Join the Unified Shout of the Ages: “Come!” (Rev 22:17)

“The Secret of Joy” (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

God was not neutral about whether or not you would choose to spend eternity with Him. He was passionate that your choice be “Yes.” … God wasn’t satisfied with just the stars and planets drawing us to Him. He created a chorus of angelic and human voices to unite with His in a repeated refrain: “Come!”

Your First Day in Heaven (Rev 21:1 – 22:5)

“The Secret of Joy” (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

It’s no accident that the Lord had John close both Revelation and the Bible with the intense description of heaven in these two final chapters. God wants us to think on it, to yearn for it, to live in its light. He knows that the more we long for heaven, the more useful we’ll be on earth.

The Third Age of Mankind (Rev 20:1-15)

“The Secret of Joy” (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

The Bible records four ages of mankind – four times when God started or re-started the human race. Each time He began with only good, godly people. And each time except the fourth and final one, that goodness didn’t last long.

Letting Go of What You Can’t Take Anyway (Rev 18:10-17)

“The Secret of Joy” (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

Any “thing” on earth that has true value, brings true pleasure, or leads to true satisfaction will either be in heaven in purer form – or it will be replaced in heaven by things of immeasurably higher value, greater pleasure, and deeper satisfaction.

God Is Still in Control (Rev 17:14-17)

“The Secret of Joy” (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

In this world of disappointment and pain, one of the sources of greatest comfort is the realization that God remains in control, both immediately and ultimately. Whether we can comprehend it or not, He is in control of the final outcome and of all the steps inescapably leading to it.

Don’t Underestimate the Deceiver (Rev 16:13-16)

“The Secret of Joy” (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

When we take an honest look at the many times we’ve been tripped up, we ask, “How could I have fallen for that?” The short answer is that we’ve underestimated Satan’s ability to deceive and overestimated our ability to resist

The End of God’s Wrath Is Near (Rev 15:1)

“The Secret of Joy” (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

“God’s wrath WILL be completed.” There will be a time when there is no remaining residue of Adam’s curse or Satan’s opposition. The rest of eternity will be just the good, just the joy, just the blessing.

The Reality and Utter Awfulness of Hell (Rev 14:10-11)

“The Secret of Joy” (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

Whenever I hear someone speak of hell casually, it grieves me. The horrors of that place are beyond comprehension. The word ought to be so bitter on our tongues that we’d never let it pass through our mouths flippantly.

Rejoice That Your Name Is Written (Rev 13:8)

“The Secret of Joy” (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

The inclusion of our names in the Book of Life ought to bring us more uproarious joy than anything else in this world! How would you live if God sent you the winning ticket to the 2030 megazillion-dollar lottery and you carried it around in your pocket? Well, we’ve already won more than that. Let’s live like it!

Know Your Enemy (Rev 12)

“The Secret of Joy” (2 Cor. 8:1-4)

Today’s chapter depicts Satan as “a great fiery red dragon” and records the moment he became our enemy.