jesus your Lord and Savior, then you are not READY, and the Scriptures are clear that bad things are in store for those who do not trust in Jesus. Do you understand that nothing happens that is outside the control of our EVER-READY God? There is no reason to fear for those who are READY. Is your hope in Christ? The Revelation was not given to us to frighten us. It was given so that we would be READY.

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  • Jennifer

    “Do you understand that nothing happens that is outside the control of our EVER-READY God? ” <— Love this! I enjoy Revelation too. I have never studied it though! Perhaps one day. I'm studying Mark now, and I love it. The gospel of Jesus is all about being READY! I am glad to be your neighbor at the FMF link up. Now, I'm about ready to start my day as mommy! Ready for a shower and a hug from my sleepy headed husband. :) Jennifer

    • Jennifer, I’m glad we are neighbors too. I would bet that studying the book of Mark would be wonderful. Mark had such a unique perspective on Jesus. thanks for stopping by. I’m looking forward to getting to know you better!

  • Leah- My husband has always loved Revelation, finding it worshipful. I have often chosen any other book in the bible to read/study than it :)
    “I am more than ready to see Jesus face to face.” yes. so much so, yes.

    • Melanie, thank you so much for stopping by. My tendency was to avoid Revelation for many years. I am so glad that I began studying it!! Once you study, not only Revelation, but also other biblical passages that correspond to it, so much light is shed on Revelation. God really wants us to know what is yet to come, and He promises blessing to those who read and heed what is in Revelation!! Have a blessed weekend.

  • My husband has just started a Wed. night study by NT Wright on heaven. Our first week was fascinating and touched my heart and mind at so many levels. In the study, Wright challenges us to think about heaven in a new way – kind of like eternity here on earth now. It really is opening up my eyes to consider the wildness of it all. It also excites me to no end.

    • Oh Elaine, I bet that is a wonderful study. Several years ago I read “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn, and it was such an encouragement to me. I really wish every Christian would study Revelation in-depth. Even though there is much in it that scholars cannot agree on, the bottom line is that We Win. The hope and peace that brings in the midst of our troubled world is priceless. Love you, friend.

  • Anita

    I’m kind of a Revelation avoider, too. Maybe it’s time to reread it though–because know that He wins is great comfort in this crazy world!

    • Anita, I would recommend an in-depth study. Just reading Revelation doesn’t give you the whole picture like you can get if you really study it. Study not only Revelation, but also what Jesus and Paul said about the end times. Study the prophecies of Daniel and Zechariah, and so many of the other prophets. They are all like pieces of the puzzle that shows what will soon take place. Thanks so much for stopping by!