Thank You For 2022!

I want to thank all of the many readers that have subscribed to my daily devotional blog and to those who have chosen to stop by and read some of the many posts during 2022. It was the greatest year yet.

Throughout the year of 2022, there were over 162,000 views by over 112,000 visitors from all over the entire world. This had more than doubled the number of views and visitors from 2021. These numbers only occurred because of people like you who sign up for the daily emails of the devotional and choose to read it.

When I started this blog in 2014, it was only a daily devotional and I never dreamed of it becoming as large as it is. Over the years I have added in the daily verse, a weekly Give Thanks verse, a weekly Promise of God verse, a weekly Memory verse, several articles of testimony of what God has done in my life, several movie reviews, book reviews, a study on faith, guest posts, a series of articles on marriage, and a series of articles on the fruits of the Spirit.

My desire and prayer during the year of 2023 is to bring this devotional to a new level with a devotional book being made available and that the devotional blog can be done with no ads, or customized ads directly relatable to God, the Bible, Christianity and the church. This takes time, effort and money to make this happen.

The purpose of this devotional blog is to point you towards Jesus and give you a desire to read and know His word from Genesis to Revelation, and to encourage you to grow in the Lord, giving thanks and standing upon His promises .

I will always keep this daily devotional blog free from any costs for anyone to view and read. If this devotional blog has blessed you in any way and you feel led by the Lord to help towards bringing this blog towards an ad free site, please feel free to donate towards it through my PayPal account: insightsfromtom@gmail.com. Sad to say this is not a tax deductible donation but is one that can help me out in building this site better. You are not required to send any money, but only if you feel the Lord leading you to do so.

Whether you send anything or not, I pray that God will bless you in this new year; that you will draw closer to God in this new year; that you will be more like Jesus in this new year; and that you will walk in the ways of God in every area of your life.

Again, thank you for the most wonderful year! Have a blessed day in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Grace Rules

Title: Grace Rules
Author:
Steve McVey
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Date: 1998
Pages: 203

The author looks at how many Christians are living for God, but are not always living in joy and excitement with God. People are always condemning themselves for the sins they have committed and feel that they will never measure up to God’s standard of living. They are being robbed of the abundant life that Jesus said every believer will have.

He points out that many Christians are living under the laws of many things to do or not to do. They feel that in order to please God, they must follow all the laws, both God’s and man-made, perfectly. They also impose those laws on others. This type of living is a legalistic life, living by rules, rather than by grace. If the Israelites in the Old Testament were unable to fully obey the laws of God, no one today can begin to do it either.

Looking at the New Testament, the author shows that Jesus fulfilled the law’s requirements which now allows God to pour out grace on His followers. No person is good enough to deserve the life God is willing to give through Jesus. No person will ever become good enough to earn their way into heaven.

This is where grace comes in. God is willing to give you the abundant life in and through Jesus. Jesus is to live in. You are to be controlled by Jesus and the Holy Spirit, rather than by your own thoughts and actions or this world.

It is pointed out that under the law, you have to obey God. Under grace, you will want to obey God. Previously it was a mandatory requirement. Now it is a choice desire.

The Bible calls every believer in Jesus a holy child of God, a royal priesthood. Do you believe that you are a holy child of God and a royal priesthood in God’s family?

This book will help you see the fullness of the grace God is willing to pour out on you. It will help you see how you can have your heart changed to be able to overcome sinful acts in your life.

If you are struggling with living the “full” life Jesus had promised; or if you feel like there should be more to your life with Jesus; or if you feel like you just don’t measure up to God’s standards, then this book is a great book for you to read.

This book is written in easy to read format. There are questions at the end of each chapter for you to ask yourself in response to what was written. Many scripture verses are used throughout the book. I highly recommend every believer to read this book.