Many people have the impression that serving God is too restrictive and that following their own way--or following the devil's way--provides much more freedom.
The scene around God's throne in heaven is one of awesomely intense worship and wonder--flashes of light, rumblings of thunder, heavenly creatures and countless angels encircling the throne and crying out in praise (chs. 4--5).
The great tribulation is a time of God's unprecedented judgment on a world that has persistently rejected Christ; but it's also a time of satanic assault against those who receive Christ and remain true to His Word.
Consider the spiritual condition of the churches addressed in this passage. Then ask yourself: Am I focused on myself--my needs, my desires, my goals--or am I focused on Christ, His purposes and how I can help others to know Him?
Consider the spiritual condition of the churches addressed in this passage. Then ask yourself: Has spiritual "success" or recognition caused me to rationalize questionable behavior or overlook sin in my life?