Thank You For A Great Year

I want to say a great big ‘THANK YOU’ to everyone around the world who has chosen to stop by my devotional blog and read it and for many to subscribe to it in the year of 2021!

It was an amazing year for my blog. There were 81,271 views last year, nearly doubling the highest number of views ever on this blog. There were 58,256 visitors to the blog, also nearly doubling the highest ever.

God had led me to start this blog back in 2014. I had no idea if anyone would actually read it or begin to follow it. Over the years since, God has led me to include articles of experiences, various studies on different subjects, book and movie reviews, verse of the day, giving thanks verses, and memory verses.

Although it is great to have such high numbers of viewers and followers, my prayer is that lives are being changed for God. I trust that the many who read these posts are encouraged to draw closer to God, become more like Jesus, read the Bible more, and trust God more. If these things have not occurred, this blog has failed.

However, I believe that God’s word is living and active. As it goes out and is read by people around the world, it is changing lives. Some will move away from God, while others will draw closer to God.

This blog has the ability to get God’s word into nations and places that the world does not want anything to do with Jesus. It can reach people of every nation twenty-four hours a day.

As you read this blog, feel free to share it with others. Get the word of God out to the rest of the world. Let people know what they are missing without reading God’s word.

If something is written that touches your life, please let me know. It is very encouraging to hear what God is doing in the lives of people all around the world. Everyone has a story to tell about their experience with God and His word in their lives. What is your story? Again, thank you for taking the time to stop by and read this devotional blog.

May you hunger for more and more of God’s word in your life. May the God of heaven and earth fill your days with His overwhelming presence and blessings and guide you by His Holy Spirit as you make Jesus the Lord and Savior of your life.

Revelation 1:3 How To Be Blessed

Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near. Revelation 1:3

No one wants to be cursed or have a bad time or bad situations occur in his life. Everyone wants things to go well and in their favor.

People are seeking every day ways to enjoy life and have everything go their way in the best way possible. They are seeking the blessings and favor of other people around them or over them.

As John opens his letter, he tells the people that anyone who reads this prophecy, hear it and take it to heart are blessed, because the time of the events occurring is near.

Believers are no different than the rest of the world in desiring to be blessed and things go well for them. Although most want the blessings, very few are willing to do what it takes to be blessed by God with eternal blessings.

Statistically very few believers read the bible on a daily basis. With that in mind, fewer yet take what is written in the bible to heart.

Throughout scripture God has written down what a person is to do to have life, an abundant life in Christ. This abundant life can be found in living in Christ Jesus and obeying God. It is in hearing His word and applying it to one’s own life continually.

As a person applies God’s word to his life, he will be blessed beyond any measure, in ways the world cannot understand or receive. God will fill the person with joy, peace, comfort, strength, power, and His favor. These are ways one will be blessed that the world cannot have nor give.

In your life you have struggles and challenges. You desire that God would bless you and give you His favor. Begin with examining your life.

Are you in His word daily? Are you applying His word to your life daily? Are you trusting God with your life daily?

As you do these things, God will bless you, though you will still have struggles and challenges in your life. There will still be sickness, pain and suffering, but you will have His peace, His joy, His salvation, His forgiveness, His strength, His wisdom, His guidance….His blessings.

You will be blessed by God. Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s word; that you will believe God’s word; that you will follow God’s word; and that you will know the blessings you have in Christ Jesus.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 The Usefulness Of All Scripture

All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

All over the world one can find manuals on how to do just about anything and everything. There are also videos online on how to do everything.

In every good manual there will be pointers on what to do and what not to do. There will be sections that warn of the dangers and sections that show the benefits of doing something the right or wrong way.

Right after warning Timothy of guaranteed coming persecution, he tells him that the scriptures is inspired by God and is good for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness to equip the believer for good works.

Every person who has chosen to follow Christ has to learn what that means and how to do it. He needs to learn how to do the good works God is calling him to do.

There is not a book in the world that will do it completely correctly, because the world’s view is from a temporary and selfish viewpoint, not God-centered and eternal.

The bible will teach the new believer what God expects and how to live his life. It will also rebuke the believer, when he chooses to disobey God, sin and follow the ways of the world. The bible will correct a believer when he steps off the path God has him on in any area of his life. It will also train the believer in the best ways to please God and accomplish His mission for his life.

God has chosen to make the bible in this way, so that the believer will be completely equipped to do the work God has called him to do.

If you have any questions about how to live your life, you can find the answers in the bible. There is nothing that you will face or have to do that the bible does not say something about. God has a mission for you to carry out while you live on this earth.

Do not try to accomplish it on your own, but allow the Holy Spirit to use God’s word to guide you correctly so that you will be completely equipped and ready for the job.

Are you using God’s word? Or does it sit on a shelf, ignored?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know and seek God’s word for your life; that you will study the bible to know what God is saying to you; that you will allow the bible to equip and change your life; and that you will do the work God has called for you to do.