November 5, 2015

Today you should read: Revelation 17:1-6

 

The ancient city of Babylon was a literal occult of religious heresies and sinful practices that represented the antithesis of God’s nation of Israel. Throughout the Bible “Babylon” is also symbolic of man’s rejection of God and pursuit of idolatry and sinfulness that leads to destruction. Here in the first section of Revelation 17 we see Babylon the great prostitute who has enticed the men of earth by intoxicating them with lust causing them to indulge in sexual immorality that leads to their destruction. She sits atop the scarlet beast (thought by many to be the anti-Christ) whose alliance with her increases the allure of her seduction to all the people of the earth. The description of her is very appealing:

[4] The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality.

But, John sees her as she truly is:

[5] And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.”

Ultimately, what we can learn from this passage today is that the allure of sin in this life is great. It is dressed as a beautiful seductive woman adorned with luxury that promises pleasure, fulfillment, and joy. But, all that glitters is certainly not always gold. The pursuit and indulgence in the sins of this life that are so enticing may bring momentary pleasure but they ultimately lead to the destruction of our lives and our souls just as the great prostitute will be destroyed one day. This is a great reminder us all today not be deceived by the allures of this world, to battle the sin in our lives that so easily entangles us, and filter everything through the truth of God’s Word that will never lead us astray.

Take a moment today to think through these questions:

  1. What façade am I failing to see through that is leading me to sin and pulling me further from God? (This may require a season of prayer asking God to reveal this to you).
  2. Am I filtering and aligning my lifestyle through the truth of God’s Word or something else?
  3. Do I have any guardrails in place in my life to keep me walking with The Lord and battling sin?

In these final days we can’t get complacent and let our guard down when it comes to sin. It is a battle. Fortunately, it is a battle that Jesus Christ has already won for us! So today, press into Him for forgiveness and the strength to live a Godly life.

Posted by: Matt Mofield

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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