5-5-5 Daily Devotions: “Afterlife-Signs, Part 2” August 1-2, 2020

5-5-5 Daily Devotions

Afterlife "Signs"
August 1-2, 2020

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S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

Would you consider yourself to be a person who is enslaved to fear or thrives on faith?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Some of his disciples began talking about the majestic stonework of the Temple and the memorial decorations on the walls. But Jesus said, “The time is coming when all these things will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!” “Teacher,” they asked, “when will all this happen? What sign will show us that these things are about to take place?” He replied, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ But don’t believe them. And when you hear of wars and insurrections, don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place first, but the end won’t follow immediately.”

 

Then he added, “Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and there will be famines and plagues in many lands, and there will be terrifying things and great miraculous signs from heaven. But before all this occurs, there will be a time of great persecution. You will be dragged into synagogues and prisons, and you will stand trial before kings and governors because you are my followers. But this will be your opportunity to tell them about me.

 

“So don’t worry in advance about how to answer the charges against you, for I will give you the right words and such wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to reply or refute you! Even those closest to you—your parents, brothers, relatives, and friends—will betray you. They will even kill some of you. And everyone will hate you because you are my followers. But not a hair of your head will perish! By standing firm, you will win your souls.

 

“And when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that the time of its destruction has arrived. Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. Those in Jerusalem must get out, and those out in the country should not return to the city. For those will be days of God’s vengeance, and the prophetic words of the Scriptures will be fulfilled. How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days. For there will be disaster in the land and great anger against this people. They will be killed by the sword or sent away as captives to all the nations of the world. And Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the period of the Gentiles comes to an end. Luke 21:5-24 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Luke is saying that before the signs of the second coming, something else will happen. Then he goes on to describe what would happen in the disciples’ lifetime.

 

Application (5 minutes)

In whom or in what do you place your hope?

Fearful people can often become enslaved to the worries and insecurities of losing comfort, health, and wealth. Faithful people rely on God to endure throughout all circumstances, holding tightly to the Kingdom of God and his righteousness. Faithful people are willing to lose even their lives because they trust fully in Jesus who never leaves. Are you pursuing fear or faith?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you pray, thank God for his faithfulness and ask him to help increase your faithfulness!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

If someone claimed to be a prophet sent by God, how would you determine whether this person was truthful or a liar?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

As Jesus was leaving the Temple grounds, his disciples pointed out to him the various Temple buildings. But he responded, “Do you see all these buildings? I tell you the truth, they will be completely demolished. Not one stone will be left on top of another!” Later, Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to him privately and said, “Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world? ”

 

Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah.’ They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come. “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people.

 

“Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come. Matthew 24:1-14 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Every prophecy in the Bible that could come true at this point in time has come true with 100% accuracy. No other book in the world compares to it. The Bible is unique, stands alone, and is ready to give us answers to the deepest questions we ask. Matthew 24 makes it clear that no one will know the exact time Jesus will return and warns us to keep watch and be ready.

 

Application (5 minutes)

What is God’s purpose for telling us of the things to come?

 

Why is it important that we remain focused on the mission of leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ?

 

Is there anything more important than being convinced of God’s faithfulness and being personally faithful to the end?

 

Why is it important not to guess at dates but simply be watchful and ready?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you approach your Heavenly Father, consider praying Praise, Repentance, Asking, and Yielding. Thank God for his faithfulness over all time and ask him to help you remain faithful, alert, and helpful to others.

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What is your favorite season? How can you tell when it is about to arrive?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

Then [Jesus] he gave them this illustration: “Notice the fig tree, or any other tree. When the leaves come out, you know without being told that summer is near. In the same way, when you see all these things taking place, you can know that the Kingdom of God is near. I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass from the scene until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.

 

“Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware, like a trap. For that day will come upon everyone living on the earth. Keep alert at all times. And pray that you might be strong enough to escape these coming horrors and stand before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:29-36 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Sign #1: Israel Reconstituted as a Nation (Luke 21:6-24, Ezekiel 37:11-14)

Sign #2: False Christs (Matthew 24:4-5)

Sign #3: Wars and Conflicts (Matthew 24:7)

Sign #4: Famine and Earthquakes (Matthew 24:7)

Sign #5: Persecution of Christians (Matthew 24:9-10, Revelation 20:4)

Sign #6: Technological Advances (Revelation 13:16-17)

Sign #7: The Whole World Will Hear the Gospel (Matthew 24:14)

 

Application (5 minutes)

The following applications were given in the sermon. Write down your next step for each:

·       Be faithful _________________________________________________________________________________

·       Spend time with God ________________________________________________________________________

·       Talk with God ______________________________________________________________________________

·       Make God a priority _________________________________________________________________________

·       Life out your faith ___________________________________________________________________________

·       Stay pure _________________________________________________________________________________

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

Ask your Heavenly Father to help you be faithful to your next steps!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

What do you love to share with others?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, the results are very clear: sexual immorality, impurity, lustful pleasures, idolatry, sorcery, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, dissension, division, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other sins like these. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God.

 

But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there.

Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. Galatians 5:19-26 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Application (5 minutes)

How would you describe the “Kingdom of God”?

 

During times of relative ease and times of intense persecution, the call of God on everyone’s life is the same: don’t live sinful lives which lead to death and destruction…let the Holy Spirit recreate you to be like Jesus. Which do you feel drawn to and why?

 

Why do you think Paul write that curious phrase, “There is no law against these things!” (Consider that this was at a time when it was illegal in some places to be a Christian!)

 

Are you following the lead of the Holy Spirit in your life?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

As you approach your Heavenly Father in prayer, be reminded that he wants you to be truly satisfied and whole. God did not create your body, mind, or soul for sin. Thank God for his faithfulness to you and ask for help to embrace the best life!

S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”

Conversation Starter

If Jesus were to spend an afternoon with you, what would you reveal? What would you be tempted to hide?

 

Scripture Observation (5 minutes)

Scripture:

“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God’s new creation: I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!

“You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.

 

“I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference. Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat with my Father on his throne. Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is saying to the churches.” Revelation 3:14-22 NLT (Bible.com)

 

Sermon Insights:

Jesus loves you! He so wants a relationship with you. He died on a cross to save you from destruction, he wants you to have life and life to the full, an abundant life.

 

All that the Bible tells us is true: God means what he says and does what he says.

 

This is not a time to put off God’s call on your life, but a time to surrender, to let Jesus be your Savior and Lord and let God be your Heavenly Father.

 

Application (5 minutes)

What is your personal response to Jesus’ words: “I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your indifference”?

 

Is it possible to be perfectly content in this life and be completely impoverished spiritually before God?

 

In the region where Laodicea was located, there were hot springs and cold springs. Both were useful for different purposes. But when they flowed together, the water became “lukewarm,” tepid, unusable, even sickening. Jesus was “speaking their language.” What was he attempting to communicate, and how can you apply it to your life?

 

Prayer (5 minutes)

Lord, thank you for loving me enough to correct and discipline me. Empower me through your faithful Holy Spirit to be faithful and endure through every circumstance!

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