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.
But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:14
Newborn babies start out life drinking milk for food to nourish their bodies. As they grow older, they learn to eat more solid food, little by little, until fully mature.
In the same way, people are to grow in many different areas of their lives. However, many like to stay immature or very simple in certain areas of their life. They do not want to grow up and go through the challenges of training themselves to be more mature.
The author of Hebrews had just rebuked the readers for still needing milk or simple teachings about God. He tells them that solid food or teachings is for the mature that have trained themselves to distinguish good and evil.
Just as many in the world like to remain immature, there are many in the church that live the same way. They believe in Jesus and are saved, but that is all there is to their life and walk with God. Holding onto salvation and God’s love is all they desire, rather than growing in the Lord and becoming mature.
When they read the bible, they only read the major highlight adventure stories, ignoring the rest of scripture. They get offended when someone talks about holiness and righteousness.
People who are living in this way are often unable to realize what is sinful or evil, because they have chosen to not grow and learn more about what it means to be righteous and holy before God and man.
True believers will be like a child and work to grow and mature in the Lord. He will devour all of God’s word and train himself to know good from evil, to be holy before God and man as Jesus is.
No matter how long or short of time you have been a believer, there is always room for growth in His word. There is always more to learn about knowing what is good and what is evil and how to live for God in every area of your life.
In order to keep growing you need to get into the solid food of God’s word, not just simple stories. Do not stunt your growth in the Lord, but eat a healthy diet of all His word, and work at training yourself to live as Jesus lived.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know all of God’s word for your life; that you will train yourself to live like Jesus; that you will be ready for the solid food in God’s word; and that you will know the differences between good and evil.
So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter. 2 Thessalonians 2:15
Things that are popular in the world change on an almost daily basis. One way of doing things is popular today, and then the next day something takes its place.
As a result, things that are believed to be true one day are often disbelieved the next. Many are working to change what the history books state about different situations. The world does not like to stand firm on anything but what feels good in the moment.
After describing how many will believe in lies, Paul encourages the people to stand firm and hold on to what they have already been taught.
The world does not really hold to any rock solid standard that stays the same forever. Views and expectations change on a constant basis. Changing views occur in order to accommodate the feelings of the people in the moment, with no regard to the future or the bigger picture.
Without a solid foundation, things eventually fall into chaos and confusion.
Some in the church have chosen to believe in and embrace the lies and deception of this world. Rejection of what God’s word says has crept into the church body.
God’s word has remained true and faithful for thousands of years and has not changed. God, Himself, has also remained faithful and true for thousands of years and has never changed at all.
Believers, who have chosen to fully sell out to God, continue to focus on what God’s word says and hold to its teachings. They will stand firm and not be continually moved to every whim and wave of changing doctrine or belief that comes their way.
Every day you will hear of things that attempt to change what God’s word says. Temptations to accept sin and false teachings will abound in all around you.
Put your focus upon God’s word and stand firm on it. Hold fast to what God has already taught you. Tie a rope around yourself with God’s word and do not allow yourself to be moved to believe in the lies and deception of the enemy.
God and His word will remain true and faithful forever, never changing as the world does on a regular basis.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know God’s teachings in your heart and life; that you will hold fast to God’s word everyday; that God will guide you in knowing His truth; and that God will protect you from being swayed by the deception of this world.