“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” (Revelation 21:1 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). There are several “no mores” in this chapter. John (the writer of Revelation) had been banished to the Isle of Patmos. The island was a lonely place to be as no visitors toured Patmos. Quiet time was all the time for John. Historical accounts indicate that the city of Ephesus was visible from the island. No doubt as he sat looking across to Ephesus, night was approaching and he could see the skyline of the city. In his mind he couldn’t help but think of the church located just a few streets from the waters edge. John knew it would soon be church time and only wished he could be in attendance. But one of these days, he wrote, there would be “no more sea” – no more division between him and where he wanted to be.

Prayer: At the Second Coming of Jesus Christ, the division between us and those we love will be no more. It’s a hard thing to be separated from those who have departed from this life, but what a hope we have one day to be reunited!

Devotion by Kaye Singleton

“The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the LORD, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:6-8 from the NIV of the Holy Bible) According to Webster’s Dictionary, a boundary is “a point or limit that indicates where two things become different”. What a perfect definition when applying this concept to our walks with God.  Scripture sets up boundaries for us.  These boundaries are…

“Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you” (2 Corinthians 6:17 in the King James Version of the Holy Bible). I often hear folks say that the Lord doesn’t care about separation from the world and that those who speak about doing so are legalists. According to our devotional verse, we are to come to God on His terms – terms that include separation. While sorting the laundry this morning, I was reminded of the importance of separation. If the laundry is not sorted properly, the white clothes are definitely affected by the colored clothes. I have firsthand knowledge of this fact when my favorite blouse or my husband’s white shirt was ruined because I failed to separate them before washing.

Prayer: Lord, I want to come to You on Your terms. I desire to be received by You. I don’t want my life to be tainted by unclean things. Your terms are the only way to go.