Archive for the ‘Revelation’ Category

March 28th, 2014

Progressive Revelation

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets,but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.” Hebrews 1:1-2 (ESV)

God is a God of revelation. He unveils that which was once hidden. God passionately reveals His truth so that we can know Him and serve Him and fulfill His plan. His revelation is progressive in that God chose to reveal His general revelation through nature (Rom. 1:20) and His special revelation by Jesus (John 1:14). God became like us so that we can become like Him.

Our God is a God who speaks. He desires to communicate His love to His creation. Henry Blackaby, in his study, Experiencing God, taught us that God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways. The Holy Spirit enables the believer to understand and apply God’s Word.

  • “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26 (ESV)

Notice how the Holy Spirit is identified as a Teacher and a Reminder. God, through the Holy Spirit gives us wisdom to appropriate His Word in our daily living. The Holy Spirit teaches us God’s Word and reminds us of what God has spoken.

As you read God’s Word, ask God to give you the Spirit of wisdom so that you may know Him better. Are you growing in your knowing? Have you placed your faith in the completed work of Jesus on the cross?

Drawing Near,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, March 28th, 2014 at 1:00 am
Category Communication, Jesus, Revelation.
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December 20th, 2013

Listening and Obeying

“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.” James 1:22 (NIV)

God’s will involves listening. God speaks to us through the Bible. As you read the Bible, you read God’s revelation. God’s will is that you obey His Word. God also speaks through prayer. As you connect with God through prayer, He reveals His will to you. In order to hear God’s voice, you must listen with expectation and anticipation of God’s revelation. You learn to recognize God’s voice as you walk with God.

  • “When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” John 10:4 (NIV)
  • “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27 (NIV)

Listening to God’s Word is not enough. You must do what it says. Put God’s Word into practice by obeying what God reveals to you. Sometimes God will wait for you to obey what He has already revealed to you before unveiling His next layer of revelation. Are you obeying what God has already revealed to you?

Obey what you know. As you obey, God will show you more and more of His way. God will entrust you with His revelation. As a child of God you have been filled with the Holy Spirit. God empowers you to hear His Word so that you can obey His Word. Read God’s Word and feed on God’s Word consistently so that you will know Him personally and obey Him instantly.

Be a doer of God’s Word. It is not enough to just hear. Put God’s Word into practice. Activate God’s Word through a diligent lifestyle of instance obedience!

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Lead Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, December 20th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Listening, Obedience, Revelation.
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August 19th, 2013

Recall the Words

“Dear friends, this is now my second letter to you. I have written both of them as reminders to stimulate you to wholesome thinking. I want you to recall the words spoken in the past by the holy prophets and the command given by our Lord and Savior through your apostles.” 2 Peter 3:1-2 (NIV)

The Bible was written over a period of 1,400 years by forty human authors under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The Old Testament is made up of thirty-nine books and the New Testament is made up of twenty-seven books. The sixty-six books are God’s revelation to us. God has revealed Himself to us through His Word so that we can know His plan and experience His love. The common thread throughout the Bible is God’s redemptive love. God pursues us with His everlasting love. In Christ, we are reconciled to God.

In his second letter, Peter writes to remind his readers of the revelation they have received from God through the holy prophets and through the apostles. The message of Christ has been conveyed. Peter reminds them in order to produce unmixed and uncontaminated thinking. In Christ, right thinking produces right behavior.

Wholesome thinking involves knowing God’s will and obeying God’s will. To be unmixed in your thinking is to operate your life in alignment with God’s purpose and plan. God reveals His truth so that you can live out His truth. God’s reveals His agenda so that you can fulfill His agenda. Recall what you have learned. Recite the Bible verses you have memorized. Apply God’s truth in your daily decisions. Prepare for the future by obeying God’s Word today.

Are you obeying what God has already revealed to you? Are you walking in the light God has provided? Is your thinking pure, unmixed, and uncontaminated? Where there is purity there is clarity.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, August 19th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Beliefs, Obedience, Revelation.
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August 3rd, 2013

God Communicates

“And God spoke all these words.” Exodus 20:1 (NIV)

God speaks! God communicates His plan and articulates His passion for us to know His will so that we can do His will. God reveals Himself so that we can orient our lives around His revelation. As Henry Blackaby says, “God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways.”

The Ten Commandments are not designed to punish us, but to protect us. They are not intended to harm, but to help. As we explore the Decalogue, we will discover that God has provided these guardrails to help us do life God’s way. Consider the Ten Commandments as boundaries that benefit and bless.

The first four commandments are boundaries that benefit your relationship with God. The remaining six commandments are boundaries that benefit your relationship with others. You cannot have a right relationship with God without having a right relationship with others. Also, you cannot have a right relationship with others without having a right relationship with God. The Ten Commandments provide clear guidelines on how to reverence God and to respect others.

Let the vertical beam on the cross represent your relationship with God. Remember, that God chose to communicate His love to you by extending His grace to you through the atoning work of Jesus on the cross. In Christ, you become the recipient of God’s revealed plan of salvation.

Now consider the horizontal beam of the cross and allow it to represent your relationship with others. God has reconciled you to Himself in Christ so that you can join Him in bringing others into a saving relationship with Jesus. Your relationship with others matters to God. God chose to speak into your life so that you can communicate His love to others.

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, August 3rd, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Communication, Revelation, Ten Commandments.
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July 26th, 2013

Divine Assistance

“In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” Hebrews 1:1-2 (NIV)

God is a God of revelation. He unveils that which was once hidden. God passionately reveals His truth so that we can know Him and serve Him and fulfill His plan. His revelation is progressive in that God chose to reveal His general revelation through nature (Rom. 1:20) and His special revelation by Jesus (John 1:14). God became like us so that we can become like Him.

Our God is a God who speaks. He desires to communicate His love to His creation. Henry Blackaby, in his study, Experiencing God, taught us that God speaks by the Holy Spirit through the Bible, prayer, circumstances, and the church to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways. The Holy Spirit enables the believer to understand and apply God’s Word.

  • “But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26 (NIV)

Notice how the Holy Spirit is identified as a Teacher and a Reminder. God, through the Holy Spirit gives us wisdom to appropriate His Word in our daily living. The Holy Spirit teaches us God’s Word and reminds us of what God has spoken.

As you read God’s Word, ask God to give you the Spirit of wisdom so that you may know Him better. Are you growing in your knowing? Have you placed your faith in the completed work of Jesus on the cross?

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/stephentrammell

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, July 26th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category God's Provision, Holy Spirit, Revelation.
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January 7th, 2013

All Things New

“And he who was seated on the throne said, ‘Behold, I am making all things new.’” Revelation 21:5a (ESV)

Is there a more beautiful promise in all of Scripture than this from the lips of our glorious Sovereign? In this verse, we see the fulfillment of God’s glorious plan for the reconciliation of all things in Christ. Indeed, He will make all things new. In the same way that Christ lived, passed away, and received a glorified body, so too will all things in Christ pass away and be resurrected in glorified form. The earth will pass away but also be made new. Heaven will pass away and be made new. Further, the Lord will restore Jerusalem, His beloved city, and make it a place of meeting that joins both heaven and earth, allowing for fellowship between creation and its Creator, Who will now be with us fully as our God.

The whole of Scripture builds to this moment, as you no doubt have seen through this year together. God created and man fell, but the Lord did not turn His back on us. No! In the midst of our depravity and our descent into darkness, the Lord looked down upon us with loving-kindness and sent His only Son to endure the cross and our shame so that we could be made new.

Hear this today, dear friend: in Christ, you are a new creation; the old has passed away. Do not fall victim to the lies of the enemy, for He has no power over you. Do not fall back into the temptation of fleeting sin, for it has no appeal in the light of God’s glorious grace. Do not lose sight of the glorified Jesus, Who provides for you a glimpse of your future reality and that of all things. You are new; may we live like it as we await the completion of that newness in His second-coming.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 365:  Revelation 19-22)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Monday, January 7th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category New, Revelation, Second-coming of Christ.
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January 6th, 2013

The Enemy Has Been Defeated!

“And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, ‘Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.’” Revelation 12:10-11 (ESV)

We have been promised certain victory over our enemy and his instruments of sin and death. Yes, Satan was cast out of heaven and given the potential for power here on the earth, and, yes, we in our selfishness rebelled with Him, becoming as guilty as he before the Lord. Yet, when Christ came, He ushered in a new era of promise upon the earth, laying waste to the powers of the evil one and providing for all of creation a glimpse of the glory that is to come in His resurrection from the dead. Christ will overcome every effect of Satan’s reign; He will destroy every effect of sin and the sting of death. He has given us hope beyond this life and a certain purpose while living it.

The Church of the living God is empowered to defeat the enemy of God. If we know Christ’s resurrection and His second coming to be true, then we must also recognize the power at work within us, further guaranteeing the fulfillment of today’s verses that we through the blood of Christ and the word of our testimony will permanently send the enemy and his powers and principalities to their eternal place of worship in judgment.

Take heart, dear friend, today, remembering that in Christ you are more than a conqueror! You have guaranteed victory in Him, and as you find that victory and testify to His faithfulness, slowly and surely you are binding Satan’s abilities on the earth and pushing forward the freedom found in the Kingdom of God. Therefore, walk in victory today, because your enemy has been defeated.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 364:  Revelation 12-18)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Sunday, January 6th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Revelation, Testify, Victory.
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January 5th, 2013

Watch and Worship

“Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, ‘Come!’” Revelation 6:1 (ESV)

John was called up into the heavenlies to behold the reality of our future: unending worship of our worthy God. As the elders, the angels, and even John himself watch the Lord work all things for His glory, opening seals, issuing judgment, and satisfying fully the redeemed, they cannot help but proclaim the supreme worth of God. This is the reality of worship: the more we admire the works of the Lord and His supreme worth, the greater we will declare it. As John Piper recently stated in a sermon, “Our worship is the subjective echo of God’s objective worth.” When we behold the glory of God, we are to sound forth His worth in worship, and the greater the act of glory we behold or understand, the greater we will declare.

John is living out this truth in Revelation. He is beholding the glory of God, having been led by the Spirit of God, and declaring what He has witnessed in the writing of this book. Our calling is the same. Think about the many ways the Lord has revealed His glory in your life. Think about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Think about the miraculous way that He called you from death into life. Think about the ways He has spoken specifically into your life and called you to a new purpose, having given you a renewed faith. Think about the revelation given to us of His faithfulness in His Scripture. As you consider these things, the spirit within you should feel emboldened to tell of these glorious truths, which is the natural response of the redeemed.

We must continually consider the greatness of God in order to accomplish our purpose of proclaiming the gospel and glory of God to all peoples in all places. Today, watch for the Lord to work and speak, and as He does, for we know with certainty that He will, worship through proclamation to those who need to know.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 363:  Revelation 6-11)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, January 5th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Glory, Revelation, Worship.
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January 4th, 2013

Worthy is the Lamb!

“Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!’” Revelation 5:11-12 (ESV)

Why is Christ alone worthy to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing? Why is He the object of our worship and that of the elders and angels? What is so special about Him that He is the focus of all of Scripture and the climax of God’s redemptive plan for all things? He is worthy because of how He both communicates and secures the glory of God. Consider this truth for a moment. Jesus communicates the glory of God, pictured beautifully in chapter 4 of Revelation. In this chapter, John presents the best of creation surrounding the Lord and responding in worship. God in all of His glory far outshines the greatest collection of the best we have to offer, making Him a worthy object of our affection, and Jesus embodies this truth. Jesus is the incarnate glory of God, revealing to us His nature and His beautiful plan of redemption.

Further, Christ is worthy of our affection and ultimate blessings because of how He secures the glory of God as preeminent by becoming the only source of salvation for creation. Christ’s worth is only amplified by His sacrifice, as the saints proclaim that because of His “blood” that was poured out for the people of God, He is worthy to “take the scroll and to open its seals” (Rev 5:9 ESV). Without His sanctifying work, the glory of God would have demanded our expulsion; yet, because of His work, the glory of God becomes a source of both praise and purpose.

This morning, consider the glory of God and the worth of Christ in making that a source of hope for you rather than a cause for fear. Consider further the power of Christ in your life to remove the seals and secure your salvation. Do not seek to save yourself in your own strength; rather, turn to Him today, behold His glory, and be satisfied.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 362: Revelation 1-5)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, January 4th, 2013 at 1:00 am
Category Christ-centered, Revelation, Worthy.
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July 6th, 2012

What the Lord Says

“And the messenger who went to summon Micaiah said to him, ‘Behold, the words of the prophets with one accord are favorable to the king. Let your word be like the word of one of them, and speak favorably.’ 14 But Micaiah said, ‘As the Lord lives, what the Lord says to me, that I will speak.’” 1 Kings 22:13-14 (ESV)

Micaiah exhibited integrity, accuracy, and loyalty to God’s Word. He had to decide whether he would align with what the other prophets had prophesied or to align with what God said to him. Wisely, Micaiah consistently spoke what the Lord had said to him. He simply made known to others what the Lord had said to him.

How many words do you speak each day? How many conversations do you have in a single day? God has saved you and filled you with His Holy Spirit so that you can continue His ministry on the earth. One vital component to doing God’s will on the earth is to know what God says and to make His Word known to others.

  • “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 (ESV)

When you speak, choose to speak as one who speaks the Word of God. Allow God’s Word to saturate your life in such a way that when you speak His Word comes forth. Say what the Lord says and do what the Lord demonstrated during His earthly ministry.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 180:  1 Kings 22; 2 Chronicles 18)

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor
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Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, July 6th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category 1 Kings, Integrity, Revelation.
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