The Daily Word of Righteousness

Listening to Jesus, continued

I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (Revelation 20:4—NIV)

I think the "souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God" is referring to those who have set aside their sinful mind and have sought the mind of the Spirit of God in all things.

You may think I am stretching the point. But consider: the Book of Revelation is symbolic. Many of the statements in Revelation could not possibly have a direct meaning, such as a star falling from the sky to the earth and being given the key to the bottomless pit. Stars are many times larger than the earth, and stars do not carry keys as far as we know.

Also, Antichrist comes out of the sea. We understand this is not speaking of the literal sea but of the mass of mankind.

There are many such expression in the Book of Revelation. Unlike the Epistles, the Book of Revelation is highly symbolic.

Also, if we are speaking of literal beheadings, why should these be the only martyrs singled out? Maybe more Christians were burned at the stake, or shot, than those who were beheaded. Why stress just this kind of martyrdom unless there is a special meaning?

Our biggest problem is our mind. Our age of media and the Internet is one of the mind. Paul says we must be transformed by the renewing of our mind. We are to have the mind of Christ.

Because of the assault on our carnal mind, which education only strengthens, we must make a practice of continually looking to the Lord for His mind. "What are you saying to me right now, Jesus?"

Do this right now. Stop reading this essay and ask the Lord what His thoughts are toward you. I'll bet to your amazement you get a sense of His Presence and will for you.

We are going to be very upset by the events on the horizon. We are going to have to practice the Presence of Christ continually if we are to come safely through all this garbage and stand in victory before the Lord.

As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. If you think being led by the Spirit is easy and safe you haven't tried it. There are numerous dangers.

Being led by the Spirit of God is an art that must be practiced throughout one's lifetime.

There are a million voices calling for our interest today. This is why it is so difficult to keep aware of the will of Christ for our life. Antichrist will provide various attractions, from lust to money to education to technology—all seemingly innocent but all calculated to absorb our time and attention. Business as usual!

To be continued.