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‘Do You Have A Claim?’ (Rev. 9) by @Sholape1 #LAFruits Devotional

Reading: Psalm 130, Revelation 9
@thelafamily July 15


Do You Have A Claim?

TEXT: “they were told not to injure…but only (to attack) such human beings as do not have the seal of God…” Revelation 9: 4 (AMP).

There is a story of a businessman who kept complaining about the refusal of his request for an overdraft. When investigated, they found that he returned the offer letters without his company’s seal and so his documents lacked authenticity, and the request could not be authorised.

In today’s reading, the fifth trumpet was blown and locusts were given power to sting and torment those without the seal of God (Rev 9:4). This implies that those protected by this torment will be they who have distinguished themselves, believed in the redemptive work of Christ, are set apart for good works and who are sealed unto God.

As Christians, we have been bought at a price. As soon as we came to Christ, the Holy Spirit is imprinted in our hearts and seals us to God (Ephesians 1:13). Just like the company seal, the seal of God authenticates our claim of sonship to Him. It is God’s validation of ownership that indeed we are His and assures us also of protection from tribulations and destruction.

However it is our duty to be certain that we are His. Do we have the seal to stake a claim to Him? Remember that the Lord knows those who are His and all who belong to Him must turn from iniquity (2 Tim. 2:19)

LEARN and APPLY: Psalm 130:7-8, my hope of righteousness is in God alone. It is in Him that I have redemption. I do not throw a pity party when I err or boastfully list my works as being enough to cleanse me. Rather, I humbly cry out to Him for mercy and believe He Himself will redeem me.

Pray: Faithful Father, thank You for claiming ownership of me and assuring me of your protection through your seal. Help me to depart from iniquity and every work that draws me away from You in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Written by Olushola Aromona (@Sholape1) of @thelafamily