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A Journey Through the New Testament Letters

Kristie Ward

Kristie Ward

Hi, my name is Kristie Ward. I am married to my personal comedian, Jeff. We have two boys, 14-year-old Hayden and 12-year-old Hunter. I have known my husband 28 awesome years because we met when I was only 13. Wow! We were young! I find this even funnier now that I have a 14-year-old son of my own.

I love my roles as a daughter of the King, wife, mom, and speech pathologist. Living in a house full of boys is like an everyday adventure, which God continues to use to humble and challenge me.

November 25, 2014

IN THE WORLD, BUT NOT OF IT

Revelation 18:1-10
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Revelation 18:1-10

The Fall of Babylon

18:1 After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory. And he called out with a mighty voice,

“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
She has become a dwelling place for demons,
a haunt for every unclean spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.
For all nations have drunk [1]
the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality,
and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her,
and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”

Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,

“Come out of her, my people,
lest you take part in her sins,
lest you share in her plagues;
for her sins are heaped high as heaven,
and God has remembered her iniquities.
Pay her back as she herself has paid back others,
and repay her double for her deeds;
mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.
As she glorified herself and lived in luxury,
so give her a like measure of torment and mourning,
since in her heart she says,
‘I sit as a queen,
I am no widow,
and mourning I shall never see.’
For this reason her plagues will come in a single day,
death and mourning and famine,
and she will be burned up with fire;
for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”

And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. 10 They will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say,

“Alas! Alas! You great city,
you mighty city, Babylon!
For in a single hour your judgment has come.” (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 18:3 Some manuscripts fallen by

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  1. Andrew Bhatia


    Nov 25, 2014 09:51

    Kristie, Thank you for the devo and several reminders about living our lives differently than others. Romans 12:2 is one of the perfect picture of it. I can engage with the movie topics because I absolutely love movies, ha ! It's also a good reminder to "Be Still and Know That He Is God"....He directs this life ( movie that we get to take part in ) He is the director and we are the actors. It's when we allow him to be the driver and us to be the passengers....soon all things comes together. Loved the questions above as well, May you and Jeff/ kids have a great thanksgiving.

  2. HopeH


    Nov 25, 2014 08:36

    Good morning friends this passage reminds me of 1 John 2:16 ESV "For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world." Our world is increasing self seeking and self fulfilling and it saddens my heart often to realize that is our reality a sea of humanity caught in a wave of self. It seems that our world is caught in the slop where we we define everything by me in the days ahead it will be no surprise to see the freedom for adults to legally fulfill their desires with children. I feel compelled to be a voice in this culture and challenge people to turn to the only one who can give them life and true satisfaction.

  3. Marcus


    Nov 25, 2014 08:30

    Great reminder, Kristie!

  4. Kim Geddie


    Nov 25, 2014 08:17

    Kristie you are such a "half full" friend and your actions and words are such a great example of one who lives in the world but not of the world. Your love of God is so evident in how you share Christ with others, always helpful and with such a caring heart. It is a blessing to be your friend and enjoy your devotional this morning! Thank you for great words to start the day and for being such a testimony of how this passage directs us to live!

  5. Kris


    Nov 25, 2014 07:49

    I agree! Kristie, you are a great example to so many of us and we are very blessed by your faithful walk with Christ. Thank you for taking the time to write today's journey. A good reminder to share the good news by example which can only truly be done when transformed by Jesus.

  6. Sue Bohlin


    Nov 25, 2014 05:55

    Kristie, you made me smile about this passage being like a movie you wouldn't want to go see. Sometimes life becomes like a movie we can't turn off because we are living it, right? People living through the tribulation will be extras in an apocalyptic disaster "film" that has no off button. ::shudder:: I appreciated v. 5, "And God has remembered her iniquities," because of the contrast to the glorious truth of Hebrews 8:12, where God promises believers He "will remember our sins no more." God will continually recall the evil and rebellion of the wicked, but not hold against us sins that Jesus paid for. That's good news, even in Revelation 18!

  7. Jeff Ward


    Nov 25, 2014 05:23

    Kristie - love this great reminder from you this morning that our lives should look very different, as believers, who understand our value and purpose, who are growing in conformity to Christ, and who are ready to explain why that is. Thanks too for not just writing a devo about it, but who lives this out daily, and all the ways you encourage our family to do the same. Grateful to be in this "movie" with you! Jeff

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