The seven most important letters in the Bible are usually overlooked, the seven authored by Jesus personally, and sent to us individually. For many reasons, those seven letters, comprising chapters 2 & 3 of Revelation, are the most important in the Bible.
The seven most important letters in the Bible are usually overlooked—the seven authored by Jesus personally, and sent to us individually. For many reasons, those seven letters, comprising chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation, are probably the most important part of the Bible for you and me. For in them, and in chapters like the following, Jesus has written the secrets of: how we can live forever; how we can have a joy-filled life; and how we can experience real love.
Live forever “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” -John 17:3
Joy-filled life “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again.” -John 10:17
Never fear the future. “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.” -John 14:19
Experience real love “And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” -1 Corinthians 13:13
The last message Jesus has for us today is His wonderful plan. He has spelled out what He wants us to be like. He has detailed how He by His grace will enable us to live! Jesus is here. CHRIST SEEKING OUT HIS CHURCH: Our Lord Jesus Christ came to give so much. Have you received what Jesus came to give ?
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Do you trust God enough that you can talk about him, no matter where you are in life? no matter how pained, stressed, depressed, physically limited, financially strapped, no matter how spiritually oppressed, do you trust God enough to speak for Him wherever you are? anytime, anywhere, you speak about Him if you trust Him.
Do you trust God enough that you can talk about Him, no matter where you are in life? No matter how pained, stressed, depressed, physically limited, or financially strapped. No matter how spiritually oppressed. Do you trust God enough to speak for Him wherever you are? Anytime, anywhere, you speak about Him if you trust Him.
“In You, O Lord, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness. Bow down Your ear to me, deliver me speedily; Be my rock of refuge, a fortress of defense to save me. For You are my rock and my fortress; Therefore, for Your name’s sake, lead me and guide me. Pull me out of the net which they have secretly laid for me, for You are my strength.” -Psalm 31:1-4
One lesson we all should learn is that life must be lived on purpose for God. Coasting, going along with the flow and living carelessly: always leads to a wasted life. God has placed each of us on earth, in a specific time, for a specific purpose. When we live accordingly, we have a life lived deliberately for God.
God then measures whether we accomplished what He desired in that time period. Each time you’re in God’s Word, stop when you find a truth about the Lord; pause and by faith, repeat the truth back to Him, For example:
- God, You are a Rock—then be my Rock.
- God, You are Strength—then be my Strength.
- God, You are a Refuge—then be my Refuge.
- God, You are a Fortress of Defense—then be my Fortress of Defense.
Forming such a habit is how we can derive the greatest comfort and strength from God’s Word as we learn to apply what He is to our lives! In light of God’s exceeding great goodness, have you said in your heart and at the center of your will—“Lord, You are first”? If you’ve been coasting spiritually by feeding your soul on yesterday’s blessings, last week’s devotions, and last month’s ministry, I exhort you to choose a new focus for your spiritual life: Live deliberately for God—no coasting allowed!
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